2014-01-29 06:17:12 - Maria-Elena Grant, principal interior designer and owner of Awesome Rooms, of West Milford, New Jersey, was named New Jersey State Business Woman of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO). This award, which was presented at the 2012-2013 NJAWBO Salute to Women Leaders Awards Ceremony at The Pines Manor in Edison, honors a member who has distinguished herself in her business, her community, and in NJAWBO.
When Grant received the NJAWBO Business Woman of the Year Award on the county level in 2012, she knew she was in the running for the State Award, but had no idea her achievements would be recognized with this honor at the state level.
“The Awards committee was impressed with Maria-Elena’s business and community accomplishments,” says Mary Adelman, State President of NJAWBO. “However, what we really wanted to acknowledge was that she started a business from scratch and significantly improved revenues and profitability, along with growing her customer base.”
“I am truly honored to receive this award recognizing the steady growth of my business," notes Grant, "because I love what I do and thoroughly enjoy helping my clients." She added, "It's
funny, considering all the other regional winners from the county level, I really did not expect to be selected as the winner at the state level and told my husband there was no need for him to come to the awards ceremony.”
Grant is a contributing author for the Axiom Award–winning book, “Jersey Women Mean Business! Big, Bold Business Advice from New Jersey Women Business Owners: Practical Pointers, Solutions, and Strategies for Business Success.” The book is a compilation of practical business advice from women entrepreneurs. The West Milford Public library has several copies in its collection.
She is a member of the West Milford Chamber of Commerce and volunteers at the West Milford Monthly Blood Drive. In 2013, Grant was appointed to the Passaic County Open Space Advisory Committee by Freeholder Terry Duffy.
Awesome Rooms, a decorating, organizing, and real estate staging company located in West Milford, New Jersey, offers a full range of services. Maria-Elena Grant, principal interior designer and owner, likes to describe the company as, “providing any service or product that transforms any space into rooms that are awesome.” The most important value the company provides is calming busy and hectic lives. At Awesome Rooms, we maximize the use and appearance of your space so that you can enjoy your possessions, home, and free time. We remove the stress. Regardless of the budget, remarkable results can be achieved at any level.
The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, Inc. (NJAWBO) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide tools for women business owners to compete in any marketplace, enabling them to operate a financially successful business. NJAWBO is the largest statewide organization of women business owners in the United States. Its primary objective is to support and encourage business ownership by women. Networking, partnering, leadership, education, and political advocacy are the hallmarks of the NJAWBO experience.