SOURCE: The Brandmarket

The Brandmarket

January 24, 2011 13:54 ET

Kathleen Watts Smith Named 2011 Enterprising Woman of the Year

The Brandmarket, Inc. President Selected to Esteemed List of Entrepreneurs

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - January 24, 2011) - Kathleen Watts Smith, President and Founder of The Brandmarket, Inc., an Orange County-based promotional products and design firm, was named an Enterprising Woman of the Year by Enterprising Women magazine. Each year, a select group of fifty women business owners who demonstrate fast business growth, mentor or actively support young women involved with entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their community are recognized by the publication.

"It's truly an honor to be recognized with this prestigious award, and to be in the company of such amazing and successful women business leaders," said Smith. "As a woman entrepreneur, I'm humbled that my business accomplishments and community service efforts are acknowledged by this influential publication."

This year, Enterprising Women CEO Monica S. Smiley announced receipt of an unprecedented number of nominations. Each entry was carefully screened by the magazine's editorial staff, which narrowed down the list to several hundred women. At that point, the publication's advisory board, comprised of more than one hundred outstanding women entrepreneurs worldwide, aided in selecting the final award recipients and honorable mentions. This year's winners will be honored at the 9th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration on March 10-11 in Boca Raton, Fla.

The magazine, in its tenth year of publication, reaches over 200,000 of the top women business leaders in 48 countries. Enterprising Women is the nation's only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners and entrepreneurs, and covers the growing social, political and economic power of entrepreneurial women. For more information about Enterprising Women, visit www.enterprisingwomen.com.

Smith's company, The Brandmarket, Inc., is a diversified promotional products firm that has designed branded products for some of the nation's most recognizable brands, including ESPN, ABC, Mattel and Martha Stewart Living. Since opening in 2001, The Brandmarket has set itself apart by offering innovative designs for a variety of products and brands, including toasters that sear a company's logo onto a piece of bread, and rose petals monogrammed for wedding ceremonies and receptions. This year, Smith was also named to Counselor Magazine's "Hot 25" list, another major industry honor.

Outside of her business, Smith mentors students at California State University, Fullerton and Chapman University, and supports local charitable organizations including Step-Up Women's Network, Smarty OC, Share Ourselves and Samaritans Purse. Through kiva.org, Smith also provides microloans to entrepreneurs in disadvantaged countries.

About The Brandmarket: Founded by Kathleen Watts Smith in 2001 and headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., The Brandmarket is a trend-setting diversified promotional product and design firm specializing in "fresh" ideas for corporate promotional campaigns. A unique blend of traditional and next-generation strategies provides a diverse client roster with unmatched results through superior quality, visibility, business development, client/customer relations, advertising and product branding. In 2008, the firm was recognized with the ASI Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) Spirit Award, and also received the Women's Business Enterprise Supplier of the Year Award (WBENC) in 2009. Develop a new product or concept, or modify an existing one -- at The Brandmarket, the possibilities are endless! To learn more, visit www.thebrandmarket.com or call (949) 706-3000.

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