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May 2004: Women Entrepreneurs Benefit 2004

Our 20th annual event in May 2004 included our traditional WEB awards, along with an exhibit featuring corporate partners and women-owned businesses. View photo slideshow from this event.

2004 WEB Honorees

2004 Trailblazer

King Security Services, Inc.

Kimberly U. King is President and CEO of King Security Services, Inc. When she took over this role from her father in 1990, she was one of a handful of young women in the male-dominated security industry. Through extreme dedication, a solid commitment to her clients and employees, and her community involvement, Kim was able to increase revenues from $300,000 to over $10.5 million. In addition, the number of employees working for King Security has grown from 25 to over 400, with a territory that encompasses the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Read full bio

2004 Rising Star

Bad Girl Swirl, Inc.

Cameron Tuttle is the author of the best-selling series The Bad Girl's Guides (Chronicle Books) and the founder of Bad Girl Swirl Inc., a marketing and licensing company that promotes her books, gifts, and the Bad Girl lifestyle. Cameron's books—The Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road, The Bad Girl's Guide to Getting What You Want, and The Bad Girl's Guide to the Party Life—have generated press coverage on radio and television, and in many print publications, including USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, and The Los Angeles Times. Read full bio

2004 Social Entrepreneur

Diane HowellC. DIANE HOWELL, Ph.D.
CEO, Black Expo Ltd
Publisher, Black Business Listings
Producer, Black Expo 2004

Throughout the last 15 years, Howell has been determined to promote African American economic development in every way conceivable. She has sponsored monthly networking breakfasts (which are now free and co-sponsored by the Associated Real Property Brokers) to encourage networking among African Americans in business. She served as the local coordinator for the Black Expo USA for the 5 years it was held in Oakland, and she has been a popular speaker throughout the community, always advocating the self-empowerment of the African American community. Read full bio


Joan BladesJoan Blades
Co-Founder, MoveOn.org

Joan Blades is the co-founder of MoveOn.org, a political action web site dedicated to promoting broad public participation in political discourse. Ms. Blades is a software industry veteran, having co-founded a leading entertainment software company, Berkeley Systems. Berkeley Systems is best known for Flying Toaster screen savers, and You Don't Know Jack, an online game show. Prior to her work in consumer software, Ms. Blades taught mediation at Golden Gate Law School, wrote a book on Divorce Mediation published by Prentice Hall, and practiced mediation.


Terry Lowry