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[June 24, 2014]
Local marketing professional named Entrepreneur of the Year [Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Wash. :: ]
(Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (WA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) June 24--Walla Walla marketing professional Michelle Liberty was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Business Development Services of the Umatilla Confederated Tribes.
The owner of Attitude Inc., which has offices in Walla Walla and Pendleton, was recognized for participation in various commissions and boards and for donating services and expertise to other tribal and tribal member-owned enterprises, according to an announcement.
The award, in its second year, includes a trophy and $5,000. It is given to "a Native American business owner who applies practical, innovative and sustainable business practices to benefit the community. He/she also takes a unique approach to economic and social problems by identifying and utilizing available resources and collaborating with key partners while incorporating traditional values." In a recognition of the contributions of Native American small business owners -- job creation, innovation and economic development -- the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees designated the second Wednesday in June as CTUIR Native American Small Business Day. An awards luncheon was June 11 at Wildhorse Resort & Casino to honor Native American entrepreneurs and those who support and champion small business.
Liberty is chair of the Walla Walla County Planning Commission, past chair of the Providence St. Mary Medical Center Community Advisory Board and member of the Nixyaawii Chamber of Commerce board. Her Attitude Marketing provides strategic planning, media planning and placement, design services, public relations, event planning and social media management to clients.
She has also donated services and expertise to other tribal and tribal member-owned businesses.
Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at 509-526-8321, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter.
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