TOP 5 NAWBO KENTUCKY Woman Business Owners of the Year Nominees Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: February 19, 2024

Kentucky, USA – The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Kentucky Chapter is thrilled to announce the Top 5 Woman Business Owners of the Year nominees for their outstanding contributions to business and community. These remarkable women have demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and dedication in their respective industries, inspiring others to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Melia Hord – Melia Realty with Keller Williams Bluegrass Realty Melia Hord is celebrated for her 24 years of dedication to Central Kentucky’s real estate landscape. Through her full-service, concierge approach, Melia has helped countless families achieve the dream of homeownership while fostering strong community connections.

Paula Blankenship – Heirloom Traditions, All-In-One-Paint Paula Blankenship’s journey from her kitchen to CEO of Heirloom Traditions Paint is a testament to her passion for home interiors and DIY projects. Her innovative paint solutions have simplified the painting process for customers, earning her recognition as a leader in the industry.

Dr. Hope Zoeller – HOPE Leaders (Helping Other People Excel) Dr. Hope Zoeller’s commitment to leadership development and business process improvement through HOPE Leaders reflects her dedication to nurturing individual growth and empowerment. Her transition to virtual training during the pandemic underscores her adaptability and resilience.

Lisa Armstrong – All-In-One Security Lisa Armstrong’s entrepreneurial spirit shines through her dedication to providing personalized security solutions for residential and commercial clients. Her commitment to excellence and community involvement has been instrumental in the success of her family business.

Emily Conley – Blue Echo Creative Emily Conley’s journey from adversity to success exemplifies her resilience and leadership in the corporate world. As the co-founder of Big Echo, she has overcome challenges and empowered other women through her involvement in trade-focused initiatives and philanthropic endeavors.

These women represent the best of Kentucky’s entrepreneurial spirit, and we are proud to recognize their achievements, said Vanessa Pennoyer. Their innovative approaches, dedication to excellence, and commitment to community make them true inspirations for aspiring entrepreneurs everywhere.

The winner of the NAWBO Kentucky Woman Business Owner of the Year award will be announced at the upcoming Epic Awards in Louisville at The Olmsted 3701 Frankfort Ave, Louisville on March 12, 2024. For more information about NAWBO Kentucky and the awards ceremony, please visit

About NAWBO Kentucky: The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Kentucky Chapter is dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs to succeed in business and beyond. Through networking opportunities, educational programs, and advocacy initiatives, NAWBO Kentucky supports women-owned businesses and fosters a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kentucky. To learn more about our membership visit