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April 06, 2011

Dr. Nicole C. Close named as finalist for the Entrepreneur Award in the “12th Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards”

 EmpiriStat’s founder Dr. Nicole C. Close has been nominated and named as one of the four finalists for the Women in Technology (WIT) award in the entrepreneur category. WIT takes pride in contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington, D.C. area and awards those who have exemplified unique vision and talent in the technology community during the previous year.  Winners will be announced at the Leadership Awards Banquet on May 19, 2011 at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, VA. 

 Dr. Close’s accomplishments in the three short years from founding her company are recognized by many.  EmpiriStat was also named as a finalist in the 2010 Frederick County Chamber of Commerce “Live Here Work Here” awards and was also nominated by the Chamber to compete in the State level for Small Business of the Year for 1-10 employees.  Growing up in rural Pennsylvania Dr. Close never took the easy road, continually challenging herself and those around her.  Under the guidance of mentors she was encouraged to think beyond boundaries.  As she continued to expand her skills and thought processes, she mentored and inspired others with such success that she—and those who know her—knew she would soon start her own company. In March of 2008 with a unique goal: to discover the truth as far as possible, EmpiriStat was born.  Since EmpiriStat’s inception they have increased their revenue 1992%, growing from 5 clients to 23 and from 1 full-time employee to 6, with a cadre of supporting contractors.  Their underlying foundation is a belief that they can make a difference in the world and they will try to do that each and every day. 
In the spirit of the WIT awards the keynote speaker at the Banquet in May will be our Nation’s First African-American female combat pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour.  Throughout history so many great women have created change in not only their lives but in the lives of us all.  Today’s women are more visible, respected, and accomplished than they've ever been before.  The awareness of the need for women in the technology field is at its highest.  It is time to take that chance, push yourself beyond your comfort zone, and let your expertise shine.  As the WIT tag line so simply states, "Connect. Lead. Succeed."  

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