Dawn Ferrante, executive director of the newly formed Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development, has been named one of the Top 25 Women in Business. The award recognizes the top women in business in northeast Pennsylvania.

Presentation of the awards took place on Friday at a luncheon held at the Hilton Hotel in Scranton.

The awards are sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal and Northeast Pennsylvania National Association of Women Business Owners.

Ferrante is the only woman from Carbon County to be a recipient. She was nominated by Kathy Ruff, a staff member of the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.

Ferrante has served as executive director of the Carbon County Economic Development Corporation, and also director of the county department.

The privatization of the Carbon County Economic Development Office had been in the works for four years. It now allows the corporation to be staffed, and will be partially funded through a grant given annually by the county.

Ferrante was a business and technology consultant for 17 years working with a wide variety of clients. After working in corporate video and multimedia production, she founded her own consulting firm in 1995 in San Francisco.

She assisted many small and medium-sized businesses in the Bay Area in a number of industries including utility, health care, telecommunications, high technology, nonprofit, and with start-ups and venture capitalists looking for high growth market opportunities. She worked with entrepreneurs and small businesses; up to some of the largest corporations in the world, such as AT&T.

Kim Wentworth, president of NAWBO, thanked everyone for their support. She noted that the organization continues to reach out to new members who are beginning their business.

"We have a choice to be better," said Wentworth. "Let's construct. Let's build. Let's grow together."

Mary Beth D'Andrea, of First Liberty Bank and Trust, welcomed the 400 plus women to the banquet and introduced the guest speaker, Rose Broderick, chief executive officer of Advanced Images Specialists, a comprehensive diagnostic imaging service of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Broderick shared her inspiring life story of going from a minimum wage job to being the top executive of a multimillion dollar company. She also has been active in the community for more than 30 years, serving as first president of the Scranton Club and chaired the first Komen Race for the Cure of Breast Cancer in NEPA.

She serves on several nonprofit boards and is founding member of the WELIC, a local women's investment club and served as its first president. She has also been the recipient of several prestigious leadership and community service awards.

"Our successes will inspire generations of young women," said Broderick. "We have proof that we are able to lead and achieve success. Our lives and stories help set the stage for future generations."

Elizabeth Zygmunt, editor in chief of the NE PA Business Journal, and Michael Bean, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun, presented the awards to the 25 women.