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Joan Mitchell (left) and Marquita Hill, both of Blacksburg, received Woman of the Year awards in June from the American Business Women’s Association New River Valley Express Chapter.

The American Business Women’s Association New River Valley Express Chapter announced the recipients of their annual Woman of the Year awards during their monthly luncheon at the Holiday Inn Christiansburg Blacksburg on June 19.

Each year the chapter membership submits nominations for the awards and a three-member committee chooses two award recipients: one from among the chapter membership and one from the business community.

The ABWA member award recipient for 2019 is Joan Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Realty, as principal broker and Realtor, in Blacksburg. She has been an active member of the organization and served as the president of the local chapter for the past two years.

The community Woman of the Year for 2019 is Marquita Hill of Blacksburg. Hill has started an international organization to help women and children through educational programs and business entrepreneurship.

Founded in 1949 by Kansas City, Missouri, businessman Hilary A. Bufton Jr., ABWA has thousands of members in chapters and Express networks nationwide. ABWA is dedicated to women’s education and provides workplace skills and career development training for its members.

To find out more about the New River Valley Express Chapter, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ABWANRVExpress.

Submitted by Christine Smith

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