Alumna honored as champion of women in business

| May 30, 2013

Betsie Meric Gambel ’73 of Gambel Communications has been recognized as the U.S. Small Business Administration Region VI 2013 Women in Business Champion. Region VI includes Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Gambel and other SBA award recipients were recognized in a recent ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge, La.

SBA awards highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners from all 50 states and U.S. territories during National Small Business Week (June 17- 21). Champion awards recognize those who promote small business, support their interests and advocate for the cause of small business in the legislative process.

“Small business owners are the lifeblood of our economy,” Gambel said. “I’m especially honored to be recognized with this award and applaud all the women business owners, especially in Region VI. I look forward to many more years growing not only my own business, but also supporting other women businesses and initiatives.”

The Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce nominated Gambel.

“Betsie Gambel stands out in a crowd. Her business acumen and her passion for economic growth make her the perfect recipient for this honor,” said Jefferson Parish Chamber president Todd Murphy. “Jefferson Parish is lucky to have her working here.”

Gambel is a 2012 graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program and was honored as one of New Orleans CityBusiness’ 2012 Women of the Year. Additionally she has been recognized as a Young Leadership Council and a YWCA role model, St. Elizabeth’s volunteer activist and Cancer Crusaders honoree. She is a former president of the Junior League of New Orleans.

Gambel is the founder of Gambel Communications, a public relations agency in Metairie, La.

Category: Alumnae and Development