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BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE cape Gazette FRIDAY. APRIL 6 - MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012 Coolspring farm wins SBA award By Rachel Swick Mavity D.C., while Etu worked in New York. The pair collaborated on projects to bring sports to young Three women set out to open a women in high school. lavender farm in Milton, and in Their passion to help women the end they found a calling to is contagious and spread to help other women in business. Lavender Fields' third owner, Lavender Fields at Warrington former attorney Sharon Harris, Manor made its debut in 2005 who handles the farm's finances during the annual Milton Garden and much of the farming. Tour. Since then, owners Marie The three women have helped Mayor, Sharon Harris and Mary other area artists, crafters and Ann Etu have expanded thevendors develop their business- lavender fields, restored build- es. ings and established the farm as a "We love that we've been able place for visitors to enjoy and ex- to help people - other women plore, who have ideas - and we help get Theyhave also attracted atten- them going," said Etu. "Women tion: in May they will receive the are able to take something they Small Business Administration's like and create a business around Women Business Champion of it." the Year Award. Mayor said it wasn't some- The award is reserved forthing they set out to do. To stock women who help other women the farm's store, they looked for in the business world. This des- vendors of lavender proeducts. ignation fits the Lavender Fields Many crafters did not consider ladies to a T. their work a business, but the Marie Mayor and MaryAnn lavender ladies helped them Etu met while implementing Ti- write a business plan and make tle IX regulations in the 1980s. money off their wares. Mayor worked in Washington, "It was time to put all of our skills into action," Mayor said. So they began working harder to help other women. tn March, they received a call from the Small Business Admin- istration telling, them they re- ceived the award. They will all attend a May 14 dinner to accept the award. Working for community Besides working with women, the lavender farm owners worked with state tourism lead- Continued on page 53 Invest in energy savings! Did you know that vinyl replacement windows can save you hundreds of energy dollars? Call us today to find out more7 Atlantic Windoworks We bring the showroom to 302,542-3852 owned since 1984 Saturday, April 7... 1 1 am -.2pro Directions: From Lewes at Midway- North on Coastal Hwy, just past Bethany Blues. Make right into Bay Crossing, Left at Clubhouse on Capstan Lane to end. Sign Posted. RACHEL SwIcK MAVITY PHOTO LAVENDER FIELDS owners hope to empower other women to go into business. Shown are (I-r) Marie Mayor, Sharron Harris, employee Heather and Mary Ann Etu. / Heron Bay Lewes Single Family Homes - 1/2 acre from $i67,900" 302.644.9002 Windstone Milton Sandbar Village Leweff E evator Condominiums from $169,900' 302.644.1664 Fairway Village Ocean View ToW6homes I Active Adults - LEWES, DELA ,/ARE Kathy Sped-Bell, Broker S 9 Direct: 302-424-18901 Cell: 302-542-1203 I AaiveAdultsDelawarexom www.Facebook.comlAaiveAdultsDelaware 15 Savannah R0ad