The Santa Maria Women’s Network invites nominations for the 2013 Women of Excellence recognition program. Outstanding women who live and work in the Santa Maria Valley may be nominated. The deadline for nomination applications is Tuesday, January 22nd.

Local women who have bettered their community and enhanced the lives of others will be honored for their contributions as Women Taking Creative Risks, Women Helping Women, Women of Spirit, and Lifetime Achievement. A highlight for the business network and the community, the awards are now in their 23rd year.

This year’s awards dinner will be held Wednesday, March 6th at the Historic Santa Maria Inn, 5:30 -8:00 p.m. The SMWN is excited to announce Diane Auten of Competent Communications, as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Nomination applications and information are available by contacting Christine Gerber 805-598-9192 or To learn more about business sponsorships contact event chairperson Gredsa Chavarria 805-448-6570 or

The Santa Maria Women’s Network currently 100+ strong is a non-profit organization that promotes the professional and personal development of its members. Membership includes men and women from the business and private sectors of the community, who gather to exchange information, provide mutual support and assist in the overall advancement of women. Each month the organization will meet for a luncheon, which is held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Historic Santa Maria Inn 11:30-1pm.