NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wonderland Lifestyle Brands and Wonderland Bakery announced today that Allyson Ames, Founder and CEO, was named one of Ernst & Young LLP’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Winning Women. Ames is one of 11 exceptional women entrepreneurs recognized throughout the country with this prestigious award.
The Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is a national competition and executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it.
According to a recent impact assessment directed by the Babson College Center for Women's Leadership, revenues of program participants' companies have grown an average of nearly 50% each year, with a corresponding 25% average annual growth in the number of jobs.
“This is an exciting time in my business with the expansion of the brand beyond baking to include lifestyle products, through licensing, media and entertainment properties,” says Ames. “The resources, programs and mentoring within the Ernst & Young Women Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is the catalyst that will help to scale my business exponentially.”
“Over the past five years, the Entrepreneurial Winning Women program has grown into a highly competitive platform to help women entrepreneurs think bigger and scale their companies to new heights,” said Kerrie MacPherson, Partner , Ernst & Young LLP. “Allyson Ames is an exceptional business leader with extraordinary potential, and we are pleased to honor her as one of this year’s winners.”
Launched in 2008, the program is intended to help women entrepreneurs break through the barriers that keep thriving second-stage businesses from scaling to their full potential. Once selected, the entrepreneurs participate in customized program designed by Ernst & Young to catalyze their companies’ growth by building relationships, enhancing leadership skills, expanding business know-how and providing increased visibility.
About Wonderland Lifestyle Brands and Wonderland Bakery:
Wonderland Lifestyle Brands was founded in 2005 in Newport Beach, California, with the opening of Wonderland Bakery®, a unique destination specializing in delicious desserts and whimsical products that make every day a celebration. A national brand favorite of families, celebrities and the White House, Allyson Ames, Founder and CEO is expanding beyond baking to include lifestyle products, licensing merchandising, media and entertainment properties.