Maine’s Top Young Entrepreneur Brings Home International Award

Becky McKinnell, Founder of iBec Creative, wins the international Stevie Award for Women in Business- Best Young Entrepreneur, the first from Maine to win this prestigious honor.

PORTLAND, Maine (November 14, 2011)- Becky McKinnell, President and Founder of iBec Creative, was announced the winner of the world renowned Stevie Award for Women in Business- Best Young Entrepreneur on Friday at the awards ceremony in New York City.

McKinnell is the first person from Maine to win a Stevie Award for Women in Business since the awards began in 2004, earning the award for her company’s substantial growth over the past year, her personal dedication to community service, and her outstanding achievements as a young entrepreneur.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The awards are one of four Stevie Awards programs, which have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

More than 1,300 entries – a record for the competition - were submitted this year for consideration in 75 categories, including Best Executive, Best Entrepreneur, Women Helping Women, and Communications Campaign of the Year.

The top finalists that McKinnell was competing against for this award were:

  1. Julie Bee, President and Chief Connector of BeeSmart Social Media, in Indian Trail, North Carolina, USA
  2. Chris Holly from Chris Holly Consulting in London, United Kingdom
  3. Haley Kilpatrick, Founder of Girl Talk in Atlanta, GA, USA
  4. Smita Thorat, Director of India - Horizon Infoventures Pvt. Ltd., in Mumbai, India

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of honorees are available at

“Women entrepreneurs and executives continue to innovate, excel, and impress,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “Regardless of general economic conditions, the achievements of women-owned and –run organizations around the world remain high, and are reflected in this year’s honorees.”

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

Sponsors and supporters of the 8th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business include the Business TalkRadio Network, Coloredge, Infogroup, KeyBank | Key4Women, Melilea International Group of Companies, SDL, and Smart Reader Worldwide,

About iBec Creative

Established in 2006 by founder and President Becky McKinnell, iBec Creative is a leading provider of website and traditional design services based in Portland, Maine. iBec Creative brings fresh ideas and an intuitive understanding of technology to its work. For more information, go online to or call (207) 221‑0790.


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