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Block is 1 of 11 Winners Recognized With Prestigious Award

BISMARCK, ND  October 25, 2012 – Earth-Kind, Inc., today announced that Kari Warberg Block, CEO, was named one of Ernst & Young LLP’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Winning Women. Block is one of 11 exceptional women entrepreneurs recognized throughout the country with this prestigious award.

Now in its fifth year, 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.

The program has spurred dramatic growth. According to a recent independent impact assessment directed by the Babson College Center for Women's Leadership, revenues of program participants' companies have grown almost 50% each year on average, with a corresponding 25% average annual growth in the number of jobs.

"I am very honored to be among the Winning Women Class of 2012.  Through the Ernst & Young global community I look forward to utilizing the tools, resources, and elite networks to build even greater value for our customers, employees, partners and State!" Block stated.  Earth-Kind™ manufactures the first and only EPA-certified natural rodent repellent, FRESH CAB®. With up to 50 percent of the global population affected by rodent issues, this market-transforming product delivers results without risks.  The company’s customers, like John Deere and Ace Hardware, trust Earth-Kind innovations to save millions of dollars each year from rodent damage.
 
The winners represent a wide variety of industries and headquarter locations. They were selected from a highly competitive pool of women entrepreneurs across the US by a distinguished panel of independent judges, including:
Howard Brodsky, Chairman and CEO, CCA Global PartnersCynthia Cohen, CEO, Strategic MindshareLaurie Cunnington, President, Ward Williston Oil CompanyDr. Mary Jo Gorman, CEO, Advanced ICU Care and a 2011 Entrepreneurial Winning WomanJeri Harman, Managing Partner, Avante Mezzanine PartnersRob Scott, VP and Worldwide General Manager, Hewlett PackardMary Ellen Sheets, Founder, Two Men And A Truck 
 
“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 and Entrepreneurial Winning Women Executive Sponsor, Ernst & Young LLP. “Kari Warberg Block is an exceptional business leader with extraordinary potential, and we are pleased to honor her as one of this year’s winners.”

Women entrepreneurs are among the brightest spots in the American economy, starting businesses at a tremendously fast rate. Despite a volatile market and high unemployment, nearly half of privately held companies in the country are now at least half-owned by women. The Entrepreneurial Winning Women program aims to increase the number of leading women-owned companies by providing key resources and supporting their business growth. 

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 an ongoing, customized program designed by Ernst & Young to catalyze their companies’ growth by building and fostering critical relationships, enhancing leadership skills, expanding business know-how and providing increased visibility. They are coached on the five crucial leaps they need to scale up their business:
Setting higher goalsBuilding a public profileWorking on the business, rather than in itEstablishing key advisory networksEvaluating financing for expansionThe 11 members of the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2012 will receive complimentary participation in this year’s Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum. The Forum brings together more than 2,000 of the nation's most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders to share growth strategies. The Entrepreneurial Winning Women will be introduced at a special luncheon induction ceremony and will be provided with numerous opportunities to network throughout the conference with successful entrepreneurs, senior executives and investors who can act as formal or informal advisors, provide access to capital and extend their extensive business relationships to the women entrepreneurs.
 
About Kari Warberg Block

Block champions innovation and entrepreneurship to support a kinder earth for all. She is a high-energy, strategically aligned, creative Business woman with more than 15 years of business management, manufacturing, marketing and new product development experience. Block’s zeal for innovation and entrepreneurship has driven her to start several businesses and develop many novel products throughout the years. As a committed servant leader, she keeps her organizational mission clear in the minds of her employees, empowers them to make their good ideas work and provides meaningful jobs for people with disabilities. At heart, Block is a farmer who is passionate about nourishing and growing ideas, businesses and people in a sustainable manner. She can be reached at kari@earth-kind.com. Follow Kari on Twitter:  @KariWBlock.  Photos available upon request.

About Earth-Kind, Inc.

Bismarck based Earth-Kind, Inc. manufactures a new kind of rodent control.  Its flagship product, Fresh Cab® rodent repellent, is the only EPA indoor-use registered natural rodent repellent.   The company’s manufacturing plant is located in Faribault, MN and employs developmentally disabled individuals for product assembly.  Its products are distributed through more than 15,000 national retail locations.  For more information, visit www.earth-kind.com, phone # (701) 751-4456.
 
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