Janelle Bruland of Management Services Northwest has been named the 2011 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year by the Women Business Owners, an organization for women entrepreneurs in the Puget Sound region. The award recognizes female business owners who have enhanced the status of women entrepreneurs in business and the community. The award was given during the gala awards banquet on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
“Janelle is an extremely well-rounded, disciplined but very compassionate individual,” said Mary Marino, a principal at LarsonAllen LLP and one of the judges. “She had the whole package and was strong in every single area.”
Bruland purchased Management Services Northwest as a small janitorial company with 10 employees in 1995. The company now is a one-call source for complete facilities management and a regional employer with 240 employees and 300 vendor partners. Bruland oversees the company and focuses on strategic planning and business development.
She serves on the board of several organizations including Building Services Contractor’s Association International, Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center and serves on the Community Benefit Committee as well as the editorial committee for Services Magazine.
“What set Janelle apart was her acute clarity with the vision of her company, and her financial savvy and fearlessness in terms of growing her company,” said Susan Kaufman, CEO of Serafina and Cicchetti restaurants, 2010 winner and judge.
Nominees must own at least 51 percent of the business, gross more than $1 million in annual revenue and have three or more employees. Candidates are judged based on entrepreneurial spirit, ethics and community spirit, financial and management skills and the difficulty and risk they have overcome for success.