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Katonah's Gold Standard Owner Gets Lillian Vernon Award

Nancy Gold, president and founder of The Gold Standard in Katonah, was among two women awarded the prestigious 2012 Lillian Vernon Award Tuesday.
Nancy Gold, president and founder of The Gold Standard in Katonah, was among two women awarded the prestigious 2012 Lillian Vernon Award Tuesday. Photo Credit: Harrison Edwards

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Nancy Gold, founder and president of The Gold Standard in Katonah, was among two women Tuesday awarded the prestigious 2012 Lillian Vernon Award by the Women's Enterprise Development Center.

The award was given at the organization's annual Women's Business Networking Event in White Plains. The awards are given by the group each year to women business owners who, like Westchester entrepreneur Lillian Vernon, have demonstrated exceptional service to the community. Marjorie Finer, COO of The Inner Group in Peekskill, also was a recipient.

“Over the years, Nancy Gold and Marjorie Finer have given generously of their time and talent to numerous causes, especially those helping women entrepreneurs succeed," said Anne Janiak, executive director of the group. "They have made numerous contributions to WEDC throughout the years, including their service on our board of directors. They also helped WEDC found the Alliance of Hudson Valley Women Business Owners (“The Alliance”) and served as its co-chairs from 2006 to 2011.”

Gold founded The Gold Standard, a marketing and public relations company, in 1992 which has developed marketing efforts for the Hudson River Lighthouse Trail and the Hudson Valley Art Trail. Since 2006, Gold's company also has managed public relations and advertising for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.

Prior to forming her own company, Gold served for 10 years as director of marketing and public affairs for Historic Hudson Valley. In 1995, she became project director for Historic Hudson River Towns, and since that time has worked to implement tourism and economic development strategies for the 13 Westchester communities along the Hudson River.

In addition to her volunteer work with Women's Enterprise Development Center and the alliance, Gold also serves on the board of the Greater Hudson Heritage Network.

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