VerticalResponse’s Janine Popick Named Entrepreneur of the Year by Women’s Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO—Sept. 7, 2010—VerticalResponse, Inc. (, a leading provider of self-service email marketing, online survey and direct mail solutions for small businesses, today announced that Janine Popick, CEO, VerticalResponse, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year in San Francisco. The award is given by Bay Area nonprofit Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment and recognizes women business owners in the Bay Area who:

• Have been successful despite the barriers that exist for women business owners,

• Exemplify how business ownership and leadership is beneficial for women,

• Have a positive impact on the local community or the community at large , and

• Advance their business through innovation.

In recognizing these businesses, Women’s Initiative celebrates the power of small businesses in transforming communities through job creation and economic revitalization. In fact, recent research from Women’s Initiative shows that their graduates created more than 2,200 jobs in 2009 alone.

“I’m very humbled to be recognized by an organization that does so much for women in business,” said VerticalResponse CEO Janine Popick. “I applaud the work the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment does for so many women to help them achieve self-sufficiency and realize their dream of running a business.”

The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes these women entrepreneurs and their businesses for their leadership and positive contributions to their communities.

Janine Popick will be recognized at the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Ceremony on October 12 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco.

A total of 587 women were nominated for the award throughout the Bay Area and nearly 50 women were honored with the award. For more information about the awards and a complete list of winners, go to

About Women’s Initiative

For more than 22 years, Women’s Initiative for Self Employment has been providing low-income, high potential women with the business training, funding and ongoing support to start their own business and becoming financially independent. The women who go through our training significantly increase their income and assets while launching businesses, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy.