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Inc. 500's Number One Women Business Owner Shares Her Road to Success

The Principal Women in Business Teleclass Series Features Mary Ellen Trevino

October 14, 2009 (Des Moines, IA) - As a dedicated partner to women business owners, the Principal Financial Group® enlisted Mary Ellen Trevino, CEO and founder of P3S Corporation, as the marquee speaker for the free teleclass, "How I Grew My Business in a Down Market: One Business Owner's Inspiring Success Story."

The free program, to be held Nov. 3, is part of The Principal® Women in Business Teleclass Series that provides tangible advice directly to women business owners.

"Despite the challenging economic environment, Mary Ellen has managed to grow her company 105 percent since 2008 and was listed as the number 17 fastest growing private company by Inc. Magazine," said Mary O'Keefe, senior vice president, The Principal. "Women business owners have a rare opportunity to walk away with practical tips for providing their business an edge from a woman who built her company from scratch."

The free teleclass series, launched in 2003, is held on "Teleclass Tuesdays." The sessions are exclusively designed to respect the busy schedules of a growing business owner, while allowing the audience unique interaction in a casual format with nationally-recognized business leaders and thinkers. The teleclass provides tips to grow a business in challenging economic times and offers entrepreneurial insight for building a strong employee base.

Recent Facts on Women Owned Businesses in the United States:

  • 10.1 million firms owned by women (50 percent or more.)
  • Employing more than 13 million people, generating $1.9 trillion in sales as of 2008.
  • 1.9 million firms are majority-owned (51 percent or more) by women of color in the U.S.
  • One in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned.
  • Three percent of all women-owned firms have revenues of $1 million or more.

*Center for Women's Business Research

Meet the Speaker

Based in San Antonio, Texas, Trevino and P3S Corporation provide IT, homeland security, program management, and consulting services for the federal government.

A highly regarded and recognized former federal executive with more than 11 years experience, Trevino is armed with a proven track record within the federal contracting world and most recently served as the former COO and vice president of the U.S. Department of the Treasury Franchise Fund - FedSource.

Today, even with the rapid growth of her company, Trevino values her commitment to the community and is a regular volunteer and public speaker.

About The Principal Women in Business Teleclass Series

The teleclass is provided by the Principal Financial Group. It features nationally recognized business leaders and thinkers from bestselling author and "Today" show financial contributor Jean Chatzky to chocolate visionary and multi-million dollar business owner Katrina Markoff. Class summaries and audio of all past programs are available for download at

The program's moderator is Jane Berentson, editor of Inc. Magazine.

About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal ®)[1] is a leader in offering businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement and investment services, life and health insurance, and banking through its diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the Fortune 500, the Principal Financial Group has $257.7 billion in assets under management[2] and serves some 18.8 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit


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