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Naturally Me’s Chaundra Smith is a Top Ten Finalist in Microsoft’s Office 365 Contest
DURHAM, NC—August 16, 2011 – Chaundra Smith, founder of the Durham-based certified vegan beauty company Naturally Me (www.naturallymestore.com) , recently was announced as one of the top ten finalists in Microsoft’s “Office 365: Ready for Work” Contest (www.facebook.com/office365) in which five small businesses have the opportunity to win $50,000 each and Office 365 free for a year. An added incentive, the five winners get to spend a day with a Microsoft executive, who will work alongside the small businesses helping them along the road to success.
“If I am fortunate enough to be one of the 5 grand prize winners it will take my business to the next level,” Chaundra said. “It will give Naturally Me the opportunity to make more people aware of the company and all of the good that we try to do in our community.”
Smith began Naturally Me in 2008 when she was forced to turn a passion into a profession after being laid off. Always one to look for a silver lining in all situations, Chaundra used this situation as a catalyst for a new opportunity. It is her positive outlook that has taken this natural and certified vegan beauty line to the next level. Featuring a host of bath and body products for the entire family (including pets), Chaundra and her staff still make each item by hand with the finest natural and vegan ingredients coupled with a touch of love.
But Chaundra Smith’s passion not only lies within her craft but within her community. Through Naturally Me, Ms. Smith routinely gives back to the community through a variety of ways including a series of scholarships for single parents through her alma mater, Durham Technical College, her on-going promotion “To Soldiers With Love,” a promotion where Naturally Me customers can send thank you notes along with much needed toiletries to members of the Armed Forces stationed overseas; as well as donating products to With Friends, Inc. a Gastonia (NC) based shelter for teen moms.
Winners of the Ready for Work contest will be announced in September.