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Kim Shepherd Honored as NAWBO-OC Remarkable Women Innovator of the Year

Decision Toolbox CEO Kim Shepherd has been honored with the National Association of Women Business Owners – Orange County (NAWBO-OC) Remarkable Women Innovator Award.  NAWBO-OC is the premier organization for Orange County women business owners, and selected Kim based on her success through outstanding innovations in product, service and business model, as well as her commitment to helping others in the community to achieve success.

Kim has been a major factor in the growth of Decision Toolbox to $10 million in annual revenues and a position as one of Orange County’s leading recruiting firms. A bold leader who doesn’t believe in following conventional business rules, Kim’s philosophy is “there’s nothing common about common sense” – an approach that enables her to creatively deploy the company’s 100 employees, who work 100% virtually. The resulting low overhead allows Decision Toolbox to offer an industry-leading average of only seven percent cost per hire, and the lack of geographical limitations allows the company to attract the very best team.  Kim also infuses the company’s innovative culture with creative concepts that establish “sticky factor” to engage and retain top talent:

  • Boo Boo of the Month Award
  • PODS and Tiger Teams
  • Tsunami Planning
  • Cockroach Hunting
  • Green Flags

Receiving this Innovator award from NAWBO-OC is validation that my team is doing outstanding work in the recruitment field and I’m delighted to accept it on their behalf,” Shepherd said.

Also being honored are:

  • Beverly Bailey, president and chief executive officer of Stronghold Engineering, Inc., for Lifetime Achievement;
  • Susan Scott, president of Premiere Home Health Care, for Entrepreneur to Watch.

The 2013 Remarkable Women Awards will be held Tuesday, October 8, and organizers expect more than 600 attendees at this year’s event. Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner and awards presentation from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Ticket pricing ranges from $70 – $95 with tables starting at $700. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 714-630-2983. Proceeds from the Remarkable Women Awards help support NAWBO-OC initiatives. For more information, please visit

Congratulations, Kim!
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