Campbellsville native is winner of Count Me In's Micro to Millions Award

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By The Staff

Business growth program, Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, selected Kim Orlando of TravelingMom.com as one of the four recipients of the Micro to Millions award during its competition in Trumbull, Conn. event on Oct. 11.

Orlando, daughter of Campbellsville resident Raj Sublett, attended Taylor County High School. She is the mother of three and lives in Greenwich, Conn. Orlando received the Count Me In Award for her business, TravelingMom.com, an online resource where moms can find filtered, relevant travel information. 

"It is exciting to be part of an organization whose only objective in working with me is to see my business succeed," says Orlando. "Having access to support from a dream team of coaches and mentors is incredibly valuable as TravelingMom grows."

The event featured female entrepreneurs from Connecticut who competed for business development packages that include money, marketing, mentoring and assistance to help their businesses grow into million-dollar enterprises.  

Described as a cross between "The Apprentice" and "American Idol," the competition provided seven finalists the opportunity to present their business in a three-minute "elevator pitch" to a panel of business experts and a live audience of 300 at the Women's Business Conference.

Four winners were chosen by the audience and judges who collaborate on the selection process. 

The reality of being a traveling mom for Orlando was not the exotic one she imagined - frolicking on sandy beaches and in jewel blue oceans. She found herself in the traveling mom trenches, staying overnight in New Jersey for work every week and dealing with the challenge of being a well-balanced and available mom.

This busy and often hectic lifestyle inspired Orlando to find ways to make traveling easier for moms. She has been featured on The Montel Williams Show and University of Arizona's Alumni Newsletter and is the travel expert for Bluesuitmom.com and Newbaby.com.

More than 200 women applied for the packages being awarded at this event.

"We are thrilled by the eagerness of women in the region to participate in this event," said Nell Merlino, founder and president of Count Me In. "The number of applicants mirrors the growth of our entrepreneurs' businesses and their desire to take them to the million dollar level."