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KeyBank presents Key4Women Achieve Awards to locals

ENTREPRENEURS — Pictured are Tresses employees Ellen Sebastiano and Joelle Woelful-Hibbs, with Tresses co-owners Bonnie Jensen and Donna Sebastiano. Photos submitted by Brendan Kennedy.
HAMBURG — KeyBank has announced that Kathleen Lerch Kelly, the owner of Precision Landscaping, and Bonnie Jensen and Donna Sebastiano, the owners of Tresses, received Key4Women Achieve Awards, during the Northtowns and Southtowns fifth annual Key4Women Achieve Award receptions.

This award is part of KeyBank’s Key4Women Program which, since 2006 has lent more than $6 billion to women-owned businesses, and is recognized by the Kauffman Foundation as a “best practice” for financial institutions serving women business owners.

“Key established the Key4Women program eight years ago, to provide women business owners with the customized tools and resources they need to be successful,” said Gary Quenneville, president of Western New York Market, KeyBank. “Kathleen, Bonnie and Donna have utilized these tools in growing their startups into successful businesses. They are all great role models and resources for other women business leaders, and the Achieve Award recognizes their many accomplishments and contributions to the community.”

ALL SMILES — Pictured are Precision Landscaping owner Kathleen Lerch Kelly and Bernie Aja.
Lerch Kelly has owned Precision Landscaping for more than 20 years. While in college, at the State University of New York at Cortland, she worked as a part-time landscaper. When a commercial client approached her about maintaining and landscaping their property, she jumped at the chance.

Today, Precision Landscaping has more than 400 clients.

She is a member of the Erie County and Niagara County communities, where many of her clients are located. She is married and has five children.

Jensen and Sebastiano have operated Tresses for 18 years. Located at 133 Pine St. in Hamburg, Tresses is a Gold Well Color Alliance salon.

In addition to running the salon, Jensen and Sebastiano sponsor fundraisers and support local nonprofits and events, including Special Olympics, Mud Run for Breast Cancer, Bald 4 Bucks, Locks of Love, Operation Good Neighbor, Polar Plunge for Special Olympics and Tough Mother for Wounded Warrior.

Key4Women officially launched in 2005. The program began with a commitment to lend $1 billion to qualified women business owners and, from 2005 – 2009, the organization surpassed that goal, lending $3 billion to women-owned businesses. In 2009, Key committed to lend another $3 billion to qualified women business owners by 2012 and surpassed that goal, as well.

Key4Women is free to Key clients, who may join by visiting www.key.com/women. For more information about the program, contact Janine Clark at 276-2030 or janine_clark@keybank.com.

For more information about KeyBank, visit www.key.com.


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