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Ikanto(June 20, 2017) On June 19 in Las Vegas, WEConnect International hosted more than 200 corporate representatives, women business owners, partners and other champions of women’s economic empowerment. During the evening reception, Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, announced the top five winners of the first ever WEConnect International photo contest for women business owners. 

Among the five finalists was Mayra Ortiz of certified women's business enterprise Ikanto Natural, based in Lima, Peru. Her photo earn high marks because it colorfully demonstrated the importance of attending events and trade shows to make business connections and win contracts. How Mayra describes her business and products:

Inkanto is Peru's biodiversity in a bottle. With a little bit of magic and a lot of pride we transform the richness of Peruvian natural products into a natural fruit liquor that reflects our biodiversity and promotes sustainable, local agriculture.

The competition isn’t over yet, though!

Now through December 31, 2017, the general public can vote for the finalists' photos - including Mayra's - by making an online donation. In January 2018, two winners will be notified – the one that receives the most individual donations and one that receives the most donated funds overall.  Both will win a free ticket to WEConnect International Day 2018 in Detroit!  

So make your donation now via https://weconnectinternational.networkforgood.com/, and don’t forget to designate which photo gets your vote!