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Meet the Top 3 2019 Young Professionals Awards Category Finalists for the Small Business Owner of the Year Award

Meet the Top 3 2019 Young Professionals Awards Category Finalists for the Small Business Owner of the Year Award

Hanade Abualburak: President and Founder of Independent Living LLC
Hanade started working in the field of human services in 2012 as a refugee caseworker working in State College, PA and then Norfolk, VA.  After she moved back to NEPA in 2013, Hanade decided to follow her passion and serve people that have Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. After serving for several years, Hanade realized the lack of services available to people with Intellectual Disabilities. Hanade saw this as an opportunity and found Independent Living LLC which is this area's newest Residential Agency serving adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. Hanade is now the CEO and President of Independent Living LLC, established in September 2018, which is quickly growing and currently employees 27 people.

Nicole Farber: CEO of ENX2 Marketing
For those who know Nicole Farber best, it is no surprise that she is the success she is today. After starting her own business six and half years ago, she has made a name for herself and her business among some of the most prestigious law firms in the country by providing stellar legal digital marketing services. She has spoken in front of some of the top law firms in the world and recently presented at the National Employment Lawyers Association’s annual conference. Nicole was also the official United States representative for a Chambers & Partners Editors’ Event in Rome in 2018.
As the CEO of ENX2 Marketing, as well as a single mother who always puts her loved ones' needs before her own, Nicole works right alongside her team to make sure everything is always in order. She loves her son, she loves her work, and she loves her team. She is an inspiration to all and the world is a little bit brighter with her in it.

Ryan Hertel: Owner and Founder of Socialocca
Operating for almost 2 years, Ryan's business, Socialocca, has continued to make a positive impact on the Greater Wilkes Barre Area by opening a storefront in downtown Wilkes Barre. Ryan also is involved in and supports numerous Greater Wilkes Barre Events and Businesses. 90% of his customers are local. With 12 employees, Socialocca is continuing to grow. Socialocca offers internships for local college students and supports local non-profits and community groups by donating services and products. Additionally Socialocca uses local printers, videographers, photographers, etc. to support the everyday function of the business.

Make sure to join us on September 10th at 5:30 PM at the Room at 900 in Kingston to celebrate these finalists and to hear the category winners announced live on stage! Click here to register today! 
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