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2015 BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR GALA

Pioneer businesswoman honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

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MAITE, Guam—First Hawaiian Bank and Guam Business Magazine will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the family of the late Mercedes Edwina C. Jose on Sept. 6 at the 10th Annual Businesswoman of the Year Gala at the Hyatt Regency Guam.

The award recognizes a businesswoman in the region who has been a pioneer in her field, has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life in her island community, and who serves as a role model for businesswomen today.

Jose, along with her husband and business partner, Manuel L. Jose, profitably ran several family businesses while actively serving in community organizations and raising funds for worthy causes. Jose was the owner and operator of Ed & Joe’s Shops—a sole proprietorship dress-making, tailoring and gift shop opened in 1947—and was the vice president, secretary, and treasurer of Ed & Joe’s Enterprises Inc., a real estate development and management company that began in 1971.

Jose was also a founding and lifetime member of the Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association, the Filipino Ladies Association of Guam, the Guam Chapter of Soroptimist International and the Andersen Civilian Advisory Council. She was a mother of seven: Edwina Stewart, Josephine Jose Ada, Aurora Jose Wong, Dr. Manuel C. Jose Jr., Richard C. Jose, Maria Luisa Jose, and the late Mercedes Jose.

Proceeds from the Businesswoman of the Year Gala will fund scholarships for students pursuing business and related degrees at the University of Guam, Guam Community College, and Northern Marianas College.

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