Dayton entrepreneur counted among top women in business

A local entrepreneur has been named of the 2020 “enterprising women of the year” by a business magazine.

Enterprising Women magazine has announced the winners of the 2020 "enterprising women of the year" awards, a tribute to the world's top women entrepreneurs. Lois Elrich, president of Solid Blend, is among the 113 international winners, Solid Blend said in a release Tuesday.

“It’s an honor to be counted among a group of women who are working hard to lead their businesses and give back to their communities and other women,” Elrich said in the company’s release. “I’m passionate about developing teams and coaching to build relationships. It’s my privilege to be able to do what I love both as a leader at Solid Blend and as a mentor for others.”

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Based in Dayton since 1999, Solid Blend, with 15 employees, focuses on health care water management solutions, Legionella detection, remediation, control and outbreak response.

The award is “widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners,” Solid Blend said. “To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities.”

Elrich is among 12 winners in a category for businesses with annual sales of $4 million to $5 million. Winners are recognized in categories ranging from less than $1 million to over $50 million.

In addition to her role at Solid Blend, Elrich is a certified executive leadership coach and facilitator for business education enterprise Aileron.

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