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Hedda T. Schupak, editor-in-chief of JCK magazine, has been named one of Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business” for 2003. Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and five state business newspapers announced the winners of the eighth annual awards May 12 during ceremonies in Hershey, Pa. Dennis Yablonsky, secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development, presented the awards.

The Best 50 awards honor female business leaders and business owners who have made significant contributions in creating jobs and achieving economic goals. “Women are working hard as entrepreneurs, senior business leaders, and community role models,” said Rendell. “Their commitment to business growth, to professional excellence, and to the community is shaping the economic future of Pennsylvania.”

An independent panel of judges made the selection from nominations of accomplished women business leaders throughout the state who are either owners or employees of Pennsylvania businesses. JCK magazine is based in King of Prussia, Pa.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the business journals of Pennsylvania sponsor the awards. More than 7,000 nomination forms were sent, from which 200 were presented to the panel of judges and 50 winners were selected.