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Friday, June 15, 2012, 9:40 p.m.

Noteworthy: Harris has been named the Small Business Administration's Women in Business Champion of the Year for Western Pennsylvania and Region III, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Age: 52

Residence: Point Breeze

Family: Husband, David; children, Samuel and Alicia

Occupation: Director of the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University in Shadyside

Education: Harris received a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a master of business administration from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Background: She is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and marketing specialist. Before becoming director of the Chatham center, a group of monthly publications she owned in the Toledo, Ohio-Ann Arbor, Mich., area generated $1 million in revenue in seven years.

Quote: "I always tell women to take more risks and to ask for help, because none of us can do it all on our own. We have developed (the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship) to help businesswomen succeed."

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