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Auburn Entrepreneur Named Woman of Distinction


An Auburn entrepreneur has been named a recipient of the 2023 Women of Distinction Award.

State Senator Rachel May has awarded Melody Smith the honor for her work and personal life as a mentor, mother, and grandmother. Smith is the owner of Melody’s co-working space in Auburn and founder of Beverly L Smith Empowerment Initiatives which mentors women of color.

May invited Smith to Albany Tuesday to receive her award and attend a banquet with other women across the state.

“Melody Smith has contributed immensely to the Central New York Community with her work and service. Through her nonprofit, Beverly L. Smith Empowerment Initiatives, Inc., Melody has mentored women of color, instilling confidence to become leaders in their personal lives, work, and communities. I am pleased to recognize and honor Melody with the 2023 Women of Distinction Award,” said Senator May.

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