Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Emma Garabetian (left) with the author. Hourig Fournouzian

On Friday, August 17, 30 exceptional businesswomen were recognized
at the 13th annual Women in Business Legislative Update and Awards
luncheon. I am overjoyed that among this year's honorees was my
relative and dear friend Emma Garabetian, who will deservedly receive
the Outstanding Small Businesswoman Award.

This annual event was hosted by State Senator Carol Liu, and Assembly
Members Mike Gatto and Anthony Portantino.

Emma Garabetian is a familiar and beloved name in our community. Many
may know her as the provider of uniforms to our Armenian Schools.

However there is much more to her story. She began with one humble
store, and worked hard to build her company from the ground up.

Presently, Modella Uniforms has two retail stores, in La Crescenta
and Pasadena, with a third location opening soon in the San Fernando

The success of Modella Uniforms is due solely to the unwavering
efforts of its owner. Emma is an enterprising woman who has worked
very hard to achieve success in her professional life. What is more
impressive is that Emma has always used her success to give back to
the Armenian and local community. In all her endeavors she brings
pride to the Armenian community, and strives to ensure that our
community is always represented in a good light.

We thank State Senator Carol Liu, Assembly Members Mike Gatto and
Anthony Portantino, and Kristi Lopez at Assembly Member Portantino's
office for recognizing Emma's achievements.

Emma, congratulations once again. You are truly deserving of this
honor. I wish you countless years of success in all aspects of
your life.