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Metro-Home Corporate Apartments Owner Linda Coughlin Wins
National Award for Leadership in Advancing Women-owned
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New York, May 22, 2006 - Linda Coughlin, founder and president of Metro-Home NYC, the premier provider of short-term and extended stay housing solutions for individuals and corporate employees in Manhattan, has received the 2006 Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Leadership Award.  The award was presented during a ceremony at the spring conference for WIPP held recently in Washington, DC.  WIPP is the nation's largest bi-partisan women's business group. 

The 2006 WIPP Awards were presented in several categories, honoring individuals, associations and companies that have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the growth and goals of women-owned businesses. 

"Linda is a leader who understands and exemplifies the importance in engaging women entrepreneurs in the political process," said WIPP President and Co-founder Barbara Kasoff.  "She sets an example for women across the country that it is imperative to be involved before legislation and public policies become law, which may have a negative impact on a company's growth."

The WIPP Leadership Award recognizes a WIPP member who has demonstrated leadership, achievement, commitment and vision through active community engagement. 

Coughlin is founder and president of New York's Metro-Home NYC.  The company offers more than 200 fully furnished and appointed guest apartments in prime locations throughout Manhattan.  It serves a "Who's Who" of clients from financial services and entertainment to the pharmaceutical industry, providing short-term and extended stay housing solutions for individuals and corporate employees in Manhattan

While building her business, Coughlin has passionately pursued involvement in professional and community organizations as well.   She serves as a founding partner of WIPP, is a member of the Women Presidents' Organization, the Women's Leadership Exchange and the National Forum of Women Executives. 

Closer to home, she is active with the Junior League, Women Business Enterprise National Council and Shakespeare On the Sound.  A mentor for the not-for-profit organization Count-Me-In's "Make Mine a Million Dollar Business," Coughlin is also a former Board member of the Norwalk After School Alliance.  She resides in Rowayton, Connecticut, with her family. 

Other awards given out by WIPP, in addition to Coughlin's Leadership Award, were the 2006 Corporate Partner Award, which recognizes a company proven to be actively supportive of women business owners, the Public Policy Award, Coalition Partner Award and the Member Sponsor Award.

"All of this year's honorees are much more than successful business leaders.  They are active citizens who are working to change the communities around them as well as public policy for women business owners across the country," said Kasoff.  "We are proud to recognize their achievements through these WIPP Awards." 

About Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP):
Women Impacting Public Policy is a national bi-partisan group comprising over 535,000 members.  The non-profit organization is the public policy voice for 40 national Women in Business groups and is The Voice for Women in Business in Our Nation's Capital.  WIPP strengthens its members' sphere of influence in the legislative process, creates economic opportunities for members and builds alliances with other small business organizations.  Visit www.wipp.org

About Metro-Home 
New York-based Metro-Home is the premier provider of short-term and extended stay housing solutions for individuals and corporate employees, offering an inventory ranging from budget to luxury fully furnished apartments.  Metro-Home serves a "Who's Who" of clients, from financial services and entertainment to the pharmaceutical industry. It frequently custom-tailors accommodations for the cast and crew of entire Broadway companies or high-profile celebrities.  To learn more about Metro-Home, visit www.metro-home.com

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