RALEIGH, NCEnterprising Women, nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners, recently listed Blue Moon Estate Sales’ co-founder and CEO Debra Blue as an Enterprising Women of the Year Champion.

Widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners, the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.

Enterprising Women of the Year“I am truly honored to be recognized by Enterprising Women as a Women of the Year Champion,” said Blue. “Women all over the world are doing remarkable things, and it is a privilege to be an honoree with such an amazing group of women.”

Blue was among 31 women named as an Enterprising Women of the Year Champions, an honor that was created this year.

“With hundreds of women entrepreneurs nominated from across the United States and around the globe, we added a new award category last year to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of a larger group of women worldwide,” said Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women. “These “Champions” excel in a variety of ways – through fast business growth, community leadership or as outstanding role models and mentors in their communities.”

Before co-founding Blue Moon Estate Sales, Blue worked as a physician for over 40 years. During her free time, she became familiar with estate sales while she bought and sold antiques with her husband as a hobby. Realizing there was room for an industry boom through economic trends, Blue launched Blue Moon Estate Sales in 2009. In 2013, Blue and her son, David, started franchising the business.

Today, Blue Moon has position itself as industry leaders with 16 locations open and operating in 21 territories.