Elena Potoupa, owner of Wow-Coupons.com, was named a Finalist in The 5th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business in the “Best Entrepreneur – Service Businesses – Up to 100 Employees” category.
A native of Minsk, Belarus, Elena Potoupa earned two degrees by the age of 20, a B.S. in Physics and a J.D. in International Law. She came to the United States as an international student and earned her M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University by 22. Elena has more than 10 years of finance, accounting, management, strategic planning and marketing experience.
Elena began Wow-Coupons (http://www.wow-coupons.com), a Web site for printable in-store retail coupons, as a hobby. The Web site is one of the first of its kind, concentrating on providing discounts for retail, rather than online stores. She received an overwhelming interest from visitors and media and began developing Wow-Coupons as a business in November 2004. Elena has also expanded internationally by launching of U.K. sister site – http://www.Wow-Coupons.co.uk. Her success won her the prestigious e-commerce LinkShare Golden Link “Innovative Affiliate of the Year” award in 2005, which celebrates extraordinary achievements in performance-based marketing. In 2006, Elena was appointed to the Affiliate Summit Advisory Board and received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Last year Elena was chosen as a Finalist for Stevie Awards in 2 categories: 2007 “Best Entrepreneur – Service Businesses – Up to 100 Employees” and 2007 “Best Turnaround of the Year”. This year Elena was appointed to the Fairleigh Dickinson University Board of Governors and nominated as Google Affiliate Network Rising Star.
“For a single working mom, smart shopping can be serious business,” said CEO Elena Potoupa. “That’s me: a busy young business manager with a nose for bargains, a knack for organization, and an energetic son who deserves the best of everything. I am honored and thrilled to be recognized by the prestigious Stevie Awards organization 2nd year in a row! I feel that I have been moving forward in a right direction and provide the service visitors of my website would expect me to provide.”