Women Working Together Award Winners

The Women Working Together Award was presented at the 2019 Inaugural Connections to Contracts event.  This award recognizes an outstanding deal between two WBE members, and showcases the story behind it.

We are excited to announce this year's winners - Susie Carter of Mixed Media Creations, and Indu Sanka of FIRST SIGNS Graphic Solutions!

[The Story] 

Mixed Media Creations was selected by a major client to manage a complete overhaul and rebrand of a large student living community in New Jersey.  The client was excited about the new designs, but had hit a standstill while trying to work with local vendors for installation of the designs on signage throughout the building.

After Susie and Indu connected at a WBCS Table Topics Luncheon, they formed a partnership and were able to move the project forward within days. Their companies worked closely together to ensure the design translated perfectly, while keeping with their high standards for quality and customer service. Needless to say, the client was thrilled with the work! You can see examples of the sign installation on the slide behind me.

We wanted to recognize these ladies not only for their outstanding Done Deal, but also because showcase how this collaboration allowed both companies to expand their services and reach a new market. Mixed Media Creations is now able to take on large scale signage jobs with confidence, and First Signs Graphic Solutions was able show they can successfully take on complicated projects in different geographical regions – even all the way to the East Coast. They are excited to continue working together, and already have 4 future projects in work!

[The Winners]

Mixed Media Creations is a full-service marketing and design studio, and international award-winning creative shop. Susie is an active member of WBCS and has been certified since 2015. Doing business with other WBEs is important to Susie as its allowed her company to expand their services with confidence, knowing they are working with companies vetted and certified by the council.


FIRST SIGNS Graphic Solutions is a full-scale professional sign manufacturing company able to serve all their customer’s signage needs under one roof. They’ve been in business for 11 years and were certified as a WBE in August of 2018.  Indu immediately recognized the value of partnering with other WBCS members and began doing business with WBEs within two months of certification.  She was the recipient of the 2019 WBE Rising Star Award, presented at the Parade of Stars Awards Gala.