By Tim Leeds
Faye James of Havre has been named Montana Women in Business Advocate for 2000 by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
James, manager of Workplace, Inc., a personnel placement service, has been involved in Havre as a business owner and as a business advocate for many years.
She has been manager of Workplace, Inc. for about one-and-a-half years, was the owner of 48 Freight Center before that, and the co-owner of James Trucking before that.
James joined the Montana Chapter of Business and Professional Women (BPW)15 years ago, serving as president in 1993 and serving on the BPW National Board of Directors in 1994, as well as serving on the foundation board. She is still a member of the Havre chapter.
James is also a mentor in the SBA's Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training, and is co-chair for the Havre chapter of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), volunteering to share her business management experience counseling business owners.
James said being named advocate isn't the most important part of her work.
"The most important thing I've done, I think, is just to listen to people," she said.
James was nominated for Montana Women in Business Advocate by Tracey Jette, director of the Havre Small Business Development Center.