Facebook398Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Retail AssociationWashington Retail Association (WRA) board member Madelin White was honored in Washington, D.C. with a national honor as one of America’s Retail Champions. The National Retail Federation extended the honor to just a few nominees nationwide.Madelin White is not only a successful business women and advocate for other small business, but she is dedicated to giving back and helping others feel good about themselves. Photo courtesy: Washington Retails AssociationWhile in D.C., Madelin was invited to attend a Small Business Retail Council meeting and advocated on behalf of retailers with some of Washington’s Congressional delegation and with Mark Johnson, Senior VP of Government Affairs.Madelin also attended a recognition dinner with other similar honorees.The award recognizes Main Street business owners who have demonstrated community leadership as strong retail industry advocates. Madelin has owned Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs and Day Spa in Lacey for more than 40 years and has served in various leadership roles on WRA’s board of directors for 21 years. She is the winner of several local and national awards for leadership and volunteer work.In nominating Madelin for her latest honor, WRA highlighted a few of her key contributions including a long-lasting commitment to advocacy for small businesses and toward cancer patients. In Madelin’s 26 years helping cancer patients rebuild their self-esteem with her Look Good, Feel Better course, she has traveled throughout the Puget Sound region and Alaska, Oregon and Montana as a volunteer. Last year, the American Cancer Society honored Madelin with an award for her service to cancer patients.Among Madelin’s other honors is the Thurston County Economic Development Council’s 2015 Business of the Year.