Blazing the Small Business Trail

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Maryanne M. Mowen, an associate professor of accounting at Oklahoma State University, specializes in cost and managerial accounting. A true advocate for the advancement of women in business, she has long mentored young women and helped them develop skills needed for success in business.

Another state accounting instructor, Barbara C. Cuite, has earned a reputation for advancing the causes of small businesses while running her own.

Both women now bask in the glow of state accolades. Maryanne earned her way through college by means of merit scholarships, loans and jobs. Graduating in just three years, Maryanne began her teaching career in Colorado Springs. She later earned a master's and a Ph.D. in economics from Arizona State University. In 1978, Maryanne moved to Stillwater to join the OSU College of Business Administration. She was soon asked to join the accounting faculty as an assistant professor. Maryanne passed the certificate in management accounting exam with a certificate of distinguished performance (an honor given to only the nation's top eight scores.) Since that time, she has taught nearly 5,000 students, and co- authored two textbooks in managerial and cost accounting used by more than 100 universities around the world. In addition, Maryanne works as a scholastic and computer adviser, serves on OSU's athletic council and spearheads the OSU Title IX compliance plan. For all those reasons and more, Mowen was named the Oklahoma Women in Business Advocate of the Year. She will join Ron Walker, chosen Oklahoma Small Business Person of the Year, and Cuite, the Accountant Advocate of the Year, in an award ceremony June 10 at the Metro Tech Conference Center. …