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New Power Girls: 20 Women Founders To Watch, Part I

Posted: 09/16/09 02:51 PM ET

Bay Area exec and Power Girl Julia Kung takes a seat at a New York Fashion Week panel and party event Monday night sponsored by Moxsie.com. As she does, the room is filled with more than 250 people nabbing treats from Cosabella, hard copies of the popular book Note to Self and more, including many of the top fashion bloggers on the web (many of whom were first spotted on my former company, Stylediary.net).

A day later, designer Betsey Johnson is honored at a dinner and cocktail reception with a Lifetime Achievement Award. All week long, bloggers and style setters alike are weaving in and out of the AMEX fashion week suite, which overlooks the runway in Bryant Park. As the city crackles with excitement from the dozens of parties and shows, there is no greater reminder of Power Girls than Fashion Week. Countless successful women appear to be everywhere. Across the country, two women entrepreneurs compete in the coveted TechCrunch50 event in San Francisco.

There couldn't be a better time to unveil our list for the 20 top women-owned companies to watch than this one.

Over the past ten days, Meghan and I have scoured countless submissions and tapped dozens of companies that are on our radar to create a list of those we'll regularly cover on our newly launched New Power Girls daily blog site. A sister-project to the series here on Huffington Post, Newpowergirls.com is a bit like Mashable, Paid Content or TechCrunch, except our focus is all female. This week, we're unveiling the first ten of our Top 20 list here, and we'll be writing up short profiles on each of the companies listed in the coming two weeks to give readers the 411 on them. Here are the first ten to watch!

1. Blogher, www.blogher.com
2. Ning, www.ning.com
3. Huffington Post, www.thehuffingtonpost.com
4. Blurb, www.blurb.com
5. Budgetfashionista, www.thebudgetfashionista.com
6. Divine Caroline, www.divinecaroline.com
7. Design Milk, www.design-milk.com
8. Paige Adams Gellar, www.paigepremiumdenim.com
9. Candace Nelson, www.sprinkles.com
10. Ivanka Trump, www.ivankatrumpcollection.com

See what Meghan and Patricia have to say about the list here. Be sure to check out profiles on all companies in the coming two weeks on TheNewPowerGirls.com