The National Retail Association has honored Lacey businesswoman Madelin White as one of America’s Retail Champions for 2017. The annual award recognizes Main Street business owners who are community leaders and strong retail industry advocates at all levels of government.

White, the owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs & Day Spa, attended a dinner in Washington, D.C., honoring her as Washington state’s representative, along with her fellow Retail Champions from states across the nation. There, she met with members of the Washington State Congressional delegation to lobby on behalf of the needs of small business owners such as herself around the state.

 “I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and their businesses,” White told WRA members in accepting her nomination to compete for the Retail Champions honor.

White, who has operated her business for more than 40 years, is also active in her community. Last year, the America Cancer Society honored White — a 2011 Business Examiner Media Woman of Influence — for her 25 years of volunteer service in building the self-esteem of cancer patients through her “Look Good, Feel Better” course. She also has served on the Washington Retail Association’s Board of Directors for 21 years in a variety of roles on the executive committee, including four terms as chairwoman. She has regularly testified before state House and Senate committees on a host of issues important to retailers.