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Best Friends and Business Partners
Two Remarkable Women Share the Beauty and the Beast of Owning your Own Business while Growing up and Growing Together as Best Friends and Co-presidents


YOU BUY THE PEANUT BUTTER, I’LL GET THE BREAD
The Absolutely True Adventures of Best Friends in Business

By Kirsten Poe Hill and Renée E. Warren

“YOU BUY THE PEANUT BUTTER, I’LL GET THE BREAD unveils the real story behind our business and reveals the fallacy of several concepts: that starting a business is easy, that you can’t work with your friend, that you can’t rise above devastation to succeed and even grow, that you can’t have it all, that you can’t define your own terms for living and make it work for you. It’s about recovery, acceptance, fortitude and forgiveness. It’s about faith, hope and the charity of others.”

—From the Introduction of YOU BUY THE PEANUT BUTTER, I’LL GET THE BREAD

(New York, NY – April 1, 2009) Kirsten Poe Hill and Renée E. Warren, best friends, business partners and now co-authors, release their first book YOU BUY THE PEANUT BUTTER, I’LL GET THE BREAD: The Absolutely True Adventures of Best Friends in Business (A Plume Original; April 2009). The release of this book not only marks another co-accomplishment, but a new-found depth in their friendship, as Kirsten and Renée set off on their first book tour as the authors, and not the event production team!

As co-founders of Noelle-Elaine Media (www.noelle-elaine.com), a 15 year successful New York City-based event management, media relations and production company, Kirsten and Renée have, together, withstood the daily highs and lows of starting, managing and maintaining a business. YOU BUY THE PEANUT BUTTER, I’LL GET THE BREAD: The Absolutely True Adventures of Best Friends in Business is the co-author’s real-life coming of age story as women and as business owners. The book details their many adventures of learning how to run a business and overcoming all of the obstacles that come with including obtaining clients, clients not paying, owing the IRS, trying to pay bills, while growing up at the same time.

YOU BUY THE PEANUT BUTTER, I’LL GET THE BREAD reveals both co-author’s back stories, and leads the reader into the more personable world of Kirsten and Renée—how they were raised, how differently they were raised, how the co-authors met, dating, marriage—Tears, jeers and fears, Kirsten and Renée lay it on the line and show women that they too can succeed with their dreams. 

The title comes from a real situation where, shortly after the launch of Noelle-Elaine Media, Kirsten and Renée’s biggest client could not pay the bill. Without money for lunch, co-authors came together on the cost of peanut butter and bread so they could make sandwiches for the week!  Early on they learned that together, they would survive.

“Through 15 years of planning campaigns, traveling, growing the business, disagreeing and meeting in the middle, Renée and I have managed to maintain the most important things – our dignity and our friendship,” says co-president/author, Kirsten Poe Hill.

Co-president/author Renée E. Warren adds, “Peanut Butter Bread details our journey and shows that it’s one worth taking! We made it happen through it all and now we want to share our story with others.”

Kirsten Poe Hill and Renée E. Warren co-founded Noelle-Elaine Media, Inc. in 1993. Their notable clients include: Ariel Mutual Funds, Ashley Stewart, Black Enterprise magazine, Charles Schwab, Disney Channel, Essence Communications, HBO, L’Oreal, Money, and Showtime. For more information on both, please visit www.peanutbutterbreadbook.com or www.noelle-elaine.com.

Generous sponsors including Ameriprise Financial, Ashley Stewart, Ashley Stewart Foundation, Cork ‘N Bottle, East Harlem Café, eighty one Restaurant, Entrée Metropolitan, La Casa Azul Book Store, New York University and The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation have made the YOU BUY THE PEANUT BUTTER, I’LL GET THE BREAD: The Absolutely True Adventures of Best Friends in Business Book Tour possible.



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