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ACEnet Womin Business Conference
May 1, 2017free
The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) is hosting a Women in Business conference on Friday May 5, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the newly renovated Lodge at Hocking College in Nelsonville. This event will unite women entrepreneurs in all stages of business development for a one day conference that will focus on three main objectives: professional development, personal development, and networking with other women who own and operate small businesses.
In 2015, the United States Census Bureau reported that nationally women owned businesses are growing at a faster rate than male-owned. Women-owned business have increased at a rate of 26.8% versus a 6.8% increase in male-owned during the same 5 year period. In our own state, women entrepreneurs account for 1/3 of the total businesses. This in mind, ACEnet sees a need for targeted resources supporting women-owned businesses and the Women in Business Conference aims to be a strong start.
Morning sessions focus on professional development with workshops on financial planning and marketing strategies. The workshops are designed give new businesses a great start and mature businesses the tools they need to expand and grow. There will also be a small trade show during the morning giving attendees an opportunity to connect with local businesses offering services in the insurance, tech, marketing and banking sectors. Owning a business while being a family member, community member, or student can be challenging. That’s why the keynote speaker will push attendees to focus on personal development through work-life balance. The conference comes to a close with a “We Did It, So Can You!” panel consisting of successful women entrepreneurs sharing their stories and reminding women why their business are vital to the communities they reside.
Owner of the Nelsonville Emporium, and “We Did It, So Can You!” panelist, Jennifer L’Heureux is excited to be a part of the ACEnet event saying, “In addition to time, energy and money, I needed support, guidance and encouragement when opening the Nelsonville Emporium – ACEnet has what was needed and more!” She also says “The conference is a chance to understand how others breathe and grow in small business. We can learn from our peers and supporters. Together we can do so much more!”
Breakfast will be provided with delicious pastries from Sweet Arts Bakery and lunch will be catered by Hocking College. Registration is free and open to the public! For registration and more information, go to http://acenetworks.org/community/2017-women-business-conference/.