Event to Help Women Business Owners

Womanpreneur Empowerment Summit takes place May 2

A daylong summit in Brunswick County will kick off a series of training opportunities for area women who own businesses or are looking to start a company.

THE WOMANPRENEUR EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT takes place May 2 at Brunswick Community College’s Leland Center. The 8 a.m.-3 p.m. event will include workshops about marketing, networking, and startup finances, organizers say.

A roundtable discussion with female business owners also is planned, says Toya Wilson-Smith, marketing manager for Wilmington SCORE, a nonprofit group that helps small businesses get started.

Wilmington SCORE is partnering with BCC’s Small Business Center to put on the summit as well as hosting other events and webinars this year to help women entrepreneurs.

There are Google Hangout sessions planned through the summer. Those will feature interviews of local and national female business owners and discussion on topics such as balancing personal and professional lives and launching a business on a bootstrap budget, Wilson-Smith says.

She adds that another live event will take place in the fall, with that one also reaching out to high school and college-aged young women interested in entrepreneurship.

“The summit is basically just a kickoff of things we want to do on a consistent basis throughout the year,” Wilson-Smith says.

She says the idea for the programs came about from discussions with Kim Wiggs Gamlin, director of BCC’s Small Business Center. They started talking about how they wished there were more workshops and events geared toward women business owners.

“We’re pulling together resources from SCORE, from community colleges in the local area as well as the Small Business Administration,” Wilson-Smith says.

Nationally, there are more than 8 million women-owned businesses, a segment that’s growing faster than the national average, according to recent report commissioned by American Express OPEN.

“There are some challenges and also opportunities that are unique to female business owners,” Wilson-Smith says.

Summit organizers are trying to cap the number of participants at forty to keep the workshops engaging and leave enough time for questions. Wilson-Smith says that so far registrants are coming from around the area – from Wilmington to Southport.


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