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What to Expect at the Women’s Business Roundtable

September 10, 2012

First time attendee to the Women’s Business Roundtable? Find out what you can expect. And don’t forget to register by the September 12th deadline to reserve your spot! No walk-ins will be accepted.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Women’s Business Roundtable event is right around the corner and excitement is building.

I’m often asked what women can expect if they have never attended this event and to be honest, there is no short answer.

Not only does this one evening include inspiring keynote speakers, delicious food including a sampling of delicious desserts from around the Concho Valley, vendors and exhibitor booths, and plenty of networking opportunities, but round-table discussions that are sure to help you learn about whatever topic you’re facing with your business or company.

First-time attendees may be surprised at the overwhelming amount of things going on, but they should not worry. Your only job is to have fun.

When you first arrive you will be asked to sign in. Don’t forget to register by Wednesday to reserve your spot, and you will receive your door prize drawing ticket. Be sure to keep track of your ticket. Then you will be able to fill out a name tag, or you are welcome to bring your own.

From there the first part of the event will consist of browsing and meeting with the many women at the tables. Tables include activation tables on the first floor where you will speak with representatives from the businesses to display tables on the second floor for you to peruse. On the second floor is also where you will find the locations of the round tables that will be used for the discussions later in the evening.

At approximately 6 p.m. the ballroom will open for dinner and you will make your plate and choose your seat. We encourage you to make conversation with the women sharing your table.

Once the event begins we will begin the door prize drawings and you will enjoy hearing from various speakers. This year’s keynote speaker is Brenda Gunter, a local small-business owner and president of Down


town San Angelo Inc.

After dinner you will move to your first round-table discussion. You also have the option of returning to the vendor tables to meet new women and learn about their businesses. Some of the topics you can choose from this year include networking, social media marketing, business startup, marketing, hiring employees, customer service and more.

After the second round-table topic session, the final part of the evening is the Desserts & Discussion portion of the night. You will meet back in the ballroom for the final wrap-up ceremony.

Sample desserts will be available for your snacking pleasure and the final and best door prizes will be drawn. When the event is over we ask you to complete your event evaluation where you have the opportunity to provide feedback to improve the event for next year.

Our goal is to provide a forum for women to make new friends, learn from one another and leave inspired about what they do and what they can do in the future. If at any time you feel overwhelmed or unsure of what to do next, please visit the information booth on the second floor. Above all, have fun.

If you are a potential first-time attendee and you still have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Jessica at the Small Business Development Center at  325-942-2019 or

I also invite you to visit the event website at We hope to see you at this year’s event!

“Business Tips” was written by Jessica Lambert, business development training coordinator and certified training coordinator of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center. Contact her at

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