Event to Support Women in Business
August 28, 2011
Business Tips Article
ASU-SBDC Business Development Training Coordinator
SAN ANGELO, Texas — Are you a female business owner or business professional? Do you want to be one?
The Angelo State University Small Business Development Center will be hosting the 13th Annual Women’s Business Roundtable Event from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Historic Cactus Hotel, and you are invited.
The Women’s Business Roundtable Event is dedicated to providing professional business women and business owners from San Angelo and West Texas a memorable and valuable evening just for them. The event will include vendor/exhibitor booths, a catered dinner, presentations from local women business owners, desserts, goody bags, door prizes and round-table discussions. And it’s a lot of fun!
This year’s theme is “Connecting: The Best Step to Success,” and we will be focusing on the importance of networking. Not only is networking a powerful business tool, but it also is important to maintaining healthy personal relationships. When we work together, we benefit from each other’s strengths and can learn from one another. However, networking can also be difficult if you are not comfortable with speaking with new people. We try to make it easy for our attendees to meet new people by incorporating ice breaker activities throughout the evening and small round-table discussion groups.
This year’s signature Roundtable topics will include Business Start-Up, Customer Service, Doing Business Downtown, Employee Relations, Financing, Networking, Recordkeeping, SBA Resources, Tax Compliance and ADA Compliance.
And who doesn’t like goodies and prizes? Our generous vendors, sponsors and attendees provide goodies that we use to stuff a special bag for each woman to take home. Also, larger prizes that have been donated are given away by a drawing during the course of the evening.
Each year a local woman business owner has been featured as the keynote speaker and asked to share her experiences, lessons and advice with the other women attending. This year we have two keynote speakers: Angie Conley, owner of Scrub University and RN Administrator of TLC In Home Health Inc. and Lisa Maciejewski, owner of Gold Star Medical. Lisa, a previous attendee, said, “The Women’s (Business) Roundtable Event is an empowering evening for any woman who is thinking about or currently operating a small business. I learned so much last year through the ‘breakout’ sessions. And the fellowship with other professional women was phenomenal.”
Recently, I spoke with Donna Osborne, Economic Development Coordinator of the city of San Angelo, who has been attending the event for several years. She considers it a great way for entrepreneurs to learn about the many resources available to help them. Donna noted, “Several of the people who have come to the event have subsequently started a business or taken new ventures.”
At the ASU-SBDC, we love helping small businesses grow, and one of the benefits of this event is that we can see the progress that the women make with their business ideas. Season Neucere, owner of Seasons Change Designs, sees the event as a way to measure her business’s progress each year, “This will be my fourth time attending the Women’s (Business) Roundtable Event and my third time as an exhibitor. Each year I’ve progressed, starting from the first year with only an idea of having a business, then the next year having a small section in a store, the following year after that having my own shop, and this year having started a recurring monthly community event. I always look forward to attending the women’s event and being able to take stock of how far I’ve grown in my business each year.”
The Women’s Business Roundtable Event would not be possible without the many businesses that sponsor the event. Since the very beginning, First Financial Bank (previously San Angelo National Bank) partnered with the ASU-SBDC to make the event a reality. This year our sponsors will also include Addresses Real Estate; Armstrong, Backs, and Co.; Oliver, Rainey & Wojtek LLP; Bel-Ami Dermatology; Elite Pet Sitting Services; Heidi Douma State Farm; Juice Plus; Sam’s Club; Downtown San Angelo; 2-1-1 Texas; KIDY Fox; and the Standard-Times.
Would you like to join us this year? Registration forms can be found on our website at sbdc.angelo.edu.
For more information, call ASU-SBDC Training Coordinator Jessica Lambert at 325-942-2019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
“Business Tips” was written by Jessica Lambert, Business Development Training Coordinator and Certified Training Coordinator of ASU’s Small Business Development Center. Contact her at Jessica.Lambert@angelo.edu.