Western Women’s Business Center Presents Third Annual Business Conference

The Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC) will hold its Third Annual Conference, “Her Story, Her Journey,” on June 22, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Lead sponsors are SunTrust Bank and the Small Business Center (SBC) at A-B Tech, part of a statewide community college-funded initiative to support small businesses and economic development; the SBC has partnered with WWBC since the first conference in 2015. Registration is open to all by contacting Jasmine Hanks at (828) 633-5065 or on the WWBC website.

“Her Story, Her Journey” will feature business workshops, music, interactive activities, and speakers including Sandra Suber, owner of Ianodell’s Hat Shop; Angie Mattson Stegall, owner of Yukon & Bean; and Selina Delangre, CEO of Selina Naturally (Celtic Sea Salt). The conference will open with a performance by Asheville-based artist, Leeda “Lyric” Jones, and will include a light breakfast and lunch.

“I am so proud to be a part of the third annual WWBC Conference,” said Sharon Oxendine, WWBC Director. “More than ever before we as women and entrepreneurs are being called to bring our stories to the forefront and allow others to be inspired, motivated and rejuvenated to continue their journey. We will start with all women participating in a “canoe ride” describing their journey and then on to fantastic diverse and enriching speakers.”

“As a program of Carolina Small Business Development Fund, it has been great to be a part of the WWBC’s growth in the western region of the state,” said Lenwood V. Long, Sr., President/CEO of Carolina Small Business Development Fund. “This year, I am excited to see the impact that the conference will have on women entrepreneurs. Not only will it provide them the opportunity to learn new skills to grow their businesses, but we hope it will leave them inspired to continue to work towards building their business dreams.”

Sandra Dennison, the Regional Director of the SBTDC, and Katy Gould, Director of the Haywood Community College Small Business Center, are co-conveners of the Conference. Other sponsors include the U.S. Cellular Center, Hola Carolina, and City of Asheville.

Jill Sparks, Executive Director of the SBC at A-B Tech, said, “It is a true privilege to be a part of the third annual WWBC Conference. Whether one is exploring starting a business or already has a business, this event is energizing and inspirational for all that attend. It is critical that we provide support for female entrepreneurs so they step up to make positive, sustainable change in our communities, societies, and countries. ‘Her Story, Her Journey’ is the perfect forum to make this happen.”

The conference will host six concurrent workshops covering topics including:

  • Impact: The Path to Business Success
  • Sales Techniques and Presentation for Artists
  • The Art and Power of Storytelling
  • Factors that Can Keep You from Getting a Loan and How to Avoid Them
  • Thinking Outside the Boss
  • Latino in Business Session (in Spanish)

For conference registration and information, visit www.carolinasmallbusiness.org/initiatives/wwbcconference2017, or call Jasmine Hanks at (828) 633-5065.


About the Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC)

The mission of the WWBC is to provide capital, high quality assistance, and programs that reduce barriers and serve as a catalyst to the success of women entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina. In addition to a monthly networking workshop series, the WWBC also offers business plan development, one-on-one business development counseling, and certification assistance for federal programs and referral support for business services.

About A-B Tech

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions: Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology. The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes.


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