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Grand Island to Host Conference to Grow Women Entrepreneurship

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To help celebrate Women's History Month in March, The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project's Women's Business Center will host a day of speakers designed to inspire and offer down-to-earth advice for women to start or grow a small business. 

The Women Entrepreneur Conference is scheduled for March 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the YWCA of Grand Island, 211 East Fonner Park Road. 

Patricia Brown-Dixon, Region VII Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration and Rebecca Greenwald, Region VII Advocate for the SBA, will offer remarks. Additionally, among those on the agenda are:

  • Ann Martin, the president of Idea Bank Marketing, will present:  "Women Are Natural Born Marketers";
  • Karen Linder, Linspiration, Inc., and author of The Women of Berkshire Hathaway, will speak on "Ladies Who Launch";
  • Sean McGuire of Omaha-based E.D. Bellis will offer advice for business owners to prepare for the provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act;
  • Odee Ingersoll, director of the Nebraska Business Development Center, Kearney, will present solutions to small business succession planning;
  • Alison Martin, owner of Grand Island-based Two Paw Prints and The Tail Waggin; Margaret Kring, owner of My Fair Lady's Fashions in Holdrege; and, Tonja Broadwell of Kelly Supply./KDSI of Grand Island will host a panel on women entrepreneurship.

The event also will offer a half-hour fun and fast "Speed Networking" event to connect entrepreneurs with resource providers and other small businesses.

From 2009 to 2010, according to figures provided by the SBA Office of Advocacy, women-owned small businesses in Nebraska rose 14.2 percent to 45,000.

Small businesses significantly impact Nebraska's economy. They represent 96.6 percent of all employers and employ 50.9 percent of the private-sector labor force. Small businesses are crucial to the fiscal condition of the state and numbered 164,465 in 2010.

To register, please call Monica Braun, REAP Women's Business Center Director at (402) 643-2673 or Lisa Tedesco, Business Opportunity Specialist at the SBA at (402) 221-7229, or visit the web site at

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