WCTC Small Business Center announces speaker series for women

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 10:07 am

The Waukesha County Technical College’s Small Business Center recently announced the formation of The Women Entrepreneurs’ Speaker Series. The series focuses on women in business and some of the unique challenges they face in today’s business world.

"We really wanted to do something that focused on the unique aspects of being women business owners," said Russ Roberts, manager of the Small Business Center."Women in business generate a lot of revenue and hold a lot of power, but for beginning entrepreneurs there can be a lot of challenges as well. This speaker series will address some of those challenges."

The series will feature three separate luncheon events, Monday Nov. 10, Thursday, Feb. 5, and Wednesday, May 6.

According to Roberts, WCTC is expecting a large turnout for the first series on Monday, Nov. 10. The luncheon will feature panel speakers, Arlene Martin, vice president of business banking with National City Bank; Susan Taylor, business assistant at the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation; and Lori Hayes of Outward Focus. Beth Miokovich, owner of OLEANDER Interior Design, LLC, Waukesha, and administrative assistant for WCTC’s Small Business Center, will moderate the event.

To register visit: www.wctc.edu/smallbusiness. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Richard T. Anderson Education Center on the Pewaukee campus, and is $10 at the door. 

"The WCTC center is the only small business center that exists at a technical college," Roberts said. "We really focus in on that what we call micro- entrepreneurs, 20 employees or less and many have zero employees and are in beginning stages business."

The Center offers new entrepreneurs a number of noncredit low cost classes that can help them develop and build certain skills to assist in getting their business off the ground. "We assist by providing free networking opportunities, classes instructed by working professionals, and a whole variety of things so entrepreneurs have a lot of foundational support for their growing business," Roberts said. 

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