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Help for Businesswomen Offered at ASU Conference

July 29, 2013
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If you're a woman running your own business or about to start a business, it's time to assemble "The Little Pink Toolbox."

That's the theme of Alabama State University's Women in Business Conference 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in ASU's Dunn-Oliver Acadome Banquet Room. The event is hosted by the university's Small Business Development Center.

Keynote speakers at the conference will be Miranda Bouldin, president and CEO of LogiCore Inc., and LeNa Powe, manager of Minority Business and Small Business Development for the Birmingham Business Alliance. Powe also is a former Miss Black Alabama.

Organizers are encouraging women of all generations and backgrounds to attend the conference, which will both celebrate womanhood and provide guidance to women on the keys to success, offered by top business professionals.

"From start to finish, this one-day conference is designed to help women and small business owners grow through our high-impact, interactive platform," said Lorenza Patrick, director of the Small Business Development Center at ASU. "The workshops will provide participants with resources needed to succeed in business. It is for women who are thinking about starting a business and for those who are already in business."

Conference topics will include "Procurement Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses," "Building Credit and Obtaining Business Financing: What You Need To Know" and "Funding Panel: Obtaining a Loan in Today's Economy."

Other program presenters and panelists include Afiya Madzimoyo, co-owner of ComproTax in Atlanta; Cassandra Crosby McCullough, owner of Ciao Bella Boutique and Crosby Drinkard Group LLC; Christy Smith, president of Five Star Construction LLC; Clarence Mann from the Office of Minority Business Enterprisea the Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs (ADECA); Clovia Hamilton, president of Lemongrass Consulting Inc.; Dana Moore, executive director of the Southern Development Council Inc.; David Ramp, public information officer/lender relations specialist at the U.S. Small Business Administration; Dhana Moore, customer service director of the Customer Accounts & Research Division, U.S. General Services Administration; Felicia Jones, executive director of the Black Belt Community Foundation; Kim Davis, owner and CEO of Kim and Company Communications; Lisa Riley, Delta Region manager of ACCION; Marsha Goodman, small business specialist at Maxwell Air Force Base, and Pernell Jenkins, financial services officer at SEEDCO.


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