Women Veterans Focus of Entrepreneurship Conference

October 30, 2012
Author: Kary Coleman Hazen
Seton Hill University’s E-Magnify women’s business center and the Business and Professional Women of Pennsylvania are partnering to host “Women Veterans Marching Forward: Call to Entrepreneurship” on Friday, November 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Canonsburg, Pa., from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Women veterans business owners, Katherine Daskivich, Prudential Financial, Lisa Beard, Spring Valley Bakery, and Regina Koetters, Marty’s Market, will participate in a keynote panel discussion, moderated by Commander Lindsay Weaver-Marcenelle, United States Coast Guard, and share how their military training, experience and leadership increased their change for success in business.

The event will include presentations from Renee Starek, director, CareerWorks, Seton Hill University and Gina Jones, coordinator, Career Services and Internship Center, Pennsylvania State University, The Eberly Campus, Mary Moorhouse, director of Special Projects, Business and Professional Women of Pennsylvania, Debra Mason, education and training manager, E-Magnify.

According to a report released by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, women veterans number 1.78 million. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 63,537 women veterans are located in Pennsylvania. At the same time, women’s entrepreneurship continues to thrive as the fastest growing segment of small business with women continuing to start businesses at one and a half times the rate of all small businesses.

“Given the importance of small business to the U.S. economy, women veterans are a potential entrepreneurial force that should not be overlooked,” said Jayne Huston, director, E-Magnify women’s business center. “With the proper awareness, access to entrepreneurial networks and opportunities as well as appropriate counseling, education/training and mentoring we believe that entrepreneurial careers could be a promising opportunity for many women veterans.”

“Women veterans are natural entrepreneurs. They possess the training, experience and leadership skills to successfully start a business that will create jobs for the region,” continued Huston. “This educational program will feature fellow female veterans who have launched their own entrepreneurial careers and will provide the women with knowledge, tools and resources they need to enter entrepreneurship.”

According to a study by the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, “women in military possess an entrepreneurial mindset, are proactive and goal oriented and get the job done using resources effectively. Women have experience making decisions in the face of significant ambiguity, uncertainty and danger. They understand the importance of having an alternate plan and they are willing and able to adapt.”

The event is sponsored by the SBA, Huntington Bank, Prudential Financial, First Commonwealth Bank and the Pittsburgh Business Times. For more information or to register, click here or call 724-830-4614.

Seton Hill University’s E-Magnify® women’s business center program provides business counseling, education/training and mentoring services to help women start and grow their businesses. Since its inception in 1991, E-Magnify has reached thousands of women through its initiatives and has distinguished itself as a leading resource for women business owners in western Pennsylvania. For more information, please click here.