Over 150 women attended the “Women Mean Business 2013” conference held on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Savannah Civic Center. The oneday conference was hosted by the City of Savannah’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise Program to help women identify the tools and services needed to establish or expand their companies. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in workshops and panel discussions and network with entrepreneurs, corporations and agency experts. City Manager, Stephanie Cutter welcomed the attendees and encouraged them to use the City of Savannah’s resources to help them grow their business. “There will be more programs like this one to come,” said Cutter.
The basic concept of the conference was “women helping women.” Marjorie Young of CarriageTrade Public Relations, spoke about the importance of networking and the ability to be able to describe what you do in 5-7 words, “use something repeatable”, said Young. Diana Morrison of Advertising Specialty served as Moderator.
The morning session offered two classes for attendees. Classroom A discussed Government and Business-Eligibility Requirements for Membership and Certification Process. Panel members for this session included Suzanne Donovan of Step Up Savannah and Florena Oliver of GMSDC. The second class offered during the morning session was Chamber/ Service Providers/ Agencies-Do Share. Among the panel members were Bea Wray of Creative Coast and Brynn Grant of SEDA.
The afternoon session held two classes as well.
Classroom A discussed City Process-Do Share (Tips/Techniques to Submitting a Bid or Proposal- Requirements, Code Enforcement, Zoning, Acquiring real property for business use, etc). Panel members included Cornelia Reed of the City Code Enforcement, Dianne Clabaugh of the City Real Property Services, Classroom B discussed General Contractors & Purchasing Agents as it relatess to Supplier Diversity- Do Share (How can I prepare myself to partner with you by providing my skill, trade or service? When completing document, what is required?) Panel members included Marshall Tuck of Gulfstream, and Miguel Camacho of Brownstone Construction.
For more information on upcoming entrepreneurial or minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/ WBE) events, please contact the City of Savannah Savannah Entrepreneurial Center located at 801 East Gwinnett Street in Savannah, or call 912-652-3582.