Davis & Elkins College's new Center for Entrepreneurship will host a daylong "Women in Business" workshop this Saturday.
It is designed to assist women who wish to open their own business, but may not have the expertise to do so. Carol Carter, chairperson of the Business & Entrepreneurship Department at D&E, said the program is tailored to address issues faced by today's women entrepreneurs.
"Through focus groups, we have learned that women often encounter a variety of challenges when they start and own a small business," Carter said. "Women found that having no formal business background was a major problem when they decided to start a business of their own. This was universal - whether these women possessed a professional degree, a college or technical degree, or wanted to go into business for themselves.
"Women we spoke to also felt they had limited or nonexistent access to financial institutions because of their gender."
The workshop is designed to assist with those challenges. Presentations during the program will include: "Building a Business Plan" presented by Carter; "Accounting for Your Business" presented by Lisa Daniels-Smith, treasurer for the city of Elkins; "From a Banker's Perspective" presented by Rebecca McClung, vice president and senior loan officer at Mountain Valley Bank; and "Finding Funding for your Business," Marti Neustadt, business developer at Woodlands Community Lenders.
"Our goal is to provide women with the practical information they would need to start a business," Carter said.
The workshop is set to take place from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Madden Student Center at D&E. It will include a light breakfast and lunch. Pre-registration is requested to ensure availability.
Tickets and registration details are available by calling 304-637-1975.