ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Ohio University’s Eastern Campus invites the community to attend “Women in Business,” an open forum featuring local female entrepreneurs, on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 pm in the McTeague Lounge in Shannon Hall. The event, which is part of a number of upcoming community related activities leading up to OUE’s 60th Anniversary celebration this coming fall, will also feature a reception immediately following the panel discussion. The event and reception are both free to the public.
Statistics illustrate that the number of women-owned businesses has increased dramatically in the past few years. According to the US Census Bureau, the number of women-owned firms rose 26.8 percent from 2007 to 2012, from 7.8 million to 9.9 million businesses. In contrast, the number of all firms increased 2.0 percent during the same period, from 27.1 million to 27.6 million. Female-owned businesses comprise 35.8 percent of all firms, up from 28.7 percent in 2007.
According to Donna Capezzuto, library director at Ohio University Eastern and event chair, the purpose of the forum is to provide an opportunity for students and community members to learn more about owning a business directly from local business owners. “We are excited that a number of local entrepreneurs have accepted our invitation to share their stories as women in business with our students and the local community. The topics expected to be covered include how to get started, what obstacles need to be overcome, and what are the benefits and challenges of being a business owner.”
The business owners that have committed to taking part in the forum include Lara Graves, Avenue Eats and Whisk in Wheeling; Katy McKinley, Thread and Grain (online – handcrafted goods); Stefanie Yahn, DDS, family dentistry in Wheeling; Jeana and Joyce Paglialunga, From Past to Present (quilt and embroidery shop in St. Clairsville); and, Paula Sikora, Sikora Montessori in Wheeling. Ginny Favede, executive director of the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council (OVCEC) and former Belmont County commissioner, will act as moderator for the event.
Ohio University’s Eastern Campus is conveniently located off I-70, just west of the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville.