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Women in Entrepreneurship Week offers free event to celebrate women-owned businesses

Published: October 15, 2019 Author: Hardika Singh

Ohio University’s Center for Entrepreneurship will celebrate Women in Entrepreneurship Week by hosting multiple Ohio female entrepreneurs for a panel and networking event from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Walter Hall Rotunda.  

The event will focus on tackling specific challenges in women-owned businesses and feature several prominent speakers, a panel and a networking reception. Students, educators and others can meet successful female entrepreneurs to learn about their career paths and the achievements and failures they encountered on their way to success.

Panelists are Jane Cavarozzi, co-founder of Dirty Girl Coffee LLC; Michelle Fox, co-founder and chief operating officer of Rock your Business; Valerie Kinnard, owner of Kindred Market; and Danielle Young, founder of Natures Magic. The panel will be moderated by Kerry Pigman, co-founder and president of Ed Map. 

After the panel, attendees can interact with Cavarozzi, Fox, Kinnard and Young, who will each have a table at the networking reception to facilitate one-on-one conversations. Other local female entrepreneurs from Fluff Bakery, Butcher’s Bites, Nixtamalized, Sweet Arts Bakery, Skelley Reflections, I Do Crew, Coral Marie Clothing, Athens Impact, Socially Responsible Investments, January Heuss Photography and ETS Coaching will also table at the reception. 

Caity Stegmaier, a local DJ known as DJ Cooki3, will set the mood for the networking reception by playing female artists, such as Beyoncé, Lizzo and others. Light refreshments will be available for attendees, along with a cash bar. To support the students further, the Career and Leadership Development Center will set up the Career Closet to accept gently used women’s clothing as donations and for attendees to “shop” the closet. 

This free event is hosted by Ohio University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and TechGROWTH Ohio. The Center for Entrepreneurship is a partnership between the College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Although not required, registration is recommended and is available at https://www.ohio.edu/entrepreneurship/wew, so be sure to reserve a spot today!