Chang­ing the face of the Amer­i­can dream

Maryland Independent - - Business -

Women en­trepreneurs are suc­ceed­ing in busi­ness more than ever, chang­ing the face of the Amer­i­can dream. It’s es­ti­mated that over 1200 women-owned busi­nesses were launched ev­ery day in the last year, ac­cord­ing to a SCORE press re­lease. And Mary­land has the third high­est rate of women-owned busi­nesses, at nearly 40 per­cent.

Hear­ing from suc­cess­ful fe­male busi­ness en­trepreneurs is the goal of SCORE’s first Women’s En­tre­pre­neur Con­fer­ence, a full-day event to be held Septem­ber 20 at Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s Arnold cam­pus. The con­fer­ence, hosted by the South­ern Mary­land Chap­ter of SCORE, is specif­i­cally de­signed by women and for women think­ing about start­ing a busi­ness or in the first cou­ple of years of their en­deavor.

“Any­one start­ing a busi­ness faces an up­hill bat­tle, but women of­ten face ad­di­tional chal­lenges. Sta­tis­tics show that women typ­i­cally start busi­nesses with a lot less cap­i­tal than their male coun­ter­parts, and have less ro­bust net­works to sup­port them,” Mau­reen Ed­wards, SCORE men­tor and con­fer­ence or­ga­nizer, said in the re­lease. “This con­fer­ence is de­signed to ad­dress those chal­lenges.”

The con­fer­ence will pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to hear from suc­cess­ful women en­trepreneurs, learn the fac­tors key for suc­cess and net­work with sim­i­larly in­clined women, as well as po­ten­tial busi­ness part­ners. For regis­tra­tion and more in­for­ma­tion, go to www. SCORE390.org/wom­en­sconf/.

SCORE is a na­tional non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion of ac­tive and re­tired busi­ness own­ers and ex­ec­u­tives who vol­un­teer their time to help small busi­ness own­ers achieve suc­cess. The South­ern Mary­land Chap­ter serves Anne Arun­del, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s coun­ties.

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