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HACC’s Women on the Move Conference Heads to York

Thursday, September 11, 2008   (0 Comments)
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Annual event offers answers to entrepreneurial challenges

YORK, PA – Learn the ropes for starting – and keeping – a business from York entrepreneurs who will share their success stories at the fifth annual Women on the Move conference, “Confident, Capable and Connected!”, at the York Campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.

The full-day learning and networking event will be held on Friday, October 17, from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the campus, 2010 Pennsylvania Ave.

Since 2004, Women on the Move has traveled to HACC’s various campuses, delivering useful resources and tangible advice for female entrepreneurs, says Fran Verotsky, executive director of HACC’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, which presents the conference.

“Each year it involves new communities, and this year we’re excited to be bringing it to York,” she said. “Focusing on one location brings a sense of community and allows us to get assistance from that community and get the very best speakers.”

Among the scheduled speakers is Anita Marchesani, Ph.D., a personal executive coach, licensed psychologist and certified fitness trainer, who will give the keynote address, “Launching with Confidence, Capability and Connections!”

Lynne Breil, president of The Professional Edge Inc., will talk about “Building Your Business Image” during luncheon. Pam Martin of Ben Franklin Technology Partners will be mistress of ceremonies.

Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a variety of successful York-area entrepreneurs who were selected by a planning committee that included local business owners.

“Whatever business owners may be struggling with, there will be someone either speaking or attending this conference that will be able to understand, share with them and offer suggestions,” said Barbara Schreiber, a York-based business owner who was co-chair of the committee. “The committee did a really good job of making sure what we were offering is what entrepreneurs are looking for.”

IES works with many businesses and organizations to make events like Women on the Move possible, said Verotsky. Sponsors of the 2008 conference in York include Fulton Bank Small Business Center, York Keystone Innovation Zone, Central Penn Business Journal, Business Woman, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation.

Additionally, a grant from the Harley-Davidson Foundation Inc. has been instrumental to helping IES making inroads to the York community, Verotsky said.

“We use (that) money for services such as counseling and networking sessions and First Mondays,” she said. “We would not have the presence we have in York if it were not for the Harley Davidson Foundation. We are very grateful to them.”

Registration for Women on the Move 2008 is limited to the first 100 people and costs $35. Each attendee will receive a free regional resource guide. Free parking is available.

Women entrepreneurs interested in attending should call 800-ABC-HACC, ext. 1311 or email jawhite@hacc.edu for more information. Online registration is available at www.hacc.edu.



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