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Women’s Small Business Symposium | October 3, 2023 Sonesta Hotel, White Plains

The Women’s Small Business Symposium program includes interactive educational presentations, panel discussions, networking opportunities, breakout sessions and more!

Program Schedule

7:45 - 8:30 am
7:45 - 8:30 am Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking
8:30 - 8:45 am
8:30 - 8:45 am Welcome: Brigette McFarland, District Director, SCORE
8:45 - 9:30 am
8:45 - 9:30 am Keynote: Ginger Siegel, North American Small Business Lead, Mastercard
9:30 - 10:30 am
9:30 - 10:30 am Successful Women Business Owner Panel: Moderator, Nikki Hahn, CEO, Women's Enterprise Development Center
Priska Diaz, BittyLab; Stacy Garcia, Stacy Garcia Design; Saskia Sorrosa, Fresh Bellies
10:45 - 11:45 am
10:45 - 11:45 am How to Start: Actionable Advice & Business Plans How to Plan for Growth: Marketing Strategies & Execution How to Succeed in Business: Mentors & Resources
11:45 - 1:30 pm
11:45 - 1:30 pm Buffet Lunch & Networking
Pitch Practice Exhibits & Silent Auction Business Tool Demonstrations
1:45 - 2:45 pm
1:30 - 1:45 pm
1:30 - 1:45 pm Keynote: Bridget Weston,CEO, SCORE
1:45 - 2:45 pm Loan Officer Panel: Moderator, Kate Conlan, SVP, Community Capital
Gina D'Ambruoso, TD Bank; Elona Shape, KeyBank; Jordan DePuy, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
3:00 - 4:00 pm
3:00 - 4:00 pm Money: How to Get Loans Money: How to Get Grants Money: How to Manage Finances
Pitch Practice Exhibits Business Tool Demonstrations
4:00 - 4:30 pm
4:00 - 4:30 pm Wrap-Up & Silent Auction Winners
Morning: Start, Grow & Succeed
  • Breakfast Networking
  • Keynote: Overcoming Business Challenges for Women, with Ginger Siegel, North America Small Business Lead, Mastercard 
  • Panel Discussion & Robust Q&A: Successful businesswomen in a variety of industries share how they faced and overcame challenges, moderated by Nikki Hahn, CEO, Women’s Enterprise Development Center
  • Breakout Sessions with SCORE subject matter experts
    • How to Start: Actionable Advice & Business Plans with Jennifer Dawn, SCORE & Kathleen Bennett-Margold, SCORE
    • How to Plan for Growth: Marketing Strategies & Execution with Jan Wallen, SCORE & Priska Diaz, SCORE
    • How to Succeed in Business: Mentors & Tools with Pam Parker, SCORE & Noelle Carr, SCORE
Lunch: Networking & Interactives
  • Buffet Lunch & Networking
  • Pitch Practice >>
  • Silent Auction
  • Exhibitors: SCORE, Sponsors, MWBE/SBA Certifications, and more
  • Business Tool Demonstrations: QuickBooks, Microsoft, Google, Canva, Apple, LinkedIn
Afternoon: Finances & Money Management
  • Keynote: Bridget Weston, CEO, SCORE
  • Overcoming Capital Challenges Panel Discussion & Robust Q&A: Learn what lenders look for in a successful loan application --  from a panel of Loan Officers, moderated by Kate Conlan, SVP, Community Capital
  • Breakout Sessions with the loan officers and other subject matter experts
    • Money: How to Get Loans with Gina D'Ambruoso, TD Bank; Jordan DePuy, Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; Elona Shape, KeyBank
    • Money: How to Get Grants with Veronica Bazan, WEDC; Kate Conlan, Community Capital; & Sylvia Rivera, SBA
    • Money: How to Manage Finances (Bookkeeping, QuickBooks, Merchant Services) with Maria De Coo, KeyBank & Vivian London, London's Tax Services
    • Pitch Practice & Exhibitors (continued)
  • Wrap-Up & Silent Auction Winners
712 H St NE PMB 98848
Washington, DC 20002

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