All Women Matter Small Business Summit

October 30, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Rahway Rec Center
275 E. Milton Ave Rahway
NJ 07065
$40 early bird special
Lisa Shepard

“All Women Matter Small Business Summit” on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Rahway Recreation Center.  Overall, the schedule will include:

  • Registration, lobby vendor tables, refreshments, welcome
  • An opening session with 2 presenters focusing on “From Passion to Profit: Is this a Viable Business Idea?”
  • A panel discussion with several panelists on “The Timeline of a Small Business” hitting on some of an entrepreneur’s most important considerations from the inception of the idea thru exit strategy.
  • A second session with 2 presenters focusing on “Re-Evaluating Your Business Through Life’s Changes”
  • Buffet lunch and keynote speaker, preferably a female Rahway business owner who can deliver an inspiring message.
  • A “Speed Dating” type event with various experts at individual tables, and participants (about 5-6 per group) moving to each table to gain advice from the experts.  About every 5 minutes a bell will ring, signaling the groups of participants to move to the next expert’s table. Allows for a short but more intimate exchange with attendees. (Approx 1 hour)
  • Wrap-up, door prizes, announcements.

Our “wishlist” of topics to cover includes:

  • Legal considerations of running a business / business structures / permits & licenses
  • Marketing: Old and New Techniques
  • Business plan basics
  • Financing options – loans, grants, subsidies
  • Franchising
  • Location, location, location – home-based, storefront, online, etc…
  • Market research
  • Business Promotion
  • Family life balance
  • Employees 101
  • When is this no longer a hobby?
  • Creating a business plan
  • Insurance – Protecting your business
  • Knowing when you need help before it’s too late / “sinking ship” syndrome
  • Exit Strategy

We invite you to take part based on your expertise and where you can contribute most effectively:

ü       Vendor – set up an information table in the lobby

ü       Presenter during Sessions 1 or 2 (2 presenters per session)

ü       Panelist discussion participant

ü       “Speed Dating” Expert – You’ll repeat a 5-min session to several small groups

ü       (open to all vendors and speakers)

Also, we’re actively seeking an inspiring female business owner to be our keynote speaker.  If you can suggest one, or would like to volunteer as our keynote, please let us know.

We look forward to your reply on or before August 1, so we can begin to fully promote the event! We look forward to working with you and we appreciate your commitment.

Karla Alvarez                                                                          Lisa Shepard Stewart

Co-Chairperson                                                                     Co-Chairperson

NCNW-Rahway Economic Empowerment                         NCNW-Rahway Economic Empowerment


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