Washington, April 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In honor of Women’s History Month, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) hosted a two-day Virtual Women in Business Summit on March 29-30, 2022, which attracted over 4,000 attendees and over 18,000 registrations for the two-day virtual summit. Attendees heard from Vice President Kamala Harris, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, Secretary of the Interior Department Deb Haaland, business owners, investors, entrepreneurs and senior advisors from the small business community on various topics, including opportunities for women-owned businesses in federal contracts. , e-commerce and innovation and invention.
The event was organized in co-sponsorship with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. It included six panels, three fireside chats, and five “Ask the Expert” sessions with top SBA leaders to help attendees leverage resources and funding as they work to recover and build back better. than ever.
“Our country’s women entrepreneurs are a powerful and growing force in the American economy. Their achievements and impacts are felt across all sectors, and their power reverberates down high streets, industrial hubs and into the most innovative and fastest growing industries,” said Administrator Guzman. “We want all of our female entrepreneurs to have the chance to succeed in starting, growing and building resilient businesses to further fuel our strong economic recovery. Under the leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris, we are committed to building a better America from the bottom up and from the top down, which our women entrepreneurs do every day.
In addition to the Women’s Business Summit, the SBA also hosted a virtual armchair discussion on Thursday, March 31 to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Although the events have ended, the content and information is still available online for anyone on the SBA channel on YouTube.
Below is a recap of SBA Women’s History Month events:
Business Women’s Summit
DAY 1: The Women’s Business Summit began with remarks from Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Executive Director Nicola Corzine and Bank of the West Head of Small and Medium Business Banking Michelle Di Gangi. They were followed by a welcome speech by Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and Vice President Kamala Harris.
“Women small business owners fuel our country’s economy. You create jobs, drive innovation and strengthen all of our communities. And from day one, our administration has been fighting on your behalf,” Vice President Harris said. “Through the SBA, we have opened Women’s Business Centers in every state in our country, 141 in total. These centers connect women business owners with the training, support and resources you need to succeed. And we will continue to fight for legislation to ensure that all women who work so hard have access to affordable childcare, paid time off and more.
A fireside chat between Ariel Investments Co-CEO and Chairwoman Mellody Hobson and SBA Women’s Business Ownership Office (OWBO) Deputy Administrator, Natalie Madeira Cofield, followed the words. “I must say that I am not at all surprised by the entrepreneurial spirit of women in the times we live in. Women are not afraid of anything, we tend to be very brave, we are good at get started, we have great ideas and we can multi-task. And those things all lend themselves to successful entrepreneurship. The part that we still need help with, and understandably, is sometimes the how. How do you actually take that dream and that idea and manifest a reality in the life that you want?” said co-CEO and chairman Hobson. “I have been involved for many years with the Women’s Business Development Center in Chicago; I know how much they help and how big a difference they can make in helping women entrepreneurs be very, very successful, so I applaud this network and what you’re doing there and expanding.
Other day one sessions consisted of panels on how to create an equitable recovery framework for women entrepreneurs after COVID-19, access to venture capital and business loans, how the SBA is supporting the CARE’s economy, outsourcing opportunities for women-owned businesses, exporting and e-commerce, and the changing landscape of the entertainment industry.
The day ended with a fireside chat between Penny Pennington, Managing Partner of Edward Jones, and Janis Bowdler, United States Department of Treasury Advisor on Racial Equity, as well as closing remarks. of Deputy Administrator Cofield.
“It could not have been more timely, impactful and inspiring, and I would like to thank on behalf of the entire Office of Women’s Business Ownership team for those who have joined us and those who have served as leaders and lecturers,” Deputy Administrator Cofield said.
DAY 2: The day began the same as day one with remarks from Executive Director Corzine, Deputy Administrator Cofield and Administrator Guzman. US Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland also gave a keynote address. His speech was followed by a fireside chat between Global Business Group Vice President Meta Nicola Mendelsohn and SBA Senior Advisor for Delivery Ann Lewis.
“Women are fierce and we bring important perspectives to the discussion. We deserve to be at every decision-making table. In fact, it is the unique experiences and struggles that make good leaders,” said Secretary Haaland. “I believe it’s the fact that women have children and have always been the caregivers that makes us valuable leaders. It’s the fact that women have a different experience in the doctor’s office, in the C-suite or in a car dealership that makes us qualified to lead in places like businesses, hospitals, educational institutions and businesses. It’s the fact that women know what it’s like to be mothers, daughters and sisters that gives us the unique perspective you can’t get anywhere else. It is important, and each of you is important.
The rest of the day consisted of “Ask the Expert” sessions featuring SBA officials covering innovation and investment, federal contracts, access to SBA resource providers, l export and international trade, and access to loans. Women small business owners were able to ask their questions in real time to the officials featured in the session and also had the opportunity to submit their questions in advance.
The day ended again with closing remarks from Deputy Administrator Cofield.
Elevating Small Business Series Webinar: Celebrating Women’s History Month
To celebrate Women’s History Month, the SBA also hosted a virtual armchair discussion on Thursday, March 31. The webinar featured Deputy Administrator Cofield, Women Impacting Public Policy President and CEO Candace Waterman, and SBA President and Office of Government Contracting and Business Development Acting. Deputy Director Alisa Sheard.
The discussion focused on the financial well-being of women-owned small businesses and the importance of increasing equity and access to opportunities that help elevate and support women entrepreneurs. The panel also discussed SBA initiatives and resources that support existing women-owned small businesses and new startups as they pivot and grow in a post-COVID world.
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