Women leaders in business management gave presentations on marketing, federal business procedures, and leveraging women-owned and small-business statuses during a July 20 conference at the Silver Spring Civic Center.
By About 300 people turned out for the event, primarily women but a significant number of men as well. The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce sponsored and marketed the meeting, along with American Express OPEN (the small business division of the financial services company), Women Impacting Public Policy, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Defense Department Office of Small Business Programs.
The forum, entitled “ChallengeHER,” also aimed to help women-owned small businesses obtain and market SBA’s WOSB certification. Amy Kim, who heads the SBA WOSB program, gave detailed pointers on how to benefit from the certification.
For local business employees willing to make the trip to Bethesda on June 21, Congressional Country Club offered more than an area to watch the PGA Tour.
Catherine Stempfley, a business development manager at Goose Creek Consulting in Centreville, Va., endured the traffic and made an hour an a half trip to attend Web.com’s small business workshop aimed at helping companies expand their online presence.
Montgomery County is increasing its investment in the “Small Business Plus!” program to $50 million. The funds will be invested in banks headquartered in the county to support $100 million in loans to small businesses.
The Sentinel has profiled several family-owned restaurants and other small businesses which have thrived over the years, but this is often the exception rather than the rule for county small businesses, say many small business owners.