Friday, January 29, 2010

"Women, Money and Opportunity" Seminar

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob Mc Cord hosted a seminar at the Rivers Club today to provide resources for women entrepreneurs to start, grow and expand their businesses. Topics of discussion included competing for government contracts, securing diverse revenue streams, and forging strategic relationships.

McCord sees his top priority as economic security for every Pennsylvanian, and he says women need special attention because they are at risk for poverty to a much greater extent than men. Women are much more likely than men to interrupt their careers to care for children, and this has a lasting impact on their earning potential and/or entrepreneurial success. Women's achievement will enhance economic prosperity and competition for all, according to McCord.

Fifteen local organizations contributed to the program and offer resources for women entrepreneurs: African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania, Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, Pittsburgh Technology Council, PowerLink, E-Magnify at Seton Hill University, Small Business Development Center at Duquesne University, Executive Women's Council of Greater Pittsburgh, Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Professional Women, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Diversity Business Resource Center, Women's Small Business Association, Women's Independent Press, Women's Business Enterprise Council of PA.

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