Prepare, Empower and Grow Your Business
Before purchasing the Doylestown Bookshop, Glenda worked for more than 20 years in the field of education, first as a teacher and then as a preschool director and her last position was as a Literacy Coach on a “No Child Left Behind” grant for a university. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at a community college, teaching early childhood education courses and served on a Head Start board of directors in Chicago. Many years ago, she took a business course that required her to create a business plan for an education-related business. Her business plan was for a bookstore. And so began the journey!
Join us as Glenda speaks about three keys to a successful community business:
1. Strategies in preparation to opening/purchasing a business
2. Empowering employees
3. Plan for outreach, networking and other community involvement
By: Deb Oliver
Sonia Smith, an Economic Development and Lender Relations Specialist from the Small Business Administration, spoke to the WBF on Wednesday morning about what the SBA was and who it can help. Sonia, who is the SBA's Eastern PA District Office Woman in Business Champion of the Year, says she is, "a navigator, a free resource to finding what is out there for small businesses." She says she is the embodiment of our federal taxes at work providing small businesses or those looking to start one the resources, financial help and guidance to fulfill their dreams.
The SBA provides three things for people trying to get their businesses started or expanded: counseling, capital and contracting. Counseling provides resource partners, fellow business owners and professional who help people start businesses and mentor those already in business. Free of charge they provide two counselors per individual who work with the parties to meet their goals. The counselors can be from Small Business Development Centers, which provide professional staff and are affiliated with educational centers like Temple or Lehigh Universities. There is also the Womens' Business Center in Center City, Philadelphia offering specific guidance to female owned businesses.
Capital is supplied through loans. The SBA has many financial partners in commercial lending. Sonia mentioned that WBF member, M&T Bank is a SBA loan provider. She also stated, "There are many micro lenders for small loans and the SBA will guarantee the loans".
Finally, governing contracting the SBA helps you to register your company and find opportunities for your business, even if you are a "sole source" meaning the company is only you.
Brought to us by the Doylestown Bookshop on May 1, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, Gretchen Rubin, is coming to Doylestown!
In her newest book Better Than Before, she tackles the critical question: How do we change? Gretchen Rubin's answer: through "habits." Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.
Gretchen will speak about her background and her new book followed by a Q&A session and personalized book signing.
Your ticket price includes a copy of her newest book Better Than Before. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Women's Business Forum.
Fri, May 1, 2015, 12 PM
James Lorah Memorial Auditorium
Please join us in welcoming our new president, Sheila Jacobs. Sheila is a Bucks County Certified Financial Planner and Author. She attended Douglass College (Rutgers University) graduating with a degree in Economics.
A former vice-president of Women's Business Forum and Philadelphia's National Association of Women Business Owners, Sheila serves as board president of Educational Solutions Unlimited. She is also founder of the Women Business Forum Mentoring Program, and a board member at UrbanPromise.
Sheila is an avid tennis player, a runner, a wife and mother. She and her husband, Paul, a teacher and coach, live in Upper Makefield with their young sons.
You can contact Sheila at: email@example.com