Issued September 26, 2016
Contact: Jill M Davies, WBON  | 203 919 6393

Women Business Owners Network (WBON), along with the Vermont Commission on Women and Change The Story, are teaming up for WBON’s 2016 statewide fall conference Wednesday, October 19th at the Vermont State House.  Any  woman who currently owns their own business or has an interest in entrepreneurship is encouraged to attend. Participants will come away with ideas and practical, easily-implemented tools around the theme "Telling Your Story".  Workshops and roundtable workshop discussions at this conference will help all women business owners find their voice and tell their story, for public speaking, for use in branding and marketing, or to influence public policy.

The conference’s keynote address will unveil a new report about the growth and success of business ownership by women in our state.  Policy makers, business association members, economic development professionals and interested members of the public may attend just this keynote portion of the day, 11:15-12:15 in House Chambers.  Change The Story’s Tiffany Bluemle, with Pat Heffernan and Laura Lind-Blum of Research Partners, and Vermont Commission on Women’s Cary Brown will guide the audience through new data, including revenues and jobs our women-owned businesses generate.

Following the morning keynote, those attending the full conference will enjoy lunch in the Snelling Room at Vermont History Museum.  The afternoon will be filled with interactive workshops training participants in “Telling Their Story” in multiple ways, via elevator speeches, in photos, with video, and on Twitter. Anne Galloway founder and editor of closes the event, addressing her own story:  the challenges and risks of starting a new media outlet.  An after-party will feature a tasting of wines from around the world made by women wine makers, or teas from the Nepali Tea Traders at North Branch Cafe, another woman owned business.  

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Host: Women Business Owners Network (WBON), provides an opportunity for women entrepreneurs to connect, share resources and tools, and scale into greater economic, social and political arenas in Vermont and beyond.

Event Partners:  Change The Story is an initiative of Vermont Women’s Fund, Vermont Commission on Women, and Vermont Works for Women, with a mission to align policy, program, and philanthropy to improve women’s economic status in Vermont. Vermont Commission on Women is an independent non-partisan state government commission dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women in Vermont since 1964.