Entrepreneurial Speaker Series

The Women’s Business Center presents our Entrepreneurial Speaker Series

The Women’s Business Center at Community First Fund began the initiative “the Entrepreneurial Speaker Series” in 2010. Through the Women’s Business Center this Series features different successful female entrepreneurs who share their experiences of business achievements and lessons learned. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A session and networking with light refreshments.

Stay tuned for our next series of speakers!


Past Highlights:

June 27, 2012 Event Recap: The speaker series event featured Marilyn Walker owner of the Women’s Center. Marilyn will help us look at “Developing the Confidence YOU Need to Get What You Want.” Statistically fewer women than men report feelings of high self-confidence. Where does this come from? And, more importantly, what are some tips to overcome it? This was a real don’t miss session!  The next series event to be held on Wednesday, July 25th will focus on what you need to know before you open your business.

July 25, 2012 Event Recap: The speaker series event featured Jonathan Hofstetter, Esq. and Angela Sanders, Esq. of Blakinger, Byler & Thomas, P.C. They spoke about what we needed to know before “opening for business.”  This series was a legal basics for start-up businesses. The next series event will be held on Tuesday, September 26th

September 26, 2012 Event Recap: The speaker series event featured Lisa Horst, Senior Distributor with Send Out Cards discussed how you could Network like a Pro! Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time networking!

October 12, 2010 Event Recap: The fourth speaker series event, held in the Lancaster office was entitled Negotiating for Success.  The speaker was Christine Sable, owner of Sable & Associates, a commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm located in Lancaster.  Christine Sable has over 23 years of experience in the real estate industry and considers negotiating to be one of the most important foundation skills of her business.  Christine spoke about the importance of negotiating, how to prepare for negotiations, and  tips on how to succeed in negotiations.

July 21, 2010 Event Recap: The third speaker series event featured a panel discussion on Tips for Low Cost Marketing.  Three local women spoke about their experiences in different industries.  The panel consisted of Doreen Landis of Chestnut Hill Cafe, Jennifer Baker of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events (Moose), and Sherry Harry of Tamanend Winery.  All three gave knowledgeable insight on how to market your business effectively and efficiently.  Jennifer talked about the importance of writing press releases.   She gave hints on what the media outlets look for, what makes a quality press release, and presented a press release outline.  Doreen focused on the importance of getting involved with the community and using word of mouth promotion.  Sherry spoke about not spreading yourself too thin.  Keep in mind who your target audience is and focus on servicing the locations that make sense to your budget and business. 

May 7, 2010 Event Recap: The second speaker series event featured a panel of local women who answered questions the following questions on social media.  Why do I need to use it?  Doesn’t it take a lot of time?  How do I get started.  Anne Kirby of Not Bad Design, Kae Kohl of the Kiwi Marketing Group, and Kelly Watson of Wordwise Marketing all brought their expertise to the table.  Kae opened the session with statistics on and benefits of social media.  She also stressed the importance of having a social media plan.  Anne followed with examples of how your online reputation can be enhanced or harmed via social media.  Kelly focused on blogging, and all three ladies talked about Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The attendees submitted questions in advance of the event, all of which were addressed.  The topic is so broad and the presentation so well received that the next series event to be held on Wednesday, July 21st will focus on low-cost marketing, some of which can be achieved through social media. 

March 5, 2010 Event Recap:  The Women’s Business Center at Community First Fund premiered its new initiative, a speaker series on the First Friday in March.  The event, held at Community Firsts Lancaster office, featured entrepreneur Liz Martin, the owner of Martin Insurance Agency.   She spoke on the importance of Networking to Build your Business.  Nearly thirty attendees, most of whom were women entrepreneurs from all over Lancaster County, discussed how networking has impacted their business and personal lives.  Liz Martin focused on how networking can be intimidating but offered tips and hints to get comfortable with the process.  She presented talking points to the entrepreneurs that have helped her in networking situations.  The audience was then broken up into smaller groups to discuss what networking meant to them. An open discussion then followed as people shared their experiences with the entire group.