6th Annual Drury Women’s Symposium to honor top female entrepreneurs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 5, 2013 — Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship will recognize the top female entrepreneurs in the region during its sixth annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) to be held at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Sat., Feb. 8. This will be the second year that the WES has given awards to top female entrepreneurs.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Woman Start-Up of the Year

To qualify for an award, a woman must own at least 51 percent of a business and operate within 30 miles of Springfield. The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year nominees must have been in business for at least five years, and the Woman Start-Up of the Year nominees should have been in business for less than two years.

Nominees for these awards may be sent to Tammy Rogers at tammy@drury.edu by Dec. 20, 2013. Nominees will be sent a full application form, which is due by Jan. 20, 2014. An independent panel of judges will select the winners. Award winnerswill receive a plaque, be honored at the annual WES event and have their stories posted on Drury’s website.

The WES event provides women entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of owning a business, network with other entrepreneurs and visit with a wide range of exhibitors. New this year, the exhibit area will offer a women-owned business showcase.

The event is $25, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration will begin on December 16 at www.drury.edu/ejc/wes.


Two Edward Jones Center learning opportunities in November

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 27, 2011 — The public will have two opportunities to learn through the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship (EJC) in November.

  • On Nov. 2, join Jennifer Jackson, the publisher of The Springfield Business Journal, for a Lunch and Learn called “All in the Family” about her experiences in a family owned business. The event is in the President’s House at the corner of Benton and Calhoun. It begins at 11:45 a.m., and the $10 cost includes lunch.
  • The next session of the EJC Certificate classes begin on Nov. 2. All classes are on Wednesday nights from 6-9 p.m. This program is designed for the serious entrepreneur who is ready to start his or her business. Students that complete the four class series will earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Drury’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. The educational series includes four three-hour sessions covering:
    • Feasibility Studies
    • Business Plans
    • Lender and Investor Presentations
    • Student Presentations and Wrap Up

By the end of the series, prospective entrepreneurs should be prepared to seek funding for their endeavor. Fees for the four-class series are $300. Classes meet at the President’s House and are limited to five participants to allow for one-on-one attention for each student’s proposal.

To sign up for the Lunch and Learn or enroll in the Certificate classes, contact Tammy Rogers at (417) 873-6357 or by e-mail at tammy@drury.edu. Check the website, www.drury.edu/ejc, for future series’ dates.


Drury’s Edward Jones Center to host a Minorities in Business meeting

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 29, 2011 — Drury University Communications Professor, Regina Waters, will serve as a keynote speaker at the October Minorities in Business Meeting.  The meeting, which is hosted by The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 5:15 – 7 p.m. at Q Enoteca, located at 308 W. Commercial St.  This event is free and open to the public.

The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship will host the meeting as part of the Center’s Minority Entrepreneurship Workshop series.  The workshop will focus on implementing social media and email to market a business.

Dr. Regina Waters

Dr. Waters will lead a discussion titled Social Media 101: Spark a Connection with Your Customers. During this session, attendees will learn how various social media platforms can influence and strengthen customer relationships.

“A solid social media strategy can create meaningful two-way interaction between businesses and their stakeholders,” said Waters.  “I am thrilled that area business owners are eager to learn more about social interactions in the online world.”

Dr. Waters will be joined in speaking at the meeting by Paige Cahill of Constant Contact.  Cahill will lead a session called REV UP Your Customer Relationships, Referrals & Revenues with Email Marketing.

Media Contact: Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director, The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Office: (417) 873-7458, E-mail: kstill@drury.edu


Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium offers relevant and affordable training for female entrepreneurs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 4, 2011 Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing economic segment in Missouri. The Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) hopes to contribute to that continued growth by offering a half-day training event, specifically for women who own their own businesses or who are interested in starting one. The event is Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 a.m., in the Trustee Science Center at Drury University hosted by the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship (EJC).

“This will be the third year for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium and it has grown each year as women are increasingly starting businesses and find it to be very helpful,” says Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. “We have a great set of partners on this event. They are organizations that really support women entrepreneurs.”

WES will include sessions on guerilla marketing, funding, why smaller businesses can be better, feasibility, managing cash flow and successful women entrepreneurship stories. The event will also allow attendees the opportunity to network with other women entrepreneurs and vendors including bankers, accountants, marketing professionals and attorneys.  WES will, once again, include an elevator pitch competition sponsored by Penmac.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium
Saturday, January 22, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Trustee Science Center at Drury University
Registration:  $25

Registration begins on Tuesday, Jan. 4. For more information or to register, visit www.drury.edu/ejc/wes or contact Tammy Rogers at 417-873-6357.

Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director
Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship
Office: (417) 873-7458
E-mail: kstill@drury.edu


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