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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.

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Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium winners announced

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 4, 2013 —Peggy Barton of Great American Title Agency was honored as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, and Granolove’s Christine Daues was named Woman-Owned Startup of the Year at the 2013 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Drury University.

Judges had the following comments about Barton, “The rapid growth of Great American Title Agency from one office in Nixa in 1994 to thirteen branch offices today demonstrates Peggy’s dedication and integrity.” And, “Because she persevered through the adversity of her husband’s death and built her business while dealing with grief, Peggy deserves to be honored as a role model to other women entrepreneurs.”

Comments about Daues included, “ We appreciated Christine’s dedication to creating a healthy product, and her support of kids’ health by donating 10 percent of the business profits to Shriners Hospitals for Children.”  And, “Christine is a good example of an entrepreneur that has overcome the challenges faced by many new businesses.  We are excited to watch Granolove grow in the future.”

This is the first year that Drury’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium has honored a Woman Entrepreneur and a Woman-Owned Startup of the year. The annual WES event is sponsored by Drury’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.

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Drury’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium is Saturday, Feb. 2

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 17, 2013 — Drury’s annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, (WES) sponsored by The Edward Jones Center forEntrepreneurship, is Saturday, Feb. 2 in Reed Auditorium of the Trustee Science Center. The conference runs from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The $25 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch.

There will be two keynote sessions:

  • Morning: Pamela Hernandez, owner of Thrive Personal Fitness, will talk about her experience and successes in blogging for her business.
  • Afternoon: Susie Farbin and Diana Hicks, owners of Mama Jean’s Natural Market will tell attendees how they became successful entrepreneurs with three locations in Springfield.

Attendees will also have the choice of several breakout sessions, which will address the following topics:

  • The Self-employed need retirement, too!
  • The Necessity Entrepreneur.
  • Working alone, but not lonely—shared workspaces.
  • Social Business versus Nonprofit.
  • Protect yourself—Business liability issues.
  • Startup on the side.
  • Become more bankable.
  • In business for yourself, not by yourself—Startup in an established network.

This year, for the first time, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium will give awards for the Women’s Entrepreneur of the Year and the Women’s Start-up of the year.

Registration for the February 2nd Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium is open at www.drury.edu/ejc/wes.

Media Contact: Sara Cochran, Assistant Director, Edward Jones Center, Office: (417) 873-3014, E-mail: scochran@drury.edu

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Drury’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium to honor top female entrepreneurs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 27, 2012 — Drury University’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship is looking to recognize the top female entrepreneurs in the region. The winners of these inaugural awards will be honored at the annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) to be held at Drury’s Trustee Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 2. This is the first year the WES event 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

In order 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 be in business for less than two years.

Nominees for these awards can be sent to scochran@drury.edu by December 19, 2012. Nominees will be sent a full application form, which is due by January 18, 2013. An independent panel of judges will select the winners. Award winners will receive a plaque, be honored at the annual WES event and have their stories posted on Drury’s website.

The fifth annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) will take place on Drury’s campus on Saturday, February 2. This event provides women entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of owning a business, network with other entrepreneurs and visit with exhibitors ranging from accountants and bankers to direct sales opportunities. The event is just $25, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration will begin on December 17 at www.drury.edu/ejc/wes.

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Keynote speakers for 2012 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium announced

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 10, 2012 — Drury’s annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, (WES) sponsored by The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, will feature two keynote speakers. Adrienne Kallweit and Shannon Wilburn are two women who started their own companies. The fourth annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference (WES) is on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Kallweit is president and owner of SeekingSitters Franchise System, Inc. Based in Tulsa,

Adrienne Kallweit

SeekingSitters applies the stringent background screening Kallweit learned working in her family’s private investigation business to the process of screening childcare workers. Kallweit is a mother of three who saw a problem, finding reliable childcare, and turned the solution into a multi-million dollar company. For more information visit: www.seekingsitters.com.

Shannon Wilburn is Co-Founder and CEO of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems, Inc. Just Between Friends is the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment sales event. Established in 2004, the company has grown from just eleven franchises in its first year to 121 franchises in 24 states, with several under development. For more information

Shannon Wilburn

visit: www.jbfsale.com.

Registration for the February 4 WES Conference begins on Jan. 17 at www.drury.edu/ejc/wes.

Cost of the conference is $25, which includes breakfast and lunch. The conference runs from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in Reed Auditorium of the Trustee Science Center. Besides the two keynote speakers, there will be presentations and breakout sessions with accountants, attorneys, bankers and other business experts.

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