Women’s Entrepreneurship

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.


Registration is open for Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 17, 2012 — Registration is now open for Drury’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, (WES) on Feb. 4. To register, go to www.drury.edu/ejc/wes, e-mail: ejc@drury.edu, or call (417) 873-6357. The symposium runs from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The $25 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch.

  • Keynote speakers – Adrienne Kallweit, owner and founder, Seeking Sitters and Shannon Wilburn, co-founder and CEO, Just Between Friends. Both women founded companies in Tulsa, Okla.
  • Be bold, present yourself – Kim Hartmayer, executive and personal coach, KimHartmayer.com.
  • Impressing your banker – Kristy Chastain, business lender, Arvest Bank.

  • Made in Springfield by women: Women in manufacturing panel – Christine Daues, owner, Granolove and Denise McIntosh, CEO, Integrated Containment Systems & Custom Powder Systems.
  • Not your mother’s Avon Lady: Explore direct sales – Janna Woods, executive director, Melaleuca and Lisa Cox, sterling manager, Silpada Designs.
  • Don’t sell yourself short: Pricing your goods or services – Dr. Kelley Still, executive director, Drury University Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.
  • How to sell to the government – Mary Love, procurement director, Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers.

  • Reality check: Are you ready to be self-employed? – Laura McCaskill, managing partner, The Medical Package, LLC

The conference begins at 8 a.m. in Reed Auditorium of the Trustee Science Center (TSC) on Drury’s campus. The TSC is located at the corner of Drury Lane and Chestnut Expressway.

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