Women Business Owners of Tennessee Empowerment FORUM & INTERVIEW VIDEOS

The purpose of this forum was to educate, empower, and begin the process of developing “Strategies to Creating Economic Prosperity for Tennessee Women Owned Businesses via Government and Corporate Contract opportunities.“  WATCH VIDEO INTERVIEWS AND FORUM

The audience included women business owners from West, Middle, and East Tennessee; as well as elected officials, community leaders, organization leaders, and others.   IT’S TIME FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY.  Let your voice be heard.

FORUM OPENING

LaTanya Channel – (SBA) Small Business Administration Tennessee District Deputy Director, Attorney Brigette Tubbs-Jones, Patricia H. Wesson, Founder and Chief Advocate of Contracts For Women Advocacy

Panel I

ACCESS

Financing, Contracting, Technical Assistance

Panelists: LaTanya Channel – (SBA) Small Business Administration Tennessee District Deputy Director; Michelle Lane – Metro Nashville Director of the Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance; Wisty Pender – Tennessee Statewide Director BERO – Economic and Community Development; Lane Rhodes – Vice President SBA Lending Group- Regions Financial Corporation; David Tiller – SBA
Tennessee Nashville, TN

MODERATOR: Gayle Hutchinson, Principal – Pathfinding Consulting

Panel II

SUPPORT

Kimberly Bosworth, NAWBO Immediate Past President and President of COO of Proforma; Dianne R. Dixon of , AIA, NCARB-NAWBO President Elect and Founding Partner of Clark/Dixon Associates; Martha Ervin – Business and Professional Women State First Vice President of Ervin Hynopsis Center

Panel III

Legislative and Legal

Panelist: State Representative Harold Love, Jr.; Attorney Gary Webb; State Representative Sherry Jones; George Thomas – Senate Candidate District 19

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