Calling all female entrepreneurs

If you’re a woman and an entrepreneur with your own company - or even is you’re an aspiring entrepreneur with an idea for a startup – then you need to check out a free forum held this weekend at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 918 Looney.

“Controlling How the Cookie Crumbles: Educating and Empowering Entrepreneurs” will run from 9 a.m. to noon (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.) and features a powerhouse lineup of women business leaders.

Keynote speaker will be Gina Neely – of HGTV fame and bestselling cookbook author, discussing entrepreneurship. Also on the program will be Nita Black of MAP Momentum, Alandas Dobbins with the Memphis Office of Resource Enterprise, and Natasha Donerson of Success Unlimited.

Here’s how Deidre Malone, founder and CEO of The Carter Malone Group that’s sponsoring the event, describes it:

“This symposium is designed to target women and minorities who are interested in starting a business or are new business owners.  Information will be shared about the staples any business needs to get off the ground including a strong business plan, industry benchmarking, utilizing resources within the community, marketing and so much more.”

In addition to learning more about how to build a successful woman-owned enterprise, the woman with the best business model (competition isn’t required, but it’s open to anyone who wants to participate) will receive $1,500 in cash and assistance from some area business service providers.

There’s no cost to attend, but attendees are asked to bring items to donate or make financial contributions to the Memphis chapter of the YWCA or the Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives organization.

And in case you can’t make this one, there’ll be two additional opportunities to catch the program (similar material, with some different speakers and at different locations) on Jan. 26 and Feb. 16.

Seating is limited, so make sure to get your reservation in today.

To do that, contact The Carter Malone Group at 901-278-0881 or visit

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