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2015 Women Business Owners of Tennessee Business and Buyers Luncheon Program, Speakers, and Gallery

GOVERNOR'S PICTUREPatricia H WessonPRESENTING BUYERSGUEST SPEAKERS

2014 Women Business Owners of Tennessee Program, Photo Gallery, Videos

GOVERNOR HASLAM

BROCHURE WITH PICTURES

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.

PICTURE GALLERY

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

INTERVIEW COMMENTS FROM ATTENDEES

 

State of Women Owned Businesses 2014

STATE OF WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES

BUSINESS REPORT

 

 

% change 1997–2014

 

1997

 

2002

 

2007

 

2014 (est.)

Tennessee
Number of firms 99,772 117,935 142,451 165,900 66.3%
Employment 142,080 116,955 126,083 117,300 -17.4%
Sales ($000) $14,538,315 $17,640,826 $21,387,001 $25,150,400 73.0%