VOL. 114 | NO. 167 | Friday, August 25, 2000
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
Business expo offers
networking for women
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
The Daily News
On Saturday, the 14th annual Women in Business Expo will be in a new location, as the events first platinum sponsor, First Tennessee Bank, is providing space in its Oak Court Center at 4385 Poplar Ave.
The event begins at 9 a.m. and wraps up at 2 p.m., with more than 50 exhibitors expected to participate, said Joy Lee, president of East Memphis Business and Professional Women.
Susan Grace, senior vice president at First Tennessee, said officials at the bank wanted to support the event, which is a fund raiser for BPW.
"We felt like it was a great endeavor. Its a great way for First Tennessee to get involved in providing educational networking events for women in business whether they are entrepreneurs or professionals working for someone else," she said.
Money made at the expo will be used to provide scholarships for local women age 26 or older who wish to continue their education or re-enter the workforce.
Admission to the event is free and organizers are expecting more than 500 people to attend, said Beth Gurley, owner of bg Creations, who serves on the national membership committee for BPW.
In addition sponsoring for the event, First Tennessee also is sending 10 to 15 women to the center to help set up, and is providing volunteers for the expo, Grace said.
"The ultimate goal for our womens initiative here at First Tennessee is to try to nurture business skills so that we can create opportunities for women to enhance the likelihood for their success," she said.
First Tennessee is hosting seminars throughout the day on a variety of subjects.
Brenda Younger, director of the women in leadership program at the University of Memphis, will speak on entrepreneurship at 9:30 a.m., followed by Connie Hess, founder and chief executive officer of Hess Environmental Services Inc., who will speak about the joys and pitfalls of starting a business at 10 a.m.
At 11 a.m., Delisa Flowers Edding, an attorney will Hanover, Walsh, Jalenak and Blair will discuss preventative law for new businesses and at 11:45 a.m. Marlene Fulton, facilities representative for FedEx will speak about successful self promotion.
A panel discussion follows at 12:30 p.m. Panelists include businesswomen from several areas including banking, securities, employee benefits and bookkeeping.
BPW is a national organization that promotes equity for women in the workplace.