A Successful WIN!

Photo of people participating in the Women in Entrepreneurship Workshop at Southeast.

The Women Inspiring eNtrepreneurship! (WIN!) Workshop Nov. 14 kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week at Southeast. 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 23, 2009 – More than 60 women and would-be entrepreneurs from seven counties in Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois participated in the Women Inspiring eNtrepreneurship! (WIN!) Workshop Nov. 14. 

The WIN! Workshop kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week at Southeast Missouri State University. A pre-WIN! cocktail reception was held Nov. 13 with about 25 participants.

WINing at entrepreneurial business was the theme for the Saturday event, with Olympic-style activities to promote teamwork. The event also included 15 vendors all specializing in women-based products and services; outstanding door prizes; and a plated, catered lunch.  The three winning Olympic teams received medals at the end of the day, with one entrepreneur receiving a “Spirit of the WIN! Games” plaque for her enthusiastic participation and cooperation in the day’s activities.

“At a time when we face considerable economic challenges, it is refreshing to see so many female leaders from the business sector unite during this event,” said Dr. James Stapleton, executive director of Southeast’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “We work with entrepreneurs from all walks of life, and one is able to have great faith in our chances for a strong economic recovery when you see the passion and persistence of entrepreneurs such as those attending this workshop. These are the individuals that will lead us,” he added.

The keynote address by Jennifer Hendrickson of Hendrickson Business Advisors in Cape Girardeau, referenced several examples of Olympic medalists whose dedication and determination were winning factorsᾰthe same qualities business owners must exude each day, she said. 

The other presenters were Bill Vickery, US Small Business Administration (SBA); Paula Johnston, Patient Focus Solutions; and Dr. Jeremy Barnes, Southeast Missouri State University.  Vickery, area manger for the SBA, presented information regarding SBA loans and the benefits of women registering their businesses as “woman-owned.” Johnston is a motivational speaker and presented her signature program, “Destination Joy: Are We There Yet?” Barnes, a professor of health, human Performance and recreation, offered many tips on living a healthy lifestyle while balancing many obligations.  He also reiterated the warning signs of several diseases that effect women.

Karen Kibby, owner of Karing Touch Massage in Jackson, Mo., said, “The event was great.  It was fast-paced and informative.  I almost didn’t attend because it would take time away from all of my responsibilities, but a break and a little fun was exactly what I needed.”

The Center for Innovcation and Entrepreneurship staff organized WIN! in an effort to involve the community and students in Global Entrepreneurship Week, to promote awareness that businesswomen are emerging forces in the economy and to offer participants some empowerment techniques to cope with the pressures of daily life and business ownership.

“Celebrating and perpetuating entrepreneurship is extremely important to us, and it is our Center’s mission,” said Gina Harper, event organizer.  “This event was a way for us to celebrate the accomplishments of women entrepreneurs, involve female students who may be pondering an entrepreneurial path, and give women business owners a networking outlet that they just don’t usually have available to them.”

WIN! was sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Southeast Bookstore, the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, the Harrison College of Business, and a Juice Plus, a small business from Perryville, Mo.