Women's Entrepreneurship EntreDot Expo (WE3)

Join WITI as we partner with EntreDot for a day of Entrepreneurship workshops in Research Triangle Park.

WE3 is a summit of women entrepreneurs interested in starting a new business or expanding an existing business.
Dive into these benefits and become empowered.
- Expert advice from leaders about startups.
- Tips and techniques of what to do with Social Media.
- Take your own video to use in promotion with help from Charlie Harper. A leader in social media marketing.
- Discover resources to finance your business.
- Get time with experts in accounting, law and marketing to get you started on your path to being an entrepreneur.

All are welcome but women in business will be the topic of the day.

Workshop 1: Starting Your Own Business
We explain all the reasons why it can make sense to start your own business, buy one that already exists, or invest in a franchise.

1. Panel to discuss the mind set of an entrepreneur and the demands it places on your time and family.
2. We want to discuss all the ways a new business can spring to life-start one, franchise one, buy one, inherit one.
3. Pros and cons of all these options
4. What are the legal pitfalls and challenges?

Moderator:
Rachel Cox, entrepreneur and E-Source Coach, The ENTREPRENEUR'S SOURCE.

Panelists:
Donna Berkelhammer, owner/CEO, LEGAL DIRECTION
Jessica Harris, owner/CEO, K9 SALUTE, LLC.

Workshop 2: Resources and Funding
What are all the resources available in the public and private sector, including sources of funds, for business success.

1. Introduction to resources available and how to access them.
2. A look at organizations who can provide guidance.
3. What are the debt and grant financing options?
4. Do I want to give away equity at this early stage of my business?

Moderator:
LaShon Harley, Director Durham Tech Small Business Center

Panelists:
Amber Banks, Senior Loan Executive; Carolina Small Business Development Fund;
Holly Yanker, Executive Director, Business Link NC (BLNC)
Katrina Holley, owner/CEO MY HELPFUL FRIEND, LLC.

Featured Speakers

Rachel Cox
Rachel works with individuals who are interested in exploring Business Ownership opportunities for self-employment, franchising or career options that meet their current goals.




Donna Berkelhammer
Donna is a business attorney, and delivers legal expertise that creates peace of mind and releases her clients to focus back on what they love about their business.



Jessica Harris
Founder & Pack Leader of K9 Salute, LLC. K9 Salute is an all-natural dog treat company with a mission to honor our K9 heroes that serve in the military, law enforcement, fire, search & rescue, and those that provide the many services to their 2-legged companions.

LaShon Harley
LaShon oversees the Small Business Center to support the development of new businesses and the growth of existing businesses by being a community-based provider of training, counseling, and resource information that assist with business creation, funding, job creation and retention, profitability, sound infrastructure, strategic decision-making and planning, and sustainable growth while adhering to the guidelines of the Small Business Center Network and Durham Tech.

Amber Banks
Amber is a Senior Loan Executive with the Carolina Small Business Development Fund.

Holly Yanker
Enthusiastic and proven manager bringing 15 + years of experience developing large, business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) programs and relationships to increase sales and market share for technology and consumer product industries.


Katrina Holley
Bringing Balance and Beauty to the lives of others is my joy and my forte. With My Helpful Friend I offer personalized domestic services that allow clients to focus on their career, family, personal endeavors and/or interests.


Schedule of Events

10:00am - 11:00am: Workshop 1: Starting Your Own Business
11:10am - 12:00pm: Workshop 2: Resources and Funding
12:10pm - 1:00pm: Lunch and Networking
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Network with Service Providers

* Lunch included in registration fee
**Get a free video taken during or after lunch, please signup at the event

Meeting Notes

Please stop by the WITI table in the sponsor area to participate in our raffle for a free 1 year membership.