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Mercy Corps Northwest Women's Business Summit

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)

Portland, OR

Mercy Corps Northwest Women's Business Summit

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Don’t miss the Women’s Business Summit on Wednesday, June 12 from 9 a.m.—2 p.m. at Mercy Corps.

Hosted by the Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest, home of the Business Foundations courses, the event will focus on the journeys of successful women entrepreneurs in Portland. Learn from women business owners about the challenges they overcame, the resources available to other women entrepreneurs, and how to create an effective work-life balance.

Come enjoy panelists who are speaking on three relevant topics:
- Success and Motivation Staying motivated when you’ve come up against a wall can be challenging. Our panelists and guest speakers will share with us how they’ve stay motivated, which techniques they’ve used to stay on top of their goals, deadlines and objectives, and how to determine what success is for themselves and for their organizations, despite being faced with great challenges. On top of staying personally motivated, keeping your team and key players motived can seem insurmountable at times. Expect to learn how to get everyone’s buy-in’s, no matter their level in your organization. Guest speakers on this topic include:

Shelley Gunton Abby Fammartino Mindee Donny

Shelley Gunton is Chief “Make it Happen” Officer of Chez Marie, Inc a growing natural food producer of wholesome and tasty veggie patties and other “flexitarian” favorites. Formerly Executive Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Portland State University, Shelley was co-founder and “Top Dog” of Castor & Pollux Natural PetWorks. She is an active Board member of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) and Good Deeds, a non-profit organization supporting families facing medical crises. Shelley has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Abby Fammartino established Abby’s Table in 2009. Chef Abby has a passion for the nutritive and health-supportive qualities of foods, and she attended the Natural Gourmet Institute of Food and Health in Manhattan.  Among her specialties, she is able to easily craft inventive and delicious allergy-friendly cuisine that everyone loves. A world traveler, she brings inventive twists on local and seasonal ingredients to her recipes.

Mindee Doney created a saline nose wipe called Boogie Wipes® in 2007. The concept took off fast and with the help of her business partner, Julie Pickens, their company generated just under $20 Million in sales in the first 3 years. She managed packaging, marketing, retail promotions, PR, advertising and social media for the company. Mindee has recently gone back to her love of inventing and inspiring other entrepreneurs through her company Juicebox Idea Consulting and authors “Get your Own Juice Box,” a blog encouraging independence and confidence.

- Balancing Work and Life Work is hectic. Life is hectic. Everyone says that they leave work at the office and life at home, but anyone who has ever tried to balance the two knows that they are impossible to separate. This segment of the Summit is designed to provide you with the tools to successfully triage and treat life and work issues (both positive and negative) without letting them control the other. Top it all of with how these entrepreneurs manage stress and cultivate an environment of zen and you’ll see that with a little bit of planning, life and work can cohabitate. Guest speakers on this topic include:

Tanya Barham Caren Prentice Mary Breslin Nichols


Tanya Barham Over the years, she cultivated a reputation as an organized, tenacious and fiscally conservative project manager of pilot, start-up and early stage ideas. The opportunity to work with very bright, motivated and innovative early stage teams infected me with a passion for start-ups and innovative, systems thinking. After doing start-ups on other people's dime the time had come to found a company and team built from the ground up. She decided to apply her love for scalable processes that drive cultural change to "wellness" and Recess was born. Recess' Proprietary Implementation Process has been extensively designed, tested and measured. The goal was to help employers: lower medical costs and absenteeism, increase productivity and create positive and measurable change through wellness.


Caren Prentice is the founder and owner of Meditation Momma LLC. She has an MFA in Theatrical Design from Brandeis University and spent the first twenty years of her career working in professional theatre and teaching part-time at the University level on both East and West Coasts. Caren soon devoted her time to raising children, marriage, writing, and staging children’s musicals, and volunteering her skills in schools and the community. In 2001, she started her first business and after twelve years of juggling home, family, & entrepreneurship, she credits meditation for her ability to prioritize and find the work life balance that keeps her sane, fulfilled and happy.

Mary Nichols is Founder and Chief Community Builder of Karmic Marketing, a marketing consulting firm specializing in developing customized social networking strategies. Mary first put her talents and energy to use at Celestial Seasonings Tea Company promoting beverages before moving on to Coors Brewing Company. Karmic Marketing connects her passions to people, brands, and businesses, including Laughing Planet Cafe, Grand Central BakeryRadio Room and more. Mary can often be found teaching marketing courses at Pacific Northwest College of Art, serving on the board of the Portland Social Media Club, and keeping fit by trying to stay at least one step ahead of her six(!) small children.

- Resources for Women Entrepreneurs, including funding sources, crowd funding, grants, and loans Resources for small business female entrepreneurs are practically limitless. Finding how to capitalize on those resources – now that’s another story. Our speakers, who include representatives from various agencies offering micro lending, grants, business counseling, and business training to female entrepreneurs, concept, start up or existing businesses, will help unearth places to go, people to talk with, and programs to apply in - all designed to make your business stronger, more competitive and healthy. Guest speakers on this topic include:

Connie Vanderzaden Rick Stone

Connie Vanderzanden believes wholeheartedly that bookkeeping isn’t scary, but fun and easy! Over the last 12 years Connie faced numerous obstacles and pitfalls as she grew both of her businesses. A clear path emerged and with it came Connie’s new mission: to reveal her raw and personal business journey, “Adventures in Bookkeepingland”. The idea is to share this inspirational experience with others who are willing to build their own unique road map to success.

Rick Stone advises offices at Portland, Mt Hood, and Clackamas Community College’s Small Business Development Centers, leads the 19 Oregon State Network SBDC’s thru the Capital Access Team Initiative. Partnering with the SBA, USDA, Business Oregon, Regional Economic Development, Traditional Bankers, and Non-Traditional Lenders; they present R U Bankable? - Access to Capital forums.

Your moderator for the event:

Jackie Babicky
Jackie Babicky is a teacher, consultant, business coach and former CPA with over 35 years of business experience. She has taught numerous business seminars, classes and workshops for clients, Portland Community College, the SBDC and Mercy Corps Northwest. Jackie’s most recent endeavor is the book Better, Smarter, Richer, 7 Business Principles for Solo and Creative Entrepreneurs which focuses on the needs of solopreneurs a fast growing model that is appropriate for creatives, consultants and many of those 50+: the age group opening more businesses than any other. Over the years, Jackie has worked with hundreds of small businesses and always encourages them to raise their prices, charge what they are worth and be able to immediately articulate their value proposition.


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When & Where

45 Southwest Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97204

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)

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