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Program encourages area women-owned businesses to identify needs, seek help


Women business owners and agricultural producers who could benefit from business development assistance of any kind are invited to attend an information gathering, Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference at the J.D. McCarty Center, March 26. The conference registration begins at 8 a.m., with sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference is designed to give women the tools that are needed to succeed and prosper in today's business market. This conference offers women a chance to network with the business leaders in all fields, exchange ideas and information, and to attend several beneficial sessions.

The Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference is a joint project of The Cleveland County Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, OSU Extension Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. This conference holds potential to assist women considering or already in business with new product development, help with start-up concerns, expand and aid existing firms in a variety of methods.

Among the concurrent sessions for the conference will be Borrow Money Wisely, presented by Kelly Nemecek, a S.V.P with McClain Bank. Financial challenges and roadblocks women encounter will be covered in Women, Money and Power by Jennifer Gifford Johnson, a Financial Advisor with Republic Investment. Dianne Wilkins from the Department of Environmental Quality will present How to Run a Green Business. The special needs of inheriting today's farming operations will be a part of the session on Rural Estate Planning, presented by Daniel Skipper, OSU Extension. Participants interested in growing produce will want to attend the session Successful Growers and the Oklahoma Food Coop. Three general session topics of interest, to all participants, will also be offered throughout the conference.

Interested participants must register to attend the Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference before March 19; cancellations received after this date are non-refundable. Registration fee of $20 each includes lunch and may be made payable to: Women in Ag and Small Business Committee and mailed to 2424 Springer Dr., Suite 105, Norman, OK 73069. For further information, call 405-364-7319 or e-mail


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