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Own It Ventures Fall Conference and Expo: October 29th in Morristown

Oct 11, 2011 01:28PM

Now more than ever, entrepreneurship may be the panacea to our current economic challenges; and women, the new hope in helping to re-ignite our nation's economy.  According to industry statistics, "Women small business owners will create five plus million new jobs by 2018, transforming the workplace for millions of Americans." But often, many women starting new businesses face insurmountable challenges including acquiring adequate capital funding, tapping into influential networks, and not taken as seriously as their male counterparts in business.

Now there's help for women in the tri-state area wanting a chance to try to beat the odds and become successful as business owners. Own It Ventures will host its second annual day long, motivational event for and about business women on Saturday, October 29th, at the Hyatt in Morristown, New Jersey.  It's expected to attract hundreds of New Jersey and New York women starting new businesses, managing existing businesses, and women in transition.   

 According to co-founders Linda Wellbrock and Mellissa Gasnick-Cloeter, "Own It Ventures is place for women to meet the resources, make the connections, and support one another to grow scalable, sustainable companies." What makes the event so unique is the participatory quality of the educational panels and the calibre of experts it attracts.   

Attendees are given the opportunity to Pitch their businesses .This exercise gives business owners an opportunity to fine tune their sales presentation and present it to interested investors, retailers and the media. 

Five finalists are selected to present live in the Sharkette Tank to a room full of investors. These pitches will also be broadcast into the main room for the audience to vote on their favorite investor pitch.    In addition to the investor pitches, retail representatives will be present to hear presentations from business owners competing for retail distribution. There is also a media room where entrepreneur pitch for potential media exposure and PR.  Many of the women have gained media attention on NJNEWS, Steve Adubato’s Show, FOX News5, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Liz Hamburg’s Radio Show on WOR Radio, QVC and more. Register at or call 908-852-4200.

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