Women entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses will learn practical skills to use in their careers and life at the virtual and second annual CORE E3 Women’s Conference.

During the conference, inspiring leaders in marketing, budgeting for business and work-life balance will present sessions geared toward all stages of business, from idea to succession planning.   

Although this year’s event is being held virtually, attendees will be able to connect and learn right alongside fellow women in business through inspiring keynote speeches, networking opportunities over coffee and lunch, and a virtual happy hour.

Kicking off the two information-packed days is keynote speaker Cynthia Williams, a strategic branding and business design consultant with 20 years of experience guiding the successes of entrepreneurs and businesses in disinvested communities. Williams manages the Ideation Zone™, a strategic consulting firm that empowers women and people of color with entrepreneurial thinking skills and enlightens corporations and non-profits seeking to engage with this vibrant market.  

 “Our mentoring sessions often reveal that women entrepreneurs are not prepared for the basics of running a business,” Conference Diversity and Inclusion Chair, Mary Overbey, says. “They may be an expert in their chosen field, but accounting, marketing, financials, planning, etc. just aren’t in their wheelhouse. This conference will allow women to learn the information they need to truly succeed, give them the opportunity to connect with other local women on the same journey, and identify the resources that can assist them before it’s too late.”

Conference fee is $45. To register for the conference or for more details, visit e3score.org, or contact Mary Overbey at swmo61@scorevolunteer.org or 417-986-4730.

Sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 24, run from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with post-conference happy hour and networking sessions from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.   

Breakout sessions include: 

•Managing HR in a Department of One

•Concept to Cash 

•How Diversity Impacts and Benefits your Business 

•Give Your Business the Edge: Digital Training Resources 

•Minimalist Time Management for Sole Proprietors

•Using Your Intuition and Emotions to Create & Build a Business You Can Fall in Love With

•Bridging the Gap Between Motherhood and Career

The E3 conference is presented by SCORE Southwest Missouri and the Springfield-Greene County Library District. The lunch and networking fun will be brought to attendees by 92.9 the Beat.