Vice Chairperson Horton's Connecting Women to Power Pre-Conference is a Success.
Jerome E. Horton, Vice Chairperson of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) hosted over 375 women entrepreneurs to the "Connecting Women to Power" business conference Thursday, June 24th at the prestigious American Jewish University in Bel Air. The Mistress of Ceremonies Ms. Beverly White of KNBC News, eloquently introduced one power player after another including Chairwoman of the Board of Equalization Betty T. Yee, Madelyn Alfano President Elect of National Association of Women Business Owners, Gary Toebben President of Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Keynote Speaker Renee Radcliff Sinclair, northwest regional director of Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "This event has a perfect timing and is directed to the proper audience. Everyone in attendance is exactly the audience we are hoping to reach out to" stated Ms. Radcliff Sinclair after her address.
The first panel which discussed international matchmaking, investing in other countries, expanding over-seas, engaging in importing or exporting, and joint ventures with foreign-based businesses seeking U.S. partners. Speakers included, Mr. Martin Selander, a specialist on international trade with the U.S. Small Business Administration; Ms. Julie Anne Hennessy, Director, U.S. Commercial Services U.S. Department of Commerce; Ms. Marianne Hughes, Business Development Officer, Export-Import Bank of the United States; Ms. Judyth Kay Gilbert, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, outreach coordinator for Minority & Women Business Owners; Ms. Vonny Abbott, Business Tax Specialist, and Ms. Sally Phetteplace, Supervising Tax Auditor, both with the Board of Equalization.
The speakers of the second panel, was equally noteworthy in the world of international trade, included business development experts from the embassies of Canada, China, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, Korea, and Germany. They offered strategies and techniques for doing business in international markets and the global economy; inviting the conference participants to expand their businesses into their respective countries. Also present at the conference were representatives of the California Department of General Services which administer billions of dollars in state contracts, and the Employment Development Department, which oversees state job training and job placement services.
"This powerful and amazing conference gave women entrepreneurs the opportunity to gather some valuable information, meet other women entrepreneurs, and make some key contacts that will help us expand our businesses around the world" said Ani Bedrosian-Adaimy, former president of the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce. "The commanding presence of Beverly White from KNBC News kept the information flowing and all of us engaged."
"I am excited to see so many women entrepreneurs absorbing this information on how to excel internationally and domestically. My goal is to connect California businesses to opportunities throughout the world and expand overseas" Horton said. "My team is now researching the best practices and techniques of building a business to present at our follow up conference in March, 2011 during Women's History month."