Turning Passions Into Profits

The Women Entrepreneurs event shows women how to start a business

Thinking about banking on your creative pursuits and starting your own business? Learn the how-tos during the fourth annual Women Entrepreneurs: A Celebration of Creativity event sponsored by Country Living magazine this Saturday, May 30 at Navy Pier.

Several female entrepreneurs, including those featured in a segment with Country Living editor-in-chief Sarah Gray Miller on the Today Show last week, will be on hand at this open-to-the-public expo, offering advice, tips and tools on starting your own business -- even in these tough economic times.

The informative day will begin at 8AM with a morning meet-and-greet, followed by several general session workshops, including "Lunch With a Leader," which will feature a Q & A with Rosanna Bowles, founder of tableware company Rosanna Inc.; "Publicize Your Product Like a Pro," featuring a panel of marketers, PR pros and editors talking about how to get your business covered by the press; and "All About Trade and Gift Shows," a how-to workshop presented by retail, merchandising and trade show expert Mary Liz Curtin, who will take you through the steps of selling your product to retail buyers at these types of events.

A special session, called "Pitch Your Product," offers several women chosen from across the country an opportunity to sell their business ideas to a panel of special guest entrepreneurs and the editors of Country Living. A few of the pitches will be chosen to be profiled in a future issue of the magazine. 

The 2009 Country Living Women Entrepreneurs panel, featuring the female business owners profiled in the June issue of the magazine, along with a wine-and-cheese reception, will wrap up the power-packed day at 6PM.

 Registration for the Country Living Women Entrepreneurs: A Celebration of Creativity event is still open and costs $125 for the general sessions, lunch, afternoon coffee break, reception and gift bag; and $160 to include admission to the "Pitch Your Product" workshop. Attendees must register in advance; call 800-337-2502 or visit the Country Living Web site.

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