Female service members, veterans, spouses invited to attend A New Mission: How Military Women Become Entrepreneurs

15 May 2013 | Lance Cpl. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera

Women of the military community including service members, veterans and spouses are invited to attend A New Mission: How Military Women Become Entrepreneurs at the Marston Pavilion aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune May 21.

For $30, women from Camp Lejeune and neighboring installations explore entrepreneurship at the event. The price includes breakfast and lunch.

Former Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune commanding officer Col. Adele Hodges, the first female commanding officer of Camp Lejeune, is scheduled to speak at the event. She plans to discuss leadership among military women. Hodges retired after 33 years in the Marine Corps. She served as Camp Lejeune’s commanding officer from 2006 to 2008.

The North Carolina Military Business Center, the Small Business Center, The Women’s Business Center of North Carolina, Coastal Carolina Community College and the Rural Center are presenting the program.

“Women anchor our military just as they anchor our society in other areas,” states the North Carolina Military Business Center’s event description. “This event is for the female veterans who have served with honor and for active duty female military personnel who continue to serve with distinction. It is also for the military women who stand on the frontlines domestically, holding down the fort and holding the family together while their partners are deployed.”

A New Mission: How Military Women Become Entrepreneurs is scheduled to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is set to include workshops discussing entrepreneurship among military women, sharing the experiences of female veterans in business and general entrepreneurship along with questions and answer sessions and discussion about resources available to small businesses. The event will also include opportunities to network and exhibitions from a variety of groups.

Sue Malone, the founder of Strategies for Small Business, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker of the event. Strategies for Small Business is an organization that provides loans to small businesses.

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