Women face unique barriers to becoming entrepreneurs, including a lack of mentorship, issues with work-life balance and a gender financing gap, according to a report released last year by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
These challenges have contributed to women being underrepresented in the entrepreneurial ranks. In fact, women are half as likely as men to start a business, according to that same Kauffman Foundation report.
This underrepresentation is the reason I am most excited for Missouri Business Alert’s Women in Entrepreneurship event Thursday.
The free event, held at The Innovation Hub at REDI in downtown Columbia, is a collaboration between Missouri Business Alert and the Missouri Women’s Business Center. It will feature a networking happy hour (did someone say free wine and cupcakes?) and talks from inspirational mid-Missouri female founders.
The goals of the event are simple: Inspire and connect current women business owners and future entrepreneurs to enhance the mid-Missouri entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Attendees will hear the stories of:
- Beth Snyder, president and CEO of illustration and letterpress studio 1canoe2, which recently opened a new studio in Fulton
- Chrystal Sadler, owner and founder of Chrystal L Hair & Makeup, an inclusive Columbia salon looking to give back to the community
- Lydia Melton, owner of Günter Hans, a Columbia gastropub serving house-made pretzels, European fare and craft beer
All three will speak about their unique experiences running a business, and they will share lessons learned and best practices.
Sintia Radu, a University of Missouri graduate student, will serve as moderator. Sintia’s an entrepreneur in her own right, as co-founder of the startup Recordly, an app for media professionals that she launched with a team of MU students.
Thursday’s event is free to attend, but we ask that you register online.
Doors open at 3:45. We can’t wait to see you there!
Lorah Slaton is the director of marketing for Missouri Business Alert. She received her Master’s in Journalism with an emphasis in strategic communication from the University of Missouri in May 2013. She also received a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication from the University of Missouri.
Lorah was part of the student team that helped launch Missouri Business Alert in 2012.