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County women to speak at Danville conference

A conference for current and future women business owners will be held on Wednesday, May 30, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Danville Community College’s Foundation Hall.  

The program will be video streamed to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston, the Riddle Center in Gretna and the Chatham Community Center for those who live in the outlying areas. 

Mary Rae Carter, deputy secretary of trade and commerce, will open the conference with brief remarks followed by a greeting from Governor Bob McDonnell.  

The conference features eight area business women who will discuss how they have managed to start, grow and manage their businesses successfully.  They will share their lessons learned, obstacles overcome and proudest moments.   

Arlene Creasy of Gretna is the keynote speaker and will share her inspiring story of a second career and a second chance at life.  

Lisa Kipps-Brown of Glerin Business Resources Inc. located in Halifax and Gretchen Clark of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc. in Gretna will share how they have managed to find success in non-traditional roles. 

Doris Chism of Pathways Youth Services, LLC, Scottsburg, Amie Teague of Piedmont Regional Feeding and Motor Clinic, Danville, Sylvia Josey of Your Stuff/Kid Stuff in Danville and Rachel Gatewood of Tightsqueeze Hardware in Chatham are the panelists who will share their stories and answer questions.  

 This conference is a celebration of women-owned businesses and offers an opportunity for sharing and networking.  Sponsors of the event include the Longwood SBDC, DCC’s Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center, the Danville Pittsylvania and Halifax/South Boston Chambers of Commerce, the Virginia SBDC and the Small Business Administration. 

 Seating is limited, and reservations at one of the four sites are required.  To register call 434-797-8482 or 434-797-8442 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.