"Ellie Bee Bakery," owned by E$P graduate Kara Bernier, was presented with another first: the new Annual E$P award.
Gail Markham, Founding Partner and President of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, served as keynote speaker. She gave a compelling address, drawing from her own personal history to explore “My Personal Journey from Start-up to Success.” Other prominent speakers included Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO and President of CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, who presented “What to Include in Your New Business Marketing Plan.”
Two panel discussions included “Start-Up Essentials,”
Power Hour networking and pampering was presented by Presented by: CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, Ellie Bee Bakery, Image Matters, Massage Envy, Paul Mitchell School, Rodan & Fields SBDC, Thirty One, Small Business Development Center/FGCU, Michelle Hudson / Alliance Financial Group
Central Bank Southwest Florida was the Title Sponsor for the conference. Joanne Show, Central Bank Vice President, will presented “The Start-up of U,” offering important information on the essential steps of starting a business.
The program also introduced the launch of the "Entrepreneurial Circle of Support," a mentoring partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University’s Small Business Development Center and a referral partnership with Goodwill’s Micro-Enterprise. As a follow-up to the E$P conference, attendees are able to continue to receive ongoing mentoring opportunities and workshops provided by Dress for Success SW Florida and the “Entrepreneurial Circle of Support”.
About Dress for Success
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. There are 135 Dress for Success locations internationally focusing on providing career wardrobes, employment counseling and mentoring for women. For information on Dress for Success SW Florida located at 12995 S. Cleveland Ave. Suite 153, Fort Myers, FL in the Pinebrook Plaza, call 239-689-4992 (tel:239-689-