Southern Illinois Women’s Economic Summit

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As the leading economic force, with over 500,000 members, the USWCC is the only national organization of its kind in the world representing members nationally and locally. The USWCC is the largest non-captive chamber of commerce in the world. The State of Illinois hosts over 30% of all businesses owned by a woman.

Using this platform of influence, innovation and opportunity, we, in cooperation with the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, work with and for our members to grow successful businesses and careers – both in the government marketplace and in every city, village and town throughout Illinois. We sit on the same side of the table – so we know you, because we are you – to employ revolutionary new strategies and build solutions that work.

Details:

  • Margot Dorfman, President & CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, will address the audience from Washington, DC.
  • Sally Rutledge-Ott, ACE, NFPC, USWCC | Regional Director | Central Illinois, Chicago Suburbs, Eastern Iowa
  • Attending Speakers:
    • Heidi Brown-McCreery, Chief of Staff, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
    • Valerie Ross, Manager, Small Business Administration, Springfield
    • Mike Sullivan, Director of Outreach, Small Business Development Center
    • Kathie Cravens, CGIP, MIEx, SBDC International Trade Specialist
    • Mary Turner, Center Director, ILPTAC
    • Joe Kim, Illinois Vendor Procurement
  • Keynote Speakers on the economic impact of women in business in Illinois and new initiatives to assist the continued development of diversity in purchasing and the priorities that are crucial to women in business.
  • Discussion on business and career development and opportunities for Federal, National and Illinois Certification.
  • Day begins at 8:00 am with registration, Market Place Expo and continental breakfast. Day ends by 3:00 pm.
  • Attendee price: $60.00 per person ($30 for USWCC Business and Supplier Members) includes continental breakfast and lunch. Sponsorships are available. See below.
  • Need an overnight stay? Special room rates are available. See below.
  • Presented by: U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce | Illinois
  • Hosted by: Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, Effingham, Illinois

Date

September 30, 2015

Agenda

8:00 amRegistration, Market Place Expo & Continental Breakfast
9:00 amWelcome & Intro
Margot Dorfman, President & CEO of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
9:30 amState of the State of Illinois & Women's Economic Priorities
Sally Rutledge-Ott, ACE, NFPC, USWCC | Regional Director, Illinois
10:00 amRound Table Discussions on Attendee's Business and Economic Priorities
10:30 amFinding Centers of Influence for Women's Economic Development
Panel:
Heidi Brown-McCreery, Chief of Staff Depart.of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Mike Sullivan, Director of Outreach, Small Business Development Center
Valerie Ross, SBA, Springfield – Moderator & Speaker
Kathie Cravens, CGIP, MIEx, SBDC International Trade Specialist
Mary Turner, Center Director, ILPTAC
Joe Kim, Illinois Vendor Procurement
11:45 amLunch and Networking
12:45 pmBreak, Market Place Expo
1:00 pmSuccess Stories & Insights: Let's Talk About Building Success
1:30 pmWomen's WOSB/EDWOSB Certification
Sally Rutledge-Ott, ACE, NFPC, USWCC | Regional Director, Illinois
2:00 - 2:30 pmNetworking, Market Place Expo

MARKETPLACERegistration & Sponsorship

Take Part! There are several options available to your business to be part of this first-ever event – – including sponsorship and display table at the Summit Market Place

 Go here to register for or sponsor the summit. 

Registration Amount- Benefit
$500
 Register 
- Market Place Expo Table to showcase your business
- Marketing on Social Media Outlets
- Table Sign Recognition
- Announcement from podium throughout the event
- Five (5) minutes to introduce your business from the podium
- Two (2) tickets to attend the event – includes continental breakfast and lunch
$250
 Register 
- Marketing on Social Media Outlets
- Table Sign Recognition
- Announcement from podium throughout the event
- One (1) ticket to attend the event – includes continental breakfast and lunch
$75
 Register 
- Market Place Expo Table to showcase your business
- One (1) tickets to attend the event – includes continental breakfast and lunch
$60
 Register 
- Attendee Price includes continental breakfast and lunch

Location

Thelma Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois

The Thelma Keller Convention Center is conveniently located in Central Illinois. It is a comfortable drive for guest arriving from across the State or throughout the entire Midwest. Effingham offers easy access via major Interstate, U.S. and Illinois highways. We are located at the intersection of Interstates 57 & 70 at Exit 160, U.S. highways 40 & 45 and Illinois highways 32 & 33.

Hotel / Rooms

Need an overnight stay? Special room rates are available at the Holiday Inn (connected to the convention center) by calling: (217) 540-7777 and mention: Group Code UWC. Rates are $109 + tax for standard rooms or $129 + tax for suites. NOTE: no other discounts such as AARP, AAA, Government, or Military can be combined with this discounted rate.