Girls’s Heart for Entrepreneurship Hosts From Pandemic to Progress Occasion That includes US Senators Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand


Virtual conference on June 24th with a focus on small businesses affected by Covid and recovery

CHATHAM, NJ, June 17, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship is partnering with regional Women’s Business Centers, WBEC East, to host a virtual conference, From Pandemic to Progress – How Small Business Can Persion during Covid and Beyond Philadelphia, PA and center for business development for women, Westchester County, NY. Other media partners are the LAEDA Women’s Business Center and the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University.

The event will take place on June 24, 2021 and stream online. All star keynote speakers will be senators Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Natalie Madeira Cofield, SBA Office of Women’s Business Ownership. Participating sponsors are Wells Fargo, PayPal, Fiverr, Shopify, PNC Bank, Columbia Bank, and McCarter & English.

The aim of the virtual, half-day event is to provide women and BIPOC entrepreneurs with ideas and tools to thrive, not just survive during the Covid crisis, and how to plan for success in a recreational new economy can. The conference aims to provide women and BIPOC small business owners with a valuable forum to share their own challenges and to receive important expert advice through workshops and break-out sessions led by high-caliber and diverse moderators and speakers. The event concludes with attendees participating in a brainstorming session where everyone involved develops a work plan for growing their business.

The conference will highlight the importance of small businesses as the engine and heartbeat of the US economy, and how Women’s Business Centers act as a focal point dedicated to providing vital services to women and small businesses owned by BIPOC who are hardest hit by the pandemic. Featured speakers will discuss how the US rescue plan is offering significant facilities to small businesses to aid in recovery efforts

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  • $ 15 billion additionally for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) payments, including $ 5 billion for additional targeted EIDL prepayments for those most affected.

  • $ 28.6 billion for the restaurant revitalization fund for sector-related grants.

  • $ 100 million set up a pilot program for the Community Navigator. Grants go to eligible organizations in support of efforts to improve access to programs and resources in support of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the executive director of the WCEC Women’s Business Center, Rana Shanawani“We want this event to serve the needs of women and BIPOC small business owners hit by the Covid crisis and looking for an action plan to grow their business and successfully manage the new normal.”

Chairman of the WCEC Board of Directors, Alyce Hackett adds, “Small business owners, hardest hit by the pandemic, are looking for critical resources and facilities. We believe this event will provide attendees with important insights and tools that will help companies thrive. “

To learn more and to register for the conference, visit the WCEC registration page.

About the women’s center for entrepreneurship
The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship (WCEC) is a 501c3 registered non-profit organization. As a Small Business Administration Resource Partner and Women’s Business Center, WCEC aims to help small businesses succeed. WCEC works with women and minority owned businesses from the start-up stage to existing small businesses looking to grow by providing educational resources, business advice, professional training, technical assistance, and COVID-19 aid loans and grants.

More information about WCEC can be found at

Media contact

Lelani Clark, Women’s Entrepreneurship Center, 646-389-4129, [email protected]

SOURCE Women’s Entrepreneurship Center