On October 1, 2013 the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women held their 2nd Annual Women in Business forum focusing on helping small business owners grow their companies, "Breaking Through: Taking Your Small Business to the Next Level".
The event, which was held at the NRECA Conference Center, was joined by Arlington County Board Member Libby Garvey, and included speakers from Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax counties' small business development agencies and local business leaders. The panelists shared information on existing resources throughout Northern Virginia, offered insight on how to get started, and discussed existing opportunities for growing small businesses.
In addition, attendees participated in interactive sessions based on their interest and needs within five major topic areas: Navigating Government Contracting, Accessing Networks, Resources for Growing Companies, Expanding Your Non Profit, and Finding Fruitful Banking and Capital Relationships. Each topic had a leading expert to answer questions and facilitate the discussion. The forum was an opportunity to network and offer information for women entrepreneurs on tackling challenges throughout the initial stages of launching and growing a business.
“The Arlington Commission on the Status of Women designed an excellent program to help female entrepreneurs access the resources they need in order to build and grow their companies successfully in the region. Even though the federal government shut down – business opportunities never cease to exist, and we are here to support our local entrepreneurs to achieve success.” - Tara Palacios, Director, Arlington Economic Development - BizLaunch
About Arlington County CSW
The Commission was first established in 1974 as an advisory committee to the County Board and consists of volunteer members appointed by the Arlington County Board for three-year terms. CSW Works to advance initiatives and policies that empower women and serves as a community advocate and resource on the social and economic interests of all Arlington women.
CSW Works to advance initiatives and policies that empower women and serves as a community advocate and resource on the social and economic interests of all Arlington women.
CSW focuses on the following issues:
The Commission on the Status of Women is proud to honor the following winners:
Government: Dr. Katharine Panfil is deeply committed to education, and her career as an educator spans over 30 years and several countries, including principal of Key and Randolph Elementary schools.
Business: Denise Hart, along with another member of Women in Technology, started The Leadership Foundry to increase the number of women on corporate boards in our region.
Non-profit: Linda Denny is an executive with over 30 years of experience in managing for profit and not-for- profit companies, has served as president of WBENC, and been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Women’s History Museum.
Rising Star: Angela Guzman is director of Fundraising and Constituent Relations at Integrated Direct Marketing and has chaired a women’s health organization and helped launch a scholarship program.
The awards were presented on March 7, 2013 at the Arlington County's Women of Vision award ceremony.
on the Status of Women
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 318
Arlington, VA 22201
Anna Maynard (Staff Liaison)
Office of Human Rights
County Manager's Office
TEL: 703-228-7096 (V/TTY)
amaynard (at) arlingtonva.us
Arlington County is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To request an accommodation, please contact the staff liaison.
COMMISSION MEMBERSCaroline Gary