Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date May 29, 2008

For More Information: Brenda Rayner, 901-333-4247

Women Gear Up for the 2008 Annual Women Business Owners Opportunities Conference

The Third Annual Women Business Owners Opportunities Conference (WBOOC) will be held on June 19-20, at the Southwest Tennessee Community College Macon Cove Campus. WBOOC is sponsored by Southwest Tennessee Community College, the Tennessee Economic Council on Women and the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. WBOOC provides a venue for women business owners to interact with other businesses that can provide contracts and finance opportunities and services that aid in promoting growth and expansion.

On June 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a "Business Boot Camp" team-competition will be set up for aspiring and new business owners to learn how to develop and present a business plan. The winning team will be awarded $600. Corporate and government representatives also will be available in the WBOOC Opportunities Room between 1 and 4 p.m. to discuss contracting and procurement opportunities as well as bidding procedures and requirements.

On June 20, business learning sessions will be offered on how to grow, expand, market and finance businesses and to provide excellent customer service. The managing editor of Ebony magazine, Lynn Norment, will be the keynote speaker for the "Power Luncheon" scheduled at 12:30 p.m. Norment, a native of Bolivar, Tenn., is a proud graduate of the former Memphis State University, and worked for several years at The Commercial Appeal before being recruited by Ebony. During her career, she has written stories on Beyonce Knowles, Janet Jackson, Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Usher, Will Smith and Whitney Houston, in addition to dozens of other celebrities and news makers. She actually wrote Ebony's April cover story on Janet Jackson. While Norment continues to write, she now has management responsibilities that include helping to determine the content of the magazine.

For registration and other information about the WBOOC, contact Deborah Reed at (901) 333-4592.