Women in Business Conference Tracks


You Are Not in This Alone – Utilizing Resources to Assist You in Your Business!

Join Carleen Dotson, Training Specialist/Certified Business Advisor for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs to learn about who you need in your corner, and why.

As a business owner, you sometimes feel like you are taking on the world all by yourself. There are so many resources available to assist you, you just need to tap into them and allow them to help you. Learn how to ask for help and where should you be looking. You are not alone – learn to build your business team!


Obtaining Financing & Credit Reports – The Essentials

Obtaining financing for your business can seem daunting. Donna Russell, Business Services Manager at OUCU Financial, will share some key tips that can help make your business financing experience a successful one. She’ll give you an inside scoop on what lenders look for and how to put your best foot forward when meeting with a lender, and will touch upon essential components including the business plan, financials, and the importance of the credit report.

A strong credit score and credit history can help borrowers secure financing to achieve their financial goals and help them achieve cheaper financing options. Understanding your credit report and a credit score is the first step in taking control of your credit to open these financial opportunities. Kristen Riley, Mortgage Originator with OUCU Financial will briefly discuss what credit reports and credit scores are, why they matter, and what steps you can take to improve your score.


“We Did It, So Can You”

This panel is an opportunity to hear from some remarkable women business owners in our community and learn how they came to be where they are today!

We Did It panel includes Rosie Berardi, Co-Owner and Manager of the Triple Nickel Diner in Chesterhill; Appalachian folk artist Talcon Quinn (Talcon Quinn LLC); Valerie Kinnard, Owner and CFO of Kindred Market & Owner of Career Connections staffing agency; and Jane Cavarozzi Founder of Dirty Girl Coffee, the Ohio Women’s Coalition, and the Glouster Revitalization Organization.



Keynote Session

“Resilience in Becoming: To face odds and have courage, to hope in the absence of what yet is to come, is to be resilient!“ with Dr. Kristyn Neckles, Psy.D. Dr. Kristyn Neckles is a native of Grenada in the Caribbean and has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from an APA accredited program in Miami, Florida; Carlos Albizu University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently, Kristyn works as a Clinical Psychologist at Ohio University Counseling Center where she is the Embedded Clinician for Diversity and Inclusion Offices. Kristyn is the Chair of the Diversity Committee for the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) 2020-current, a member of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Kristyn is particularly interested in understanding the role of culture and issues of privilege and power in the context of mental well-being. She also strives to understand these factors in ways that help to facilitate the provision of effective counseling and psychotherapy. Particularly, she considers the interconnectedness of ourselves to each other and our environment and the importance of values and balance in living a healthy life. Kristyn’s approach to therapy is integrative, drawing from Cognitive-Behavioral therapies and Acceptance and Commitment therapy together with elements of Dialectical Behavioral Techniques. Her clinical interests, in no order, include diversity/multicultural issues, trauma, identity and woman issues.


Trade Show

Our 2022 Trade Show businesses include:


Our 2022 Women in Business conference also included coffee & dairy donated by Dirty Girl Coffee and Snowville Creamery, free professional headshots from Rocky Brands, Inc., and journals for attendees donated by Monday Creek Publishing.

Link to full conference booklet: https://acenetworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/2022-ACEnet-WIB-Conference-Program_Final.pdf

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to keep this conference free to attendees to allow equal opportunity for all to attend!












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