ACEnet’s 5th free Women in Business conference returned on Friday, May 19th from 8am-3pm at The Lodge at Hocking College in Nelsonville! This event united women entrepreneurs in all stages of business development for a one day conference that focused on professional development, personal development, networking with other women who own and operate small businesses, and connecting to small business resources.

With sessions designed give new businesses a great start and mature businesses the tools they need to expand & grow, and much more, this conference proved to be an asset to any woman, in any stage of business development.

2023 Women in Business Conference Recap

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YouTube Playlist of Conference Recordings:

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Conference Speakers

Hocking College Vice President of Student Life and and the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Hannah Guada, opened our conference at 9am.




Focus on personal development and creating harmony in your life through Wellness with Michelle Stobart from Inhale Wellness Studio.




ACEnet’s Executive Director, Larry Fisher, and Multimedia Designer, Avery Snyder, spent a few minutes telling you about some of the things ACEnet can help you with, and about a new ACEnet IDA program designed to help you build your capital.



Caryn Bailey joined us to deliver an inspiring Keynote Address on behalf of her mother, Dr. Carolyn Bailey Lewis.




Caitlyn McDaniel from Southeastern Ohio Legal Services will joined us, along with associate Paul Bryson, to talk about protecting your small business, general legal issues for small businesses, and connecting low income clients to legal services.



“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 Amanda Buchanan, Plays with Glass; Candida Stamp, Big Time Bookkeeping and Heather Fuston from Root 56 Farm; and Jessica Kopelwitz, Fluff Bakery & Catering.


Trade Show

Our 2023 Trade Show businesses include:




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