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Finance Department Celebrates #IWD2019 with Local Female Entrepreneurs


On Thursday, March 7, the department of finance marked International Women’s Day 2019 with some twenty local female business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. This business development and outreach event was put on by the division of purchases, office of minority and women’s business assistance as part of their spring 2019 cohort.

Phala Mire, President of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South, was Thursday’s guest instructor. WBEC-South facilitates the nationally recognized and most relied upon certification program for women’s business enterprises.

Participants in the class were led through the process for Women’s Business Enterprises certification, given an overview of the benefits, and had the chance to engage in a robust and meaningful discussion about next steps and resources available through Women’s Business Enterprise Council-South.

The Café at Thistle Farms—a social enterprise employing women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction—supplied boxed lunches for the event.

The theme for #IWD2019 is #BalanceForBetter. From the boardroom to the office; from Congress to Metro Council—every individual has a responsibility to build a more gender-balanced world.

According to a study by the chamber of commerce, there are more than 4,700 women-owned businesses in Nashville, employing 41,000 people and contributing some $1.6 billon to the local economy. Last year, named Nashville a top five city for women to launch and own a business.

More information on how Women’s Business Enterprise Council-South can help your woman-owned business succeed.

More information on future capacity building trainings put on by the Business Assistance Office through Nashville Community Education