TJC hosts Women Entrepreneurs Conference

Published on Sunday, 23 February 2014 00:20 - Written by Casey Murphy

The 16th annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference, hosted by Tyler Junior College’s Small Business Development Center, is slated for Tuesday.

A local business owner will be named the Emerging Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. The award will focus on women entrepreneurs in their first five years of business. The event is planned for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature a guest speaker, exhibitors and workshops.

“Getting’ Back to Business & Getting’ Business Back” will be this year’s theme and Mayor Barbara Bass will proclaim Tuesday Women Entrepreneurs Day.

Kay Bookout, staff coordinator for the Tyler Small Business Development Center, said the event is held every year to help women business owners, providing them with an atmosphere to network to build new business relationships, learn new skills to succeed and celebrate a featured woman speaker who has founded or grown a business in the area.

She said 40 percent of the center’s clients are women.

Martha Dunlap, owner of Divide & Conquer, will be the guest speaker.

Ms. Bookout said there will be 40 to 45 vendors, including businesses that sell products or services to women.

She said this year’s event also will focus on saluting products made in America. They will show a video highlighting the economy and jobs going overseas, as well as information on how to purchase products made in the U.S. She said it would include local companies.

Lorrie Gazette, owner of Creative Order & Design, will give the workshop and talk about “Getting Business Back in Order.” There also will be a fashion show by Chico’s.

They expect about 250 people to attend, Ms. Bookout said. For information, visit or call 903-510-2975.