News for Immediate Release
July 28, 2014
Winner Will Receive $10,000 Cash Prize to Help Grow Their Business
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Commission for Women and the Pennsylvania
Chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) today
announced a Business Plan Competition for women business owners in
Pennsylvania. The competition will showcase emerging businesses and will
celebrate female entrepreneurship.
are thrilled to work with NAWBO PA to offer women business owners in our state
this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Sue Schick, Chair of the
Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “As a commission, we are committed to
supporting and empowering female entrepreneurs, as they play a significant role
in our state’s economic success.”
Business Plan Competition is open to women business owners in Pennsylvania who
started their business on or after January 1, 2012. Through an
application and interview process, NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh, NAWBO Greater
Philadelphia and NAWBO Northeast PA, will each select one finalist to compete
at the 2014 Women’s Mentorship Symposium on Sept. 30, 2014, in Pittsburgh.
will present fast-pitch business plans to a panel of three judges, including:
Lori Greiner, the “warm blooded shark”™ on the hit entrepreneurial business
show “Shark Tank” on ABC; Julia Hearthway, secretary of the Pennsylvania
Department of Labor and Industry; and Renee Amoore, founder and president of
The Amoore Group, Inc.
mission includes strengthening the wealth-creating capacity of our members and
promoting economic development. We are proud to partner with the
Pennsylvania Commission for Women to offer this incredible opportunity to
emerging women business owners in our state,” said Julie Smith, President
of NAWBO Greater Philadelphia. “We encourage all eligible business owners
to compete for the chance to transform and advance their company.”
of the three finalists will receive a one year NAWBO membership or
renewal. The winning business owner will receive a $10,000 cash prize to
assist in the implementation of their business plan. The competition is
financed through private fundraising efforts.
business owners must submit an “Intent to Compete” form by Thursday, Aug.
14. For additional information on the Business Plan Competition,
including the rules and application process, please visit www.nawbopabizplancomp.org.
Pennsylvania Commission for Women is the commonwealth’s official advocate
agency for women. Its mission is to identify and advance the diverse
needs and interests of Pennsylvania’s women and girls; to inform, educate and
advocate for its constituents; and to provide opportunities to empower women
and girls to reach their highest potential. The work of the commission is
focused primarily in the areas of economic development, mentorship, and civic
Mostek, Pennsylvania Commission for Women, 717-787-1965
Business Plan Competition is part of the 2014 Women’s Mentorship Symposium:
Paying It Forward, hosted by the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. The
event will take place at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Pittsburgh on
Sept. 30, 2014. Additional information about the symposium is available
online at www.pa.gov/commissionforwomen.