Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs Conference on May 13

HandMade in America hosts the annual Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs Conference on Wednesday, May 13. The focus this year is “Micro-Business in the 21st Century;” the event takes place at the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center, 227 Cumberland Ave.

Press release from organizers:

On Wednesday, May 13 from 8:15am-6:30pm HandMade in America (HIA) will be celebrating Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) with their annual conference. This year’s conference focuses on Micro-Business in the 21st Century, as HIA invites women from the AWE program and beyond to commune in collaborative learning, networking, and empowerment.  The conference will be located at the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center, 227 Cumberland Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, next to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

HandMade in America is pleased to welcome Dorothy Clark as this year’s keynote speaker. Clark has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of finance and accounting; furthermore, she is also an accomplished performing artist. Her extensive background as a performer, plus fifteen years in business administration, makes her uniquely qualified to address the business needs of the creative entrepreneur.

Conference Consultants will cover an extensive array of important entrepreneurial topics including; basic legal aspects of small business formation, online marketing strategies, turning your passion into profit, business insurance basics, how to get noticed, the role of the buyer, and small business start-up information.

“This is a very exciting time for small businesses”, says Linda LaBelle, Entrepreneurship Program Manager for HIA, “as the nation continues to recover from a depressed economy, we have learned that we must conduct business in a new way. Flexibility and inventiveness are important keywords. Social Media is the new word-of-mouth, without an internet presence your business may become invisible. And you may be very surprised who your target market actually is. HandMade in America’s AWE program strives to provide its members with the tools they need for their business to succeed in the 21st Century. The AWE Conference is both a day of learning and celebration for these brave women.”

The AWE Conference on Wednesday, May 13 from 8:15am-6:30pm will include a light breakfast, keynote talk, lunch, breakout sessions, networking, closing reception, and raffle. Registration for the conference is open to all women entrepreneurs.  However, free priority seating is given to AWE members, HIA members, and to public registrants for a $15 fee.  For AWE membership information or to register contact Linda LaBelle at For more information about the AWE Conference visit

The Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs Program teaches women in rural WNC communities the important business, creative, industry, and access-to-market skills necessary to develop and manage small businesses in today’s difficult economic climate.


About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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