Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT
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SUNY Ulster College Lounge 
491 Cottekill Rd.
Stone Ridge, NY 12484

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Mindy Kole 
SUNY Ulster 

OwnIt! Entrepreneurial Women's Conference
Thursday, June 1, 2017
      8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at SUNY Ulster and the NYS SBDC (NYS Small Business Development Center) will present the 2017 conference for women entrepreneurs and dream-to-be entrepreneurs. Learn from local experts who will give you actionable advice, information and ideas that you can use to grow your business.

The conference is supported by the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc.


Keynote Speaker: Lorine Pendleton

Lorine Pendleton is an active angel investor who backs and advises women and minority-led companies.

Named by Marie Claire magazine as one of the “50 Most Connected Women in America,” Ms. Pendleton will tell her story as an angel investor and speak about how women can differentiate their businesses through technology and other advances to be best positioned to obtain financing for their businesses.

Her portfolio includes Cisse Trading, Traklight, Hire an Esquire, Nextwave Rising Tide Fund and Tastemakers Africa. She is an alumna of Pipeline Angels, an angel investing training program for women to increase diversity in the US angel investing community. Previous stints include working at numerous startups including SelectMinds, developer of web-based social network programs for corporations acquired by Oracle; and Community Connect, publisher of the leading ethnic social networking websites BlackPlanet, AsianAvenue, and MiGente, acquired by Interactive One.


Conference Theme: Ready. Start, Grow.

This year's event will serve both small business owners ready to grow their businesses,
as well as start-up stage entrepreneurs. Stay tuned - for the first time, OwnIt! will feature
two tracks of workshops for these two audiences.



  • Using Budgets to Plan for the Future - Julie Boice, SUNY Ulster
  • Put Your Best Branding Foot Forward - Andrea Rhodes, GiG Marketing
  • Strategic Systems Every Business Owner's Partner is Success - Catherine Pietrow & Beverlee Rasmussen, Business Coaches
  • Presentation Skills Intensive - Juslie Bush, Corey Jamison Consulting
  • A Billion Here, A Billion There, Pretty Soon You're Talking Real Money - Selling Locally & Beyond, Vanessa Primus, Small Business Development Center
  • 3 Steps to Selling with Fearlessness and Full on Integrity! - Renee Gambino, Business Breakthrough Strategist
  • Top Ten Legal Considerations for Business Owners - Elena DeFio, Esq. & Sarah Gold, ESP, DeFio Kean, PLLC
  • 10 Essential Elements of Entrepreneurial Marketing - Susana Fonticoba, Right Click Advantage
  • Tips for Hiring the Right Employees - Donna Drucker, Shoprite

Panel Discussion
An Entrepreneurial Mindset & Success - Moderated by Cynthia Marsh-Croll, WEDC

  • Laura Finestone, Laura Finestone Consulting
  • Jacqueline Muller, Dynamic Intervention
  • Denise Bolds, Bold Selah
  • Jasmine Guara, I Shot Studios
  • Christina Powers, Common Cents Bookkeeping & We Care Transportation


Conference Cost:

$48 - Advance Registration
$65 - at the Door
Includes workshops, continental breakfast,
lunch, & networking.