C.E.O. will hold first in series of business workshops for women


Island nonprofit C.E.O. (Creative Entrepreneur with Opportunities on Martha’s Vineyard) will hold the first of a series of workshops for women in business or interested in being in business on Saturday, March 5, in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.

The March 5 workshop is geared toward women who have been in business at least three years (their partners and spouses are also welcome to enroll), and titled, “What’s Next? – A Mini MBA for Women in Business.”

The session begins with coffee and informal networking at 8:30 am, and ends at 2 pm. Lunch is included. According to a press release, topics to be covered include setting new goals for growth; creating a new three-year business plan; analyzing marketing plans and identifying new marketing and sales opportunities for growth and stability; and financial support opportunities for thriving businesses.

C.E.O. was created almost a year ago to provide education, resources, and opportunities for community and collaboration for women in business (and those who would like to be); as well as to energize the next generation of potential entrepreneurs. The workshop is part of a yearlong program of workshops and seminars.

Susan Silk, a veteran SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) mentor who is an experienced entrepreneur, will moderate. Guest speakers include C.J. Rivard, an Island expert in digital marketing, and Judy Soules, CFO of Edgartown National Bank.

“The Island’s SCORE team annually offers a course for startup entrepreneurs, but after years as a mentor I realized that there is a need for workshops and seminars targeted toward women in business on the Island that are no longer startups, and need help and information to operate mature businesses. Those challenges are enormous,” Ms. Silk said.

Tuition for the workshop is $75 for the public and $60 for C.E.O. Network partners. Advance registration is required, and available at TicketsMV/CEO. Information on future events and signup to become a network partner is available at the C.E.O. website at iamaceo.org. For additional information on the workshop, contact Susan Silk at susan.silk@comcast.net.