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Texas Business Alliance Announces City and Venue Change for Women’s Business Conference

Today, Texas Business Alliance (TBA), a nonprofit, membership-driven leader of small business promotion, advocacy and development, announced a city and venue change for its annual One Woman National Business Conference® (One Woman®). The conference, held for the past two years at the Omni Houston Hotel, will in 2011 be held in Fort Bend County at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk, Sugar Land, Texas 77479, on Friday and Saturday, August 19-20. One Woman® is a two-day business development conference for business owners and corporate personnel. The honorable Sugar Land Council Member Jacqueline Baly Chaumette is this year’s honorary chairwoman.

For more than 15 years, Fort Bend County has been in the top 20 counties in the United States for economic excellence and population growth. It is the fastest growing county of the top ten largest counties in Texas and one of the most demographically diverse.

“Fort Bend County is one the largest counties in Texas with a growing population of women business owners,” said TBA Founder and CEO Jeffrey L. Boney. “TBA is a statewide organization and our intention is to bring quality programming like One Woman® to communities across the state. The conference capitalizes on Texas’ innate ability to attract women entrepreneurs whose economic impact represents billions of local dollars annually. TBA, through its programs and promotional infrastructure, reinvests in its local economy by supporting small businesses ranging from construction, energy, oil and gas, hospitality, transportation and manufacturing to visual design and information technology.”

At One Woman®, women in business (and men) hear from top presenters regarding the latest industry trends and business growth strategies. Attendees build business contacts and establish relationships with decision makers who listen to their business value proposition for potential contracting opportunities. Corporate personnel, specifically supplier diversity officers, will learn how to better serve the small business community and meet new potential suppliers through a new track of workshops and “Track Meet” (innovative match-making forum) with the seasoned business owner track of participants.

Susan M. Repka

Conference Co-chair Susan M. Repka, executive director, Women's Business Enterprise Alliance

Co-chairing the 2011 conference is Susan M. Repka, executive director, Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance and Christal M. Jackson, founder, Jackson & Associates Group LLC.

“We invite women in business to join a network of women who have formed an alliance making One Woman® more than a conference, but a movement of like-minded business owners,” shared Repka and Jackson.

Anchoring the conference is a large tradeshow where exhibitors come to sell, demonstrate and share their products, services and book projects. A “Youth Explosion!” program for youth entrepreneurs also will be held during One Woman®.

One Woman® will offer two tracks of development courses for small business owners representing start-ups and large small businesses. TBA targets small businesses as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as independently owned and operated, organized for profit, and has annual revenues up to $21.5 million.

Registration for One Woman® will begin during March, Women’s History Month. Special monthly lead-in events also will be soon announced. For more information, please contact Texas Business Alliance at 713.738.7578.

About Texas Business Alliance
TBA is a member-driven, solutions oriented, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, with a mission to equip minority- and women-owned businesses to be qualified suppliers, ready to compete for public, private and international opportunities through progressive development, and specialized training. Its vision is to strengthen the Texas economy and spur job creation by expanding minority- and women-owned businesses, and encouraging youth entrepreneurship. Chapter organizations are being pursued in Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Austin and El Paso. Visit www.texasbusinessalliance.org for more details or call 713.738.7578.

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