June 11, 2014

San Mateo, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City)  will host Ready, Set, Succeed, a small business seminar for women, on Friday June 13, 2014 in San Francisco. The seminar is designed to help current and aspiring Bay Area business owners succeed and to overcome potential roadblocks.

The seminar will feature keynote speakers Julia Hartz, Eventbrite President and Co-Founder, and Donna J. Davis, Regional Administrator from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Breakout sessions will include crowd funding & micro financing, kick-starting your small business, motherhood & entrepreneurship, and “Dolphin Tank”, an opportunity for entrepreneurs to practice their pitch and get feedback from experts.

“While women entrepreneurs are the fastest growing segment in the small business community, a business owned by a woman typically makes 73% less than a similar business owned by a man,” said Speier. “We need to level the playing field so that women can succeed and as a result, America can succeed.”

Currently more than 8.9 million women-owned businesses in the U. S. employ over 8 million people and produce $1.3 million in sales annually.

Speier will address another group of women entrepreneurs at 2 pm during a Challenge Her event at 245 Market Street in San Francisco. Challenge Her is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, Women Impacting Public Policy and American Express that helps women-owned businesses with federal contracts.

In late May, an amendment by Speier that strengthens the federal contracting environment for women-owned businesses passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 2015.
“My amendment will give women more access to federal contracts,” Speier said. “Even though women own nearly 30% of all American businesses and are a fast-growing force in the private sector, they are underrepresented in federal contracting and receive less than 5% of the contracts available from federal agencies.”

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Eventbrite President and Co-Founder Julie Hartz
SBA Region IX Administrator Donna J. Davis
Representatives from Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Kiva, CAMEO, SCORE, CircleUp, Moolahoop, Women’s Start Up Lab, Speck Design, Mom WorkForce, Wells Fargo, SF Fire Credit Union and other businesses

Ready, Set, Succeed: A Women’s Small Business Seminar

Friday, June 13, 2014
8:30 – 11:30 am

Eventbrite Headquarters
155 5th Street, 7th floor
San Francisco