New Entrepreneurial Spirit Program (E$P) seminar series to begin Feb. 4 for women who want to start their own business

Barbara Dell, Executive Director of Dress for Success SW Florida, is pleased to announce that the Entrepreneurial Spirit Program (E$P), a series of seminars for women who would like to start their own business, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. for four Wednesdays from Feb. 4 through 25.

Local business leaders will provide compelling insight and experience to the attendees, who will gain the information, resources and confidence needed to get their dreams off the ground. The presenters will include E$P Chairperson Joanne Show, Central Bank Vice President; Attorney Christina Harris Schwinn of Pavese Law Firm; Gail Markham, founding partner of public accounting and business consulting firm Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company; and Connie Ramos-Williams, CEO and President of CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing. Attendees can expect to learn practical information that can be put to use in assessing the viability of different business opportunities, developing a marketing plan, managing bank accounts, networking, identifying insurance needs, understanding taxes and more.

In addition, attendees will hear from one successful E$P graduate at each Wednesday night session. Rose Jones will share her story of starting her company, A Southwest Florida Coastal Home Watch. Trisha Ryan, Esq. had been working dead-end jobs as a single mom, then put herself through college and law school and opened her own firm. Success is indeed sweet for Kara Bernier, who founded Ellie Bee Bakery and today creates beautiful cakes and confections for any occasion. Unemployed single mom April Bordeaux went back to school and started her own business, then landed an opportunity at CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing, where she serves as the agency’s Creative Director. These amazing women will share how they applied what they learned at E$P to improve their career prospects or start their own business.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Program is open to the public and free to attend, thanks to the generous funding and resources of Title Sponsor and long-time supporter, Central Bank Southwest Florida.

Registration is required and seating is limited for the series of four Wednesday seminars, which will take place at Dress for Success SW Florida, 12995 S. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 152 in Fort Myers. Call Jen at Diederich at (239) 689-4992 or email for more information.

“Along with all of Dress for Success SW Florida’s programs, E$P continues to expand and evolve to help us reach the most women and empower them to improve their quality of life. It is important work that would not be possible without the investment of time and resources on the part of our mentors, who are so passionate about our mission,” Barbara Dell said.

As a follow-up to E$P, attendees will continue receiving ongoing mentoring and networking sessions provided by Dress for Success SW Florida.

About Dress for Success

The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. There are 135 Dress for Success locations internationally focusing on providing career wardrobes, employment counseling and mentoring for women. For information on Dress for Success SW Florida, located at 12995 S. Cleveland Ave. Suite 153, Fort Myers, FL in the Pinebrook Plaza, email, call 239-689-4992 or visit
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