Luncheon, workshop: How businesswomen can overcome barriers, market their company

Overcoming career barriers will be on the menu Thursday at the Fifth Annual Professional Women’s Luncheon, along with an extra afternoon workshop geared toward marketing small businesses.

The 11 a.m.-1 p.m. luncheon takes place at Columbus State University’s Cunningham Center, 3100 Gentian Blvd.

Guest speaker will be Jane Nichols, president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers. Her topic — “From Poverty to Professional: Helping women overcome barriers and reach their full potential.”

Keynote speaker will be Monica Cornetti, author of the new book, “Your Face Isn’t Finished Until Your Lipstick Is On.” The small business development specialist has more than two decades of experience and owns EntrepreNow!, a Dallas, Texas-based training and consulting company.

Cornetti also will lead a 1:30-4 p.m. workshop called, “Target Your Sweet Spot,” that offers marketing strategies for small business owners, including how to perform an analysis of competitors and brand a company.

Cost for the luncheon is $40, while the workshop fee is $50; both can be purchased for $79. For more information, contact the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center at 706-569-2651 or at www.columbussbdc.org.

The event is sponsored by the SBDC and the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

— Tony Adams