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Summit is designed for women who want to grow their businesses, get access to government contracts and leverage the resources available in the market. SOLD OUT!

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Keynote Presentation: Managing your own destiny as a women-owned entrepreneur

Tired of working hard to create wealth for her employers, Gloria Larkin decided to be her own boss and created TargetGov, a consulting firm that has helped clients win over $8 billion worth of federal contracts over the last 25 years. Find out how her “make-it-work” attitude inspires her and others to continue to grow during even the most challenging times.

Speaker: Gloria Larkin, President, TargetGov

1:00 – 1:30 pm

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Panel Discussion: How to get access to financing, land contracts and protect your business

Join us for a lively, fast-paced discussion as our expert panel discuss the critical challenges facing women-owned businesses today including gaining access to much-needed financing, identifying and pursuing government-contracting opportunities, and leveraging practical legal strategies as you scale.


Jennifer Smith-Funn (moderator), SBDC Baltimore City/County, Regional Director

Debra Brown, Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration

Alvitta Leffall, Contracting Officer, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board

Dayna Cooper, Esq., Cooper Legal Solutions

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Jennifer Smith-Funn (moderator)

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Debra Brown

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Alvitta Leffall

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Dayna Cooper

2:00 – 2:15 pm BREAK

Access to Capital: How to Prepare Winning Loan Applications

You won’t want to miss two bankers discuss what every business owner should know about getting access to capital. Topics include: building business credit, maintaining good credit, understanding what bankers look for when approving loan requests, and positioning your business for additional funding opportunities.


Jessica Gilbert, Business Banking Relationship Manager, M&T Bank

Rebecca Stanley, Senior Branch Manager, M&T Bank

2:15 – 3:00 pm