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7th Annual Western Women's Business Center Conference Recap

The Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC) celebrated women entrepreneurs and small businesses in Western NC at its 7th Annual Western Women’s Business Conference - The Spirit of Women. The intimate, invitation-only event took place on April 20, 2022, at 9:00 AM, at the Mission Health / A-B Tech Conference Center.

"On behalf of the Western Women’s Business Center and Carolina Small Business Development Fund, I want to thank each of you for joining us at our 7th Annual Conference – The Spirit of Women. If there’s one thing I think we can all take away from our time together, it’s that the small business community that sees and treats each other as allies, instead of competitors, is a small business community that can weather the toughest challenges and emerge stronger than ever.

To our community partners: thank you for being a part of our region and state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem! It’s because of your support and collaboration that we’re able to connect our entrepreneurs to the people, tools, and resources they need to thrive.

To our conference speakers and presenters: thank you for lending your time and expertise to our more than 130 attendees this year, and throughout your day-to-day lives. Each of you are pillars in our blooming small business community, and I am so excited to see how we all incorporate your lessons and wisdom into the work we do.

And to our entrepreneurs and conference attendees: thank you for all you do for your families, your employees, your businesses, and your communities. And thank you for trusting us to be your partner in business and in your community." said Zurilma Anuel, WWBC Director.

The conference fostered conversations and connections between women entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who are shaping the future economic foundation of Western North Carolina.

This special event featured advocates of the small business community including the U.S Small Business Administration, SBTDC, A-B Tech Community College Small Business Center, and others.

For more information about the WWBC conference, event photos, and how to support women-owned businesses year-round, visit

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