Count Me In and Capital One Host National Conference to Help Women Veteran Business Owners Create New Jobs and Contribute to Economic Growth in Communities Nationwide
WVEC Conference Expands to Bring Women Small Business Owners throughout the U.S. Together to Fuel Business Growth and Improve Local Economies
WVEC, the result of an ongoing partnership between Capital One and Count
Me In, is designed to help teach and inspire women veteran entrepreneurs
to fuel the growth of their small businesses and create new jobs for
veterans and civilians across the country. The conference is part of
“Capital One is excited to partner with Count Me In to host the second
The conference provides an opportunity for the participants to meet and network with other women entrepreneurs and will feature a business pitch competition that will allow women business owners a chance to give a two-minute business pitch and receive real-time, expert feedback to help them hone their concepts. The winners of the competition will have an opportunity to join Count Me In’s celebrated Business Accelerator Program, a nine-month intensive business education program designed to help women grow their businesses significantly within 18 to 36 months. In addition, attendees will participate in a variety of panels and workshops, some of which will be led by established women veteran small business owners. Capital One professionals will also offer coaching and mentoring during the event.
- Learn growth strategies from nationally renowned small business experts.
- Meet women who have built their ideas into million-dollar successes through Count Me In programs, and who will offer advice and insights on how to think like a CEO, position a business for success, improve work-life balance, and more.
- Pitch their businesses for a chance to join Count Me In’s celebrated Business Accelerator Program.
- Connect with motivated women veteran entrepreneurs from across the country in a variety of business sectors – new clients, vendors and peers.
“The enthusiasm and determination that women small business owners,
especially those who are veterans, bring to their business ventures is
Chris Cunneen, CEO, Hire Image
Cynthia Rubio, CEO, Radiant RFID
Sanjiv Yajnik, President of Financial Services, Capital One
Leanne King, President, SeeKing HR
Dawn Stokes, Chief Accelerator, Total Driving Experience
Garnett Newcombe, CEO, Human Potential Consultants
Mary Saunders(Ret.) Executive Director, Leadership Institute, Texas Women’s University
Gina Williams(Ret.), Co-owner, Dandy Candy
Kim Olsen(Ret.) CEO, Grace After Fire
Marian Lopez, Owner, Mama Cheesecake
Charmane Sellers, CEO, Aleon Properties
- Nicole Baldwin, CEO, BAIO Skincare
Robin Bond, CEO, Robin Bond Interiors
The WVEC program builds on Capital One’s three-year,
Capital One’s partnership with Count Me In is aligned with its commitment to helping aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses of every size grow and thrive – whether it’s directly through their products and services, or through innovative partnerships and programs like WVEC that provide tailored business training, mentoring, and other professional support and resources.
About Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence
Count Me In is the leading not-for-profit provider of business education and resources for women interested in growing their micro-businesses into million-dollar enterprises. Founded in 1999, the organization inspires and instructs thousands of women business owners online, at live events, and through peers, coaches and experts to significantly increase revenues and create new jobs. CMI has developed a reputation nationally and internationally for accelerating business growth and positioning women in the forefront of global economic recovery. For more information on Count Me In programs and resources visit www.countmein.org.
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation
Shelley Solheim, 917-589-6203
Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence
Jodi Brockington, 212-245-1245 x201