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WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER MID-YEAR CONFERENCE

The conference will address the different aspects of life that affect economic empowerment and self-sufficiency for women, such as: the deliverance of health care to women, the effects of family violence, drug and alcohol abuse, the availability of educational options, access to capital, technological segregation, wealth management, and many more. As one of the most important meetings of the new millennium for women in this region, the Mid-Year Conference will culminate with a black-tie ball, Saturday, April 15, 2000, honoring an outstanding woman in this community.
Aida Alvarez, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the first Hispanic woman to serve on the President’s Cabinet, will deliver the keynote address. Business professionals and government representatives from the Caribbean region and the U.S. mainland will present and discuss conference topics. Speakers include Dr. Donna Christensen, Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress and key supporter of the Women's Business Center; Dr. Jeannine Coma, director of the Center for Management Development, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados; Linda Baxter, a St. Croix attorney concentrating her recent practice on estate planning; Terry Hogan serves as the human resources manager at the Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino; Dr. Patricia Rhymer-Todman, the chairperson of the Virgin Islands Commission on the Status of Women and a professor at the University of the Virgin Islands; John Abramson, Jr., supervisor of elections in the Virgin Islands; Dr. Prince Ramsey, a practicing physician in Antigua, concentrating on women’s health and AIDS; Dr. George Woodley, program operations manager for the Florida Department of Children and Families; Catherine A. Hess, executive director of the Association of Maternal and Child Health program in Washington, DC; Daryl Dennis, the associate deputy administrator for Entrepreneurial Development for the U.S. Small Business Administration; Dr. Barbara Collins, president and owner of Positive Trends, Inc., an organizational development consulting company; Don Christensen, the associate administrator, Investment Division, for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Women, in attending this conference, will put themselves in touch with the issues impacting their lives while providing clear insight on ways to overcome barriers.
Emerging business owners will garner vital information on the dynamics of operating a business and network with other entrepreneurs.
Established business owners, desiring to improve their business, can glimpse the changing entrepreneurial landscape and how these changes positively affect their bottom line.
Public officials and non-profit representatives, wishing to expand programs and services, will gain a better understanding of the issues facing women.
Lenders, investors and financial consultants can improve their bottom line by improving better understanding the changing face of the global economy and recognize that women comprise the largest economic entity in the world.
Anyone interested in women-related issues and how those issues affect economic empowerment should mark their calendar to attend the Women’s Business Center of the Virgin Islands first annual mid-year conference, Economic Empowerment for the 21st Century. Conference participants will not only gather valuable information but will also have the opportunity to build new relationships and forge partnerships of their own.
The Virgin Islands Women's Business Center is a partnership between the Saint Croix Foundation and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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The conference will address the different aspects of life that affect economic empowerment and self-sufficiency for women, such as: the deliverance of health care to women, the effects of family violence, drug and alcohol abuse, the availability of educational options, access to capital, technological segregation, wealth management, and many more. As one of the most important meetings of the new millennium for women in this region, the Mid-Year Conference will culminate with a black-tie ball, Saturday, April 15, 2000, honoring an outstanding woman in this community.
Aida Alvarez, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the first Hispanic woman to serve on the President’s Cabinet, will deliver the keynote address. Business professionals and government representatives from the Caribbean region and the U.S. mainland will present and discuss conference topics. Speakers include Dr. Donna Christensen, Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress and key supporter of the Women's Business Center; Dr. Jeannine Coma, director of the Center for Management Development, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados; Linda Baxter, a St. Croix attorney concentrating her recent practice on estate planning; Terry Hogan serves as the human resources manager at the Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino; Dr. Patricia Rhymer-Todman, the chairperson of the Virgin Islands Commission on the Status of Women and a professor at the University of the Virgin Islands; John Abramson, Jr., supervisor of elections in the Virgin Islands; Dr. Prince Ramsey, a practicing physician in Antigua, concentrating on women’s health and AIDS; Dr. George Woodley, program operations manager for the Florida Department of Children and Families; Catherine A. Hess, executive director of the Association of Maternal and Child Health program in Washington, DC; Daryl Dennis, the associate deputy administrator for Entrepreneurial Development for the U.S. Small Business Administration; Dr. Barbara Collins, president and owner of Positive Trends, Inc., an organizational development consulting company; Don Christensen, the associate administrator, Investment Division, for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Women, in attending this conference, will put themselves in touch with the issues impacting their lives while providing clear insight on ways to overcome barriers.
Emerging business owners will garner vital information on the dynamics of operating a business and network with other entrepreneurs.
Established business owners, desiring to improve their business, can glimpse the changing entrepreneurial landscape and how these changes positively affect their bottom line.
Public officials and non-profit representatives, wishing to expand programs and services, will gain a better understanding of the issues facing women.
Lenders, investors and financial consultants can improve their bottom line by improving better understanding the changing face of the global economy and recognize that women comprise the largest economic entity in the world.
Anyone interested in women-related issues and how those issues affect economic empowerment should mark their calendar to attend the Women’s Business Center of the Virgin Islands first annual mid-year conference, Economic Empowerment for the 21st Century. Conference participants will not only gather valuable information but will also have the opportunity to build new relationships and forge partnerships of their own.
The Virgin Islands Women's Business Center is a partnership between the Saint Croix Foundation and the U.S. Small Business Administration.