Inaugural Pine Belt Women Business Owner Summit

Thursday & Friday, August 10-11, 2023
9am – 3pm, (optional networking time until 4pm)
Lake Terrace Convention Center

Join us for the inaugural Pine Belt Women Business Owner Summit on August 10-11 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center! You can choose to attend one day or both days. This event is for both seasoned business owners and those just starting out.

Our mission is to connect women business owners with each other and also with information and resources so that both the owner and business thrive.

Topics and information will include sustainable growth, business finances, how mental and physical health affects your business and what you can do about it, business trends, marketing, and more!

Connect with fellow women business owners and learn about resources in our community that can help you succeed. You will also be able to find the accountability you need to help you move forward when you get stuck!

This event is offered as a pre-event to the Pine Belt Women’s Expo coming up on August 12. Your summit ticket includes tickets to the Expo!




9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast & Networking

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Inaugural WBOS Kickoff & CelebrationJennifer Clark, Emerge Events 

10:00 – 10:45 a.m., Session 1
It’s Time for a Self-Check, Danyella Berry Terrell, LCSW, The Boujee Boss

11:00 – 11:45 a.m., Session 2
From Ground Up in 90 Days While Juggling LifeChristy Amay, Amay Jewelry Designs

12:00 – 12:45 p.m., Session 3 & Lunch
Working for You and Your Business Courtney M. Payton, Edward Jones 

1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Session 4
Healthy Habits for a Balanced Body and BusinessAmanda Morris, Balanced Body

2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Session 5
Crime Doesn’t Pay, but You Might: Avoiding Fraud – Lisa Salcedo, Hancock Whitney

3:00 p.m.
Day 1 Summit Closing & Door Prizes

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Networking (optional)


9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast & Networking

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
WBOS Kickoff Day 2 & CelebrationJennifer Clark, Emerge Events

10:00 – 10:45 a.m., Session 6
Women are Pancakes, so your Branding Should be Too!Grace Kent Johnson, BREAD and Blue Hen Agency

11:00 – 11:45 a.m., Session 7
The “Secret” to Behavior Change – Building Better Habits, Dr. Lindsey Lewis, iNGAGE Talent Development MS, LLC

12:00 – 12:45 p.m., Session 8 & Lunch
Sales Tax and Your Business, Kesha Smith, Mississippi Department of Revenue

1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Session 9
Start, Build, and Grow your Women-Owned Business! Rita Mitchell, USM Small Business Development Center

2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Session 10
Re-Emerging Stronger: Leadership, Life, and Lessons, Mavis A. Creagh, Mavis A. Creagh Consulting, LLC, We Women Ministries, Inc., and R3SM

3:00 p.m.
Day 2 Summit Closing & Door Prizes

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Networking (optional)