2nd Annual Pine Belt Women Business Owner Summit

Thursday and Friday, Aug. 15-16, 2024
PRCC Woodall Center
906 Sullivan Dr., Hattiesburg

Our mission is to provide an opportunity for women business owners to find connection, information, and resources so that both the owner and business thrives.

We believe that thriving women business owners contribute to thriving businesses that build thriving communities.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

If you are a woman who can answer YES to any of the following questions, this Summit is for you!

  • Do you own or co-own a business or are you considering starting a business?
  • Are you a new business owner in need of information to help you get started OR are you a seasoned business owner in need of renewal or information to get you to the next level?
  • Does your family own a business that you are preparing to inherit one day?
  • Are you interested in learning new ideas and getting inspired?
  • Do you want to spend some time working ON your business instead of always working IN it?
  • Do you need motivation or accountability to keep you going?
  • Could you use important, practical information about running a business?
  • Are you looking for a safe place to be vulnerable, vent, and share the load of business ownership with fellow women business owners?
  • Would you like the opportunity to win door prizes and take home fun swag?
  • Are you looking for opportunities to network with fellow women business owners?
  • Are you interested in finding out about useful information and services from our community partners?
  • Would you enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch prepared by a local business owner?
  • Would you like the opportunity to showcase your business card or promotional materials on our attendee resource table?

If you said yes to any of these questions, get your ticket today and help us spread the word!

2024 SUMMIT THEME

The weight of business ownership can be very heavy and also lonely. Let’s surround ourselves with support, information, and resources, as well as opportunities to connect and renew. We are better together!

AGENDA

topics and speakers TBA

Thu., Aug. 15, 2024

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast, Networking & Visit Sponsor Exhibit Tables

9:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Morning Sessions

12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Interactive Lunch, Networking & Visit Sponsor Exhibit Tables

1:00 -3:00 p.m. – Afternoon Sessions

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Social & Networking (optional, location TBA)

Fri., Aug. 16, 2024

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast, Networking & Visit Sponsor Exhibit Tables

9:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Morning Sessions

12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Interactive Lunch, Networking & Visit Sponsor Exhibit Tables

1:00 -3:00 p.m. – Afternoon Sessions

3:00 -3:30 p.m. – Informal Networking (optional)

TICKET INFORMATION

Two-Day Summit Ticket – $150
One-Day Summit Ticket – $85
(through May, ticket prices increase on June 1.)

What do you get for your investment of time and money? 

  • Two days to work ON your business, not just IN it
  • Important, practical information about running a business
  • New ideas and and inspiration
  • Motivation and accountability to keep going
  • A safe place to be vulnerable, vent, and share the load of business ownership with fellow women business owners
  • Opportunities to network before, during and after the event on both days
  • Breakfast and lunch prepared by a local business owner
  • A chance to win door prizes
  • Opportunities to visit our sponsors at their exhibit tables and get useful information and fun swag
  • Opportunity to showcase your business card or promotional materials on our attendee resource table
  • Networking reception on Thursday, 3:30-5PM (applicable to all ticket holders, regardless of ticket type)

Tickets can be purchased through the ticket link below. After filling out the form you will be directed to pay through Square. You can pay by credit/debit card, Cash App, Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Square Pay. After Pay is also available, where your payment will be divided into 4 interest-free installments.

Note that tickets are non-refundable but they are transferable. In the case that you cannot attend you can transfer your ticket to someone else by emailing Jennifer@EmergeEvents.com with the name of the person taking your place. 

SUPPORT THIS EVENT AS A SPONSOR!

Show your support for women-owned businesses, while also getting your product or service in front of this group of multi-passionate women entrepreneurs. Your support will help us pour into them so they can continue to pour into their businesses and communities.

Join us as a sponsor and help us celebrate and empower our local women business owners, those who are taking the risks and doing the hard work, often without fanfare or recognition! Your partnership will help us make this event as impactful as possible.

Click the button below to find out about sponsorship opportunities.

2024 SPONSORS

To be announced soon!

INAUGURAL WBOS 2023

Our inaugural gathering was in August 2023 and the feedback from attendees was extremely positive! We are still hearing about the transformative information learned at this event and the amazing collaborations taking place because of connections made.

We are excited to keep that momentum going!

CONTACT INFORMATION

Need more information? Please contact Jennifer Clark, jennifer@emergeevents.com.

ABOUT US

This summit is presented by Jennifer Clark, the owner of Emerge Events, an event planning company based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Jennifer has been a business owner since 2009 and has had the opportunity to connect with fellow women business owners through her events, like the Pine Belt Women’s Expo, through the Women Business Owners of the Pine Belt organization, and through her involvement in events around the world. Owning a business can often feel like you are riding a roller coaster! Connecting with others who are on the same ride and with those who have resources and information to help keep us on track is essential.