Sunday, January 21, 2001

Program to link women, investors

Owners can seek sources of capital

By Suzanne K. Yowler
Enquirer contributor

        The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Women Business Owners will offer a forum for businesswomen seeking venture capital.

        The Jan. 31 program, Access to Capital for Women-owned Businesses, will reveal who the venture capital firms, “angel“ investors and investment-minded bankers are and how to reach them.

        “This is an opportunity for the entire business community and women business owners to find out more about capital sources,” said Terri Bonar-Stewart, president and CEO of Just the Basics, and a board member of the chamber and of NAWBO.

        At the forum, two entrepreneurs will share success stories. One is Stephanie Hughes of AcademXchange; the other is Jane Dirr, president of Specialty Films.

        Ms. Dirr said she will share her experiences with the Small Business Administration and the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to get loans.

        The program — from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Clarion, 668 Fifth St. in Covington — costs $25 for chamber or NAWBO members and $50 for non-members. For information or reservations, call (859) 578-8800.

        Suzanne Yowler is a Northern Kentucky writer who specializes in nonprofit and fund-raiser news. To contact her, e-mail Submit press releases to or the Kentucky Enquirer, 226 Grandview Blvd., Fort Mitchell, KY 41017. Fax: (859) 578-5565.


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