2008-09-05 / Business

The Alliance for Women brings Make Mine a Million $ Business™ to S.C.

Contributed by Sheryl McAlister

S.C. women business owners have an opportunity to participate in the state's first Make Mine a Million $

Business™ event for women entrepreneurs and compete to turn their million- dollar business dreams into reality.

The event, open to women business owners in both South Carolina and North Carolina, is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, in Charlotte, NC. Deadline for application is Thursday, Sept. 11, 200M8a. ke Mine a Million $

Business™ (www.makemineamillion. org) is a program of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence and Founding Partner OPEN from American Express®. It is the only national initiative committed to the growth needs of post- start- up, women- owned businesses with less than $1 million in annual revenues. Through the support of corporations like OPEN from American Express®, AIG, FedEx, Dell, Marriott, and Cisco, the program provides a combination of money, mentoring, marketing and technology tools that women entrepreneurs need to help grow their businesses from micro to millions.

"Entrepreneurship is often a person's best chance for economic independence," said Sheryl McAlister, executive director of The Alliance for Women. "While South Carolina has a number of exciting programs which create access to capital for entrepreneurs, women haven't historically taken advantage of those opportunities. The Alliance for Women is proud to support Make Mine a Million and bring new opportunities to South Carolina's women entrepreneurs."

The Alliance for Women is the Columbia College partner in the public- private partnership between the Governor's South Carolina Commission on Women and Columbia College. The Alliance for Women was established in 2004 to improve the status of women in the state through a network of colleges, universities, government agencies, non- profit organizations, corporations, and individuals.

South Carolina women with businesses that are at least two years old and at $250,000 or more in revenue may complete an online application through Sept. 11, 2008. Award nominees will be selected from applicants statewide and asked to deliver a business pitch to women entrepreneurs, judges and guests at the October event. Throughout the Make Mine a Million $ Business™ event, attendees will have access to inspirational and educational programming.

To complete an award application or register for the conference, visit www.makemineamillion. org. For additional information, visit www.allianceforwomen.net.

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