READING, March 28, 2016 – Women business owners and entrepreneurs will have the unique opportunity to learn how to grow their businesses Wednesday, March 30, during a special seminar in Reading sponsored by Sen. Judy Schwank and a group of private and public partners.

The “W.E. R.O.A.R. Summit: Women Entrepreneurs, Relationships, Opportunities, Assistance and Resources,” is a free event that will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 701 Penn St., Reading.

“Women business owners and entrepreneurs are critical to the strength and vitality of our local, state, and national economies, but they face many unique challenges and obstacles in achieving success,” said Sen. Schwank. “The ‘W.E. R.O.A.R. Summit’ will bring together, in one event and at one place, a diverse array of business experts, agencies, and organizations, whose purpose is to help women-owned businesses succeed.”

Schwank said the summit is designed to benefit seasoned business owners, start-ups, and entrepreneurs alike.

Erin Andrew, director of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership for the United States Small Business Administration, will deliver the keynote address.

The event will also include breakout sessions led by business experts on: “Starting and Growing A Business,” “Securing Financing,” “Strategic Planning,” and “Taking Your Business to the Next Level.”

A variety of economic development organizations, financial institutions, and agencies will be available to provide information and guidance to help attendees succeed with their businesses.

Schwank said the summit is a collaborative effort with The Pennsylvania Community Development and Finance Corp, Tompkins VIST Bank, and the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center, with special assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Even though the event is free to attend, registration is required. For more information or to attend, people may call 610-898-6151 or visit


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