Friday AM August 6th, 2010

The "One Woman" National Business Conference is set for today and tomorrow at the Omni Houston Hotel. This annual event seeks to cultivate an inner confidence in women that produces results in business, as Ed Mayberry reports.
More than 1,200 women are gathering at the Omni at Four Riverway to celebrate entrepreneurs who are withstanding a challenging economic climate. Texas Business Alliance founder and CEO Jeffrey Boney says the initial concept of the conference was to help women business owners gain access to capital and government contracts.

"The Texas Business Alliance was formed to help close the gaps between minority women businesses, primarily in the area of contract access and capital access. So it's a two-day, 20-hour getaway, if you will, from working in your business to work on your business, as well as develop professionally and personally, and interact with decision makers and individuals that could help you grow your business such as contracts and capital access providers."

Job seekers are invited for a free forum called "Career Planning Super Hour."

"Career planning--that's presented by Lane Stafford, one of our key members, and they'll be having professionals that'll talk about how to prepare effectively for interviewing for jobs, but also they'll be individuals there looking for employees. It's a free forum, free to the public. And so anyone can attend that and learn key skills and principles that they need to implement, to get that job that they're looking for."

Four Fortune 500 women share how to prosper in corporate America. Food and beverage industry professionals talk about staying power in the Houston restaurant and catering market. And vendors are present to help small business owners secure corporate and government contracts.

Ed Mayberry, KUHF News.
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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...