Local businesswomen will host a preview of the new Ladies Who Launch Incubator Workshop on Monday, July 14, at Moonbounce Adventures, 300A Lawrence Drive, West Chester. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free for attendees.
Ladies Who Launch, brought to southeastern Pennsylvania by Incubator Leader Megan L. Reese, takes typical networking a step further through its Incubator Workshop. Unlike typical business card exchanges, the Incubator is a program that focuses on what each individual woman needs in order to move forward with her business.
"According to the Center for Women's Business Research, since 2004 women have been launching businesses at nearly three times the rate of men," Reese says. "Ladies Who Launch is the first brand to acknowledge that women launch differently than men. We start our businesses for lifestyle reasons and grow them more organically. The Incubator is based on this concept."
The preview event will introduce women to Ladies Who Launch and the Incubator model, as well as give attendees an opportunity to connect with local women who have already experienced the workshop. These Incubator members will participate on a panel that will provide insight into the workshop's action-based activities.
"Women join the Incubator to obtain clarity for their business ideas and increase momentum," Reese says. "When the workshop is over, they've accomplished that, as well as made valuable connections, gained referrals and forged supportive relationships with other members."
In addition to the local in person Incubator, Ladies Who Launch offers an online community that provides women with tools, resources, social networking and PR opportunities designed to continue the momentum gained during the workshop.
Beth Strange, owner of Your Image Works in Oxford, is one of the businesswomen hosting the event. She participated in the first Incubator Workshop in April.
"Through Ladies Who Launch, I've been able to grow my business in ways I never could if I hadn't been part of the Incubator," Strange says. "I'm now part of a local group of amazing women with a unique perspective on launching, as well as an online community of over 50,000 women. As a result, I'm the preferred image consultant for a new local dating service and a featured speaker at a Philadelphia teen fashion camp."
In addition to Beth Strange, other Incubator members who will be on the panel include Michelle Bitzberger, Moonbounce Adventures; Grace McGhee, State Farm Insurance; Therese Jornlin, Bodywise; Karen Stockmal, Pepperlaw; and Megan Reese, Ladies Who Launch.
Ladies Who Launch is currently in over 50 market areas in the United States and Canada . Reese has a goal to grow the local in-person Incubator to at least 100 women by May 2009.
For additional information on the Ladies Who Launch Incubator Workshop Preview on July 14, or additional events, contact Megan L. Reese or visit http://www.ladieswholaunch.com/incubators/view/PA-Chester-County and http://businessnetwork.meetup.com/825/.
Founded in 2003, Ladies Who Launch is the first new media company and brand to define entrepreneurship as a lifestyle choice. Through its Incubator Intensive and Ongoing programs, Ladies Who Launch connects women in person and online to foster creativity, community and support -- all with the aim of moving women forward with their businesses, personal goals and lives.