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Mamie McCullough Keynote Speaker at Women's Biz Conference and Expo

The Women's Business Center (WBC) of Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, a Durant-based economic development organization, has scheduled its fifth annual Women's Biz Conference and Expo to be held Thursday, April 19, 2007 at the Southeast Expo Center, 4500 W. Highway 270 in McAlester.

Keynote speaker for the event is Mamie McCullough, one of the most compelling speakers on the platform today. Mamie has been influencing audiences for more than 25 years. She has overcome poverty and many other adversities, to become one of the country's most popular motivational speakers. As an educator, she has taught every level from eighth grade through college, and has served as a principal of a large high school in Georgia. Her proven record of helping others has put Mamie McCullough in demand as a keynote speaker, motivational teacher and educational consultant. More than motivational, her message is transformational and life-changing. The "I Can" Lady worked with Zig Ziglar for 10 years as a speaker and author. She shares life-changing principles instrumental in providing others with ideas, suggestions and facts on how to "get life together."

The luncheon is sponsored by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation; the Chickasaw Nation is sponsoring the Business Expo and the Keynote Speaker is sponsored by Wal-Mart. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the Conference with a grand door prize awarded at the end of the conference.

The conference will feature workshops where acknowledged experts in their fields will present subjects for small businesses and entrepreneurs, including: Take the Mystery Out of Business Financing; Connecting Economic Trends and Business Feasibility; How Do You Do Business With the Government?; Marketing to Stand Above the Crowd, Essential First Steps in Starting a Business; Not-So-Secret Basics of Business Accounting; Hiring, Firing and Retaining Employees; Creating the Vision for Your Business; Introducing Your Food Products to the Marketplace; Entrepreneurial Strategies and How to Avoid Pitfalls; and Agri-Tourism.

Event organizers estimate that 40 exhibitors are expected to have booths at the Expo. Booth space is still available. Exhibitors will be able to market their goods and services to attendees, attend the opening session, attend workshops of their choice, attend the luncheon and hear the keynote speaker, and network with other exhibitors and Expo guests.

"Although this is an informative conference specifically planned for women entrepreneurs, all business owners are invited and urged to attend," said Dr. Barbara Rackley, WBC Coordinator. "This is a great opportunity to hear topics that are designed to help the entrepreneur and developing small business owners; topics that are vital to the successful operation of a business."

Partners co-sponsoring the Conference and Expo include area technology centers, state colleges, chambers of commerce, Main Street programs and OSU Extension as well as 25 corporate sponsors. The WBC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Conference registration (includes Expo, Concurrent Sessions, Expo Booth and Keynote Luncheon) is $40. Booth space will be provided at no extra charge. For those with limited time, there is the opportunity to attend the keynote luncheon and visit the Expo exhibit hall for just $20. Checks may be made payable to REI and mailed to REI, PO Box 1335, Durant, OK 74702 by Friday, April 13, 2007.

For more information or to register by phone, call Dr. Barbara Rackley or Lori Smith at 1-800-658-2823.


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