Lisa Price to Deliver Keynote Address at Women’s Business Development Center’s Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference

The oldest conference and business opportunities fair for women business owners in the country, and the premier event of its kind in the Midwest.

Chicago, IL, August 19, 2012 --( Lisa Price, founder of the multi-million-dollar company Carol’s Daughter (lovingly named after her mother Carol), headquartered in New York, NY, will deliver the keynote address at the 26th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon during the 26th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference, presented by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), on Thursday, September 20, at Chicago’s McCormick Place-West, 2301 S. Indiana Ave. (Note: Ms. Price will be introduced and begin her remarks at 1:00 p.m.)

The 26th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon, honoring successful female entrepreneurs as well as supporters of women’s economic development, will begin at 12 noon.

Price’s fragrances and lotions are a favorite among celebrities like Jada Pinkett-Smith, Erykah Badu, Rosie Perez and Halle Berry. Products are sold at nine company-owned stores, including its flagship store in Harlem. Price is the author of a book, Success Never Smelled So Sweet, and is a philanthropist who serves on the boards of the National Women’s Business Council and the Foundation for Advancement of Women Now, founded by Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute.

In addition to the awards luncheon, conference attendees will benefit from advice, connections and networking in several ways:

· Women’s Business & Buyers Mart, the oldest business opportunities fair for Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) in the country, with more than 200 corporate and government representatives who are committed to purchasing products and services from women-owned businesses.
· Contract Connections, pre-arranged, one-on-one meetings between certified WBEs and corporate and government purchasing decision-makers.
· Women’s Forum Breakfast, moderated by Chicago Sun-Times syndicated financial columnist and best-selling author Terry Savage, featuring several prominent entrepreneurs sharing the trials and tribulations of running a successful business. This year’s Women’s Forum panelists are: Christie Hefner, executive chairman, Canyon Ranch Enterprises and former CEO, Playboy Enterprises; Laura Ricketts, director of Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball and chairman of the board, Chicago Cubs; Sue Bhatia, CEO of Rose International, Inc., one of the largest certified WBE companies in the country; and Richelle Shaw, CEO, RTS Publishing, LLC and once the only female African American public utility owner in the nation.
· Workshops and roundtable discussions with practical advice from business experts addressing the current issues facing women business owners today.

Tickets are $225 for women business owners and $250 for others on or before August 31, 2012; thereafter, tickets become $300 for everyone, in advance and at the door. This fee includes access to all conference events. Individual tickets for the Women’s Forum Breakfast, Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon and Women’s Business & Buyers Mart are $125 each for everyone. For more information or to register online, please visit or call (312) 853-3477 ext. 240.
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