WELCOME TO WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA—As the recently appointed president of WBEC, Angela Dowd-Burton greets attendees during the Get to Know Us event. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

WELCOME TO WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA—As the recently appointed president of WBEC, Angela Dowd-Burton greets attendees during the Get to Know Us event. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

Since taking the reins as president of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA- DE- sNJ nearly two months ago, Angela Dowd-Burton has been on a steady roll of action. The former Executive Director of Economic Opportunity for the City of Philadelphia has been gearing up to make a difference in women business owners’ lives by expanding opportunities and eliminating barriers in the marketplace.

“I’m excited about this opportunity,” she said. “In addition to advancing the women that already know and value this certification my goal is to help and open the eyes of women who are really pondering whether or not certification adds value. I want to answer that question for them with clarity that it does. Women that are thinking of starting a business I want to help them build the confidence to get in the game and to be self-sufficient, independent and aware of their potential.”

Last week Dowd-Burton and WBEC President Emerita, Geri Swift were in Pittsburgh hosting two events geared toward helping women get their businesses on the right track; Listening to Your Business and Get to Know Us.

Hosted by Robert James, program manager for supplier diversity at Highmark Health, Listening to Your Business, was an interactive workshop that took women business enterprise owners through a step-by-step process to better their business plans. Activities included creating a three-year vision and building an action plan and it provided access to resources to complete the steps.

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