Conference Agenda & Program


9:00 – 10:00 AM

Harlan Center

Registration and Networking Opportunity

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Room A

Makers: Selling Your Work

April Collins, Lacy Hale, Sky Marietta, Jennifer Reis

Room B

A Session for Young Women: Empowerment & Leadership

Melissa Bond & Mercedes Maness

Room C

Food: Farms, Food Trucks, and Restaurants

Cindy Childers, Ashley Bledsoe, Kristin Smith, Myrisa Christy

Room D

Time Management

Sandi Curd, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Room A

Basics of Business Finance

Regina Becknell, MACED

Room B

Direct-Sales, from Side Hustles to Full-Time Gig

Cathy Thomas, Mary Stepp, and Amy Cupp

Room C

Coming Up with Your Core Marketing Message

Maria Wright

Room D

Introduction to Social Ventures

Ketaki Bhattachayrra, MACED

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Harlan Center

Lunch by Taco Holler

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Room A

Master Session for Starting or Formalizing a Business

Facilitated by Melissa Bond, CEDIK

Featuring: Regina Becknell, Amy Miller, Amanda Colton-Wolfe, and Ashley Bledose

·        Incorporating, Permits, and Licensing

·        Banks and Accounts

·        Loans and Debt Financing

·        Business Taxes

·        Bootstrapping: Starting Small and Growing Big

Room B

Master Session for Growing an Existing Business

Facilitated by Melody Mullen-Nall, CEDIK

Featuring: Melissa Conn, Kristin Smith, Mae Suramek, Sky Marietta

·        Loans and Debt Financing: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

·        Changing Course and Finding New Revenue Streams

·        Being a Lady Boss: Finding & Managing Employees

·        Self-Promotion


2:00 – 3:00 PM

Room A

Understanding Your Online Presence

Amanda Kelley, SKED

Room B

Basic Business Finance

Regina Becknell, MACED

Room C

Introduction to Social Ventures

Ketaki Bhattacharyya, MACED

Room D

Group Discussion: Female Leadership & Being a Boss


3:00 – 4:00 PM

Room A

Managing Technology: Point of Sales, Websites, Social Media, and Maps

Sky Marietta, CEDIK

Room B

Teaching Soft Skills

Led by Goodwill Industries

Room C

Managing Social Media in 15 Minutes a Day

Jessica Stevens, Alight Marketing

Room D

Selling as a Vendor: Markets, Pop-Ups, Online, and Retail Stores

Tera Day, Melissa Bond


4:00 – 5:00 PM

Awards Ceremony & Reception at Harlan Yoga

119 Main Street

Catered by Linda Hensley