Workshops 2019

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Will YOU or YOUR BUSINESS owe the IRS this year?

Elizabeth Johnson – Owner, EMJ Financial Services

Tax Laws Aren’t Fair! Ever wonder why it seems the mega-wealthy and celebrities seem to be the only people living a tax free life? It’s true! Tax laws aren’t fair. They are written to favor people who make money a certain way, and most people are concerned the wealthy aren’t paying their fair tax share. While it’s true the laws might not be fair, the good news is you don’t have to be rich or famous to use the same laws to change the amount of tax you pay. You just have to know how to play the game.

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Instagram Marketing for E-commerce Business

Jane Zhdanova, the owner of Salted Papaya Instagram Marketing agency

Ellora Sen-Gupta, Creative director and photographer, @hellorainyday

Are you investing a lot of time and effort into your Instagram account but getting frustrated by results? Wondering if Instagram is the right platform for you?

In this workshop, Jane will give you actionable advice on how to promote your business and sell through Instagram. She will cover the following topics: boosting Instagram engagement (Instagram giveaways, contests, challenges), shoppable tags, Instagram Ads, and Instagram Stories for business.

Creative director and photographer, Ellora, will share with you tips and tricks for taking photos with a smart phone and explain how to organize a product photoshoot on a budget. Looking forward to seeing you at the workshop![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Build Your Own Way to A Million Dollar Business with Government Contracting

Taisha Crayton – Author / Principal, Chief Biz Builder & Former Deputy Director of Contractor Certification, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Is your company tired of chasing $100 sales transactions and want to start building a lucrative portfolio of $10,000 or even $100,000 contracts?  Do you want to turn your small business into a sustainable one?

In this session Taisha Crayton will lead you through initial steps and processes you can use to get your business in position to win government contracts.  She will share the tools and resources she used when she took just $21 and built a multi-million business.  She will also share pitfalls and mistakes to avoid as you scale your business with government contracting.  If you are interested in building a high performing and sustainable minority and/or women owned business, this session is for you![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css_animation=”fadeInRight”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

Raising the Money: Strategies for Funding Your Early Stage Business

Betty Francisco- General Counsel, Compass Working Capital Co-Founder , Latina Circle & Amplify Latinx

Teresa Nelson, Ph.D.- Professor, Simmons University Business School (Boston, MA) Principal, The Impact Seat

You’re preparing to launch your business idea or already have a promising business that needs capital to grow. Getting funding for your business is a problem that confounds many entrepreneurs. This workshop will provide actionable steps to prepare yourself to raise money, and highlight a variety of ways to access capital, including crowd-funding, micro-loans, government grants and angel investment.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” css_animation=”fadeInRight” bg_color=”#0f78ba” text_color=”light”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

How to Remain Relevant in an Ever-changing Job Market

Lisa A. Holmes, MSHR- Human Resources Expert, Executive Coach, Author

Learn the secrets of success in job hunting from Lisa Holmes, a human resources expert and author, with more than thirty years’ experience. Her “soup-to-nuts” workshop will help you hone your hunting skills, and land and keep your desired job in an ever-changing market.

Lisa’s workshop will help you better understand the emotional journey of the job search, how to create a stellar résumé and develop strong communication skills, and get insider knowledge of what HR and recruiters look for in a candidate. After attending this workshop, you will be better prepared to implement practical networking techniques, negotiate with prospective employers, and understanding how to stay relevant in this evolving economy[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Smash the Profitability Barricades

Freya Allen Shoffner, Esq. – Principal Attorney, Shoffner & Associates

Join us to talk about the common events, practices, and misconceptions that surround women who own businesses and learn about the must have’s for successfully navigating the business world to build long-lasting success. The session will feature discussion, highlights from Freya’s research on women-owned businesses who have built success, and interactive exercises designed to increase your skills. Explore your next moves in a safe and supportive environment.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Community Over Competition: How to Do Business and Make A Social Impact

Moderator: Jessicah Pierre, C.E.O. of Queens Company and Founder of



  1. Stephanie Voltaire, Entrepreneur & Project Manager at City of Boston  
  2. Theresa Alphonse, Founder and Executive Director of What’s On Your Mind Inc.
  3. Bernadine (Truth) Desanges, Entrepreneur & Founder of Know Your Truths. Speak Your Truths.
  4. Dzidzor Azaglo, Poet-Lyricist & Founder of Black Cotton Club


Description: Business is often viewed as competitive in nature but a new trend is emerging as entrepreneurs are realizing the value in community building and aligning themselves with other businesses that share their same values. Come hear from a panel of millennial women who have made collaboration the core of their business in order to have a greater social impact.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” bg_color=”#000000″ text_color=”light”][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

Women and Real Estate

Dr. Roberta Hoskie – Owner, CEO: Outreach Realty Services, LLC

We will discuss tools for being a successful woman in Real Estate through multiple streams of income and being your own boss. Women will learn strategies to use for real estate investing, bringing their portfolios to the next level, and creating generational wealth.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

How to Maximize Social Media, Including LinkedIn: Utilizing Digital Platforms To Your Advantage

Jayme Washington – Founding President/CEO of WashTone Media

Are you tired of guessing where your target market or network are on social media? Would you like to build upon your connections and learn how to monetize or benefit from them?  

Well, stop guessing and learn from top digital strategist, Jayme Washington, President and CEO of WashTone Media. Jayme’s workshop will teach you systems that WashTone Media uses daily to maximize sales, profits, and connections in and for businesses. 

Additionally, you will learn effective tools and industry secrets that will put your marketing plan on auto pilot and much more. If you are ready to take your digital media to the NEXT LEVEL in 2019, this workshop is for YOU!


Blueprint for Financial Success

Ana De Pina & Raydania Peña – Financial Services Professionals, New York Life

Research shows that more Americans are focused on getting their finances in order, but they need guidance. As a sponsor of this educational presentation, our organization will be providing valuable information, tips, and tools to help participants achieve financial security. Attendees will learn the basics of building a strong financial foundation. Topics covered include managing debt, building savings, and protecting against risk and unexpected events. This seminar provides a general overview on building a strong financial foundation.  All attendees will receive a complimentary workbook that mirrors the presentation and will reinforce what they’ve learned during the workshop.

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