Workshop aims to lift entrepreneurship in Utah | NAWBO

We are proud to have facilitated a successful workshop on behalf of the Women's Business Center and Microsoft for Entrepreneurs Week 2017. 

The image below showcases Meher Ayesha, owner of Axis Web Consulting, left, Sabrina Morales, founder and CEO of Linguistica International, Emily Hayes, a real estate agent with Keller Williams, and Wendy Bird, founder of Pearls With a Purpose Foundation, speaks about starting and maintaining a business during a workshop for entrepreneurs at the Microsoft Store in the City Creek Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

Entrepreneur Week 2017 Deseret News

Here is an excerpt from an article in the Desert News on Thursday. 

The panel of local businesswomen told the audience at the Microsoft Store in City Creek Center to be bold and confident in their ability to flourish, despite the often long odds of success when launching a new business.

“I can go through life all concerned and wrapped up in my inadequacies, or I can go through life seeking out other people’s gifts and talents,” said Wendy Bird, executive director of Pearls With Purpose Foundation — a Utah-based nonprofit that offers microenterprise training for disadvantaged women in the Philippines, Cambodia and India. The women involved in the program primarily make artisan jewelry using pearls and other naturally sourced minerals, she explained.

“Our focus is long-term self-reliance,” she said. “The women create the products, make everything by hand, (and) use good-quality (products) so that women in America would be proud to wear.”

She said her message to anyone desiring to become an entrepreneur would be to “have passion, discipline and integrity.”


Wendy Bird - Entrepreneur Week 2017 panel - Deseret News

This panel included two of our own NAWBO Salt Lake Chapter members, Wendy Bird and Emily Hayes. The image to the left is Wendy Bird, owner of Pearls With Purpose. 

To read the entire article by Jason Lee, reporter for the Deseret News, click here. 

Image Credits: Laura Seitz, Deseret News

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