Empowering Women

Ms. Heather Rushing, owner of Flow Yoga in Locust, North Carolina, is the featured speaker at the third annual Women in Business event.

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The Stanly Community College Small Business Center and the Stanly Womens Associated Network (SWAN) sponsored the third annual Women in Business event on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. The event was held at Tiffany’s at First & Main and welcomed 36 female entrepreneurs and business professionals to an evening of networking, dinner, and a featured speaker, Ms. Heather Rushing, owner of Flow Yoga in Locust, North Carolina.

SWAN’s word for the year is “empower,” and Ms. Rushing shared videos, personal stories, and inspirational thoughts about the Journey to Empowerment, as well as insecurities and roadblocks that can sometimes impede that journey. Some of those roadblocks include: women comparing themselves to others, not knowing when to say “no,” not knowing when to say “yes,” and the “Mean Girl Committee” – those demeaning things women tell themselves that they would not dare say to others.

Ms. Rushing concluded the evening with personal inspirational thoughts. Among those were encouragements such as, “Life is a journey, be present and trust the process. . . Express more gratitude, be more content . . . Stop comparing yourself to others, or even to yourself at a different point in time. . . Breathe – anchor into the present moment.” She said, “You can be empowered and empowering, but first you have to love yourself.”

Ms. Alicia Herrin, Director of Small Business & Entrepreneurial Development, said, “This was the best Women in Business event yet! Heather is authentic and definitely encouraged the attendees with her message.” Hallie Sikes, owner of Therapy for Living, LLC, in Albemarle, NC, said, “Heather Rushing, from Flow Yoga, delivered a very moving and inspiring speech revealing her personal path toward empowerment. SWAN and the Women in Business dinner are such great resources that allow female business owners to connect and find support in their peers in the community. I really appreciate everyone who works to put these functions on for the benefit of the community’s female entrepreneurs.” Other event attendees commented, “Powerful! I can relate,” and “Heather is an amazing woman. I appreciate all she had to say and will remind myself of her advice.”

SWAN’s mission is to help support, educate and inspire women in business by providing networking opportunities, educational seminars and workshops. SWAN meets quarterly and there are no membership dues. The next meeting is scheduled for June 5th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. If you are interested in joining, would like more details, or have any questions, you can contact Ms. Tracey Hayes at 704-986-1423, or Ms. Alicia Herrin at 704-991-0182.

For detailed information about the Small Business Center, or to set up an appointment, contact Alicia Herrin, Director of Small Business & Entrepreneurial Development at 704-991-0182, or aherrin2506@stanly.edu. The Stanly Community College Small Business Center has everything you need to start, grow and build your business.

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