We are very excited to celebrate this event by having an interactive during a Virtual Panel Discussion with four amazing women entrepreneurs from Frederick representing varied businesses. Some of the topics they will actively discuss with include:
• Their adventures of success and lessons learned in establishing their companies;
• The role their personal passion contributes to their motivation leading to success;
• How they use tactics and strategies to market their services/products;
• The biggest challenge they encounter from competition and how they deal with it;
• The importance of having a mission/vision and value statements.
• The changes they have implemented (if any) because of the COVID-19; and
• How they see the “New Norm” both internally and externally influencing their business.
Participation is encouraged and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and talk with the panelists during the viral chat. It’s all about engagement, so feel free to ask questions as they come up naturally, rather than waiting until the end. Have something on your mind you’d like to pose in advance? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casey Clark: Founder and Co-Owner of Bio Solutions, a bio hazard management company that focuses on preventing secondary trauma and making environments safe to be occupied.
Crystal Rivera: Co-Founder, CFO, and COO of Puerto Rico Distillery. Puerto Rico Distillery specializes in high-quality artisanal Puerto Rican diaspora rum known on the island as Pitorro.
Virginia Crum: Owner of Chartreuse and Co, a Frederick destination for decorating aficionados.
Natasha Valencia: Owner of 4 The Love of Sweets, a truly family inspired bakery.
We are very pleased to have Mary Ford-Naill, Economic Development Manager of the City of Frederick join us. Mary will discuss how the City of Frederick supports woman entrepreneurs.. Also she will talk with us how she sees the future entrepreneurship in the city and what the “New Norm” may look like here.
City of Frederick Dept of Economic Development
Economic Development Manager
Mary Ford-Naill joined the City of Frederick nearly three years ago as its Economic Development Manager after working 30+ years in commercial real estate as well as owning her own business. In her current role, she focuses on business attraction and retention within the technology, life sciences and manufacturing industries. Presently, Mary serves on the advisory boards for techfrederick and the Golden Mile Alliance. Additionally, she was appointed to serve on the City’s the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Panel.
In the past, she served on various boards and business associations including the Downtown Frederick Partnership, Frederick Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Frederick County Council. Additionally, she has served as Area Governor for Rotary International – an international service organization – and is a past-president of Rotary Club of Carroll Creek. She has a BA and MBA from Hood College in Frederick.
Puerto Rico Distillery
Co-Founder, CFO, COO
Chartreuse and Co.
4 The Love of Sweets
Crystal Rivera serves as the Co-Founder, CFO, and COO of Puerto Rico Distillery located in Frederick, Maryland. Puerto Rico Distillery is specializes in high-quality artisanal Puerto Rican diaspora rum known on the island as Pitorro. The company had been two years in the making when Crystal and Co-Founder / Father Ángel Rivera opened the doors officially March 2020. Prior to taking on this endeavor, Crystal worked in the nonprofit sector with the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. She has a Bachelors in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University and a Masters in Management with a Finance Specialty from University of Maryland University College.
Virginia is a native of Frederick County, Maryland, She has a passion for the area, its history, architecture, and its future. From this passion, her love of decorating, and the opportunity to purchase the remainder of her grandparents’ farm on Buckeystown Pike, Chartreuse & co was born.
Her business began as occasional tag sales held in and around the cottage on their property. These events have grown into monthly openings held in and around their cluster of iconic Frederick County farm buildings and barns.
The focus of their business is on vintage home decor and decorating with followers from every state in the union, drawing up to 7,000 visitors per event.
The COVID-19 crises impacted their walk-in business causing them to create an online experience reflecting the actual one at their farm. They foresee their new virtual online platform balancing with eventual return of walk-in customers
4 The Love of Sweets was inspired by Natasha Valencia’s 4 children, who she frequently baked for as a hobby, and who encouraged her to open her own bakery. With 4 children with 4 different taste preferences, creativity in the kitchen was inevitable. Over the years, her hobby turned into a passion, and with the memory of her mother always challenging her to think outside the box, 4 The Love of Sweets was born!
In memory of Natasha’s Father, 4 The Love of Sweets also serves “Breakfast for Dinner”. A tradition her father passed down to her, and a tradition Natasha has since passed down to her 4 children. “Breakfast for Dinner” is an all-day brunch menu that honors her father, and a tradition that’s now shared with the world through 4 The Love of Sweets.
A serial entrepreneur, Casey Clark, MBA, M.A., is the Founder and Co-Owner of Bio Solutions, a bio hazard management company that focuses on preventing secondary trauma and making environments safe to be occupied. Casey founded Bio Solutions in 2016 and has been enjoying serving the community along with her partner, Jayson Blaine, since 2017. With a strong focus on community and mental health, Casey is proud to be able to help others in such a unique way as Bio Solutions is the only independently owned and operated company focused on the cleanup of biological matter in Frederick County and most surrounding areas.
Casey also launched C Clark Consulting, a growth agency, in 2017 and enjoys using her marketing skills and knowledge to grow other companies and welcomes the challenge of marketing the sensitive topics associated with Bio Solutions.
Casey is a big advocate for personal growth and considers herself a life-long learner as she is constantly taking classes and completing certifications. When not improving herself or others, you can find her near the water or enjoying the beauty of nature while hiking or spending time with family.
Influenced by Steve Harvey and Tyler Perry, like them, she measures success not by the money that is made but by the lives that are changed.
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