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Growing opportunities for business women
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The Rockdale-Newton chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) is hosting the first of a three-part series of workshops to help business women grow on Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. - noon, at 2375 Wall Street, Suite 140.

"Exploring Growth Opportunities for Women" will cover new and upcoming 21st century growth opportunities and basic business structure and partnering for greater share by integrating Chamber of Commerce benefits and Entrepreneurial Academy. This will be Part I of a three-part session.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite and the cost is $25 or $20 for early bird special if purchased by March 15.

The workshop will feature local presenter, Diane Adoma, Rockdale ABWA's Vice President of New Business Development and franchise owner of Adoma and Associates, H&R Block.

"The vision statement of our Charter is ‘Together we will grow personally and professionally'," said Patti Bryson, New-Roc Chapter President of ABWA. "I feel that offering this workshop to the community and our members is certainly a way to begin that process. "

The event will bring together women from all different occupational backgrounds from across the county and region to share and collaborate the recent trends in women owned businesses, and get a sneak preview of a book by Adoma titled "The Amazing Woman." The workshop also provides phenomenal networking opportunities, said Bryson.

Twenty-nine million adults were starting or running new businesses in U.S. in 2011 and six of every 10 were women.

"Women are a vibrant force to be reckoned," said Adoma. "According to the SBA and the 2010 census bureau, women owned 7.8 million businesses, which generated $1.2 trillion in revenues, employed 7.6 million workers and paid $218 billion in payroll. We have outpaced the growth of other firm types according to the census. Women must take this opportunity and help steer the direction of our nation."

For more information, contact Patti Bryson, New-Roc Chapter President at or call 770-712-1688, or Diane Adoma at or 916-869-9500 or visit Or go to ABWA's website at or