Local women network and learn at symposium

POCATELLO — There was something for everyone - from the young entrepreneur to the seasoned business woman at the Working Women’s Business Symposium in Pocatello on Thursday.
Women from Bingham County and throughout the region were able to network and learn business and personal skills from the various speakers and breakout sessions offered at the annual conference sponsored by the Pocatello Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Among the speakers was Ann Swanson, marketing and communications specialist with the SBCD who talked to the group about the power of social media, particularly LinkedIN. Pocatello businesswoman, dietician and personal trainer Karen Donaldson of Pocatello addressed boosting and restoring energy, boosting the immune system and enhancing memory for the working woman.
Offering the keynote address was Idaho Falls native, author and motivational speaker, Jane Freund who talked about the ways that women “self-sabotage.”
“Having it all is a myth. We have to have good self care or we are no good to anyone else,” she stressed.
Sydney Dahmen, 21, an entrepreneur just starting her own permanent cosmetic and scar removal business in Blackfoot attended the conference to network and generate new business ideas.
Natalie Merrick, Blackfoot High School graduate and Idaho State University business college student attended to learn time management as business skills as she enters the business world.
The young women say they want to meet new people, share ideas and get their names out into the business community.
Alex Alvarez of Fort Hall who was recently crowned Miss Indian Nation, said she enjoyed the symposium and was pleased to learn some time management tips. She said she particularly enjoyed “the working women energy routine.”
“These are skills that will help all of us in our professional and personal lives,” she said.
Businesswoman Bobbette Brown of Blackfoot, a financial counselor at Edward D. Jones in Chubbuck, helped sponsor the event. She addressed the crowd saying, “I am happy to be here. As women it’s important for us take time for these types of events to help us balance our work and home lives. As women we can make a difference. We love our jobs and are passionate about helping people.”
For more information on the speakers and sessions held at the symposium go to: www.idahoworkingwomen.com.