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Workshop offers women entrepreneurial training

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A local sorority chapter and its nonprofit affiliate have partnered with State Farm to offer free training for aspiring female entrepreneurs.

The Upsilon Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation will offer a workshop Saturday to provide women with training to facilitate entrepreneurship.

A Green T.I.E. (Training Inspires Entrepreneurship) Affair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Small Business Development Center at the University of Georgia's Gwinnett campus. Those who attend can hear success stories from esteemed panelists and will be given the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and vendors who will be present.

"We are pleased to bring this event to the community for the third consecutive year," said Kathy Jackson, president of Upsilon Alpha Omega. "Each year attendees have been amazed at the learning of new techniques, recourses and networks they garner to grow their business. It is a must attend for any rising business owner."

The workshop is free to attend but space is limited. Those interested in attending can register by e-mailing Bettina Benoit Durant, chair of the workshop, at uaogreentie@aol.com.

During the workshop, 10 attendees will be chosen to receive full or partial scholarships to use toward additional training.

"Upsilon Alpha Omega chapter has embraced the call to provide avenues to assist the non-traditional entrepreneur," said Sarah Lewis, vice president of the sorority. "We are proud to see the audience filled each year with women who are actively searching for opportunities such as Green T.I.E. Affair to improve and grow their entrepreneur skills and subsequently their businesses."