Wolf Administration Screens Documentary to Inspire Entrepreneurs and Discuss Small Business Issues in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and PA Commission for Women co-hosted a free film screening and panel discussion of the groundbreaking documentary Dream, Girl at the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg. The event is a part of a week-long celebration of PA Small Business Week, designed to recognize the significant impact small businesses have on the state’s economy and highlight the vast resources available to support their success.

A panel discussion was held immediately following the film that explored starting and growing a Pennsylvania business, women in leadership, and the business resources available in the commonwealth. The panel moderator was Carol Kilko, Deputy Secretary for Business Financing, PA Department of Community & Economic Development. Panelists included Sharon Ryan, CEO, Dasher; Patti Stirk, Entrepreneur and Commissioner, PA Commission for Women; Amma Johnson, Founder, AMMA JO BRAND; and Melissa N. Stone, Vice President of Economic Development, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC.

“We are proud to help small business owners turn their ideas, hopes, and dreams into reality,” said Carol Kilko. “We also strive to inspire the next generation of small business owners and female entrepreneurship across the commonwealth. The film Dream, Girl is an ode to that and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share the documentary with our community.”

“It’s so important for young women and girls to see success stories of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, and to also learn what resources are available through the commonwealth to support startups and small businesses,” said Randi Teplitz, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. “Events like this add value to participants in many ways, including opportunities to network with and learn from women who have paved the way in starting their own businesses.”

As a part of the 2018 PA Small Business Week celebration, DCED will be sharing helpful resources for current and future entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses, as well as highlighting success stories across our state. For a complete list of events and resources taking place throughout the commonwealth, please visit the events calendar to find a workshop, seminar, or training near you.

Pennsylvania Small Business Week is a part of a national recognition of entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country. Since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, an initiative led by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For additional information about 2018 PA Small Business Week and the resources available to small businesses, visit the PA Business One-Stop Shop, and follow along or participate in the conversation by using #PASmallBiz on social media.

Dream, Girl Event Photo
Dream, Girl Event Photo
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Dream, Girl Event Photo
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Dream, Girl Event Photo

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132
Megan Healey, PA Commission for Women, 717.283.1116

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