ATHENA NextGen Series


weVENTURE, in partnership with LEAD Brevard, presents

ATHENA NextGen Thought Leadership Series 2017


The ATHENA NextGen series is designed to create stronger female business leaders.  An interactive and collaborative forum where participants enhance their professional and personal development skills through a series of eight sessions, one morning a month.ATHENA-mini

Core Leadership Principles:         
Participants take a “deeper dive” and learn about ATHENA’s Eight Principles of Enlightened Leadership.

The enrichment program will provide access to:
- coaching opportunities
- capacity building seminars
- group communications

Who Should Attend:
Emerging Women Leaders
Early Career Professionals

SCHEDULE: (8:00 - 10:00 am)

  • March 23rdathena
  • April 27th
  • May 25th
  • June 22th
  • July 27th
  • August 24th (IMPACT Summit, 8 am- 2:00 pm at Hilton Rialto Place Melbourne)
  • September 28th
  • October 26th
  • November 17th

Early Registration: $499 (until January 31, 2017)

Full Fee: $ 599 (after January 31, 2017)

Each participant will be enrolled int he Enrichment Program, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo (Reg. Program Price: $795)

Includes a seat at weVENTURE signature events in 2017

  • Women Who Rock Awards Luncheon - March 14
  • IMPACT Business & Leadership Summit - Aug. 24
  • Strong Coffee, Strong Women Series - Feb. 10, May 5, July 14, and Nov. 3

Special "Thanks" to our program sponsor Wells Fargo, and our marketing partner LEAD Brevard, and Zonta Club o f Melbourne for providing partial scholarships.

This is a multipart event

Thursday 23rd March | 8:00AM-10:00AM
Thursday 27th April | 8:00AM-10:00AM
Thursday 25th May | 8:00AM-10:00AM
Thursday 22nd June | 8:00AM-10:00AM
Thursday 27th July | 8:00AM-10:00AM
Thursday 24th August | 8:00AM-2:00PM
Thursday 28th September | 8:00AM-10:00AM
Thursday 26th October | 8:00AM-10:00AM
Friday 17th November | 8:00AM-10:00AM

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Wednesday 4th October

9:00AM - 11:00AM

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At weVENTURE WBC, 3011 S. Babcock Street, Room 305, Melbourne, FL 32901

9:00-11:00 AM

A basic introduction to entrepreneurship and 5 simple steps to get you started.  You will receive a toolkit (workbook)  in the mail which will help guide you through the process as you discover your options.

To Register: Call 888 - 339 - 5617

A representative from AARP Foundation's Call Center will process your registration over the phone.

Learn more about weVENTURE's Women's Business Center Program:



Friday 13th October

9:00AM - 11:00AM

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Introduction to Intellectual Property




Florida Tech's Continuing Education Skillspace division, in partnership with weVENTURE, brings you a series of Intellectual Property Lectures to help protect and grow your business.  Workshops are taught by Fred Romano and John DeAngelis Jr, experienced intellectual property attorneys in the area.

General Admission $20:00

LSS members’ $15.00

Seminar series package (all 6 seminars) $100.00

Florida Tech faculty, staff and students:  Free (if they bring their own lunch); Otherwise, $20.00 registration fee

Location: Evans Library  2nd Floor, Room 204

Monday 16th October

11:30AM - 1:00PM

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SBA: Cash Flow Management

Cash Flow Management 

NOTICE:  new date is October 18th


After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of cash flow management in a start-up small business.
  • Assess a cash flow cycle and make some cash flow projections.
  • Describe how a cash flow statement can help assess and improve the financial health of a start-up.
  • Identify some ways to manage cash flow in terms of managing costs and potential income.
  • Identify ways to seek out expert technical assistance to improve cash flow management.

Join Vince LoPresti, Supervisory Lender Relationship Specialist (Acting) at the U.S. Small Business Administration as he delivers this interactive cash flow management workshop.  Handouts will be provided.

Wednesday 18th October

10:30AM - 12:00PM

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Shoestring Marketing

Community partner

Shoestring Marketing - How to promote your business while using limited money

10:45 am - 12 Noon

Location: Titusville Area Chamber; 2000 S Washington Ave, Titusville

Wednesday 18th October

10:45AM - 12:00PM

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Webinar: How to Prepare a Capability Statement

In partnership with weVENTURE

How to Prepare a Capability Statement

A capability statement is your business resume and a must if you want to compete in the Federal Contracting
arena.  Join us as Stephanie and Andy discuss how to write one that will help you set your company apart from
your competition.


You will receive information from Florida 8a on how to login upon registration.

Wednesday 18th October

2:00PM - 3:00PM

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Women in Business Summit – Port St. Lucie

Community Resource Partner event

Women in Business Summit - Business is Personal ... Safeguard Your Success

We have a variety of training events and workshops to meet your needs and help develop or grow your business.

By working hard and smart with us, you will be able to build a true competitive advantage for your business.

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: IRSC St. Lucie West Campus
Fee: $ 25.00

Thursday 19th October

8:00AM - 3:00PM

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Webinar: Marketing your Business to the Federal Government


Marketing your Business to the Federal Government

This class focuses on improving your probability of being “found” by Federal contracting offices and large Federal Prime Contractors.

The discussion includes:

  • Which website is used by contracting entities to source contractors
  • Which NAICS codes and how many should you use
  • What is a good “Capability Statement”
  • What is most important to a Contracting Officer and Selecting Official

Lonnie Koyama is an Economic Development Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). He has worked in the areas of business development and government contracting for the SBA in both Florida and Colorado over the last eight years. He had extensive management experience with several national retailers before joining the SBA.


NOTE: Upon successful registration, you will receive the login information for the webinar in your confirmation email.

Wednesday 25th October

3:00PM - 4:30PM

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Lenders Roundtable

Community Partner

Lenders Roundtable: Access to Capital Lender Panel

Moderator: Vincent LoPresti, Senior Area Manager, SBA

Topics to include – a discussion on the overall lending environment. What type of lending opportunities are available and which ones should you pass on. A discussion on what makes you and your business bankable.

The program is NO Cost. Reservations are required.

Call the FSBDC at EFSC, Sandy 433-5570 or Tracy 433-5514 or register online: 

Thursday 26th October

9:00AM - 11:00AM

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Launch Your Venture 101

Launch Your Venture 101

A two-hour interactive workshop where you will talk through questions like: What you need to know before starting a business? What are your long-term business goals? Create your Individual Entrepreneurial Plan (IEP) or action plan that will help you achieve your goals. After you take this class, discover which weVENTURE program is right for you.

Cost: $12.50 (Handouts and resource materials provided)

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Tuesday 31st October

2:00PM - 4:00PM

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Webinar: Exporting Tips for Small Businesses

Webinar - Rescheduled for October 31st due to Hurricane.

Exporting Tips for Small Businesses

Why Export?

Did you know 97 percent of all U.S. exporters are small businesses?

Exporting can be a real advantage for small business- es. Why? Because 96 percent of their customers reside outside of the U.S. Small businesses can reach these customers by financing their export transactions with help from the SBA.

During the webinar, SBA staff will discuss the programs and offer examples of how small business exporters used them to grow sales and meet their working capital needs through the:

  • Export Working Capital Program
  • Export Express
  • International Trade Loan Program

Sandro Murtas is the Regional Manager of the Export Solutions Group for the Office of International Trade of the U.S. Small Business Administration in the Tampa US Export Assistance Center covering Central and Northern Florida. Previously he was the Regional Manager in the New Orleans USEAC and Atlanta USEAC.

In addition, he was a Global Trade Specialist at Synovus Bank’s Government Guaranteed Lending Group. Previous to joining SBA,  he was the Director of the International Trade Center of the Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Center.



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Tuesday 31st October

3:30PM - 5:00PM

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