The Well business center in Midtown Lakeland will help underserved small businesses grow

LAKELAND, Fla. — A new business incubator is being built in one of Lakeland’s most underserved communities.

The vision of Dr. Sallie Stone is beginning to become a reality. Construction of her concept for a business resource center called The Well is now underway.

“If you think back in ancient times the well in the center of a community was a sign of a healthy community. And when people gathered at the well, they gathered to do business they gathered to network,” said Dr. Sallie Stone, founder and CEO of The Well.

Located in Lakeland’s underserved midtown neighborhood, The Well will help residents start or grow their business, with an emphasis on businesses owned by people of color, women and veterans.

“Provides training and professional development, seminars and workshops, but is intentionally focused on the under-served and underrepresented populations that many times are marginalized or may not have access to

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Amid tough year for moms, Nevada Women’s Business Center aims to empower | Coronavirus

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — Mothers had to juggle a lot during the pandemic, and many even sacrificed their own professional plans to care for their children amid school closures. But a free resource dedicated for entrepreneurs aims to assist local moms in achieving their dreams.

A new analysis of Census data shows that COVID-19 disproportionately affected women in the workforce. Last April, the number of moms who were actively living and working with school-aged children plunged 22% from the previous April, and the number of dads who were actively working fell 15.5%.

“You’re playing with the kids and you’re working with the kids in school all day,” said Leanna Jenkins, executive director, Nevada Women’s Business Center.

Those percentages evened out among moms and dads by late fall, however, several studies show moms were much likelier to leave work because of school closures and childcare.

But local business experts want to

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North Dakota Women’s Business Center continued to support women-owned businesses during a turbulent year

The past year has been one of upheaval for all businesses, and the North Dakota Women’s Business Center was not immune to the dynamics of navigating a global pandemic while still maintaining its focus on supporting women-owned businesses throughout the state.

The center is a program of the Center for Technology and Business, a certified entrepreneurship center located in Bismarck and Fargo. The center receives federal funding through grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration as well as the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

Before the pandemic started, the NDWBC met with business owners or potential entrepreneurs as well as hosted various events aimed at bringing women together in a supportive learning environment.

But once the pandemic hit, the organization had to re-imagine its offerings.

NDWBC Program Director Christy Dauer, who is based in Fargo, explained that many of the in-person programs such as Strong Women, Strong Coffee went virtual.

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Kristine Saljanin, general manager at Westchester Business Center

One might imagine that shared office space companies such as Westchester Business Center would have been a casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic. After all, with so many people working from home instead of coming into an office and so many people being apprehensive over health safety, the shared office space concept might seem suddenly outdated.

Well, that’s not the case. The White Plains-based Westchester Business Center not only made it through the pandemic in fine health, but it is also opening its second location this summer in Chappaqua.

In this edition of Suite Talk, Business Journal Senior Enterprise Editor Phil Hall speaks with Kristine Saljanin, general manager at Westchester Business Center, on the company’s journey through the pandemic.

What has it been like to run a business like yours over the past year when so many people have been sheltering at home and taking care of their work from

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