The Women’s Fund Presents Free Community Forum on Entrepreneurship for Women


A forum offering inspiration and information to women who own a business – or who would like to – will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Community Room at the Redding Library. “Entrepreneurship: The New Women’s Movement” is presented by The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. It is aimed at women who want to launch or expand a business, as well as businesses, organizations and individuals interested in supporting women entrepreneurs in the North State.

Panelists will share startup stories, explore resources and talk about fresh directions for developing a successful venture. The speakers are:

  • Hope Seth, director of entrepreneurial development for the Economic DevelopmentCorporation of Shasta County in Redding. She works to connect entrepreneurs to the mentors, training, investors and incubator space needed to develop a strong business.
  •  Nancy Swift, executive director of Jefferson Economic Development Institute in Mount Shasta. JEDI was recently designated a regional Women’s Business Center by the U.S. Small Business Administration, which will bring new resources to women entrepreneurs in Shasta County and other parts of the North State.
  •  Faye Hall, founder of Redding businesses Code IT Boot Camp, offering website design, app development and other technology training, and Build It, providing children’s sessions on animation, robotics and coding. She came to the United States from China as a student and has been in the high-tech industry for more than 20 years. She was eBay’s first networking engineer.
  •  Anna Vietti, owner of Viva la Foto in Redding and You Booth Photo Booth in Napa. The open-air photo services provide photography at weddings and other events. She is the former crisis hotline and volunteer coordinator with One Safe Place in Redding.

The goal of the forum is to increase economic opportunities for women. Entrepreneurship can be an important path to financial security.

The event is free. Lunch is available for $5 and will be provided by Fresh Fire Grill of Palo Cedro. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by emailing or by calling 244-1219, ext. 250.

The forum is part of an ongoing speaker series sponsored by The Women’s Fund. The Women’s Fund was founded to address persistent challenges facing women and their families in the greater Redding area and to seek solutions through collective philanthropy.

U.S. Bank is sponsor of the forum.

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