Provident Bank on Wednesday said that, together with its employee resource group, ProvidentWomen, it hosted a conference at its Iselin administrative headquarters aimed at empowering women in business.
The Helping Entrepreneurs Rise (H.E.R.) Conference brought together inspiring female business leaders, local entrepreneurs and community partners for an informative morning of education, networking and empowerment.
The goal of the event was to provide resources for women and minority business owners through financial literacy and education, information on running and maintaining a thriving business, and resources to support minority and female business owners. The program also focused on addressing key issues in the business community that affect marginalized populations, such as economic barriers, limited access to business networks and limited opportunity for skill development.
The H.E.R. Conference, which featured panel discussions and speakers from Provident Bank, also included insights from members of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Middlesex Regional Chamber of Commerce, Morristown Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Woodbridge Chamber of Commerce, Union County Economic Development Corp., Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey, Professional Women in Construction and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
“By partnering with these business organizations, ProvidentWomen continues to deliver on its promise to empower women and minority business owners through fostering a climate of diversity & inclusion,” Stacey Kavanagh, first vice president, market manager, Provident Bank, said. “The 2023 H.E.R. Conference featured women leaders from multiple chambers of commerce and economic development organizations and is a terrific example of our commitment to reduce economic barriers through education, access and networking.”
“Women are at the forefront of entrepreneurship with approximately 58% of small businesses being women-owned,” Xavia Mitchell, first vice president, senior human resources and diversity business partner, Provident Bank, said. “Through our ProvidentWomen employee resource group, we are committed to providing existing and potential business owners with valuable programs and resources aimed at empowering women, and we’re excited to continue collaborating with community partners to help us advance our mission.”