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    March 05, 2013

    Calling woman-owned businesses in Cincinnati USA

    WE LinkThe Chamber's Women Excel (WE) initiative, in partnership with ATHENAPowerLink®, is now accepting applications for the 2013 WE Link program. WE Link is a year-long business mentoring program for women business owners. Deadline to apply is April 5, 2013.

    Based on the national ATHENAPowerLink® program, WE Link connects one selected woman business owner with a skilled advisory panel. The advisory panel, which is made up of lawyers, bankers, accountants and other business professionals, provides free business consultation for one year. The program also helps enhance the business owner's leadership and management skills for future business endeavors.

    Flickner, DeniseDenise Flickner, owner of HealthWorks was chosen as the 2012 WE Link recipient. Flickner's company was chosen from among a number of applicants based upon the company's track record of success and potential for growth. Flickner worked closely with her selected panel to develop her business through open discussions about her business goals.

    "The ATHENA advisory panel has expertise in so many areas and has provided extremely valuable guidance in helping me set capital, operational, and strategic goals," said Flickner. "Just as important, the panel helped me to recognize all of the things I have been doing right. When you run your own business, you sometimes are too busy to sit back and see the good too."

    The Chamber has one goal in mind with the WE Link program-to strengthen the presence and success of women-owned businesses in the Cincinnati region. After graduating, past recipients found on average they had 88.5% increase in sales, 37.6% increase in net income, 56.6% increase in personal income, 36.3% increase full-time employees, and a 75.0% increase in part-time employees.

    "I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with each and every one and to the Chamber for such a meaningful program," Flickner said.

    The deadline to apply for the remarkable opportunity is April 5, 2013. 

    More information and to apply

    WE Link, a program of Women Excel (WE), is sponsored by:
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    For questions, contact Diana Long, Women Excel program manager at 513.686.2946 or

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