UGA SBDC and Macon Magazine Present 2nd Annual Women of Business 2021 Summit

Staff Report

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a Public Service and Outreach unit of the University of Georgia, presents the 2nd Annual Virtual Business Summit created to support the Central Georgia business community. 

The UGA SBDC and Macon Magazine have partnered to present Women of Business 2021: Blazing The Way.  This virtual summit takes place live on Zoom on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is available for a nominal fee of $69 to registered participants. 

The Women of Business 2021 features multiple panels of leading businesswomen sharing their stories and insights on their businesses, careers, and community. This daylong summit is packed with pro-tips, small business resources and personal, professional experiences from the panelists.

The summit focuses on “Blazing The Way” despite the disruptions of social distancing. Various panels will include inspirational and personal success stories from diverse from Central Georgia women who have fired up their career paths. Participants will have opportunities to learn from influencers, trailblazers and successful businesses that pivoted, adapted, and innovated during business challenges. Other panels include how to fireproof your business with professional services necessary to navigate today’s business environment.  The lunch speaker will present “The Answer To The Million Dollar Question,” and the summit will round out with a rapid fire presentation from local experts on increasing social media engagement.  

“Last year was our first online business summit, which was created and launched during a time of heightened social distance. The summit was attended by over 200 participants and was well received as an opportunity to enhance the local business community and create a growing network of business owners and professionals,” said Lisa Rackley, area director of the UGA SBDC in Macon. “We decided to host the summit virtually again to continue to create accessibility to this opportunity to connect and learn more from each other, without having to leave your place of business. This now annual summit serves as an opportunity to elevate each other as a strong and resilient workforce community.”

According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia ranks #2 in growth in number of women-owned firms and #7 in growth in economic clout of women-owned firms.

To register, as well as learn more about the panelists, agenda, and summit details, visit You may also contact Trudy Lawrence at (478) 757-3609 or email