The popular Women in Business Quarterly Luncheon will return to Pryor Nov. 15 with special guest speaker Shay Smith addressing the attendees. The event will be held at St. Mark's Catholic Church on Vann Street from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The partnership between the Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce and NTC has been beneficial for both organizations as well as the local economy, and the Women in Business Quarterly Luncheon is just one more opportunity to strengthen the local community.
"One of the goals with this event is to create an atmosphere where women can build their skillset and network with their fellow women business leaders, "said NTC Business Development Coordinator Liberty Shere. "Add a great speaker to that mix, and the result is an event that has something for everyone."
The guest speaker on the agenda for the November luncheon is Shay Smith, the Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center Director. Smith has been instrumental in designing and implementing Cherokee Nation’s self-sufficiency and asset building programs. She provides programmatic development and general oversight to the Mortgage Assistance Program, Self-Sufficiency Counseling, IDA, and lending programs.
Smith has also been intensely involved in program budget management, grant compliance, strategic planning, and personnel management. Her extensive knowledge of the Commerce Programs and her expertise in asset building has significantly contributed to the success of the organization and the development of its strategic goals/objectives and program staffing. She serves on the Advisory Committee of the Oklahoma Native Asset Coalition, is the vice-president of Tahlequah Main Street Association, and is a member of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee and the FDIC’s Oklahoma Alliance for Economic Inclusion. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern State University.
The Pryor Women in Business Quarterly Luncheon is scheduled to take place Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mark's Catholic Church, located at 1507 S. Vann Street in Pryor. Tickets are $12 and include lunch. Those interested in purchasing a ticket may contact the Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce at 918-825-0157.