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February 27, 2024

West Hartford, Farmington to host event for women-owned businesses

HBJ PHOTO | DAVID KRECHEVSKY West Hartford and Farmington will host an event in March for women-owned businesses in the auditorium in West Hartford Town Hall.

West Hartford and Farmington will hold an event next month to celebrate women-owned businesses.

The Women Empowering Women panel discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in West Hartford’s Town Hall auditorium at 50 South Main St.

The free event invites female entrepreneurs and women who own businesses to attend a panel discussion among women business owners.

The event will include a continental breakfast from 8:30-9 a.m., followed by the panel discussion. The panelists will include:

  • Pinar Ozy of SheWork & Happiest Inc.;
  • Andréa Hawkins, of Leading Culture Solutions and Berkins Cafes;
  • Macarena and Grecia Ludena of Coracora Restaurant, and
  • Denise Whitford, a business adviser with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center.

The panel will be moderated by Judy Casperson of Casperson Consulting LLC. Topics will include future female leaders, leadership skills, access to capital and overcoming barriers.

The event was created by the Town of West Hartford’s Department of Economic Development, the West Hartford Office of Equity Advancement and Explore Farmington as a way to mark Women’s History Month in March.

Kristen Gorski, West Hartford’s economic development coordinator, said the event is intended strictly for women but is open to female business owners and entrepreneurs from any town.

“The event itself is really primarily focused on West Hartford and Farmington women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, but we definitely encourage and would love a wider net to help make sure that there's really great diverse representation across the women-owned business community,” Gorski said.

While the event is free, registration is required. To register, visit

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