Women are invited to participate in Innovation Friday (IF) on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at Heartfelt Fine Gifts in Tower Square. IF is a monthly meet-up for women entrepreneurs on the first Friday of the month in downtown Springfield. IF meet-ups bring together women who want to network around growing their business. Each month women business owners get together for wine and chocolate while networking around the topic of the night.
IF creates a new networking opportunity for women who want to try something new. “We’re giving women entrepreneurs and their supporters a new opportunity to meet, share and grow,” said Mischa Epstein, owner of Heartfelt Fine Gifts. “We are part of a wonderful explosion happening in Springfield. There are new enterprises such as UMass, NEPR, the cultural district, and the recent Jazz and Roots Festival that brings new vitality to downtown.”
While creating new connections, women will offer peer to peer business advice on monthly topics such as technology, marketing, finances and more.
“As the name implies, women can expect innovation. Each month features a different theme with a stop by for a minute or stay for an hour structure. In September we’ll meet some of the artisans exhibiting at the Mattoon Street Arts Festival. You may find a new customer for your product or service; you may meet someone who can recommend you as a provider to their friends. You will definitely find like-minded women entrepreneurs who want to expand their friends and business connections. What could be bad about all of this while enjoying wine and a chocolate buffet?” Epstein added.
Entry to IF is $5. Heartfelt Fine Gifts is located on the first floor of Tower Square at 1500 Main Street.