Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses for National Business Women’s Week

Posted on 10/21/20

It's important to set aside time each year to focus on the many ways that women shape our workplaces for the better. So we hope you'll join us in acknowledging the achievements of all working women during National Business Women's Week.

Celebrated every year during the third week of October, National Business Women’s Week was created in 1928 to promote women-owned businesses, publicize the achievements of working women, and bring attention to objectives and programs that empower women and support advancements for women in the workplace. We've come a long way since 1928, but we've still got work to do, and so AARP is proud to promote local women-owned businesses and to help shine a light on women's achievements in the workplace. 

With this in mind, Thursdays With AARP Wisconsin will be speaking with La Crosse entrepreneur Debra Lash-Stangel and Milwaukee’s Carolyn Walker on Thursday, October 22nd, at 12:00 CT to celebrate their work and to learn all about their experiences as business owners in Wisconsin. Debra Lash-Stangel owns three businesses in La Crosse--The Wedding Tree, The Court Above Main, and La Crosse Bridal Expo. After buying The Wedding Tree in 1996, she expanded the store into three thriving businesses. In 2019, her achievements were recognized with the Best Business Success Story Award as part of the Wisconsin Main Street Awards presented by the Governor and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Working in Milwaukee, Carolyn Walker started building a printing business in her basement over 20 years ago. Since then, she has worked to grow Great Impressions Graphic and Printing into the successful and thriving business it is today. The recipient of several awards and honors over the years, she was most recently nominated for the Governor’s Marketplace Small Woman-Owned Business of the Year Award in 2018. Join us in celebrating National Business Women’s Week by tuning in to Thursday’s show to learn more about these businesses and the amazing women that built them.

You can also join the conversation by sharing your comments and/or questions live via Facebook and YouTube, or you can send your questions before, during, or after the presentation to ammiller@aarp.org.  

Visit the AARP Wisconsin website for more information and to register for a reminder of the event by clicking HERE.

To view the event visit:  

AARP Wisconsin page on Facebook.com https://www.facebook.com/AARPWisconsin/live/ 

AARP Wisconsin channel on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChHenZHWAM4YNUI9ch05Uew/

Please note that our virtual event will be hosted on Facebook.com and YouTube and any information you share on either platform, including without limitations, comments and posts, will be subject to the respective platform’s privacy policy and guidelines. 

This story is provided by AARP Wisconsin. Visit the AARP Wisconsin page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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