Local Women Honored at Women in Entrepreneurship Symposium

By KOLR10 News

Published 02/08 2014 04:56PM

Updated 02/08 2014 05:05PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--Two outstanding women business owners were honored today at the 6th Annual Women in Entrepreneurship Symposium. The winners were announced at the conference’s closing luncheon Feb. 8.

Hurts Donut Co., co-owned by Kas Clegg, was chosen as the Woman-Owned Start-Up of the Year. Clegg co-owns the business with her husband, Tim. Located at 301 Park Central West in Springfield, the shop opened in November and builds on recent boutique pastry trends.

Jennifer Wilson, founder and principle architect at nForm Architecture, was chosen Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. Wilson was awarded for exceptional client service and environmentally responsible design; nForm opened in 2007 and is located in downtown Springfield. Jennifer is a native of Springfield, and she obtained her architecture degree from the University of Arkansas.

To qualify for an award, the nominee must be female and must own at least 50 percent of a business that operates within 30 miles of Springfield.

The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year nominees must have been in business for at least five years, and the Woman-Owned Start-Up of the Year nominees should have been in business for less than two years.

“We’re thrilled to highlight all of our nominees and show that women in our area have a strong and successful entrepreneurial spirit,” said Dr. Kelley Still, director of Drury’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.

The Women in Entrepreneurship Symposium is held in order to provide women entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of owning a business, network with other entrepreneurs and visit with a wide range of exhibitors.

This year more than 150 people attended the half-day symposium.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at (417) 873-7458 or (417) 631-2407.

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