Women In Business (36 × 36 in) (1)


Thursday, October 10th, 2024

Crystal Coast Civic Center

203 College Cir., Morehead City, NC 28557

8 am - 5 pm 

July 18th- August 16th: $110.00 Registration Fee

August 17th- October 10th: $125.00 Registration Fee

$75.00 ticket price for women in their first year of business,

please email lindsey.burton@carteretcountync.gov for this offer price*

Space is Limited - Don't Miss this Unique Networking & Professional Development Opportunity!


After you submit your registration information, you will be directed to PayPal. If you are purchasing tickets for multiple attendees, please contact Lindsey Burton at lindsey.burton@carteretcountync.gov or 252-648-7880.

*Tickets are non-refundable*

By registering, attendees are allowing permission to use their likeness in photographs and/or videos for promotional and marketing purposes. These materials may be used in carious publications, including online platforms and promotional materials, without any compensation or further approval.




7:30 am –  8:30 am

Ahoy, Anchors Aweigh: Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30am –  9:00am

High Tide Hustle: Energizing Your Journey to Success

Kickstart the conference with an invigorating session designed to ignite your journey to success. This high-energy session sets the tone for the event, offering attendees a burst of motivation and inspiration to propel them forward in their professional endeavors. Get ready to harness the momentum of the high tide and embark on a transformative conference experience filled with possibility and promise.


9:00am – 9:30am


Cast Your Net: Expanding Your Coastal Connections

During this networking activity, we'll concentrate on expanding your sphere of influence, which encompasses the network of individuals who impact your personal or professional journey. The objective is to create an environment where participants can broaden their networks and foster connections that support personal and professional growth. We'll begin with introductions from everyone at the table, allowing each participant to share a bit about themselves. Following introductions, we'll dive into the core of the activity: identifying potential connections within our existing networks. Participants will have the opportunity to suggest individuals they know that could be beneficial connections for others in the group to meet. By actively seeking out connections and fostering relationships with diverse individuals, participants can expand their perspectives, access new resources, and enhance their ability to achieve their goals.


9:30am – 9:45am

Transition Buffer – Session Intros

Session Into & Speaker Bios

9:45am – 10:45am

Seaside Strategies: Marketing for Coastal Success

Marketing Panel

20 mins - A.I

20 mins – Website

20 mins – Q&A

10:45am – 11:00am

Brief Break

11:00am – 12:00pm

Seaside Strategies: Marketing for Coastal Success Part 2

Marketing Panel

20 mins - Facebook & Instagram

20 mins – Canva

20 mins – Q&A

12:00pm – 12:45pm


12:45pm – 1:00pm

Transition Buffer – Session Intros

Session Intro & Speaker Bios

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Navigating Finances: Bookkeeping Basics & Accounting Insights

Gain fundamental insights into bookkeeping and accounting essentials from a seasoned CPA. In this informative session, attendees, particularly new and prospective business owners, will receive expert guidance on basic bookkeeping principles. Delve into key concepts such as accrual and cash basis accounting, distinguishing between expenses and revenues, and exploring the options of manual versus software-based bookkeeping. Additionally, discover the benefits of outsourcing bookkeeping tasks and gain clarity on what your business truly requires in terms of bookkeeping practices. Join us to demystify the essentials and lay a solid foundation for financial management in your business journey.


2:00pm – 2:15pm

Transition Buffer – Session Intros

Session Intro & Speaker Bios

2:15pm – 3:45pm

Tidal Talks: Women Entrepreneurs Making Waves

Explore the experiences of local female entrepreneurs in this session. Through candid discussions, they'll share their personal stories of struggle, success, and challenges as business owners. Gain insights and lessons learned from their journeys, from overcoming obstacles to seizing opportunities. Whether you're established or just starting out, this session offers a unique opportunity to find inspiration for your own path to success.


3:45pm – 4:00pm

Transition Buffer – Session Intros

Session Intro & Speaker Bios

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Anchor Points: Achieving Stability in Work-Life Balance

Dive into strategies for achieving stability in work-life balance. Discover how to navigate the demands of professional and personal life, finding anchor points that provide stability amidst the ebb and flow of daily responsibilities. Through practical insights and discussions, learn how to establish boundaries, prioritize tasks, and cultivate habits that promote harmony between work and life. Whether you're seeking to strike a balance between career ambitions and personal well-being or aiming to optimize productivity and fulfillment in both realms, this session offers valuable guidance for anchoring yourself in stability amidst life's currents.


4:30pm – 5:00pm

Bon Voyage Finale – Q & A and Dessert Send Off

Experience the grand finale of the conference, where we indulge in delectable desserts while welcoming all speakers back to the stage. This segment offers a unique chance for attendees to engage directly with our experts, posing their questions and gaining valuable insights to wrap up the event on a high note.






Chisa Pennix-Brown

Chisa D. Pennix-Brown, MBA is a Virtual Educator and Mental Wealth Life Stylist. She is best known for her award-winning company, Lady Bizness. However, her new company, Give it to the People, a lifestyle brand focused on curated events for entrepreneurial Mental Health, Business Growth, and Education.

Chisa is also a podcaster and host of Real Ass Affirmations podcast which provides an additional outlet to inspire and build confidence as it has garnered over 277K downloads. She is committed to helping entrepreneurs navigate the imperfect imbalance of self-care while making money through authentic social engagement, networking, and marketing. She likes to take entrepreneurs on nature walks, light hiking, and desires to create a meditation retreat. 

She is the Chief Curator of Give It To The People®, a Mental Wealth Company focused on Curated Conferences & Business Events for Entrepreneurs. We provide business coaching, counseling, social media marketing services, content curation, and event coordination.

In her spare time, Chisa enjoys music, preferably 90's Hip Hop, curating playlists for her events, mocktail mixology, cooking, and going on foodcations with her husband. 




Amy Brinkley is the founder of two food blogs:  The Blond Cook and Make Mine a Mocktail.  With an eye for detail, she creates and photographs easy recipes for busy families. On her websites, she combines her cooking skills with insightful articles, making cooking accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Passionate about empowering others to create their own online presence, she is excited to share her experience with building and maintaining a successful online business. 

Cheryl Pigott

Cheryl Pigott, Founder and President of BG Digital Group, enjoys helping others and it shows in her devotion to ensuring her client partners receive marketing that matters for their businesses. Her background in marketing and advertising began after graduating from Old Dominion University with a degree in English focusing on professional writing. Before starting her own business, Cheryl gained experience working in public relations and marketing for a Fortune 500 company and a nationally known non-profit. She started BG Digital Group in 2007 after returning to North Carolina to raise her family with her husband, Andy. She saw a need for a small business focused agency and worked tirelessly to bring a team together that cared for small businesses as much as she did. In 2018, Cheryl became StoryBrand Certified, which is a marketing focused content writing certification, and held that certification for five years. She and her team stay abreast of digital marketing trends and receive updated training when possible. In 2023, she received continuing education on content marketing and learned more about integrating AI ethically for the small businesses that BG Digital Group represents.




Taylor McCune, the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Program Development Director, leverages more than a decade of expertise in marketing and journalism to enrich Carteret County's commerce and community. She's a pivotal force in local business growth and community resilience, founding the Beaufort Development Association and spearheading vital communication networks.


Lindsey Willis joined Rogers CPAs in December 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science degree Magna Cum Laude from Barton College where she doubled majored in Accounting and Business Management. Lindsey completed her CPA testing in 2016 and became fully licensed CPA in August of 2016. Lindsey currently serves as the national director for the Miss Rodeo North Carolina Organization and as a volunteer with 4H where she combines her passion for equine with her love for helping develop strong youth leaders.



Stephanie Mann

Meet Stephanie Mann, a seasoned real estate professional with an extensive background and diverse skill set that instill her with profound expertise and unwavering reliability. With nearly two decades in the industry, Stephanie's sharp acumen and astuteness make her an exceptional agent and a devoted advocate for her clients. Navigating the vast and occasionally challenging waters of each listing is second nature to her, even in unfamiliar territory.

Stephanie's work ethic is a blend of determination and compassion, and she remains at her clients' side throughout the entire process, ensuring they are well informed at every stage. Her ultimate objective is to eliminate any uncertainty for her clients, leaving them with a clear understanding of what to expect next.

Her professional journey has included experiences in a law firm and a title company, giving her firsthand exposure to attorneys and lenders, resulting in valuable connections and resources from her longstanding career. From handling intricate contract details to overcoming due diligence challenges and skillfully negotiating deals, Stephanie's wisdom shines through.



Wanda Bennett

Growing up in Carteret County, Wanda learned early on the value of being involved in, and giving back to, her community. She is a business consultant specializing in Management, Leadership, and Business Development, and utilizes her 35+ years of experience to help others excel by pulling from lessons learned from upper management in the retail industry, ownership in a full-service marina, and directing the Carteret Community College Small Business Center. Her business, Work on Wonderful Consulting, LLC, provides corporate and workplace training, one-on-one business development, and seminars to various educational facilities across North Carolina.

Wanda serves on several local boards and also enjoys serving in her church. She and her husband, Tommy, live in Morehead City and have four adult children and six grandchildren.



Kat Suralik


Kat has been a Massage Therapist since 2004 and an Esthetician since 2008. In June of 2010, she decided to take the plunge and open her own place. Tranquility is located at 910 Arendell Street in Morehead City, NC 28557.


Susan Hill

President of Co-Founder/Owner of Down East Mariculture Supply Co. More info coming soon!


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Dawn Brock Headshot 2023


President of Coastal Press Signs & Printing. More info coming soon!