BizLink Orange will be at The CLIMB Women’s Business Conference

BizLink Orange will be at The CLIMB Women’s Business Conference

SCORE Orlando’s Annual Women’s Business Conference – The Climb 2023 is back Wednesday, March 15th at the National Entrepreneur Center.

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or already own a business, join us for a day of inspiration to help you climb higher! This year you’ll get practical business advice from successful CEO’s, entrepreneurs, and an engaging panel of resource organizations.

Speakers for the day include:

Belinda Kirkegard

President of The National Entrepreneur Center.

Sharing the Vision for the NEC 2.0

Belinda spent 13 years with the City of Kissimmee as the Director of Economic Development and is a governor appointee to the Board of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

Belinda will share the future vision of the National Entrepreneur Center and what it offers you.  She will also be sharing insight into tapping into the economic development agencies in your cities and counties.  They provide so many resources and most entrepreneur don’t utilize their opportunities.

Servola Frazier

CEO of Motivate Enterprises LLC

Useful tips to help you Elevate Your Business

Servola is the CEO of Motivate Enterprises LLC, a federal and state certified MWBE training and organizational development firm. She has developed a model that draws on her 21+ years of experience with the nonprofit sector, government sector, and corporate sector to connect with participants around the world.

Servola will share Innovate to Elevate: Creating a Successful Business Mindset Learn How to Bet on Yourself, No more Shrinking and Get out of your own way

Caroline Castille

CEO of Clickable Impact

How to Drive Sales

Caroline is a hustler, adventurer, and visionary. She currently is scaling her ad agency, Clickable Impact, and other portfolio companies, namely:,, and

Caroline has an extensive background in venture capital by building and selling one of the largest angel groups in the state of Florida: Florida Angel Nexus “NEXUS.”

She will present Grow Your Sales – and taking you through the tactics and methodology that she has built running service based, ecommerce, and tech businesses, all through optimizing a combination of traffic, email marketing and online infrastructure.

BizLink Orange's Resource Panel

Hosted by Katy Cook

Program Manager – BizLink Orange

Powered by the National Entrepreneur Center

Amy Kirkland

Director – Center for Business Development at Seminole State College (SSC)

Oversees small business programs through the SSC Business Incubator, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Advisory Board, and ELLE Collective, the new women’s entrepreneur initiative.

Prior to her current position, Amy managed the Small Business Development Center at SSC, assisting clients in starting, and growing their small businesses. As the owner of two Seminole County businesses over the past 25 years, Broadway Dancewear, a retail dance boutique, and Wonderfaux Designs, a custom decorative painting company, Amy learned firsthand what it took to run a successful business.

Diane Sears

Central Florida Regional Director – Women’s Business Enterprise Council of Florida (WBEC)

Women’s Business Enterprise Council of Florida certifies companies as women-owned for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Diane is the co-founder, co-chair and global programs chair for the international Go for the Greens Foundation, which helps women business owners grow their companies, incorporate sustainable practices, use golf as a business tool and mentor future female leaders. Diane is a career newspaper and magazine journalist, the author of two business books, and the founder and president of DiVerse Media LLC, and she was inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame in December 2015 by the American Institute of Diversity & Commerce.

Elsa Rosario

Loan consultant – Ascendus

(formerly Accion East)

A nonprofit CDFI micro-lender serving businesses with limited access to bank financing since 1991.

Ascendus (formerly Accion East) is a nonprofit CDFI micro-lender serving businesses with limited access to bank financing since 1991. For 30 years, Ascendus has worked to address the nationwide issue of financial inequity by empowering low-to-moderate income business owners with access to capital and support. We offer small business loans from $500 to $50,000 and financial education to entrepreneurs nationwide. Ascendus has lent over $600M to more than 67,000 small business owners through the United States.

The day of the event participants will enjoy:

  • Light breakfast and lunch
  • Drinks throughout the day
  • A fun Swag Bag!
  • Lots of networking time
  • Expo tables to network with vendors and other entrepreneurs
  • Hear from industry experts sharing their tips and tools to use NOW!
  • All for only $40.
  • Space is limited 

Expo tables are available. Email us at [email protected] for details.

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