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Forums help women get down to business.

Looking for constructive feedback on your business plan? Three forums hosted each year by the Women's Enterprise Initiative (WEI) may provide the perfect opportunity.

Sponsored jointly by the City of Newton Planning and Development Department, Pine Manor College and the New England Women Business Owners, each forum enables two Massachusetts women to make 15-minute presentations of their business plans to a panel of business experts as well as an audience of community members, entrepreneurs and other interested parties.

The idea behind the free, three-hour forums is to give women a supportive environment in which to network and voice their ideas. After each event, presenters have a one-on-one meeting with planning committee members to analyze what they gained from the forum and to determine what other help is needed, such as financing or technical assistance. Entrepreneurs are also given a videotape of the session and can take one free business training course at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill. Participants are also assigned a mentor to provide ongoing support and feedback.

The next forum is scheduled for April 16; interested individuals should contact Linda Walden at the City of Newton Planning Department at (617) 552-7135, ext. 104.

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This article was originally published in the March 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Massachusetts.

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