Business roundtable for girls

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - While some kids enjoyed the start of spring break Monday, others were busy learning about business.

The UAB's  Women's and Girls Business Networks on Monday kicked off a week-long Business Roundtable for Girls.

"We want to give them some basic tools from women in our community who have done it," director Yvonne Lowery-Kennedy said. "Been there, done that, and they can go for it, too. They know they can be successful."

Women professionals are brought in to speak to the girls, ages 14 to 18, about interviewing, dressing for success and how to start their own business.

The girls include Ambria Hardy, 15, of Indians Springs School.

"What entrepreneurship is, and how simple it is but how complicated it can be," Hardy said.

Many of the students says the roundtable gives them information and encouragement they otherwise may not get.

"You don't see most people going into work for themselves," said Trenesha Nickerson, 15, of Erwin High School. "They are working for somebody. You have a group of women here to help. Show what they did."

It is spring break and that means time for the beach or just hanging out for some kids in Birmingham. But, these girls say the work this week is worth it.

"I wasn't looking forward to it at all, but after getting here, I'm having fun," Nickerson said.

"I'd rather be here learning something to push me forward a bit more than the beach would," Hardy said.

This the fourth roundtable in two years. If you would like more information, contact UAB's Women's and Girls Business Network at (205) 934-8539 or Lowery-Kennedy at

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