Over 20 businesswomen from across our state met Friday in Fairmont to celebrate Women's History Month. Together they discussed the challenges they face and how they can find the right resources.
Women face a lot of obstacles when starting a business. Speakers at the event said they are often underrepresented on boards that could help business owners and they are judged more harshly than men in the field. Women often have to take on many roles; they have to care for their businesses, their children, their spouses. The women said it can be overwhelming, and that's why it's so important they can come together to offer each other support.
"Having an honest discussion and being able to open up in front of other women; we wouldn't be able to do that in front of men because we have to act really tough all the time. But we understand each other and we know where they're coming from," said Natalia Olson-Urtecho, Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Olson-Urtecho also said she loves meeting with the women of West Virginia because they are so honest and hard-working.