PITTSBURGH (May 2, 2013) … As Pittsburgh-based startups seek crowdfunding websites to get the necessary initial boost of investment, entrepreneur Josephine Caminos Oría of La Dorita will share her success story on May 10 at Chatham University. Using her flagship product Argentine-style Dulce de Leche as inspiration, Oría launched Kickstarter-funded Dulce de Leche Liquor in the fall of 2012. Oría, whose newest venture has led her into industrial kitchen share space, will be joined by Jennifer Flanagan, founder and chief business officer of Springboard Kitchens, and Alice Julier, program director and associate professor of food studies at Chatham University, to present on a panel entitled “The Business of Food: Accessibility, Affordability, and Capacity Building” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series presented by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University.
Attendees will learn about the different facets and movements involved in the food industry in Pittsburgh and get a feel for what it takes to be a food entrepreneur in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. The interactive panel will focus on issues such as sustainability, distribution, shared kitchen space, food access, and food rescue.
The cost to attend the breakfast is $25 ($12.50 for students with a valid student ID). For more information or to register for this event, visit www.chatham.edu/cwe or call 412-365-1253. Sponsors of The Center include PNC Bank, UPMC Health Plan, and UPS along with Baierl Automotive. The United Way Women’s Leadership Council is the nonprofit program partner for this event.
About The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University is dedicated to creating economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. Founded in 2005, The Center has expanded its reach throughout Southwestern PA to help an increasing number of businesswomen learn, network, connect, and achieve their business goals.
Current funding for The Center provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, with additional support provided by the PNC Foundation and the Alcoa Foundation. Initial funding for The Center was also provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. For more information about programs offered by The Center call 412-365-1253 or visit www.chatham.edu/cwe.
About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.
For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.