By Ann Miller

Women Mean Business, a comprehensive approach to inspiring and supporting women owned businesses, is debuting in March at branches of the Solano County Library.  The series includes inspiring speakers, financial workshops, and a collection of new books especially chosen for women considering the start of a new business.  The new books, with titles covering the gamut of women entrepreneurship, from “Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big” to “The Women’s Small Business Start Up Kit” will be on display at all Solano County Library branches.


Funded by the Women’s History Luncheon Committee and the Solano County Library Foundation, the program seeks to support women who are embarking on business ownership as well as those who are growing a business. “Attendees will be hearing stories from some of Solano’s finest Glass Ceiling Breakers and will be inspired by how challenges and successes can grow small businesses. All women can obtain economic empowerment. We want women to find out how at this six event series,” said Deb Sica, the branch manager of the John F. Kennedy and Springstowne Libraries in Vallejo. 


The speaker lineup includes three women who tell their stories of struggles and successes.  Roxana Dumas, the owner of Diversity RD Global, will speak in Vallejo, with the Solano Small Business Development Center hosting a Q&A session afterwards, at the John F Kennedy Library at 505 Santa Clara St, in Vallejo on March 4, from 2-5 p.m.  Christina Baird, of public relations firm Little Wing Connections, will speak in Fairfield, with Manjul Batra of Cooperative Realty & Ajanta Enterprises hosting questions afterwards, at the Fairfield Civic Center Library at 1150 Kentucky Street on March 11, from 2-5 p.m.. Alexis Koefoed, the owner of Soul Food Farm, will speak in Vacaville on March 18, with Maria DeSousa, physician and medical consultant, hosting the Q&A session, from 2-5 p.m. at the Vacaville Town Square Library.  “It’s a great opportunity to get free advice and ask any question you might have about starting a business in a safe place,” said Sica.


Women who would like to share and promote their own businesses at these Saturday events are encouraged to sign up for a reserved spot in the networking area. These spaces are limited and free. Women who are interested can reserve a spot for Women Owned Business by contacting  Sica at or by calling 1-866-572-7587.


On the first three Thursdays in March, the library will partner with Travis Credit Union to present a Women and Money series. These evening presentations will run from 6-8 p.m. and will help attendees learn how to manage their finances by addressing the specific financial challenges often faced by women. The Travis Thursday programs are scheduled as follows: Fairfield Cordelia Library at 5050 Business Center Drive, Fairfield on March 2 from 6-8 p.m.  Rio Vista Library’s program will be on March 9 from 6-8 p.m. at 44 South Second Street, Rio Vista. On March 16, from 6-8 p.m. the Suisun City Library at 601 Pintail Drive, Suisun City will host the program.  All events are free and open to the public. For more information about these upcoming programs, visit for call 1-866-572-7587.




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