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UPDATED: Women's Independence Fair slated for July 16

Posted: June 22, 2009 1:34 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2009 1:15 p.m.

The Wade Institute is giving back to its community.

The company is taking a role in rebuilding our community by hosting a women's career fair for displaced women. This event will take place on July 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. held at IHOP located 24737 Pico Canyon (Lyons Ave.) in Stevenson Ranch, CA.

Connie Sparks, President of Wade Institute created this event to help women seeking a new career and residual income, opportunities that would help them get a jump start back into the working community. There will be dozens of businesswomen and recruiters from companies such as Lockheed Federal Credit Union, ACN, and ITT Tech who could offer employment and business opportunities to these women.

All invited parties are committed to sponsoring, supporting and training the women that takes an interest in their product or service. Our sponsors the Black Business Committee and Tidbitts will be present and prepared to deliver a motivational lecture. Other support comes from local agencies such as Single Mothers Outreach and the Child & Family Center Foundation who emphasized great enthusiasm in the concept and are encouraging their clients participation.

Additionally, Ms. Sparks is seeking donations from neighboring businesses, friends and associates and family members. The donations will be given to qualifying displaced women, which will help them purchase all or part of their start-up inventory.

The economy has taken its toll on the workforce forcing millions into unemployment, loss of homes and dissolving businesses. Connie Sparks President of Wade Institute, knows first hand what it's like to lose a job and struggle to stay above water. Helping women is a strong passion of hers. She has spent many years conforming services, events and programs for women looking for change and growth, whether professionally or personally.

Her goal is to turn this Women's Independence Fair into an annual event and take it to other parts of the country, generating support from cities and business communities and receive sponsorships from organizations like the Black Business Committee and Tibbits. Connie Sparks Author, Business Strategist, and Trainer, provides business and capital development consulting services to growing businesses.

She is an advocate for educating and training women, promoting success, growth, and leadership through community partnerships. Ms. Sparks is committed to building communities and the workforce. Her contributions include serving as a Board of Director for the Santa Clarita Domestic Violence Center, and the Black Business Committee, and a consultant and trainer for the Santa Clarita Small Business Development Center.

Her background includes more than fifteen years in the business service industry, eleven years in management, program development and human resources, collectively. Her education includes a degree in Business Management and Human Resource, and she holds a credential in Business Communication and Computer Applications.

Ms. Sparks's published work include The Survival Guide for African American Women and soon to be released Where's The Money?. She's been featured in various news articles circulated internationally, discussing her views on domestic violence, entrepreneurship and business development issues. Her efforts to reach the small business community have been recognized by higher education institutions, associations, and Corporate America.

April 2009, Ms. Sparks created a program specifically designed to offer women an opportunity to start their own business in the financial industry and earn residual income. Recently, Ms. Sparks in collaboration with Courtyard by Marriott Valencia offered a Bailout Clinic to the small business community. As a result Ms. Sparks infused more than $175,000 back into the business community within six weeks.

In women owned businesses alone, she raised eight million dollars, twenty million collectively in the business community over the years. Her work has not gone unrecognized.

She has been honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the Los Angeles District's 2009 Home-Based Champion Award for her work, social responsibility and commitment to the business community, Santa Clarita Valley Business Awards (Rising Star 2009),  Toastmasters International (President's Distinguished Award 2002), The For You Network- National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) (Business Woman of the Year 2006), (Best Corporate Environment Award 2006), and (Sphere of Influence Award 2007), and the Los Angeles Business Journal---Women Who Make A Difference (Rising Star 2007, 2009).




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