GALVESTON — Biz Breaks, a new feature included as part of this year’s Galveston Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Women’s Conference, will offer about a dozen presentations specializing in topics as diverse as communicating with Generation X to leadership and corporate culture.

The conference is hosted, in part, by the Galveston Chamber of Commerce.

It’s scheduled for 7:30 a.m. April 11 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd.

The featured speaker is comedian Aisha Tyler, host of “The Talk.”

Limited tickets are available at the Galveston Chamber of Commerce.

The conference offers everything from health to business information and offers women an opportunity to network.

Biz Breaks will be 10- to 15-minute presentations that cover a variety of business-related topics — some of them testimonials from area business owners about their challenges at starting and maintaining a business.

This inaugural annual Biz Breaks portion of the Galveston Women’s Conference is a means of sharing information with women who might want to own their own business or who could use information on improving the operation of a business.


Biz Breaks presenters

• Amy Hart of Hart Training Connection will discuss the differences between Baby Boomers, Generation X and Y.

• Carol Ann Peters of Galveston County Small Business Development Center will focus on basic marketing, branding and customer service essentials.

• Alicia Cahill will speak to challenges of beginning a small business. She recently opened The Kitchen Chick at 23rd Street in Galveston.

• Joyce Calver McLean, owner of Head to Footsies and other businesses, will present on business terminology and business plans.

• Kathy Thomas of Community Strategies will talk about the challenges of starting and running a business.

• Doreen Hughes, president of Mainland Testing, an occupational health and wellness company in Texas City, will speak to aspects of her business. Her company was recently named an Emerging-10 company by the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council.

• Connie Thomas, a continuing education business account executive at Galveston College, will discuss training possibilities for businesses.

• Karen Hix, director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Galveston College, will discuss the value of lifelong learning for personal and professional well-being.

• Don Davidson, an accounting professor at Galveston College, will discuss aspects of business operations.

• Connie Gomez, who is developing a new engineering program at Galveston College, will discuss the growing number of opportunities in the petrochemical field in the Gulf Coast Region.

• Stephanie Simmons of Simmons Legal Consultants will discuss leadership and the corporate culture.

• Maureen McCutchen of Mills Shirley Galveston will discuss estate planning.

Biz Breaks also may include other Galveston County business owners who will speak on various aspects of starting and maintaining a business.

Biz Breaks will be presented during the three breaks scheduled during the conference.

To present during Biz Breaks, contact Dale Taylor, or 409-944-1321.

To purchase tickets to the conference, visit or call 409-763-5326.

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