Aug 23, 2018
In this episode of “Tales from Around the Water Cooler,” Karen Goldner, author, Managing Director of Established Business Services and Director of the Illinois SBDC at the Women’s Business Development Center, shares her experiences in helping women launch and grow businesses. As the number of women-owned businesses continues to rapidly grow, Karen and Kristen discuss common challenges women entrepreneurs face in managing their businesses, and they share strategies to persevere.
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Check out Karen’s novels, Passing Semis in the Rain: A Tina Johnson Adventure
and Heavy Traffic: A Tina Johnson Adventure!
About Karen Goldner:
Karen Goldner is Managing Director of Established Business Services and Director of the Illinois SBDC at the Women’s Business Development Center. She leads the WBDC’s established business practice, providing counseling to established businesses including certified Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), as well as startup and emerging entrepreneurs.
Her passion is helping entrepreneurs reach their dreams.
Karen has spent twenty years working with, in and for small businesses. She has worked in for-profit and non-profit early stage investment organizations, including creating and managing the first for-profit technology-focused angel fund in Northeast Indiana.
Karen served as Interim President of a $6 million defense manufacturer that was owned by her investors. Prior to that, she managed a community development loan program for the City of Fort Wayne, and served as Fort Wayne’s Director of Economic Development.
Karen earned her Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Nebraska.