Women talk business at luncheon in Upper Kirby

November 19, 2018 GMT

More than 75 women packed a room at Tony’s restaurant Tuesday to hear business advice from Alice Weiser - the handwriting analyst who evaluated the ransom note found after the death of Jon Benet Ramsey.

Weiser, speaking at a Women’s Excellence in Business Luncheon at the Upper Kirby restaurant, explained to the women how she had discovered her career in handwriting analysist at the early of 16 years old and then built her career up.

The graphoanalysist was invited to speak at the restaurant as part of a four-part event series by members of Houston West Chamber of Commerce. The luncheons are open to men, women, members and nonmembers and bring together business professionals and community leaders to connect, network and share advice, said Liz Lara Carreno, outreach coordinator for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Houston Community College.

“It’s about creating that environment for women to network, not just have lunch but really begin to exchange in, ‘hey how can I do business with you, with your product, with your service?’ And really push, so that they can start doing business with each other,” Carreno said.

“The particular women I invited to this event, I know there is an audience for their product or their service,” Carreno added.

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Houston Community College helps business owners receive the tools they need “to develop strategic and customized growth plans that will take your business to the next level,” according to HCC news release.

More than 640 businesses in more than 40 industries have graduated by the program, which is grant funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Carreno said.

“They don’t look for startups. They look for businesses in growth mode,” she said. “We have medical doctors, (Certified Public Accountants), sitting next to electricians and construction workers, sitting next to bakers and eyelash makers.”

But she also had some advice for business owners.

“It doesn’t matter what gender you are,” Carreno said. “The bottom line is knowing whether you going to deliver or not. Not whether you’re team ovary. That’s one of the things that we instill in them. When it gets down to competition, it doesn’t matter. Business is business. That’s one of the things we want to drive home.”

The Women’s Excellence in Business Luncheons are an extension of the West Houston Chamber’s Women Driving Business series and will feature four parts. The next three events will take place next year on Wednesday, Jan. 23, March 20 and May 22.

The cost for non-member is $70. Members pay $60.