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Women Forging Business Relationships; Influential New Networking Event Will Attract Hundreds of Portland Businesswomen.

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PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE--Oct. 9, 2002--Businesswomen throughout Portland will meet at the Oregon Zoo on October 29 to participate in the first annual "Women Forging Business Relationships," a networking event to showcase the power of women working together to succeed in business.

The event is organized by three prominent Portland women's business organizations -- Portland Female Executives (http://www.pdxfx.org), Portlandia Club (www.portlandia.org), and Wired Women Web (www.wiredwomenweb.com/). In a weakened national economy, leaders of the organizations saw an opportunity to collectively create an event demonstrating the positive impact of businesswomen on Oregon's economic recovery. In Oregon, 7.6 percent of women own a business compared to 5.7 percent nationwide. The rise in women-owned businesses is also climbing -- of the 309,441 businesses in Oregon, women own 99,492 businesses, according to The Portland Business Journal, July 2002.

Judy Clark, owner of HR Northwest, a company chosen by the Portland Business Journal as one of the "Top 25 Women-Owned Businesses in Oregon" and the "Top 25 Staffing Organizations in Oregon" for 2001, is the guest speaker for the event. The mistress of ceremonies is Christine Miles, Emmy Award winner and KOIN TV reporter of "Health Matters."

"My experience as a business owner has been both a joyous and terrifying journey," said Judy Clark of HR Northwest. "I hope sharing my experience stokes the fires of motivation for other women thinking about business, and demonstrates that difficulties can be survived."

Christine Miles noted, "I am excited about attending this event. I have been very fortunate to have great women mentors in my life. Without their guidance and kindness and willingness to share, I wouldn't be where I am today. I hope to pass along the kindness to other women moving up in the field of journalism."

Women Forging Business Relationships is open to all women throughout Portland. "Women who attend this event will benefit both personally and professionally. They will have the opportunity to craft new business relationships in a relaxed setting, learn more about our organizations, and be inspired by Judy Clark's story while enjoying a glass of wine," said Michelle Christopher of Wired Women Web.

Registration for the event begins at 5:30 p.m. on October 29. Opening remarks by Christine Miles begin at 6:30 p.m. Advanced registration is recommended. Event information is available at http://wfbr.kavi.com/.

Women Forging Business Relationships is sponsored by Co-Operations, Tonkon Torp LLP, the Portland Business Journal, Kavi(R), and Jennifer Strait.

About the Presenting Organizations

Portland Female Executives (PDXfX)

PDXfX, a regional chapter of the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), is dedicated to supporting and growing women in their careers and professional goals through inspirational, well-rounded programs, events and evenings. Founded in 2001 by Kathryn Cunningham, the vision of the group has evolved into a place to give and return to women in business who are executives of their own domains. Whether the CEO of a large or small company or a self-employed executive, PDXfX offers its members the tools and guidance to forge better business relationships. Over 100 members strong, PDXfX offers curriculum on a variety of subjects that influence women in business. For more information visit www.pdx.org.

Portlandia Club, Inc.

Established in the late 1980's, Portlandia Club is a multifaceted organization for women. Portlandia provides its members opportunities for professional development through monthly luncheons, and business networking and career training events; community service through participation in its non-profit organization, the Women's Interactive Network (WIN); and personal interaction with other members through organized social events. For more information visit www.portlandia.org. Wired Women Web

Wired Women Web serves over 400 women in the technology sector through monthly networking meetings, the "Career Web" online job resource center, professional technology lecture series, and mentorship program. Wired Woman Web also offers educational programs covering a wide variety of technical and general business topics. For more information visit www.wiredwomenweb.com.

About the Guest Speakers

Judy Clark, Owner of HR Northwest

Founded in 1985, HR Northwest is a consulting firm staffed by professionals with over 175 years experience in the human resource field who offer practical information and solutions to human resource issues. Clients contracting for HR Northwest, Inc. services span all industries, operate in both profit and not-for-profit environments, employ less than 10 and over 10,000 workers, and utilize the firm's consulting expertise in a variety of ways. Further information is available at www.hrnorthwest.com/.

Christine Miles, KOIN-TV Reporter

Christine Miles is an Emmy Award-winning television reporter, having covered issues ranging from the Oklahoma City Bombing, to the Middle East Peace Talks and the impact of American Jews in Israel and Jordan. She has interviewed many powerful women, including Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Former First Lady Hillary Clinton, Jane Goodall, Tipper Gore, 12-year-old Emily Lang of Portland, and Karen Masterson, a Portland mother who found an experimental device that brought her daughter out of a coma. Christine is currently the Health and Technology reporter for KOIN-TV. Further information is available at http://www.koin.com/koin/christine_miles.shtml.

About the Sponsors

Co-Operations

Co-Operations provides fully integrated operational outsourcing solutions to business that result in scaled operational resources and reduced fixed costs. Services include Product Manufacturing & Assembly, Warehouse Services & Inventory Management, Distribution & Fulfillment, Media Replication of CD Rom & Diskettes, Data Warehouse & Business Intelligence Solutions, Call Center Services and Shipping. Further information is available at http://www.co-operations.com/.

Tonkin Torp

Tonkin Torp is a full-service business and commercial litigation law firm. The firm's 71 lawyers represent substantial private enterprises, public companies, entrepreneurial businesses and individuals throughout Oregon and the west. Further information is available at www.tonkon.com.

Kavi(R)

Kavi delivers Internet solutions for standards developing organizations and trade associations. Kavi's standardized software platform and application suite handle membership management, support workgroup collaboration, and are backed by a full suite of hosting, content management, event registration and design services. Further information is available at www.kavi.com.

Jennifer Strait

Jennifer Strait combines her love of fashion with bright colors, movement, interesting details and saucy attitude to create works of art that delight the eye and inspire the soul. Further information is available at www.jenniferstrait.com/.
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