In honor of women’s history month, the Building Brilliance series will feature three female entrepreneurs who are leaders and trailblazers in their industries.

Those women from the community are Bobbie Crabtree, owner of USA Bridal; Dana Bowers, an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner and founder of Venminder and iPay Technologies; and Janet Perkins, a Realtor with ReMax Executive Group, who leads The Janet Team.

The Building Brilliance series is a monthly workshop which began in November through a partnership between the Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and Hardin County Chamber of Commerce

Kendra Scott, vice president of operations for the chamber, said the series was the brainchild of Lisa Williams, director of the innovation center.

“The focus is to help inspire and educate entrepreneurs by talking to successful leaders in various fields,” Scott said. “These experts share their time and expertise to give tips, motivation, strategies and guidance to budding entrepreneurs and anyone who’s looking to grow their business or learn more about business.”

According to Scott, some topics of discussion during this month’s seminar – set for noon Wednesday – may be challenges faced by female entrepreneurs, marketing, building a team, resources for assistance, management styles, how change and grow as the market changes, and as well as how COVID-19 impacted their businesses.

“We encourage people to tune in because they’ll be getting tips and advice from the pros who are experts in their field. This type of knowledge is valuable and can’t be found just anywhere. Their journeys are each unique, captivating and relatable,” she said. “We want participants to gain knowledge, inspiration and appreciation from this seminar. We hope it’ll motivate those who want to get into business and encourage those already in business.”

To register for the free workshop, go to and search for building brilliance.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or

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