NEW YORK, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Turn passion and purpose to profit — that’s the focus of Spark & Hustle, a summer series of one-day, small business conferences for current and aspiring female entrepreneurs looking to connect with industry leaders. The brainchild of Women for Hire CEO Tory Johnson, the 20-city tour across the U.S. kicked off on May 22 to teach attendees how to go from concept to cash right now.
The tour coincides with the June 5 publication of SPARK & HUSTLE: Launch and Grow Your Small Business Now, published by Penguin Putnam, and was inspired by thousands of past conference attendees who wanted a take-home guide to fuel their success.
According to Johnson, the economy has proven one thing: Everyone is responsible for her own success. The steadiest and most rewarding paycheck is likely the one you create and sign for yourself.
“Spark & Hustle delivers results through content and connections,” says tour founder Johnson. “The content through keynote speeches, panel discussions and candid Q&A focuses on real-world strategies (not arm-chair theories) from small business owners who offer actionable, make-it-happen-now advice that attendees can apply immediately. The events foster a camaraderie that’s unmatched, as attendees become one another’s clients, customers, collaborators and champions.”
Event speakers include more than 200 talented business owners, varying at each event, who will open their playbooks to reveal success strategies for every attendee. Creating a billion-dollar brand, starring in reality TV, getting products on major retail shelves and earning rave reviews from Oprah, Elton, Madonna and more, the Spark & Hustle speaker lineup features the true rock stars of small business. Speakers include Shark Tank investor Barbara Corcoran; Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price; Vera Bradley cofounder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard; Stella & Dot CEO Jessica Herrin; QVC cosmetics queen Laura Geller; Peeled Snacks founder Noha Waibsnaider; celebrity nursery decorator Wendy Bellissimo; Coffee Beanery founder JoAnne Shaw; Georgetown Cupcake founders Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne; Baby Einstein founder Julie Aigner; SurePayroll president Michael Alter; master chocolatier Julia Baker; MOGO Charms creator Paige Clark and more.
The Spark & Hustle 2012 Tour is sponsored nationally by SurePayroll, the leading online payroll provider for small business; Constant Contact, the email marketing solution for small business; GoPayment by Intuit, the mobile payment solution provider; and LifetimeMoms.com, the mom-centric digital destination of the cable network.
To encourage the pursuit of small business among America’s youth, the Julie and Jack Nadel Scholarship Fund for Young Entrepreneurs generously provides financial assistance for college students to attend Spark & Hustle. Application information can be found at http://sparkandhustle.com/jack-and-julie-nadel-scholarship-fund-for-young-entrepreneurs/.
Dates and Locations: New York (5/22); Los Angeles (5/31); Washington D.C. (6/5); Minneapolis (6/7); Raleigh (6/12); Atlanta (6/15); Tampa (6/19); Dallas (6/21); Tulsa (6/25); Nashville (6/27); Denver (7/10); Houston (7/12); San Francisco (7/17); Seattle (7/19); Chicago (7/24); Detroit (7/26); Phoenix (8/2); Boston (8/7); Pittsburgh (8/9).
Registration: The early bird rate is just $77 per person for the full-day conference; a Perfect Pair of two tickets is $134, which is only $67 each, making Spark & Hustle a highly affordable program. Register online at www.sparkandhustle.com.
About Tory Johnson
Tory Johnson is wild about small business success, rooted in being unexpectedly fired from a job she loved. The permanent scar from that pink slip led Tory to shift from employee to entrepreneur and she’s since built two multimillion-dollar businesses — Women For Hire and Spark & Hustle — and is a weekly contributor on Good Morning America, New York Times bestselling author, contributing editor to SUCCESS magazine and a popular speaker and consultant. Connect at Facebook.com/Tory and Twitter.com/ToryJohnson.
For more information, visit www.sparkandhustle.com.
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