POMEROY – Careers and concerns of Meigs County women was the theme of comments made by the 28 women attending the “Women in Business … Stories of Success” luncheon held Wednesday at the Wild Horse Café.
In the absence of a speaker, each of the women made comments on their employment, gave their thoughts on the status of the economy listing attributes and deficiencies, and suggested ways in which improvements might be made.
Jennifer Sheets, long-time attorney in Pomeroy, who was scheduled to speak, sent a message of regret noting that she had to be out of town. As a program alternative, Brenda Roush of the Meigs County Economic Development Office, who planned the luncheon, asked everyone there to speak briefly about their careers in business and express their thoughts on the social and economic health of the county.
The subjects of concern ranged from the lack of employment opportunities, the need for more shopping at home, the decline of businesses, specifically in Middleport, the need for more tourism development, and the inability to get funding for start-up businesses, although it was noted that local banks are cooperative in that respect.
The women talked about their careers and years of service, and what they like about living here. Included were the attraction of the river and the recreational activities it offers, the compassion of the people, and the satisfaction offered through volunteer opportunities.
Among those represented at the meeting were Farmers, Home National and Peoples Banks, the Meigs Motel, Let’s Dock Campground, Mark Porter Autos, We Can Fabricators, several county elected officials, a minister, a heavy equipment operator, and a few aspiring entrepreneurs.
“The Women in Business…Stories of Success” series is sponsored by the Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation, the Meigs County Commissioners, Farmers Bank and the Meigs County Economic Development Office.