If necessity is the mother of invention, it’s a woman’s world after all, especially for those looking for ways to manage day-to-day responsibilities – from the dinner table to the conference table.

In recognition of women who have ideas about how to make the world a better place through their innovations, the SBA is launching the third InnovateHER: innovating for Women Challenge, a national competition to showcase the most innovative products and services that impact and empower women’s lives.

The program is looking for entrepreneurs who create products or services that have measurable impacts on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization and fill a need in the marketplace.

The Florida Women’s Business Center is one of many resources that is sponsoring the call for entries,

The deadline to submit applications and business plans is May 8 at the Delray Beach FLWBC, 401 W. Atlantic Ave., Suite 09, Delray Beach 33444.

Then, qualifiers will present at an event, May 12,, at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, in Delray Beach, sponsored by the Florida Women’s Business Center.

Local winners will be announced at a gala on May 19. National finalists will present to a panel of expert judges and compete for up to $70,000 in cash prizes: First Place: $40,000; Second Place – $20,000 and Third Place – $10,000.

Last year’s winners included one from South Florida. Second place was awarded to Dawn Dickson, who created Flat Out of Heels, durable roll-out ballet flat-type shoes that provide an option for heel-wearing ladies on the go. Dickson is based in Miami Beach.

What’s on your drawing board?

Some inspiration: The dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1887; Melitta Bentz invented a coffee filter system in 1908 and Anna Connelly patented the first outdoor fire escape with an external staircase.

But it wasn’t all work. There are fun and games, too:

Elizabeth Magie created the The Landlord’s Game, a board game now known as Monopoly; and Ruth Wakefield, who owned the Toll House Inn, created her chocolate chip cookies.

What: InnovateHER 2017 – Innovating for Women Business Challenge: Call for entries for entrepreneurs to create a product or service that has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families
Deadline: May 8 – Applications and business plans must be received at Delray Beach FLWBC, 401 W. Atlantic Ave., Suite 09, Delray Beach 33444 How: Registration is required. Go to FLWBC.org and under upcoming events, click as a Broward County or Palm Beach County InnovateHer participant; a secondary page will load with a submit button at the bottom. Once registered, you will receive an application by email. Visit FLWBC.org or call 561-265-3790 ext. 111.
What’ next: Regional qualifiers will make their presentations 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach. Regional winners will be announced at a gala May 19. More: People may also find details at
sba.gov/offices/headquarters/wbo/resources/146558

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