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About the Program

NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Chapters in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware joined together to bring the ATHENAPowerLink® Program to the Delaware Valley. Today, the program is run through the Philadelphia Center for Advancing Entrepreneurs still supporting women business owners throughout the Delaware Valley.

The ATHENAPowerLink® Program operates under the auspices of the ATHENA International, an international non-profit entity dedicated to creating leadership opportunities for women.

ATHENAPowerLink® "links" women business owners with a panel of advisors recruited to meet the specific needs of her business. Panel members work with the owner at no charge for one year to assist her in meeting her business objectives. The program is now in 23 regions, and continues to expand.

Become a Sponsor

When you sponsor ATHENAPowerLink®, you make a contribution to a program designed to increase the growth and profitability of women-owned businesses.
This is transformational in the Greater Philadelphia Region!

We wish to thank our Event Sponsors:




Entrust Financial

Ann Marie Casey Photography

We wish to express our profound thanks to White and Williams, a long-time supporter of women business owners. We heartily recommend their legal services to the business community.

Why Apply

The Panel helps women-owned businesses:
• Develop and expand profitability
• Explore new opportunities
• Gain access to capital
• Implement best practices


Jane Barr Pino, Executive Director
NAWBO Greater Philadelphia Chapter
1231 Highland Avenue
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone: 215-628-3875
Fax: 215-628-9839

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in ATHENAPowerLink | Comments Off on RETHINK INNOVATIONS


According to Allyson, “The ATHENAPowerLink® program enabled me to get excellent advice from seasoned professionals . . .”

Allyson Christoffersen owns Rethink Innovations ( ),
“A Technology Solutions Provider” that designs, installs, and maintains corporate audio-visual technology for corporations in New York, New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. After learning about the ATHENAPowerLink® program that offers women business owners (WBOs) advisory panels for one year, Allyson quickly applied. Today, she’s a strong advocate for this program because of the value she gained from her ATHENA advisory panel of professional experts.

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Valerie Schlitt, an ATHENAPowerLink graduate Wins Beyond the Glass Ceiling Award

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in ATHENAPowerLink | Comments Off on Valerie Schlitt, an ATHENAPowerLink graduate Wins Beyond the Glass Ceiling Award

Valerie Schlitt-VSA

Note from Valerie:  I am very excited to share this press release about our special honor!

January 29, 2015
Haddon Township, NJ

VSA Inc. has been selected as the 2015 Company of the Year by The National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey chapter (NAWBO SJ).  Valerie Schlitt, founder and president, will accept the award at the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, held on February 19 at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.

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ATHENAPowerLink® is a business mentoring program

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in ATHENAPowerLink | Comments Off on ATHENAPowerLink® is a business mentoring program

The ATHENAPowerLink® program is a business mentoring program designed to increase the growth and profitability of women owned businesses.

Although the number of women owned businesses has been growing fast and furiously for some time, the growth rate for women business owners is slower than that of their male counterparts. ATHENAPowerLink® strives to help women business owners navigate hurdles and barriers to growth such as achieving access to new networks, mentors, best business practices, staff/employee management issues, etc. previously unavailable to them.

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