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FES event features female ‘foodies’ during show-ending culinary hour

Attendees of the fifth-annual Female Entrepreneur Summit won’t be leaving the daylong conference on empty stomachs.

The Oct. 26 event, presented by Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) magazine and parent company Contempo Communications, will culminate with a culinary hour that showcases seven women from the Northeast Ohio food industry.

Between 4 p.m and 5 p.m. attendees will be able to enjoy beer and wine pairings with various hors d’oeuvres while learning from the following food-based entrepreneurs:

  • Britt-Marie Culey, owner/executive pastry chef, Coquette Patisserie
  • Beth Gantz, owner, Get Shelf Made
  • Antoinette Mathis, owner, Nina Laurens
  • Jean Petrus-Rivera, owner, Red Lotus Foods
  • Lisa Pucci Delgado, private chef, Personal Chef Services By LPD
  • Patricia Urcuyo, co-founder, PaleoMD
  • Jill Vedaa, chef/owner, Salt

“I’m honored to be able to provide a platform for these women to showcase their culinary creations and to tell their stories as practitioners and entrepreneurs/ business owners,” CBC Publisher and Contempo Communications President Renee DeLuca Dolan said. “We’re always talking about our male chefs in Northeast Ohio, so here’s our chance to showcase the females in this industry.”

The Female Entrepreneur Summit will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 700 Beta Banquet and Conference Center in Mayfield Village. WKYC-TV reporter Dawn Kendrick will emcee.

The conference will start with a continental breakfast, networking, and book signing. Breakout sessions will be dedicated to marketing, sales and technology, franchising, law, finance, and leadership.

In a noon keynote speech, Cindy Monroe, the president and CEO of Thirty-One Gifts, will discuss the ascent of her Ohio-based company, which is now worth nearly $1 billion.

Throughout the event two resource centers — the Minority Certification Center and the Access To Capital Center — will offer first-hand instruction to FES attendees.

Tickets are $150 for paid subscribers of CBC magazine and $175 for all others. To register and learn more about the conference, visit

The event is co-sponsored by the Monte Ahuja College of Business, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, Kent State University College of Business, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, JumpStart, Pease and Associates, and Forest City.

Renée DeLuca Dolan or Taylor Rupeka
(216) 831-9557



Founded in 1996, Contempo Communication is a full-service creative firm known for its uniqueness and ingenuity. The firm enjoys a reputation as one of Northeast Ohio’s top design and creative agencies, offering a full cadre of services ranging from branding, graphic design, website, digital and social media development, event and marketing solutions. Contempo Communications also publishes an award winning magazine, Cleveland Business Connects, a leading regional networking publication targeting business leaders, the event management industry and female entrepreneurs. Together, this unique union of creative services and the notable publication distinguishes the firm as a truly innovative and relevant resource for Northeast Ohio businesses of all sizes.

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