Meghan participates on Women Started and Owned Business panel discussion by WIRED UP


PVN’s President Meghan Elliott recently participated on the Women Started and Owned Business panel, organized by the Women In Real Estate, Economic Development, and Urban Planning (WIRED UP) networking group. The venue was at the historic Miller Textile Building in the northeast arts district. Other panelists included: JoAnna Hicks of Element, Becky Landon of Landon Group, Rhonda Pierce of Pierce Pini and Associates, Merrie Sjogren of Assembly, and Betsy Vohs of Studio BV.

WIRED UP and other similar networking groups are comprised of communities of professional women to create professional connections and provide business support. Panelists at this month's event discussed their diverse career paths that led them to start their own businesses. The WIRED UP panel shared resources for fellow professional women to generate new ideas and connections.

The State of Women-Owned Businesses Report for 2016 estimated there are approximately 11.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States that employ nearly 9 million people and generate over $1.6 trillion in revenue. Between 2007 and 2016, women-owned firms grew at a rate five times faster than the national average; between 2007 and 2016, the number of women-owned firms increased by 45%, compared to the 9% increase among all businesses.

PVN is a certified Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Small and Women’s Business Enterprise (S/WBE) with the State of Minnesota, and participates in the Target Market Program with the City of Minneapolis. These programs and resources create more opportunities for PVN to increase the use of historic buildings.

PVN StaffMeghan Elliott