PMC and MADE-IT to Co-Host Mother-Daughter Business Presentation

On Thursday evening, May 9th Pine Manor College (PMC) and MADE-IT (Mother and Daughter Entrepreneurs in Teams) will co-host a presentation of business plans developed by three local business teams each consisting of a thirteen year old girl and her mother. The evening is being coordinated by PMC’s Director of Entrepreneurial Studies and Assistant Professor of Management Patricia Forde and will begin at 7pm. The formal presentations will be preceded by a half hour of networking for those wishing to attend.

During the course of the evening Lauren and Ann Callahan of Needham will discuss their enterprise "Ornamental Escape," Nicole and Pamela Prescod Payne of Boston will showcase "Baskets of Cheer," and Liz and Kate Wescott of Needham will present "Sea Jewels."

The teams are participating in the MADE-IT Program, a voluntary entrepreneurial program sponsored by the Kaufman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Each team will present the business plans that they have developed for their new business and will have them critiqued by a panel of experts and the assembled audience.

Through the MADE-IT Program mother-daughter teams work side-by-side to come up with an idea for a business, develop a business plan, film a two-minute informational video, make the product, and, if selected, display the final results before a panel of judges and professionals in Kansas City.

Professor Forde served as the local coordinator for MADE-IT while on a sabbatical this past fall and Pine Manor College was selected as a coordination site for the program in Massachusetts.

Speaking about the program, Professor Forde said, "MADE-IT has served to establish new and long lasting bonds between mothers and daughters at a critical time in their lives. They learn to work together on a two-year endeavor that is quite different than any other they might have shared. In addition, it is a chance for the teens to develop skills in entrepreneurship that will prepare them for a future full of options."