The New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Brookdale Community College will hosts its sixth annual Women Entrepreneurs Rock on Monday, October 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park.  The goal of “Women Entrepreneurs Rock” (also known as WeRock) is to facilitate a dialogue about topics relevant to women in business. Last year, more than 500 women business owners from came and shared their knowledge and inspiration.

Today, four out of every 10 businesses in the United States are women-owned. This rise in female entrepreneurship is attributed to both opportunity and necessity, according to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report from American Express.  Women surveyed mentioned four major motivations: having the experience to start a successful enterprise, financial readiness, following a passion and desiring flexibility in their lives.

“This growing reality propels Women Entrepreneurs Rock to be better every year,” said Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes, director of the NJSBDC at Brookdale Community College.

The panelists will discuss their backgrounds, successes and challenges along the way and offer advice to fellow business owners. There will also be a question and answer exchange and an opportunity for networking.

The keynote speaker for Women Entrepreneurs Rock 6 is Tracey Abby-White, senior director of Sales Enablement at IronNet Cybersecurity and current chair of the Brookdale Board of Trustees.

DonnaLyn Giegerich, President of DLG Consulting, will be honored with the 2019 Woman Entrepreneurs Rock Award for Humanitarianism and Baddassery.

Carol Gabel, President of Seven Pearls LLC, will moderate a panel of dynamic entrepreneurs including:

* Alexis Castellano, co-founder, FASTEN (now WOWEASE)
* Claribel Cortez, co-founder, The Setroc Group, Inc.
* Lara Nikola, president, Smart Sips Coffee
* Marcy Ragan, owner, Relish Your Chef
* Roseanne Tobey, founder, Calm and Sense™ Therapy

Seating is limited for this no-cost, high-impact event. Attendees are required to pre-register.  Register at or by phone at 732-842-8685.

 For more information about the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJDBSC) at Brookdale Community College, visit