Herald/TJ MAXWELL - Raye Mayhorn, owner of Realty Executives, poses in front of her new office building on South Fort Hood Street in Killeen.

By Rose L. Thayer

Killeen Daily Herald

Female entrepreneurs are invited to attend a workshop to network, learn about resources and just celebrate women business owners on Saturday in Killeen.

Girl Power: Celebrating the Female Entrepreneur, hosted by the Mu Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., is a free event aimed toward women who are business owners or prospective business owners.

A big focus of the event is sharing information about becoming a certified woman-owned business.

"Being certified as a woman-owned business is a big deal because it allows you to be able to tap into grants," said TaNeika Driver, vice president of the sorority. "That is one of the hidden secrets that we want to bring awareness to."

Ray Mayhorn, owner of the Killeen and Temple franchises of Realty Executives has been in business for 13 years, and is just now going through the certification process.

She describes the whole ordeal as tedious, but well worth it. Once the paperwork is complete and approved, Mayhorn will be able to apply for government contracts, a percentage of which have to given to women-, minority- or veteran-owned businesses - lucky for her, she fits all three.

"Once I do that I can go on Fort Hood and compete on a high level," Mayhorn said. "But right now, that's not my plan."

Instead, Mayhorn plans to compete for default contracts, which have been big business in the current economy.

Aside from sharing her experiences in the certification process at Saturday's workshop, Mayhorn also wants to share her joy of real estate and encourage other women to find a business they love as well.

"When you talk about being an entrepreneur, and you look at the wealthy people in the world, they built their fortunes through business," Mayhorn said. "First get your education in what you really want to do. Love it and go make money doing it."

Also at the workshop is Marcus Carr, director of the Business Resource Center in Killeen. He'll discuss grants and financing available to women-owned businesses.

The workshop is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

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