287 Main Announces Women Leading Business Speaker Series

(Schoharie, N.Y.) – The Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corp. (SEEC) is preparing for the grand opening of its new collaborative coworking space called 287 Main in the heart of downtown Schoharie, at the same address. The space is designed to bring people together in a 21st-century environment to connect, collaborate, and grow. The grand opening is slated for later this summer. 

Before the first co-work membership is sold, SEEC leadership is hard at work planning a robust 287 Main program schedule and is pleased to announce the launch of its first educational networking series, titled Women Leading Business, designed to help enlighten, unify, and uplift the business community. SEEC is partnering with Catherine Hover from the Palette Community a co-creator and moderator for this series designed to bridge the urban and rural networking divide. The first event “Leaders in Agriculture” is scheduled for July 28, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The first session in July will feature insights and inspiration from Lori Davis of Empty Pockets Ranch, Shannon Finn of Cowbella, Carrie Edsall of Black Willow Pond Farm, and Shannon Hayes of Sap Bush Hollow Farm. People of all genders are invited to celebrate and uplift the inspiring women of Schoharie County. Event attendees will also have the opportunity to nominate women leaders they would like to see featured in future Women Leading Business events. 

 The second session will be on September 22nd, and the third on November 9th, both from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. These events are free and open to the public. Registration is suggested due to limited seating, and available here

Julie Pacatte, Executive Director of SEEC noted, “It should be no surprise that we are coming out of the gate with this series featuring Women Leading Agriculture in Schoharie County.” Pacatte referenced the latest USDA Ag Census data (2017) touting Schoharie County having 41% female producers, nearly reaching the Top State status of female producers and outpacing the country’s reported 36%.  

“When we envisioned the role that 287 Main could play in our business community, the opportunity to create strong networks, deliver supportive content, and uplift the successes of business in Schoharie County is exactly what we had in mind. Putting women first, came naturally.” 

 Founder and CEO of the Palette Community, Catherine Hover, has been collaborating with SEEC’s team by providing invaluable guidance throughout the development of 287 Main. Both she and 287 Main look to support the success of their urban and rural communities, which can open doors for members of each to have the opportunity to learn from, network, and collaborate with people who have different experiences, skills, and resources in a way that has not typically been feasible in the past. Schoharie’s proximity and ease of access to the Capital Region makes 287 Main the perfect place to cultivate these types of impactful relationships.  

“I am so excited to embark on this insightful journey with Julie, Sam and their team at SEEC,” said Hover. “Supporting the success of women in business has been the cornerstone of the Palette Community. This collaboration with 287 Main offers a unique chance to expand the available networks and resources to create long-lasting impacts for women in business across the region. Together, we can make anything happen.” 

 SEEC Advisors Donna LaVigne, Dr. Tara Winter, and Erynne Ansel-McCabe have been instrumental in their support and participation in the development of this series. These SEEC Advisors represent a variety of industries and experience in the community, and this event has been strengthened by their perspectives from being dynamic women leaders in Schoharie County. Representing experience in executive roles, leadership at community institutions such as SUNY Cobleskill, arts and culture organizations, and more, they in their own right represent the women leadership this series looks to uplift. SEEC is honored to have their insights and recommendations to shape this impactful series.  

The space is located at 287 Main Street, Schoharie, New York 12157. SEEC’s main office is also housed in the same building. To learn more about SEEC, visit www.seecny.org 

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