Plug In. Power Up. Initiative Launches.

Astra Women’s Business Alliance launched its “Plug In Power Up for 2011” Initiative this week designed to help women business owners increase job creation and economic development not only nationally but globally through access to contracts from major Fortune 1000 companies. The Initiative gives women business owners new tools, programs and events to help grow and expand business at home and around the world.

An official 2011 Kick-Off will be held July 19th-20th in Redmond, Washington, sponsored and hosted by Microsoft Corporation on the company’s campus.  Jane Applegate, The Applegate Group, author, newscaster from Bloomberg News, will be the keynote speaker at the Astra Women’s Business Alliance 15th Annual Workshop & Awards Luncheon on July 20th, sponsored by Microsoft, Chevron, AT&T and The Boeing Company.

On July 19th, the festivities will include networking events aboard a luxury boat cruise and an evening reception providing opportunities to meet International guests from Canada and executives from large women owned businesses and corporate executives.