The Rockdale-Newton local chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA), a Kansas City, Mo. based association, is hosting the first of a three-series workshop at the Wall Street Conyers Conference and Event Center, located at 2375 Wall Street, Suite 140 in Conyers on April 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is titled, "Exploring Growth Opportunities for Women."

Tickets are available on Eventbrite, and the cost is $25 or $20 for the early bird special if purchased by March 15. Topics for discussion will be 21st century growth opportunities, basic business structure and integrating Chamber of Commerce benefits and the Entrepreneurial Academy. The workshop is part one of a three-part session.

Twenty-nine million adults were starting or running new businesses in U.S. in 2011 and six of every 10 were women, according to a press release from the local chapter of the ABWA.

"The vision statement of our Charter is 'Together we will grow personally and professionally,'" said Patti Bryson, New-Roc Chapter President of ABWA. "I feel thatofferingthis workshop to the community and our members is certainly a way to begin that process. "

The workshop will feature local presenter, Diane Adoma, vice president of new business development and franchise owner of Adoma and Associates' H&R Block. Diane Adoma and her husband, Osei, currently are franchise owners of all the H&R Blocks in Rockdale County and employ 40 to 80 tax preparers.

Adoma holds a bachelor's degree from Kennesaw State University with an emphasis in marketing, and an MBA degree. She is currently writing her dissertation for her doctoral degree on "Leadership and 21st Century Challenges of Small Businesses."

Adoma is a 2012 graduate of the Rockdale Leadership program, active with Conyers Rotary Club as youth services director and a member of Toastmasters International. In addition, she is on the board of governors for the Rockdale County Chamber of Commerce; committee chair of "Shop the Rock," a local initiative to stimulate economic development in Rockdale; committee chair for the chamber ambassadors welcoming new businesses to the community and cutting the ribbons; and chief operating officer for Affordable Housing CDC, a local nonprofit.

The event will bring together women from different occupational backgrounds from across the county and region to share and collaborate on the recent trends in women-owned businesses. The workshop also provides phenomenal networking opportunities, Bryson said in the press release."According to the SBA and the 2010 census bureau, women owned 7.8 million businesses, which generated $1.2 trillion in revenues, employed 7.6 million workers and paid $218 billion in payroll," Adoma said, in the press release. "We have outpaced the growth of other firm types according to the census. Women must take this opportunity and help steer the direction of our nation."The ABWA has been connecting women and providing them with opportunities for personal and professional growth for over 60 years and the Rockdale chapter has been connecting women to tools and leadership training for the past 33 years.

For more information, contact Patti Bryson, New-Roc Chapter president at, or call 770-712-1688, or Diane Adoma at or 916-869-9500 or visit

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