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    Tory Burch, (CEO and Designer, Tory Burch), is introduced and walks to the front stage to speak as the huge crowd in Charlotte applauds during the Elizabeth Street Capital Entrepreneurial Insights and Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs at the Foundation For the Carolinas Wednesday evening July 16, 2014. Elizabeth Street Capital is an initiative of Bank of America and the Tory Burch Foundation, and it's giving a total of $10 million for loans to female entrepreneurs in Charlotte, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Tory Burch, (CEO and Designer, Tory Burch), talks to the crowd in Charlotte during the Elizabeth Street Capital Entrepreneurial Insights and Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs at the Foundation For the Carolinas Wednesday evening July 16, 2014.
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    Tory Burch, (CEO and Designer, Tory Burch), and Andrew Plepler (Corporate Social Responsibility Executive, Bank of America) talk to the crowd in Charlotte during the Elizabeth Street Capital Entrepreneurial Insights and Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs at the Foundation For the Carolinas Wednesday evening July 16, 2014. Elizabeth Street Capital is an initiative of Bank of America and the Tory Burch Foundation, and it's giving a total of $10 million for loans to female entrepreneurs in Charlotte, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas.
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    Tory Burch (CEO and Designer, Tory Burch), and Andrew Plepler (Corporate Social Responsibility Executive, Bank of America) talk during an interview Wednesday at the Foundation For the Carolinas.
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    Tory Burch, (CEO and Designer, Tory Burch) talks during an interview before the Elizabeth Street Capital networking and mentoring event.
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    Tory Burch, (CEO and Designer, Tory Burch)
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    Tory Burch, (CEO and Designer, Tory Burch) talks during an interview before the Elizabeth Street Capital networking and mentoring event.
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    Joan Zimmerman CEO, Southern Shows, Inc., and one of the event's Entrepreneurial Experts, gives advice tips as she speaks to an enthusiastic crowd during the Elizabeth Street Capital Entrepreneurial Insights and Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs at the Foundation For the Carolinas Wednesday evening July 16, 2014.
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    Joan Zimmerman, CEO, Southern Shows, Inc., and one of the events Entrepreneurial Experts, speaks to an enthusiastic crowd during the Elizabeth Street Capital Entrepreneurial Insights and Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs at the Foundation For the Carolinas Wednesday evening July 16, 2014.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Zankhna Parekh (her business is Zankhna Designs) listens to Liz Hilliard (Creator and Owner of Hilliard Studio Method, and one of the event's Entrepreneurial Experts) during a roundtable discussion among tables at the Elizabeth Street Capital Entrepreneurial Insights and Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs at the Foundation For the Carolinas Wednesday evening July 16, 2014.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    Liz Hilliard (Creator and Owner of Hilliard Studio Method, and one of the event's Entrepreneurial Experts), gives advice tips as she speaks to an enthusiastic crowd during the Elizabeth Street Capital Entrepreneurial Insights and Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs at the Foundation For the Carolinas Wednesday evening July 16, 2014.
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    Patty Sweeney (her business is Advance Roofing & Exteriors), Deanna Arnold (her business is Employers Advantage, LLC) and Barbara Green (her business is Sensibly Chic Designs for Life), chat during the Elizabeth Street Capital networking and mentoring event.
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    Kelle Pressley (her business is QC Supermom) and Wanda Doby ( Wanda C. Doby, DDS) greet and chat before the Elizabeth Street Capital networking and mentoring event.
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    Kelle Pressley (her business is QC Supermom) and Wanda Doby ( Wanda C. Doby, DDS) greet and chat before the Elizabeth Street Capital networking and mentoring event.
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    Sharon Blumberg of Charlotte (her business is I'm Not Done Yet, LLC) passes out a business card to Michelle Horton (her business is YOUniversity Drive, LLC) at the Elizabeth Street Capital Entrepreneurial Insights and Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs at the Foundation For the Carolinas Wednesday evening July 16, 2014. Elizabeth Street Capital is an initiative of Bank of America and the Tory Burch Foundation, and it's giving a total of $10 million for loans to female entrepreneurs in Charlotte, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Las Vegas.
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    Members of the huge crowd in Charlotte applaud speakers during the Elizabeth Street Capital Entrepreneurial Insights and Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs.
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    Kathleen McMahan (her business is KM Home) attends the Elizabeth Street Capital Entrepreneurial Insights and Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs at the Foundation For the Carolinas Wednesday evening July 16, 2014.
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    Vilma Betancourt-O'Day (her business is Women Wrule), Kathleen McMahan (her business is KM Home), and Crystal Williams (her business is MetaLogix) chat during the Elizabeth Street Capital Entrepreneurial Insights and Networking Event for Women Entrepreneurs at the Foundation For the Carolinas Wednesday evening July 16, 2014.
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    Kelle Pressley (her business is QC Supermom) and Peggy Fuller (her business is Esthetics Center for Dermatology) look over the event schedule and speakers information before the Elizabeth Street Capital networking and mentoring event.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    The crowd listens to speakers during the Elizabeth Street Capital networking and mentoring event.
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