We understand the challenges of returning to work after a career break, because we’ve been there. Founder Katie Dunn started Back to Business to help women restart their careers and to help companies benefit from the amazing talent pool represented by women who are relaunching their careers.  Back to Business believes that with the right skill updates, appropriate focus and an enthusiastic community of support, every woman can return to a fulfilling career.

Our largest event each year is the Back to Business Women’s Conference, held in Research Triangle Park, NC. Our next conference will be held on February 21, 2020.

We bring together women who are interested in restarting their careers with resume experts, professional coaches and skill-building exercises that prepare them to execute a successful job search.

The Conference concludes with a networking event with our corporate sponsors which gives conference attendees and recruiters interested in this high-potential talent pool the opportunity to meet and talk about available jobs.  This is where the magic happens!

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MeetUp:  How to Build your Job Search Plan

When: Wednesday, November 13th 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Where: Blue Cross Blue Shield NC 4613 University Drive, Building 450 in Durham

What: Come learn how to build your job search plan as you make your way back to work after a career break. After coaching hundreds of people through their job searches, I will share my return to work process with you! There will also be plenty of time for networking so you can meet lots of other women who are making the same transition back to work. We’re all in this together!

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is hosting this event at their Durham office, we are grateful for their support.

How: Registration is Required! This event is free, but we need an accurate headcount. Please only RSVP if you plan to attend. Space is limited.


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Back to Business has resources to help you get back to work confidently and efficiently. From e-courses to local Workshops and MeetUps, to individual coaching and an annual conference, we help you every step of the way.

Start with our free checklists and take the 10-day challenge to jump-start your search.

Not sure where you fit back into the workforce? Try our e-Course “Charting Your Course Back to Work” to explore your strengths and passions.

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“I owe a big THANK YOU to you and everyone involved with Back to Business because the conference gave me many things I needed at that time.  I met great people who inspired me to keep moving forward with a positive attitude. I gained insight into how best to present myself on paper and in person.  I also got a new headshot that I don’t hate!”  -Laura R.

“Your conference has given me renewed focus, great networking ideas and a solid understanding of the hiring climate in the RTP area.”  – Kelly C.

“The conference helped me to use job search time more wisely.  I focused intensively on networking instead of blindly applying to employers.  The week I accepted this offer I actually had 3 more interviews lined up because of this approach.”  -Elizabeth D.


“I started working this month and it’s going well so far. I wanted to send my gratitude for your site and job listings as well as your foresight in creating this community. Many thanks!!”  –Roberta


“You did a GREAT job pulling this event together. Feeling very inspired. :-)”  -Denise


“You and your team really have done it again! I truly enjoyed the conference and once more got tons of invaluable information in my job quest. This time around I’m more prepared and ready, and I’m actively seeking. The networking opportunity was great and I got some very good connections.”  –Anneli


“The Back to Business conference was not only inspiring and engaging, but worthwhile. I entered the conference with an empty tool box and I left with it overflowing.”  -Catherine S.


“I would not have had the courage to do these things without your inspiration, Katie! THANK YOU for taking the time to positively influence so many of us”   -Vicki


“Your conference has given me renewed focus, great networking ideas and a solid understanding of the hiring climate in the RTP area.”  -Kelly


“The conference encouraged me to own my volunteering experience and use that in my job search.  That made a big difference, because instead of skipping over that part of my life (21 years), I used it in my job search and interview answers.  I found that when I respected it, potential employers respected it.”  -Elizabeth


“It can be intimidating to re-enter the workforce of today but the conference reminded me that there are opportunities for professional growth and continuation of a career following a professional break.”  -Teresa



Each year we work with a select group of sponsors who support our mission of providing a path back to the workforce for qualified women.  Thank you to our current Back to Business Women’s Conference sponsors.

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