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  • Connecting Women in Business (CWIB)

  • 2018 CWIB Schedule

    Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. Lunch and program begin at Noon and end at 1 p.m.
    *unless otherwise noted

    Admission: $18 for CWIB Members and $25 for non-members

    Jan. 23 – Inn at Bay Harbor - Grow Your Business Online with Google       

    Feb. 20 – Sage, Odawa Casino -Go Grants Fundraiser - $35 admission 

    March 13 – Stafford's Bay View Inn  -Thriving Petoskey Panel

    April 24 – North Central Michigan College - Human Trafficking/Zonta

    May 22 – Stafford's Perry Hotel, STEM

    June 26 – North Central Michigan College - Women's Health

    Sept. 25 - Petoskey-Bay View Country Club

    Oct. 23 - North Central Michigan College

    Nov. 20 -Inn at Bay Harbor

    CWIB is sponsored by the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. The events will provide opportunities for area women business leaders and business owners to learn, form connections, share ideas and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth.


  • February 20th - Go Grant Fundraiser

    The annual Connecting Women in Business GO GRANTS Fundraiser Luncheon, is February 20, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm and features an amazing silent auction.  We are looking for silent auction items. Your business can support the silent auction and the Go Grants by making a silent auction donation. Download the donation form here. You can download an information sheet here.

    Your business can be a sponsor at this luncheon for only $250. It is a great way to promote your business and all sponsorship dollars go directly to support the GO Grants.  Sponsors so far include: Angel Heart Home Care and Grand Traverse Opthalmology Clinic. Call Lisa Hoyt 347-4150 or lisa@petoskeychamber.com for details.

    CWIB created GO Grants for Girls in 2007.  GO Grants, or Girls Outreach Grants, reach out to young girls in our area who have an idea and passion to try something new.  Grants range from $100 to $500, and can be used as resources in any field of endeavor. The first grants were awarded in 2010 and since that time, 134 girls have received nearly $49,200 in grants. We hope you will help support this very impactful program.


  • Here is the list of silent auction items for the February 20 GO Grant Fundraiser Lunch. Thank you very much to the businesses who support this silent auction. 

    3 Wich Which Sandwiches Wich Which
    Emmet County Six bags of compost
    T-shirt hair towel made with organic cotton Lakeshore Dry Goods
    $30 Gift Certificate JR's Hometown Grill & Pub
    $25 Treasure Certificate and parking tokens Downtown Petoskey
    $25 Treasure Certificate and parking tokens Downtown Petoskey
    2 Tickets to April production of "August: Osage County"  Little Traverse Civic Theatre
    Silver necklace Slide Country Casuals Inc./J. Phillips
    Silver necklace Slide Country Casuals Inc./J. Phillips
    Silver necklace Slide Country Casuals Inc./J. Phillips
    925 Gold over silver ear rings Country Casuals Inc./J. Phillips
    Cooking for Jeffrey, Ina Garten Cookbook Diane Hansell
    Reflections of Life Up North Hardbound Book Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine
    Signature Manicure Polished on Main
    Bay View Association book, 4 tickets for 2018 performance Bay View Association
    2 $25 Jet's Pizza gift cards Jet's Pizza
    2 $25 Jet's Pizza gift cards Jet's Pizza
    Silk Flower Arrangement Flowers From Sky's the Limit
    $25 Gift Certificate Vernales
    $50 Gift Card Meijer
    $50 Gift Card Meijer
    $50 Gift Certificate Sunglass Shoppe
    $50 Gift Card Sunglass Shoppe
    5 kids yoga classes Yoga Roots
    Bowling Package - one hour of bowling, 4 shoe rentals, large pepperoni pizza and pitcher of soda Northern Lights Recreation
    Basket with foaming soap, guest towels, bar soap and 5 year journal JW Shorter & Sons Merchantile
    Estee Lauder Pleasures Perfume Country Casuals Inc./J. Phillips
    Fresh Baby Nutruitional Education Products  Fresh Baby
    Basket with Ribbonwick candle, lovel day notebook, 2 shower tabs JW Shorter & Sons Merchantile
    20 Punch Pass (good for Lap Swim, Open Swim) Charlevoix Area Community Pool
    Wine and cheese snack basket from Toski Sands Brown Motors
    Kindle Fire with Alexa and $20 Amazon Gift Card anonymous
    Bloody Mary Gift Basket The Brook
    Bloody Mary Gift Basket The Brook
    1 Hour Massage therapy Up North Wellness and Massage
    American Spoon Gift Basket Comfort Keepers
    Pendleton scarf & waterbottle and notepad Grandpa Shorter's Gifts
    $50 Grandpa Shorters Gift Card, Coffee Mug, Candle from North Perk, Coffee from North Perk, motivational block First Community Bank
    $100 Gift Certificate - dinner for two Sage - Odawa Casino
    One month Unlimited Yoga Yoga Roots
    Easy, Peasy Breakfast basket with lots of goodies Harbor/Brenn Agencies
    $100 Gift Certificate Apple Tree Inn
    $100 Gift Certificate Holiday Inn Express
    Two Old Spud Warehouse containers filled with Fustini’s Balsamic Vinegar, Olive oil, Honey, Cookbook and Pasta PMP Personnel Services
    Gourmia Dicer Electric Mandolin Slicer Farmers Insurance Cindy Alexander Agency
    2 tickets to D'Art for Art Preview Night, July 18, 2018 must be 21 and older Crooked Tree Arts Center
    Floral arrangement and Private Wine Tasting for up to 10 people. Includes a flight of 4 tastes per person. Must be scheduled in advance. NO Saturday appointments from June 1 to Labor Day. Rudebeckia winery
    20 Punch Pool Pass & 1/2 day Meeting Room Rental Holiday Inn Express
    20 Punch Pool Pass & 1/2 day Meeting Room Rental Holiday Inn Express
    YMCA - One Week at Camp Minogi 8am-4pm, includes Pre-camp 7am-8am and post-camp 4-6pm YMCA
    Oral B Genius Professional Series Toothbrush Bundle Harbor Pointe Dental
    Tour and taping of newest show "The Four" at 9&10 news in Cadillac for up to six people. 9&10 News/Fox 32
    Interior/Exterior detail for mid-size automobile Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac
    Gold Ribbon Car Detailing Package Fletch's 
    Maui Jim Sunglasses Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic
    1 Night Lodging, Breakfast for 2, Classic room type. Not valid July or August  Stafford's Perry Hotel
    On-Site Landscape Consultation Green Room Landscape Architecture LLC
    Oral B Genius Professional Gingivitis Sustem - toothbrush, charging station, mouthwash, toothpaste, floss and 5 toothbrush heads Harbor Pointe Dental
    Servpro certificate for 4 room residential carpet cleaning, carpet spotting kit, wine badket with glasses and bottle of wine Servpro
    One-Year Residential Trash Service or $300 Credit on Business Dumpster American Waste
    One night stay in cottage view room. Not valid Memorial to Labor Day. Expires 1/1/2019 Hotel Walloon 
    One Business Portrait Photoshoot, includes one high resolutaion digital portrait file of your choice Sandra Lee Photography
    Strappy Foldover Purse and Card Case B May Bags
    1 Month of free care at Bear River Chiropractic (includes new patient exam and 4 adjustments, excludes medicare and medicad patients., An oil necklace, 30 Minute massage and Young living oil. Bear River Chiropractic
    30,000 Impressions on PetoskeyNews.com  Petoskey News Review
    Round of golf for four with cart  Petoskey Bay View Country Club
    $500 Radio Advertising Package Lite 96.3
    2-Night Stay for 2 in a traditional room including in May, June, September or October, excluding Saturdays Island House Hotel - Mackinac Island
    $1000 Advertising Package Black Diamond Broadcasting
  • Connecting Women in Business Sponsorship Opportunities


    Looking for a way to share news or educate our group about your business? Consider being a sponsor of a CWIB luncheon. 

    Our luncheons draw an average of 75 -85 attendees

    Please call Lisa Hoyt at (231)347-4150 for more information or email lisa@petoskeychamber.com or to reserve your sponsorship spot at an upcoming luncheon.

  • Connecting Women in Business Memberships – it is time to rejoin

    CWIB membership runs October 2017 – September 2018.
    Cost for individual is $25.
    Corporate rate is $100 and you can sign up to 10 staff.

    Download the form here.


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  • 2018 Go Grants Application

    Download the Summer Go Grant Application HERE


  • 2018 Summer GO Grants Program

    Connecting Women in Business (CWIB), a Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce group, is proud to announce the launch of its Summer 2018 series GO Grants for Girls. Applications are available now. Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2018.

    2018 Summer Go Grant Application

    Formed in 2007, Connecting Women in Business provides opportunities for area women business leaders and business owners to learn, form connections, share ideas, and find personal and professional growth. The key purposes of CWIB include:
    • Provide professional development and leadership training;
    • Strengthen and market area businesses;
    • Offer networking toward strategic alliances, affiliations and business opportunities;
    • Mentoring and support; and
    • Provide opportunities for girls to dream big, thereby improving self-esteem and leadership.

    It is through the last goal listed above that CWIB created GO Grants for Girls in 2007. GO Grants, or Girls Outreach Grants, will reach out to young girls in our area who have an idea and passion to try something new. Grants will range from $100 to $500, and can be used as resources in any field of endeavor.

    The purpose of the grants is to provide small grants to girls in grades 6 to 10 in the Char-Em ISD service area of Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim counties. These grants will allow the applicant to pursue a special interest gain or improve a skill, participate in an outdoor experience and more. We encourage applications that will be challenging to the applicant.

    Girls will be required to work with an adult mentor – a relative outside of the immediate family, teacher, youth pastor, social worker, etc. – who will help them fill out and submit the application, and will work with the girl to help her achieve her dream. The mentor will also work with each girl to submit her final report on her completed activity and what it meant to her.

    The ideal applicants are girls who have not received awards for outstanding achievements. CWIB is seeking girls who do not ordinarily apply for awards. We are looking for under-represented girls who need more support to realize their potential. Girls need to clearly state their financial need, as well as describe a special interest that will spark their imagination, creativity, or follow a dream that they may not imagine possible.

    It is important that the girls and their mentor fill out the application completely, answering questions on a separate sheet of paper. Incomplete applications will be rejected. Please read the rules and guidelines on the application carefully. Together we can help girls fulfill their dreams, and reinforce their importance to our community.

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