• Connecting Women in Business (CWIB)

  • 2021 CWIB Schedule

    Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. The program begins at Noon and ends around 12:30pm, additional networking time until 1 p.m.

    Admission: $20 for CWIB Members and $25 for non-members. (Please note there is a separate membership for CWIB which runs from Oct. 2020 to Sept. 2021. You must pay the annual membership to register for the event at the $20 rate.) Admission to virtual events in 2021 includes a $10 gift card to a local restaurant.

    Jan. 26, 2021 – “Website traffic is up 70% - How Can Your Business Capitalize on Digital Marketing for Sales?” 
    Feb. 23, 2021  – “Lifestyle Medicine – Promoting Wellness in our Lives"
    March 23, 2021 – “A Discussion with Retail Maverick Jennifer Shorter”
    April 27, 2021 – “A Discussion with Recent Athena Award Recipients” details below
    May 25, 2021 – “New Char-Em Career Tech Program Giving Students Skills and Employment”
    June 22, 2021 – “Entrepreneurs x3 – Hear from three new businesses – Flora Bae Design, Fox & Hound Boutique and Tillie’s Tafel

    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.

    Connecting Women in Business April 27 event features a discussion with Athena Award Recipients

     For 29 years, the Athena Award has been part of the Annual Breakfast for Champions and has been sponsored by Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac. The award is designed to honor women and men for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. Register today.

     Join us on Tuesday, April 27 for a discussion with recent Athena Award recipients, including Stephanie Baldwin of Edgewater Design Group, Mary Foster of Fletch’s GMC Buick Audi, Pat Fralick formerly of the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and Sharon Schappacher of Tip of the Mitt SCORE. Kathy Bardins, our CWIB group chair, is also an Athena recipient and she will moderate the discussion.

    Virtual networking will take place from 11:30am - noon, just like when we were able to meet in person. The presentation will begin at noon and end around 12:30pm. Networking will resume and take place until 1pm. Register today.

     Cost is $20 for Connecting Women in Business members and $25 for all others. Your registration will include a $10 Duffy’s Garage & Grille gift card which will be mailed to you after the event.

     BOYNE, Pineview Cottage Assisted Living and Spectrum Business are Program Sponsors. PNC Bank is the 2020 CWIB Marquee Sponsor and Lite 96.3 is the radio sponsor. There are sponsor opportunities still available for this and future events for only $150. They are very affordable and provide great publicity before the event, during the event and after the event, please email mailto:lisa@petoskeychamber.com to sign your business up today.

    Please register in advance. Registration closes at midnight, Monday, April 26, 2021. 

  • Connecting Women in Business Sponsorship Opportunities

    Looking for an opportunity for your business or organization to have exposure to a large group of women? The average attendance at the programs is over 100 women. Sponsorship not only gives you pre-event publicity, but the ability to interact with attendees, video time and the list of attendees for marketing efforts. Please see sponsor options below. 
    Call Lisa Hoyt to learn more 347-4150 or email lisa@petoskeychamber.com.


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

    CWIB is an additional membership that runs October 2021 – September 2022.
    Cost for individual is $25.
    Corporate rate is $125 and you can sign up to 10 staff.
    Remember, if you are a member of CWIB, you pay the member registration fee.
    If you are not a member of CWIB, you pay non-member registration fee.

    Download the form here.


  • Summer 2021 GO Grants Program now accepting applications, deadline March 19, 2021

    Download APPLICATION FORM HERE in PDF format   

    Download APPLICATION FORM HERE in Microsoft Word format

    Connecting Women in Business (CWIB), a Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce group, on February 8, 2021 announces the launch of its Summer 2021 series GO Grants for Girls. 

    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 5 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. Since 2010, 195 girls have received more than $71,000 in GO Grants!!.

    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.  Each girl who receives a Go Grant is required to submit a one to two-minute video about 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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  • 2020 Marquee Sponsors

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    Promote your business or organization at an event.

    You will be provided:

    • featured as the Program Sponsor on the event registration page on the website with your logo.

    • admission for two people

    • recognition as a sponsor in pre-event publicity (weekly chamber e-mail’s and press releases and facebook) and verbal recognition at the event

    • opportunity to offer a door prize

    • two minutes of video time at the event

    • post event email with your message to attendees

    • database of attendees to use in your marketing efforts

    ‚Äč VIRTUAL SPONSOR  - $50
    You will be provided:

    • Recognition on event registration page

    • recognition as a sponsor in pre-event publicity (weekly chamber e-mail’s and press releases and facebook) and verbal recognition at the event

    Please email Lisa Hoyt at lisa@petoskeychamber.com or call (231) 675-7222 for more information or to reserve your spot

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