Women in Business Committee

Mission Statement

Our purpose is to support the role of women in the workforce and foster their business growth through networking opportunities and seminars designed specifically for women. The committee awards an annual scholarship to women needing further education to re-enter the job market or shift career direction.

COMMITTEE MEETS THE 1ST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH!

This Committee provides a forum for women to create connections, gain knowledge, and build strategic alliances to foster their personal potential and professional career advancement. The network supports the advancement of women in the workplace and is open to all Members. The Committee awards an annual scholarship to women needing further education to re-enter the workplace or shift career direction.

The Women in Business Committee is the Chamber’s largest Committee, bringing professional women together for a monthly meeting of networking and business education. The Committee
is comprised of multiple Sub-Committees for its Members to get further involved.

Contact Us

General Information:
Kerissa Arkinskerissa@centralbuckschamber.com, 215-348-3913

WIB Committee Chairs:

Co-Chairs fulfill a two-year term overseeing all Sub-Committees of the Women in Business group, as well as organizing and running monthly meetings on the first Thursday of the month at the Chamber.  Occassionally, meetings are offsite.  Please contact the Chamber to verify location.    

Kathy Marcinokathy@kmmdisc.com, 215-327-0054
Julia Kelly, Julia.Kelly@DelVal.edu, 215-489-2301

To become a member of the Women in Business committee, you must first be a member of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. To join, call the Chamber at 215-348-3913. If you would first like to come to a Women in Business meeting to see if you should join the chamber, please do so!

If you are already a member of the Chamber and would like to join the Women in Business Committee, please fill out the form below and you will be added to our notification list for upcoming events. We look forward to meeting you!

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If you would like to get more involved, please let us know which subcommittees interest you:

At each meeting, we have greeters to welcome members as they arrive, a 20-minute panel of speakers, a raffle to benefit our committee, and food for our members.

Greeters – We usually have two greeters to greet people as they enter our meeting area. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the meeting.

Speakers – Topics should be educational for our members. Past topics range from stress management to financial planning. Please submit a topic of interest or if you would like to be a speaker, let us know.

Raffle – We normally have at least 2 per meeting. The cost to enter the raffle is $1 per business card and the money raised goes to help the scholarship fund. At the end of the meeting, a winner is drawn for each raffle donated. Some examples of past raffles are chocolate gift baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants, and floral arrangements.

Food – We ask that enough food is brought for approximately 50 people. We need someone to bring fruit/fruit salad and someone to bring baked goods such as muffins, bagels, danishes, etc. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to set up.

Host a Meeting – Contact us if you’d like to introduce us to your place of business! You must be able to seat 60 women, have the needed parking, and supply coffee and tea.

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Greeters, Speakers, & Food Sponsors are invited to submit a 50 word blurb about you and/or your business to be published in the meetings agenda for that day.

Leadership Summit Sub-Committee: This sub-committee plans and executes the annual WIB Summit.  A cross-section of talent is needed to develop the program theme and content, select the speakers, manage logistics, solicit sponsorships, and work with the marketing committee on the creative design to support a multi-channel recruitment campaign. The annual conference is slated for March 2024.

Monthly Program Sub-Committee: This sub-committee solicits and organizes speakers to present 15-minute presentations for the regular WIB monthly meetings, utilizing Chamber members. Thel also secure and organize off-site meeting locations and are responsible for coordinating the support volunteers for the monthly WIB meetings.  The positions include: two greeters, two food sponsors, and at least two or more raffle donations. The sub-committee is responsible for preparing the monthly agenda.  This includes the biographies of volunteers, greeters, and food sponsors along with speaker information.  The sub-committee submits the agenda along with any other pertinent information to the two co-chairs of WIB at least one week before the regular monthly meeting date.

Philanthropy Initiatives & Events Sub-Committee:  This sub-committee facilitates scholarship fundraising events such as QUIZZO, Doylestown Basket, End-of-Year Social, and new ideas for the ‘23- ‘24 year.

Membership/Mentorship Sub-Committee: This sub-committee welcomes new members into the Chamber and hosts a new member luncheon or breakfast 2-4 times a year.  Committee members become mentors to new members, calling and offering to accompany the new members to WIB meetings and other Chamber events. At new membership functions, committee members encourage new members to sign up for committees and answer any questions prospective members may have. 

Marketing & Public Relations Sub-Committee:  This sub-committee is responsible for the creative development of digital and print marketing collateral to raise awareness of the CBCC WIB mission, initiatives, and events. The team must have a cross-section of skills and experience in the areas of creative design, software development, and use of social media platforms.

Each year, the WIB Committee awards scholarships to women beginning or continuing their education to further their career goals or reenter the workforce. Committee members solicit and receive applications for the Women in Business Scholarships, interview candidates, and decide on scholarship recipients.

Download our Scholarship Application (Women Age 25+):  PDF | WORD

Committee Chair:
Deborah Albus Wagner: debbie@graphicedge1.com

An award given to an established woman in business who is a member of the Chamber at large. This committee reviews nominations based on pre-established criteria and selects the award recipient.

Village Improvement Association Leadership Award Nomination Form

Committee Chair:
Gloria Walker, glowalker1@verizon.net

At most of our meetings we have two greeters. If you are able to volunteer, sign up. Thanks!