Community celebrates National Business Women’s Week

| October 14, 2016
Breanne Smith (left) and Emily McBurney (right) are pictured with City County president Cliff Biggers as he presents a proclamation from Mayor Steve Mercer for National Business Women’s Week.

Breanne Smith (left) and Emily McBurney (right) are pictured with City County president Cliff Biggers as he presents a proclamation from Mayor Steve Mercer for National Business Women’s Week.

COSHOCTON – Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) and Business and Professional Women’s Foundation announces that the annual National Business Women’s Week™ (NBWW) will be held Oct. 16-22, 2016. NBWW offers communities, companies and organizations an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of working women and companies that have made strides toward improving workingwomen’s lives in their communities.

To kick off the week on Thursday, Oct 13 at 6:30 p.m. a Meet the Candidates was held at the Coshocton County Career Center, co-sponsored by Coshocton BPW and Coshocton County Farm Bureau. Council President Cliff Biggers presented a proclamation from Mayor Steve Mercer for National Business Women’s Week to Meet the Candidates Co-Chairs Breanne Smith and Emily McBurney and members of the Coshocton BPW prior to the beginning of Meet the Candidates. A community mix and mingle was held from 6:30 – 7 p.m. and the Candidates Forum from 7 – 9 p.m. WTNS Radio broadcasted the candidates forum, and Ken Smailes, WTNS News Director, served as the moderator. Meet the Candidates was recorded and played again on the morning Talk Show the next day.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, several members will travel to Undo’s Restaurant in St. Clairsville, Ohio for the 37th annual NBWW Ecumenical Celebration. The theme, “Mercy Is Falling All Over Me” was developed by Marilyn Lauvray, who passed away in July. Nancy Wilt will deliver a five minute sermonette.

On Monday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church, Coshocton BPW will have their monthly meeting. There will be a short business meeting, and the 2016 Woman of the Year will be announced.  The Frontier Power Company will be honored as Businesses of the Year.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, several Coshocton BPW members will travel to Granville for the Region 3 meeting.

“NBWW is a significant way to observe and raise awareness about women in businesses and women-owned businesses in Coshocton,” said 2016-2017 Coshocton BPW President Carla Fowler.

During the month of October, membership dues will be reduced to $27.50.  Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed.

Coshocton BPW is an active member of the Coshocton community.  Activities include scholarships to women returning to education plus they support Dollars for Scholars, 4-H Leadership Training, and Buckeye Girls State. Money and items are donated to First Step Family Violence at each meeting.  Coshocton BPW participates in the Coshocton County Career Center Open House, donates to the Salvation Army Christmas Castle, and donates sweat suits to Coshocton County Memorial Hospital for rape victims. BPW sponsors Equal Pay activities in April; and they conduct Individual Development (ID) classes, which are open to the public. The next class is scheduled for January 2017. For more information, contact Mary Mason at 740-622-0700 or [email protected] .

Founded in 1919, BPW is a cross-generational, nonpartisan membership organization with a mission to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information.  Established as the first organization to focus on issues of working women, BPW is historically a leader in grassroots activism, policy influence and advocacy for millions of workingwomen. Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed. For more information contact Samantha Vincent at 740-610-4989 or at [email protected].

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