Looking to expand its support of female business owners in Chandler and broaden its reach, the city’s Chamber of Commerce is rebranding its women in business initiative.

The Women’s Council recently morphed into a different organization with a new name, Women in Business, and expanded mission as an organization created by women to empower and propel women into business success through education, networking and mentor programs.

The new program features monthly keynote business speakers, an educational salon, networking and an experts’ lounge for local business women and men.

“The reorganization will provide additional support to women business owners in Chandler and the East Valley,” said Denise McCreery, owner of D’Vine Gourmet and the Women in Business chair. “Women in Business is a place where women mean business.”

Women in Business will meet the third Tuesday of each month at SoHo63, 63 East Boston Street, in downtown Chandler. Men also are welcome.

This week’s first meeting featured keynote speaker is Sandy Cowen, a national and international strategic positioning consultant. She’s expected to discuss “Million Dollar Tips for Positioning Your Business for Success.”

The chamber’s expansion and rebranding of the program comes on the heels of a survey of chamber members last year.

“This is what was noted, and so we’ve taken the old women’s council to the next level,” said Terri Kimble, chamber president and CEO. “We’re trying to make it helpful for everyone, from the sole proprietor of a one-person business to the CEO of a large corporation.”

Kimble noted the educational salons and expert lounges could be the most helpful to some because they offer the change for dialogue and feedback from business men and women who been there before.

“It’s more conversational and not a lecture,” Kimble said. “It’s an open forum for questions on networking or legal issues, or anything.”

Added McCreery: “Mentoring is a major component of Women in Business. Peer mentoring will be available for Chamber members. ‘Take Me to the Top’ is a mentoring program designed for established women business owners who desire to push their businesses past the annual $1 million revenue mark.”

The next Women in Business workshop and luncheon are March 18. The scheduled speaker is Marcy Maslov, who will discuss the “The Dollars and Sense of Ethical Behavior.”

For more information on Women in Business, call the chamber at (480) 963-4571.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6549 or cgabel@evtrib.com.

Contact writer: (480) 898-6549 or cgabel@evtrib.com

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