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    The month of October observes many national holidays and causes, and I certainly would miss one if I tried to list them all. From manufacturing to noodles to magic, October recognizes something for just about everyone and everything. So the point is, there’s a lot this month to celebrate, be grateful for and place emphasis on in order to highlight and create change.

    National Women’s Small Business month focuses each October on women business owners and illustrates the outstanding progress seen over the years—with still a ways to go. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners website, more than 11.6 million firms are owned by women. They generate $1.7 trillion in sales and employ nine million people. Yet, only one in five companies with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned.

    The focus on women business owners in October is also the focus of the West Suburban Chamber’s Women in Business virtual lunch this week. We are proud to have a committee dedicated to Women in Business, offering networking, mentoring and several annual events that showcase relevant speakers and topics. In fact, back in January, we decided that 2020 would be our “Badass Woman Year” – and who could have predicted that it would be apropos of everything during a worldwide pandemic. Tough, empathetic, successful women are at the forefront of so many industries, companies, countries and initiatives when it comes to stellar leadership, shifting quickly to adapt and motivate … and help find the silver lining. Personally, I could not be more proud to be a woman in business this month and, even moreso, this year.

    Earlier this year, we featured Five Generations of Badass Women at one of our last in-person events before COVID-19 hit. This Thursday, we’re shining the spotlight on 8 Badass Women Business Owners in the west suburban region. In their own words and personalities, you’ll hear their stories, get a glimpse into their journeys and benefit from their advice … then engage in meaningful discussions with other attendees. Reserve your virtual seat today, order lunch from a local restaurant and get ready to learn some, laugh some and share your own thoughts, too.

    Join us this tomorrow, October 15 at 11:30 am via Zoom. (I might also mention that October 15 is National “I Love Lucy Day” … and if that fiery redhead wasn’t a badass, I’m not sure who is …)
    Register by clicking here.

    Registration closes at 5 pm today.
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