Grant Update, November WBN Luncheon Registration, and Holiday Luncheon Save the Date!

Grant Update

Last week, the WBN posted the benefits and application guidelines for its new Small Business Development Grant Program.  We encourage you to circulate the grant blog to women in our community. 

We are pleased to report the first grant donation of $500 was provided by the WBN’s Utah Valley Women’s Business Conference keynote speaker, Chris Redgrave, VP of Zion’s Bank and host of KSL’s Speaking on Business.  Regarding the WBN and grant program, Redgrave commented, “Through its volunteer service, the Women’s Business Network of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting businesswomen in Utah Valley.  I am fortunate to work for an organization – Zion’s Bank – which, too, is a great supporter of women in business;  it is my pleasure to support this new grant program and I encourage women to apply.”

Grant applications will be accepted through November 12, 2011.

November WBN Luncheon

On Thursday, November 10th at 11:30AM the Women’s Business Network (WBN) of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly luncheon at the Scera Center for the Arts.  This event will feature a great meal by Copper Grill Catering, networking opportunities, and a timely presentation by Lisa Swearingen, owner of Be My Guest Wedding and Event Planning (biosketch below). With consideration for the nation-wide economic situation and upcoming holidays, businesses are currently seeking to boost morale and celebrate on limited budgets.  Join the WBN and Lisa Swearingen to learn great tips on Budget Sensitive Office Celebrations!  Swearingen will also give tips on No Cost Fundraising Ideas!

Purchase your ticket by noon on Tuesday, November 8 via the registration link on the left column of the blog or contact the Chamber directly at 801.851.2555.  The $15 discounted price rate is available to those who register prior to this deadline.  Minimal same-day tickets may be available for the $18 regular rate. 

The WBN thanks our 2011 Angel Sponsor, the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation, and our luncheon sponsors – Corporate Alliance and Paragon Wealth Management!


Lisa Swearingen

Owner, Be My Guest Wedding and Event Planning

Lisa Swearingen has been a wedding and corporate caterer for 25 years.  Having worked and planned hundreds of events, she carefully selects time-tested professionals to make every event perfect by bringing to life her clients’ ideas.  Swearingen’s decades of experience in the hospitality industry as general manager combine with her background in catering and culinary arts to ensure the detail, innovation, personalization, and creativity of her clients’ events.


December Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction Scholarship Fundraiser – Save the Date and Sponsor Needs!

Save the date for our December 8, 11:30AM-1:30PM Holiday Luncheon and Silent Auction Scholarship Fundraiser.  The Holiday luncheon will be held at the Garden Room at Thanksgiving Point.  Delicious food, gifts, networking, and aggressive women battling out for silent auction items will result in scholarship funding to support the WBN Scholarship Program.   The WBN is presently seeking donating organizations for table sponsors (nine gifts of $15 value) and silent auction items.  All donors will be recognized in print and on our blog.  If you or your organization would like to donate, email


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