We’re still feeling the holiday spirit after our annual Holiday Luncheon – Silent Auction and Scholarship Fundraiser. Thanksgiving Point‘s Garden Room was beautifully decorated and had a wonderful view. Luncheon attendance was an all-time high and there were plenty of positive comments regarding the delicious food, ambiance, silent auction items, and gifts provided by the table sponsors.
The silent auction included a wide variety of items and we witnessed some good-spirited nudging as the competition heated up in the last few minutes. The funds raised from this event support the WBN’s scholarship program; attendees may feel confident they have helped other young women to pursue business-related education and careers. The end result of the auctions resulted in adequate funding for the remainder of the 2011-2012 scholarship program and 2012-2013 scholarship program cycle, too!
Jessica Egbert, WBN Chair, found herself a little emotional as she acknowledged the volunteer service of the 2011 WBN Board and the organizations’ growth this year. Some of those Board members will continue on in 2012 with Michele Bates as Chair. Attendees applauded in appreciation for the service these ladies have given throughout the year.
The recipients of the Small Business Development Grant were also announced at the Holiday Luncheon. Designed to facilitate the growth of small, female-owned or -employed businesses in Utah Valley through the WBN’s three-fold mission, this grant helped us to meet some up-and-coming small businesses in the area. Two very different businesses stood out among the applications, presenting organized and well thought out business plans.
- Copper Pi is a software development and publishing company focused on creating children’s book applications for the iPad. They want to bring book publishing into the 21st century.
- Black Sheep Cafe is cafe with an artist’s gallery. The full-service cafe serves flavorful dishes influenced by Southwestern Native American cuisine and cooked using contemporary techniques.
As we come to the end of 2011, the WBN Board thanks the individuals and organizations who supported the WBN through a very successful year. Attendance at WBN events continues to increase, as does blog hits. The WBN has created new programs this year (beyond the scholarship program), including the Small Business Development Grant program and the Utah Valley Women’s Business Conference. The Conference provided essential education to businesswomen and students of all ages – and, it set the stage for a continued tradition which will be valuable to our community. Going into 2012, we hope to continue supporting the WBN mission and fulfilling the needs of Utah Valley businesswomen!
For 2012, a prepayment discount is available if you want to prepay for your luncheons. Included in the prepayment package are nine regular monthly luncheons ($15 each) and the holiday luncheon ($25) in December (excluded are the May combined conference with the North Utah County Women in Business and the October Utah Valley Women’s Business Conference). The total cost would normally be $160, but those who prepay by January 10th will only have to pay $150. To take advantage of this offer, call the Chamber office at 801.851.2555.
We sincerely thank our sponsors and donors, below. We could not fund our scholarship program without both their and your support. We encourage you to learn more about what they do (in addition to how they support our community)!