In March 2006, the first meeting of Connecticut Women in Business attracted three local business women to network and discuss business issues. Ten years later, more than forty women participate in the group and many gather twice a month to collaborate and enhance their careers or businesses.
“In 2006 I was a young mom with a home-based, online business who wanted to be with other business people,” says Terry Hernon, founder of the group. “I was looking for a congenial, informal group where I could build relationships and understand other women’s businesses and talents.”
Free Networking Celebration
Connecticut Women in Business is holding a free 10 year anniversary event on May 4 at 9:30 am at Three Bridges Coffee House, 415 Howe Avenue in Shelton. All local business women are invited to attend.
Szondy says that in addition to networking, the event will include a welcome and a brief history from the group’s founder as well as member and new attendee introductions.
Connecticut Women in Business also welcomes women to join their regular meetings on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 9:30-10:30am at Foccacia’s Cafe on Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton. Attendance is always free of charge. For more information about the group or the May 4th event, contact Val Szondy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an independent entrepreneur, Hernon said she felt the need to make connections with women who shared similar business issues. She envisioned an ‘old boys’ club for women where personal and business relationships could be fostered. What she created is a group of generous women who are interested in helping each other succeed.
“From this group, I’ve formed lasting business and personal relationships that have really helped my real estate business to grow,” says current group leader and long time member, Val Szondy. “Over coffee. we brainstorm, offer and receive advice and often refer other members who we’ve come to know and trust.”