“The Power of Self: Leading the Way” is the innovative theme of the 2014 Business Women’s Forum that will be held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, Connecticut from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference will feature the two keynote speakers plus six professional development workshops, all-day networking, breakfast, lunch, and a closing reception. Celebrating 32 years of notable success in 2014, the BWF is a program of the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Waterbury, Connecticut. The thriving BWF is led by female executives dedicated to the professional and personal growth of working women. In addition to being sponsored each year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the BWF is supported by numerous Connecticut-
“The mission of the Business Women’s Forum for 32 years,” stated Lynn Ward, president and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber, and a BFW director, “has been to raise funds for a scholarship fund for female Post University students to pursue business educations. The BWF’s continual commitment is to the equality of opportunity and advancement for women in business. Over the past 31 years, the BWF has generated more than $135,000 toward those scholarships.”
Ward emphasized that, “Every year we rely on companies throughout Connecticut to support our ambition to bring a highly-informative, dynamic full day of business development workshops, accomplished motivational speakers, professional business trainers, and powerful networking opportunities to hundreds of career women statewide. We offer six levels of sponsorship opportunities, all of which we strive to promote to attendees before and during the annual BWF.”
“Since its inception,” stated 2014 BWF Chairwoman Jane D. Pinho branch manager with Ion Bank in Prospect, Connecticut, “the BWF has provided an unprecedented number of attendees with access to phenomenal speakers, networking opportunities, and diverse business skill training during the course of a full day of activities. For the past 31 years, the BWF has featured such prominent, high-profile keynote speakers as supermodel Kathy Ireland, Elizabeth Vargas, Paula Abdul, Robin Roberts, Goldie Hawn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Suze Orman, Jane Seymour, Chris Madden, Ann Curry, Jack Ford, and Faith Popcorn.”
Pinho explained that, “For more than three decades, BWF events have been created to help business women enhance their small to medium-sized companies, and their personal careers. BWF sponsorship provides businesses with opportunities to highlight their products or services to this very powerful marketplace of savvy business women. Experience has proven that businesses prosper from their BWF sponsorships by marketing to this powerful demographic market.”
The seven 2014 BWF sponsorship levels range from Presenting Partner at $20,000, Premier Partner at $15,000, Star Partners at $10,000, Forum Partners at $5,000, Reception Host at $2,500, Workshop Hosts at $1,500/workshop, and Benefactors at $500. “This broad range of sponsorships,”
2014 BWF sponsors are assured they will receive access and connections to an educated, and lucrative, demographic of business leaders and managers. Sponsors are offered direct sales and sampling opportunities to a group of professional consumers and household decision-makers. Sponsors receive numerous pre-event, and event day, opportunities to raise awareness of their brand with to the anticipated 500 plus BWF attendees, and to network with the attendees during the full-day event.
“By being a sponsor of the 32nd annual BWF,” commented Ward, “businesses are afforded a very distinctive opportunity to showcase their products or services to a very powerful market. The BWF is a proven opportunity for companies to increase visibility of their products or services. In addition to distinguishing their company, these sponsors are promoting themselves as a company that is dedicated to creating opportunities for women who represent an enormous and powerful segment of the Connecticut marketplace.”
Companies interested in sponsorships are invited to visit the 2014 BWF website, www.2014BWF.com, and contact Lynn Ward or Courtney Ligi at the Waterbury Regional Chamber at 203-757-0701, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.