The BCC chapter launch was a big success, with very positive feedback. We attracted both established and early stage entrepreneurs as well as women interested in starting businesses.
The second meeting is free; starting in January, 2018 there will be a fee. “We’re introducing the chapter and its benefits to potential members before instituting fees,” says Evelyn Powers, AWE’s co-founder. “This way, they get a feel for the chapter and all the ways they will benefit from membership.” Yearlong AWE BCC membership is $155 (about $13/month); a small fee is charged for monthly meetings. Members receive the following benefits:
Monthly meetings with excellent speakers and networking
Private Facebook groups for each chapter
Members-only list of all AWE members
Invitation to be interviewed on AWE Radio/Podcast
Opportunity to participate in AWE Mastermind/Accountability Group Program
Dr. Diana Burley: AWE BCC’s First Speaker
Diana Burley, a globally-renowned cybersecurity expert, was recognized by SC Magazine in 2017 as one of eight women in the U.S. to watch in internet technology. She has been featured on Bloomberg Radio, CBS MoneyWatch, the Associated Press, and HuffPost.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Burley as our first speaker,” says Jennefer Witter, AWE BCC chapter leader. “She is highly sought-after, with presentations in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. It’s a coup for AWE to have her present.”
Witter continues. “Cybersecurity is such an important topic for small business owners. It’s a misperception that Fortune 500 companies are the main targets of cyber criminals. According to Fox Business, approximately 50% of cyber attacks are against small business, and the numbers are rising. Entrepreneurs need to know how to protect themselves against such intrusions, and Dr Burley will provide much-needed guidance on how to do so.”
Light refreshments will be served, and there’ll be time for networking before and after Dr Burley’s presentation. Guests will also have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the group. “These one minute introductions allow our members to showcase themselves and their businesses to the group,” adds Bate. “It’s a key part of each AWE meeting.