Shuswap Women In Business (SWIB) is a non-profit organization of community-minded professional and working women, who gather to network – motivate – educate- inspire and support each other in all areas by sharing knowledge – experience – information and ideas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why join SWIB?
Benefits to having a SWIB membership: (priceless!)
- Opportunity to network with an extensive group of businesswomen on a monthly basis.
- Monthly guest speakers who contribute to your professional development
- Increased awareness of local and national opportunities, both educational and business oriented
- A venue to promote yourself/your business at business meetings and functions, which gives you a stronger community profile
- Guaranteed tickets for additional workshops and special guest speaker events initiated and organized by SWIB
- Online membership directory – we have a great interactive website where your business profile can be viewed, where you can post special business notices/events, and hotlinks to your own website
- Discount rate to all SWIB events as well as a memberships benefits discount program offered exclusively for our members, by our members
- A place to share and express yourself in a business environment and develop new relationships within a community of like-minded women.
Q: How much is the membership?
Membership is $60 per year (September 1 to August 31), renewed annually each September. You can join any time throughout the year, and your membership fee will be pro-rated. You will receive a receipt for income tax purposes.
Q: How does SWIB compare to the other organizations in town?
We are a community minded, nonprofit, exclusive womens’ business club focused on educating, connecting, and supporting business and professional women in the community.
Q: How often do we meet?
We meet monthly for luncheons, the third Monday of each month (unless a holiday). We also initiate and organize additional guest speakers and workshops through the year. We are currently taking names for those interested in becoming members but are not able to attend meetings over the lunch hour. Please contact us to have your name listed, so when we have sufficient interest, we will also offer evening meetings.
Q: What should I expect at a typical meeting?
Our meetings run from 11:45 till 1:00 pm and give our members a chance to network and enjoy lunch. The formal part of the meeting begins with announcements of upcoming events, introductions around the room, and a mini 5 minute networking and motivational venue. Our guest speaker takes the floor for the duration of the meeting with time for questions and answers at the end. You are welcome to stay after the meeting ends to do any additional networking or discuss issues with the guest speaker and those who also choose to remain.
Q: Who are members of SWIB?
Our current membership includes both large and small businesses, both retail and home based, as well as professional women employed in a wide variety of industries.
Q: What is the history of SWIB?
In 2003, a few women, some new to the area, got together and started meeting for monthly lunches. They had a vision of starting a local womens’ networking club, where they could meet more like minded people and fill a much needed niche in this area. It took many lunches and hours of planning strategies to get us to where we are today. We would like to recognize those women who initiated this club and remain with us to ensure the sustainability of this organization: Marion Sherwin, Lorraine Pilon and Kathy Bolton. Shuswap Women in Business was officially started in September of 2004 with 11 members, a membership fee of $40, an agenda to meet once a month with special guest speakers, and the vision to see our membership grow. We are just completing a very successful second year and have seen our membership numbers exceed our expectations, with a current membership of over 50 local business and professional women. Our future looks even brighter, as we are currently partnering with other community and provincial organizations, to support and promote a variety of venues which are focused on women in business.