Women In Business

The Portage Chamber launched the Women In Business Initiative in early 2012. In the past 4 years, hundreds of women have enjoyed networking and personal and professional development through WIB luncheons and special sessions.

We offer 3 professional/personal development sessions a year in January, May and October.

Examples of sessions offered:
January 2015 – special 3 hour session on Leadership
May 2015 – special 3 hour session on Self Confidence
October 2014 – Lunch & Learn – Brain Break

The Chamber has partnered with Portage Community Revitalization Corporation (PCRC) and the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre on the Women In Business UnGALa.

The UnGALa is held in early March to celebrate International Women’s Day.
In 2015 the UnGALa celebrated it’s 3rd year and gave out the first ever “Women of Distinction” Award. Mrs. Janet Shindle was the winner!

In 2016, we gave out 2 awards. The Woman of Excellence Award and the Young Woman of Excellence award.
Lynne Parker won the Woman of Excellence and Hayley Bedard won the Young Woman of Excellence award. Both very deserving ladies! Congrats to them both.