“Working together to grow in a positive way”
If you’re a woman living or operating your business in Elmira, then the Elmira Women in Business (WIB) might interest you. Self-described as “a group of local women navigating business together”, the Elmira WIB meets monthly to network, enjoy guest speakers, and business showcases.
“The goal is to keep it casual and productive,” says Karen, owner of, and photographer at Green Apple Photography and one of the organizers for the monthly get-togethers.
“There are a lot of great women in our area who run their own businesses, and I found that there wasn’t a place, time, or group for us all to meet and connect together,” she adds.
Karen says that, so far, there has been a wide range of attendees, including a nutritionist, real estate agent, massage therapist, personal organizer, communications company owner, lawyer, nursery/garden centre owner, and web designer, to name just a few.
The goal of the networking nights is to allow people to meet other local businesswomen, share marketing ideas, discuss difficulties and opportunities for small businesses in Elmira, and to simply share your story.
At each meeting, the businesses are showcased and attendees can learn about how they operate, what they do for marketing, and what they offer the community.
There is also opportunity to learn more about specific business topics and women’s interests with guest speakers.
“Our latest speaker was Gail Martin, editor of The Elmira Independent. She gave a wonderful talk on building relationships with local media.”