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Kelowna Women in Business (KWIB) – Celebrating our 25th anniversary this year!


Kelowna Women in Business is a not-for-profit organization, created in order to give a voice to female entrepreneurs and professionals. Run entirely by a team of dedicated volunteer directors, we host monthly sessions and enjoyable social events featuring a variety of female speakers. Our aim is to create a community of women supporting women, while providing as many informational sessions and networking opportunities as possible.

Our gatherings alternate between evening dinners and noontime luncheons or early breakfasts.

We understand the importance of creating impact and giving back to the community; KWIB adopts a local charity affiliation to partner with and support each year – portions of all Membership fees, event tickets, and special fundraising events go directly to our charity of choice, and help to fund our Young Women Under 30 in Education and Female Entrepreneur Start-Up bursary programs!

FEATURED MEMBER:
Nikki Csek

Csek Creative

Nikki Csek started what is now Csek Creative out of her home in 1999. Today, Csek Creative has grown to encompass offices in downtown Kelowna and Kamloops with a staff of more than 35 people. The company offers everything from branding and marketing to website design services and is proud to be currently working with more than 1,000 active Okanagan businesses in nearly every industry.
Meanwhile, Csek Creative's sister company, KelownaNow and KamloopsBCNow, are quickly growing to become one of Kelowna's and Kamloop's most popular media resources. The sites boast innovative features and technology, including mobile-responsive design, and showcases local, national, and world news to viewers in Kelowna, Kamloops and beyond.
Proud recipient the Marketer of the Year award in October of 2016 from the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

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Kelowna Women in Business (KWIB)

We moved to Kelowna from Manitoba in the fall of 2014, not knowing a single person or business contact. After establishing a few roots and joining several networking groups within the city, I attended a KWIB event at the end of 2016 and immediately realized I wanted to get more involved with the organization. The caliber of speakers, topics, and Members was exactly what I had been searching for, and knew there existed a terrific platform for growing my networks and professional affiliations.

KWIB is about collaboration, mentorship, women supporting women, and giving back to the community; the philanthropic legacy the organization has created for supporting women in the community speaks to the dedication and vision of the group, and allows me to be a part of something much greater than myself.

 
It has been an honour to be apart of Kelowna Women in Business. I’m continuously inspired by the women in our community, who are driven by their own idea of success. Never has this been a better time as a woman in business, and I’m grateful to be living in it.
Kelowna Women in Business has fundamentally changed me as a person, and leader. If you are looking for a community of supportive women, you have landed on the right page.
I have been aware of the organization Kelowna Women In Business for over 15 years, but had not considered joining until recently. In August 2014 I reached out to the executive to inquire about the organization, member turnout, benefits, costs and opportunities. I was immediately engaged by the membership co-ordinator, president, sponsorship co-ordinator and speaker director to answer all of my questions. I decided to join. A last minute cancellation opened up a sponsorship opportunity which I enthusiastically accepted. One of the benefits of event sponsorship is the ability to speak to the event attendees for 10 minutes. After the meeting I had a number of women in the group come up and introduce themselves, discuss the items presented, ask questions and compliment me on the presentation of our company. Someone within KWIB mentioned our company and presentation to a Professor at Okanagan College. We were contacted and ask to speak to 45 first year marketing students. What a wonderful experience that was. In a very short period of time, Kelowna Women In Business has helped me to get out and meet a number of amazing women within our community, has exposed me to great speakers, and has opened opportunities for me to make meaningful connections with supportive women both from a business standpoint but also from a personal level. Thanks KWIB. Looking forward to many years of "belonging".

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