Have you thought about creating a women’s group at your chamber? It’s a timely idea that many chambers have adopted. A women’s group can be formed to encourage networking and support of women-owned businesses or help provide mentors for business women in your community. You can also use it to address issues that many women struggle with or have concern over.
While deciding if a women’s group is right for your chamber or not is based on your audience, here are a few reasons you should consider one.
Reasons You Need a Chamber Women’s Group
- It’s trendy. There’s a lot of concern right now over women’s issues like equal pay and unrepresented voices in certain industries. Creating a women’s group can help the chamber remain in the middle of very relevant discussions.
- You can become a resource for women in your community. This group is the ideal place to share things that are of benefit to your female community like special female-only grants, opportunities, and topics of interest.
- Give them a new avenue for support. When women have families, they often let their support system go because they are busy with other responsibilities. Women who work outside the home feel even more distanced from stay-at-home friends. You can provide a group for working women where they can learn and support one another in terms of things like work/life balance. They can also learn from the generations that came before them.
- Provide a safe space. Some women don’t want to admit they’re struggling because they don’t want to propagate a stereotype of being stretched too thin. You can create a group where people aren’t afraid to share struggles in the hopes of learning solutions.
- It provides a smaller, more intimate format. Men and women communicate differently. Women like to share emotions and thoughts while men’s conversations are largely based on actions. A women’s networking group can provide a space for a different, more in-depth kind of networking and opportunities to help introverted members come out of their shells in a more intimate setting.