• BAWIB                               

  • Bloomingdale Area Women in Business is a dynamic group of women who are seeking to expand professional opportunities for themselves in the Bloomingdale area. Bloomingdale Women in Business are looking for women who possess the ability to: "empower, embrace and equip women with the knowledge and resources to achieve their personal goals and reach their professional potential."

    Our goal is to offer educational forums, professional recognition, a resource library, networking opportunities and a chance to form meaningful relationships for women who join our organization. For more information, please call the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce office at 630.980.9082

    Steering Committee

    Kathy Maykut  |  RE/MAX All Pro

    Susan Sargent  |  Pan American Bank & Trust

    Nancy O'Leary | Custom Direct

    Andreia Golder | AndiGs Custom Jewelry

    Kari Zehme | Symphony Search Inc.

    Dena Forsythe | Bloomingdale Bank and Trust

  • BAWIB Scholarship 

    2021 BAWIB Scholarship Winner

    Congratulations to Katie McKeown this year's winner of the BAWIB Scholarship. Katie was a long-time resident of Bloomingdale and is currently a 4th grade dual language teacher.  She will use the scholarship to further her education.

    Thank you to our generous sponsors:


    You can help fund the scholarship by making a donation on-line.  Thank you for helping BAWIB further the growth of women professionally.

    Applications will be accepted in Quarter 1 of 2022.  

    The Bloomingdale Area Women in Business will award one $1,000 scholarship to a woman who is looking to improve herself professionally by such means as continued education or professional development with the goal of furthering her knowledge and expertise.


    Applicants must be:

    • Affiliated residentially or commercially with the Bloomingdale area.

    • Adult female over 20 years of age. This is not a scholarship intended for a graduating high school student. Please see the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Program for more information on graduating high school students.

    • The applicant should be someone continuing her education, going back to school after a period being out of school, wanting to receive a certification, needing continuing educational credits for her job, and/or wanting to move upward in her career and requires further education.

    A committee from the general membership of BAWIB will evaluate applications based on the established criteria.  Recommendations from this committee will be tabulated to determine the winners.  

    This scholarship is based on:

    • Personal Investment in education and career progression

    • Community Involvement, including volunteer or employment positions

    • Industry Involvement, including networking and committee positions

    • Potential Interview to discuss professional development plans

  • Georgene Geils Woman of the Year

    The Bloomingdale Area Women in Business is currently seeking nominations for the 2021 Women of the Year.  This award is named for prominent local business woman Georgene Geils (1928-2011), who was a forerunner in the movement of professional women.  She was known for mentoring others through her involvement in the community and within her own business. To honor her memory, the Bloomingdale Area Women in Business and the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce ask for your nomination by July 30, 2021. A panel of judges consisting of past winners will review all applications.  The nominators and nominee will be informed by August 7, 2021. The award will be presented at the Best of Bloomingdale banquet on August 26th.

    Nominations are now closed. Nominations will open in January of 2022.

    This award based on women who:
    • Strives to empower, embrace and equip women with the knowledge and resources to achieve their personal goals and reach their professional potential.
    • Demonstrates excellence, imagination, and initiative in their business or profession.
    • Contributes time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.

    Previous Award Recipients:

    2009 Mary Ellen Johnson~Village of Bloomingdale
    2010 Patty Szerlong~Artful Touch Spa
    2011 Branka Poplonski~Century 21
    2012 Cindy Blaski~Allegra Marketing-Print-Mail
    2013 Bev Petrosius~Stepping Stones
    2014 Pam Hager~TNT Construction
    2015 Dr. Aimee Harris-Newon~Dr. Aimee & Associates
    2016 Jane Hove~Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce
    2017 Christine Smith~Bloomingdale Bank & Trust
    2018 Kathy Maykut~ReMax AllPro
    2019 Susan DiMeo-Sargent~Bloomingdale Bank & Trust
    2020 Carrie Fullerton~Bloomingdale Park District
    2021 Officer Dawn Odoi~Bloomingdale Police Department
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