• 104 S. Bloomingdale Rd
     Bloomingdale, IL 60108 


  • Bloomingdale Area Women in Business (BAWIB)     


  • About

    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


    There are two ways you can become a member of Bloomingdale Area Women in Business (BAWIB).

    1) Become a Chamber Member and add-on your BAWIB membership for $60 annually.

    2) Join BAWIB without a Chamber membership for $120 annually.  BAWIB Only members can attend monthly BAWIB events, Chamber After Hours and Ribbon Cuttings.  All other Chamber events BAWIB Only members would have to pay the Non-Chamber price to attend. 

    Join Bloomingdale Area Women in Business.  During your application you'll choose a membership fee for the Chamber or for BAWIB Only without Chamber membership.

    Steering Committee

    Susan Sargent  |  Pan American Bank & Trust

    Andreia Golder | Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce

    Cece Cinquegrani | Bloomingdale Bank and Trust

    Mary Jo Roberts | Polaris Travel Expert Columbus

    Gina Hamilton | Divine Signs and Graphics

  • BAWIB Scholarship 

    2023 BAWIB Scholarship Winner

    Congratulations to this year's winners: Cynthia Martinez, Anna Litonjua, and Jennifer Blose.

    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.

    Complete application ON-LINE HERE 

    The Bloomingdale Area Women in Business will award scholarships 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. Deadline is Sunday, May 5, 2024.


    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 2024 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 September 9, 2024. A panel of judges consisting of past winners will review all applications.  The nominators and nominee will be informed by September 21, 2024. The award will be presented at the Best of Bloomingdale banquet in October.

    Nominations open until September 9, 2024.

    Make your Nominations HERE

    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
    2022 Sandy Vangundy ~ Bloomingdale Park District
    2023 Kristy Malone - Oasis Senior Care
  • 2024 Events

    January 26th - Coffee Connection at
    Roosters Bar & Grill

    February 12th - Cocktails & Conversation at Cooking Skill Social—Bring a meal make a meal—food drive

    March 19th - Coffee Connection at
    Pan American Bank and Trust

    April 18th  -  Cocktail & Conversation at
    Bloomingdale Bank & Trust

    May 7th - Special Event: Cinco de Mayo Bunco at La Campana Mexican Restaurant—Sponsored By Embolden Wealth Management

    May TBD - Coffee Connection at
    BTC Photography

    June 7th  -  Mini Golf at Green Valley Golf Range

    June11th - Scholarship Breakfast

    June TBD - Cocktails & Conversation

    July 10th  -  Coffee Connection at the Chamber & L&M Financial Services—Mary Small

    August 13th  -  Special Event: Luncheon—Building up Women at Jameson’s Charhouse

    August TBD - Cocktails & Conversation with
    The Balanced Professional & Sensational Skincare by Mandy/Rodan & Fields

    September TBD - Coffee Connection at
    Bear Family Restaurants—aka McDonald’s

    October 3rd - Best of Bloomingdale- Georgene Geils Women of the Year Award

    October 24 - Cocktails & Conversation with
    Polaris Travel Mary Jo Roberts                 

    November 20th - Holiday Party TBD

    December TBD - Coffee Connection at
    Platt Hill Nursery







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