September 2019

Join the Upper Keys BPW at our monthly meetings, the 3rd Wednesday of every month. 

BPW Connection | September 2019

Back by popular demand! Join us for Work the Network Wednesday!

Special thanks to our September Luncheon Sponsor, Dorothy Harden of Go Get 'Em Girls!

Ilja Chapman, President
Dear Upper Keys BPW Members:
It is all about GROWING
Being a sole proprietor, owning a growing travel planning business, it is important to find the balance between my volunteer job and my paying job. This is my fourth year being actively involved with Upper Keys BPW and it is amazing to see how we grow from taking an active part in a volunteer organization like ours. We learn so much and most of it we can apply back into our business and GROW.
I would encourage all of you to become involved in our organization in a way where you can grow professionally and personally. There are many ideas how to make Upper Keys BPW more valuable to the members but first we want to GROW our membership. We want to grow the network with a diverse membership, so we all benefit and learn from each other and grow.
The National and the Florida Federations of Business & Professional Women’s Clubs were founded in 1919. Your local membership includes a membership in BPW/Florida and BPW/FL Education Foundation as every local BPW organization pays $65 annual membership dues on your behalf to BPW/Florida.
In October, we are celebrating BPW 100 Years Strong and BPW/Florida has a gift for all NEW members who enroll any day in October. They will get TWO months of membership for FREE. This is huge. It means that the annual membership of new members enrolled in October 2019 does not expire until Jan. 1, 2021!
Today I am calling upon you. I challenge you to look closely to your business and personal network to identify who you can introduce to Upper Keys BPW in October. They can take advantage of 14 months membership for the $130 annual price. Bring them to our next meeting to learn about us. We now have business cards and brochures for you available at every meeting to help you spread the word.
Bring potential members to any of the October events when we are celebrating women in small business. Have a look at all the events already booked below and if you know of a woman in business who would like to highlight her business, ask her to create an event, create a flyer and Upper Keys BPW will help her promote at no cost.
Finally – have you nominated a fellow Upper Keys BPW member yet for the annual Woman of the Year and Business of the Year award? I encourage you to look at the membership list and nominate a woman and business you feel deserves to be in the spotlight.
It is truly rewarding to be able to work with so many powerful women and I look forward to growing our membership to at least 100 members in honor of 100 Years BPW.
Ilja Chapman
UKBPW President 2018-19
Tel: 305-998-8348

Have you made your nominations for Business of the Year & Woman of the Year?
Each year, Upper Keys BPW celebrates National Women in Business Month by recognizing one business and one individual member with the honor of Upper Keys BPW Business of the Year and Upper Keys BPW Woman of the Year.
Please take a moment to nominate a business and/or an individual who has been inspiring and had a positive impact on our organization and the broader community.
Check the Membership Directory at to see all UKBPW members and their businesses.
Final date to submit nomination is Friday September 20th!
Awards are Proudly Presented by

Introducing our brand new award category, Woman of Distinction!
Nomination are now open for the first-ever Woman of Distinction Award.
Who is a Woman of Distinction? Read all about it -- as well as the powerhouse women who have agreed to be the judges for this honor -- on our website.
This award will be presented at our Anniversary Celebration -- 100 Years Strong banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Key Largo Bay Marriott Resort. Reserve your seat.
Submissions for the Woman of Distinction due by September 20th.
Send your nomination, as well as any questions, to Jackie Harder,

September 18: Luncheon. 11:00A-1:00 P. Holiday Inn-African Queen Room, Key Largo. This is a special "Work the Network" luncheon, part of our Mentor/Mentee Program, back by popular demand! Please be punctual. We will start eating at 11:30, and start the program promptly at 11:45.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

October 4: Sunset Cruise with Ilja!  Hosted by your local travel adviser, Ilja Chapman, on board the Key Largo Princess. Free appetizers and cash bar. $25 per person ($5 of each ticket goes to BPW Adult Scholarship Fund.) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

October 16: Sip & Shop at Anthony's Ladies Apparel Key Largo! Proceeds benefit our Adult Scholarship Program.  Shopping, raffles, food, wine and fun!  98200 O/S Hwy, Key Largo.

October 18: First Anniversary Party at Cirque Salon Studios of Key Largo!  Join us as we celebrate one year in business with Cirque Salon, learn more about our Membership Drive, sign up for the Bra Walk and more! Light apps, wine, and "Pink Cocktails!" 101401 O/S Hwy, Key Largo (Publix Plaza, upstairs.) 

October 20: Key Largo Bridge Bra Walk!  American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Key Largo, starting at Gilbert's Resort. 107900 O/S Hwy, Key Largo. 8:00 AM. Join the UKBPW Team and walk with us! CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR TEAM.

October 26*: 100 Year's Strong Celebration! Evening Event. 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Woman & Business of the Year Awards, Woman of Distinction Award! Scholarship presentation!  Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort, 103800 O/S Hwy, Key largo. (*NOTE this is a Saturday, not a 3rd Wednesday event.) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

The Upper Keys BPW meets once a month, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. We alternate between luncheons and evening networking events, and would love for you to join us! See our full event schedule and register for an upcoming event.

The Month of October will be full of events!  Our "official" monthly event will be on Saturday, October 26th and will be a Grand Celebration! More to come!
However, some members and other women owned businesses in the community will be hosting events all through the month in honor of Women's Small Business Month.  
Our contribution to your event would be free promotional opportunities through our FB page (nearly 900 followers), monthly newsletter and free e-blasts (close to 500 contacts.) We would add your event to our calendar of events.
Some of our Board Members will also attend and assist you with running the event.  We do ask that you make it a fundraiser for our Adult Scholarship Fund: charge admission, hold raffles, auctions, sell your products, get creative!
Confirmed events are already on the calendar, but keep an eye out as more will be added every day!
Contact us if you are interested in hosting an October Event!

The cost to sponsor an event is $250.
With the sponsorship you receive the following benefits and opportunities:
  • Logo/branding:
    • Event E-vite emailed three times to a database of 500 people
    • Monthly BPW member Newsletter emailed a few days prior to event
    • Mention at Upper Keys BPW social media
  • One Free dedicated business E-Blast to our membership with a message your business likes to share
  • Display table and/or hand outs to all attendees
  • Banner display at the luncheon
  • Two FREE entrees to the luncheon
  • 5 minute speaking time at the luncheon directed to all attendees