October 2019

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BPW Connection | October 2019

 October is National Women's Small Business Month.  Upper Keys BPW is celebrating women in business all month long!  The celebrations will culminate in a Grand Celebration on October 26th!  We've published this newsletter a little earlier than normal to give you a chance to learn about all the great happenings coming up!  Keep reading for more details about each individual event or click the link and RSVP.
This publication is also a little longer than usual so be sure you keep scrolling to see all the great information packed into it!  You don't want to miss any of the amazing and exciting news, because there is a lot happening at Upper Keys BPW!
Ilja Chapman, President
Dear Upper Keys BPW Members:
Let me start by congratulating all women in business!
Did you know that October is National Women’s Small Business Month? As BPW, we applaud all talented, dedicated and driven women whose entrepreneurial spirit helps drive our community’s economy forward.
We invite you to join us at the many women organized events this month and help us celebrate Women in Business. Empowered Women, Empower Women!
Each year, our members are asked to nominate a woman and a business from within our organization and vote to choose a winner. This year we recognize the nominees and award the winners during the BPW 100 Years Celebration dinner held Saturday Oct. 26 in the presence of many community members.
Another reason to celebrate is the 100 years of existence of the federation of Business & Professional Women Clubs Inc. Women in 1919 stood up for their rights and paved the way for us. I get goose bumps realizing our responsibilities to continue their mission.
In celebration of 100 years of BPW, we are – for the first time – going to name a Woman of Distinction, who may (or may not) be a BPW member. We have nine outstanding candidates for our judges to consider, and while only one can take the top prize, we can say they are all winners…as is our community.
That same evening we will recognize the winner of the Upper Keys BPW bi-annual Adult Woman Scholarship. We thank our sponsors throughout the year for their support helping us reach our goal of $2,500 in the scholarship fund. Please thank them for their support the next time you see them at an event.
October is a commemorative month to raise awareness for many causes.
October has been traditionally the breast cancer awareness month since 1985. The Upper Keys BPW proudly supports the cause this year again with a team walking for “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” to be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 in Key Largo. We urge you to join this year’s team to raise money for the cause and raise awareness for our organization at the same time.
Remember, this month we ask you to help spread the love of our organization and help us grow the membership. Any new member who enrolls in October will get TWO months of Upper Keys BPW membership FREE. In honor of 100 Years BPW we aim for 100 members by the end of this month.
I look forward to growing our tribe and celebrating this month with all of you.
Supporting Women is just good Business Period
Ilja Chapman
UKBPW President 2018-19
Tel: 305-998-8348

Cast your vote 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.
The nominations are in. Members, be on the lookout for an email with the link to the poll so you can cast your vote for one nominee in each category:
               Business of the Year
  Cruise Planners–Voyage Blue
  JOY (Just Older Youth) Center
  Keys Advocacy Center Inc., d/b/a
     Center for independent Living of Keys

  Keys Core Fitness
  Upper Keys Marine Construction
  Upper Keys Sunset Rotary
               Woman of the Year              
Kate Banick
Betsy Baste
Cathy Brewer
Gina Boilini
Ilja Chapman
Jackie Harder
Jill Kuehnert
Introducing our brand new award category, Woman of Distinction!
Nominations are in for the first-ever Woman of Distinction Award.
Betsy Baste, president, Just Older Youth (JOY) Ink.
Dawn DeBrule, secretary and treasurer, Upper Keys Marine Construction
Judy Hull, executive director, Islamorada Chamber of Commerce
Laura Lietaert, principal, Key Largo School
Joy Martin, broker, American Caribbean Real Estate, Christie's International Real Estate; president and founder, Marrvelous Pet Rescues
Patricia Mull, retired, Mull & Associates Financial Services LLC
Margie Smith, business consultant, Florida Small Business Development Center
Cheryl Meads, councilwoman, Islamorada Village Council
Della Wheaton, owner, Wheaton's Service Center
The Winner of the First Woman of Distinction Award will be announced at the 100 Year's Strong Celebration on October 26th!

Awards are Proudly Presented by
October 4: Kickoff the Month! 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 12: Change your nails at Mandara Azul. Appts starting at 11:00 am. CALL Adela, 305-522-5855 or Tania: 305-890-6667. 99198 Overseas Highway, Suite 1 in the median. Proceeds benefit Adult Scholarship Fund. CLICK TO RSVP.

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. CLICK TO RSVP.

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.) CLICK TO RSVP

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-9:00 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--ADVANCE PAID REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY OCT.14.) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

October 16: Sip &
In addition to all the great events in October, some of our member business owners are offering specials to honor women during the month, either one day or all month!
Be sure and take advantage of these special offers!

Time Out Magazine - Julie Johnson, owner operator. 305-289-3936 Cell: 305-481-2614 Email: thetimeoutmagazine@gmail.com
Business Card Ads Offered for ONLY $85/each ($150 Value!) with part of the proceeds going back to Keys BPW Organizations!

Theresa Sutter Virtual Assistant - 786.361.5404
How tech improves your financials and your business.  Call to set up appointment for 3-hour consultation. Proceeds benefit Upper Keys BPW Adult Women’s Scholarship Fund!

Jackie Harder Key Dynamics Coaching - 305-942-3591
Special “lazer” life/career coaching. Call to set up 30-minute appointment. $50 fee supports Upper Keys BPW Adult Women’s Scholarship Fund!

Paula Farr Paula's Skin Care -                386-527-2075 
10% Off ALL Services during the month of October!

Suzanne Gleason Zero Dress Code -
82205 O/S Hwy, (305) 664-0800  
15% of Sales during Sip & Shop Oct. 19 1-5 PM go to Key Largo Bridge Bra Walk!

Contact us if you are offering and specials or discounts, or hosting any events in honor of Women's Small Business Month and we'll help you promote it!
Have you registered for the 100th Anniversary Celebration Party?  Deadline to register is October 14th!  Registration is required, and you will not be allowed in without a pre-paid registration.  Don't miss out!  Seating is limited so reserve your space now!
We will be awarding the Woman and Business of the Year, the Woman of Distinction, the winners of our Adult Scholarship for this period, and more!  
Special thanks to our sponsors so far:  Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, Doc's Diner, Key Dynamics Coaching & Consulting and Theresa Sutter Virtual Assistant. Sponsorship opportunities still available, click here to learn more.
Click here to make your reservation and read more about the event, including our amazing Key Note Speaker!  100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ON OCTOBER 26TH 

"Off the Rock" Vacation package 

We will be drawing the lucky winner for a 2 night stay at the St. Petersburg Hilton Carillon Park in our special "Off the Rock" drawing at the 100th Anniversary Party on October 26th!
Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100.
CLICK TO Purchase raffle tickets now, then join us on October 26th to find out if you win!