One of Naperville’s newest networking groups is blooming into action.
Just two year’s ago, five Naperville women sat at a restaurant table discussing their struggles as business owners in a tough economy.
Using their strengths, the women came together and formed the Bloom Women’s Network, which has since blossomed into a network of over 350 women.
“Bloom has been like a snowball rolling downhill,” says Advisory Board Member, Ginny Kronsted. “It just keeps going faster and faster and getting bigger and bigger and getting more and more exciting.”
The group’s mission is to connect women in business and provide the services and support necessary to help women further themselves in the business world, and that’s exactly what it’s done so far.
The Bloom Women’s Network President and Founder Sandra Price comments, “it’s making these women fearless and that’s what they should be. There’s nothing to be afraid of and to know that you have a network of 300 plus people who are going to encourage and support you as you’re going through, whether it be, opening a business or trying to get that promotion at work, or whatever that scenario might be.”
“Actually, it helped me find my partner to launch my new business. One of the Bloom Advisory Board Members and I, in actually working and developing Bloom, decided we wanted to start our own company for helping small businesses launch and grow and we started the ‘Stiletto Strategy Group’” said Kronsted.
Bloom holds monthly get-togethers that are open to the public and anyone who is interested in joining. They range from casual socials to bigger, themed events, such as their recent “Women of Wine and Wisdom” where women gave a presentation in their respective field while the other members enjoyed their choice of wine.
Advisory Board Member Traci Kuhn comments, “it’s all about giving, and that’s I think what helps set Bloom apart from other organizations out there. When you go to a networking event, its not always me, me, me, me, me; it’s asking about other people and what you can do to help them.”
“There’s a great camaraderie when we have our events and things like that,” said Price. “It’s very uplifting and the women that attend really enjoy it.”
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