A Year in Review: Celebrating Growth, Community, and Success with MAWB. As the year draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the incredible journey that 2023 has been for the Mississauga & Area Women in Business (MAWB) community. It has been a year filled with support, growth, learning, and, most importantly, the forging of lasting friendships. In this year in review, we’ll take a stroll down memory lane, celebrating the numerous events that shaped our community and set the stage for even greater things in the coming year.
Community Support and Guidance
The heart of MAWB beats with the collective spirit of women supporting women. Throughout the year, we witnessed an outpouring of support, guidance, and business referrals that elevated our members to new heights. The strength of this community lies not just in the events we organize but in the genuine connections formed and the shared successes celebrated.
A Recap of Events:
Meet Ups (14): Fourteen Meet Ups brought us together, providing a platform for networking, sharing insights, and fostering collaboration. Each gathering was a testament to the diversity and strength of our community.
Sip & Shops (4): Our Sip & Shops combined business networking with a touch of festive flair, showcasing the talents and products of our amazing vendors. These events not only supported local businesses but also created an atmosphere of celebration.
Training Days (35): With 35 (social media) Training Days, we focused on continuous learning, covering a diverse range of topics to empower our members both personally and professionally.
Speed Networking (3): We resumed our Speed Networking events in the fall. They provided a dynamic space for quick yet meaningful connections, fostering collaboration and opening doors to new opportunities.
Coffee Dates (0): While we paused Coffee Dates at the end of 2022, the spirit of casual networking and camaraderie continued to thrive in our other events. We’re thinking of bringing these back in 2024. Let us know what you think of this idea.
Take Overs (2): The Take Overs allowed our members to share their insights and experiences, offering a deeper understanding of their businesses and journey. We looking forward to many more take overs of our Facebook Group in 2024 by our MAWB Elevate members. Stay tuned!
Lunch & Learns (3): Three Lunch & Learns provided an opportunity for members to gather online over the lunch hour to hear from our Members who shared their expertise and valuable industry insights.
Worksprints (50): Lead by Laura Plummer and Linsey Denham, we hosted fifty weekly Worksprints that were dedicated to focused work sessions, where members could buckle down, share their goals, and support each other in achieving them. (…and have a little fun while we’re at it!)
Group Walks (1): Our MAWB Get Fit Group relaunched at the end of October and we hosted a Group Walk at the beautiful Riverwood Conservancy, emphasizing the holistic approach to success. Thank you to Dianne MacMillan & Louise McPherson for keeping our group engaged and sharing insightful content to keep us motivated.
Book Club Meetings (6): The Book Club tried a non-personal development book this year – It Ends With Us by Author, Colleen Hoover. Our online meetings provided a space for literary exploration and shared discussions.
Social Media Content Power Hours (2): Two power-packed hours were dedicated to crafting compelling social media content, empowering our members to shine online.
Fundraisers – We held 2 fundraisers for the Compass Food Bank this year. A Feminine Hygiene drive in May and a Peanut Butter drive in the fall. MAWB’s commitment to community service shone through with two impactful fundraisers, supporting others in our Mississauga community.
MAWB Membership & Directory Platform: Late this fall we marked the successful ‘phase 1’ launch of our MAWB Membership & Directory Platform, providing our members with enhanced networking opportunities and a centralized hub for collaboration.
A Heartfelt Thank You
As we reflect on this remarkable year, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every member who contributed to the vibrant tapestry of MAWB. Your support, enthusiasm, and active participation have been the driving force behind the success of this community.
Season’s Greetings & Happy New Year
As we approach the festive season, we extend warm wishes for joyous celebrations and a well-deserved break. MAWB looks forward to continued growth, mutual successes, and the creation of even more cherished memories in the coming year. Here’s to a fantastic 2024 filled with new opportunities, shared achievements, and the unwavering support of the incredible women in our MAWB community.
Thank you for being an integral part of the MAWB journey. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!
Christine Hull Founder, Mississauga & Area Women in Business (MAWB)
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