This time of year, it’s still dark at 7 a.m. when a small group of North Okanagan women entrepreneurs, members of Empowering Women in Business, (EWIB) gather for their once monthly breakfast meeting. Some claim not to be ‘morning’ people, yet they are committed to show up. That’s because the benefits of the meeting far outweigh the challenges of the early morning start.
Enderby Realtor, Judy Fischer (Re/Max) has been with the group almost since its inception in 1998, when it was called Enderby Women in Business. She joined to network and socialize. “The basic mandate has always been the same,” Judy says, “to support women in business, whether they operate a storefront or a home based business.”
The group changed its name from Enderby Women in Business to Empowering Women in Business after a brainstorming session a few years ago. “It seemed more fitting for the current members and we recognized that we needed a different name as we had members from the North Okanagan, not just Enderby,” recalls Judy.
The meetings have an educational component, networking opportunities and social time.
Judy says, “It has always been a very supportive group and you always leave a meeting knowing a little bit more. I enjoy catching up with the members as they become friends, meeting the new members, and getting to know everyone!”
Kelli Muskett, Owner/Operator at Armstrong Flower Shoppe joined the group about 4 years ago, on the recommendation of an existing member who appreciated the support she was getting from the group.
Kelli attends for the inspiration and motivation, and “for the shared common lifestyle of being in business and experiencing the ups and downs that we all go through. Inevitably I learn something at every business meeting that I can apply either to my business or my personal life. Every one of us is a woman outside of our respective businesses and I appreciate the opportunity to be “real” and share who we really are at these meeting.”
When Patricia Cech first moved from Edmonton to Enderby, she was doing administrative work out of her home. A member of her running club pointed her in the direction of EWIB. “I joined the very first meeting I attended. It was a very business-like group and incredible opportunity to meet the ladies of the community.”
So, when Patricia purchased Curves in Armstrong, she already had a valued support group.
“The meetings constantly provide answers and information to me that help me as a person and also help my business. All the women who come to Women in Business are just that - Women in Business, trying to be successful in whatever type of business they run and EWIB is just there to support and mentor and assist in anyway it can.”
If you are a North Okanagan woman in business interested in networking, education and mentorship, contact Empowering Women in Business at or visit their website at
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