The Port St. Lucie Business Women were honored to receive a Proclamation from the City of Port St. Lucie at the City Council meeting on October 9. Mayor Gregory J. Oravec proclaimed the week of October 16 – 22, 2017 as “National Business Women’s Week” and recognized the Port St. Lucie Business Women for its continuing commitment to business women and the community.
According to the National Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, working women constitute 7.2 million, or almost half of the nation’s workforce and strive to serve their communities. Women-owned businesses account for approximately 30 percent of all US business, generating $1.9 trillion in sales and employing 9.2 million people.
For 37 years the Port St. Lucie Business Women, which was the first professional women’s group in the city, has provided professional guidance, impacted the local economy in a positive way, and served the interests of women and children in the community. Additionally, they have supported the advancement of women’s education by annually awarding scholarships to those attending Indian River State College, as well as to Business Women members seeking to enhance their knowledge and credentials through conferences and seminars.
Port St. Lucie Business Women Board member Angela Hayle accepted the Proclamation on behalf of the organization and thanked the Mayor and City Council members for this recognition. “We are a product of vision and hard work,” said Hayle. “We dedicate ourselves to serving the needs of the community, including supporting other business women.” Charter Business Women and Honorary Lifetime member Lee Hicks, History Chair Diane Gallagher and committee member Shirley Melachrinoudis, and Business Women and Councilwoman Stephanie Morgan, District 1, also were in attendance.
In his presentation acknowledging their dedicated service, Mayor Oravec referred to the live oak tree the Port St. Lucie Business Women planted in front of City Hall to commemorate the organization’s 35th anniversary in 2015. Everyday the Mayor passes the tree he said is reminded of the Business Women and the many ways they have contributed to city and community.
The Port St. Lucie Business Women, which was founded in 1980, is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of business women and serving our community in an effective way. For more information visit www.pslbw.com. “Like” their Facebook page for updates about events, programs and community involvement.