Port St. Lucie Business Women Honored With Proclamation From City

The Port St. Lucie Business Women received a proclamation from the city of Port St. Lucie in honor of National Business Women Week. At its October 14 meeting the city recognized the Port St. Lucie Business Women, which was the first professional women’s organization in this area, for its outstanding community service efforts and for their economic and civic impact on the local community.

National Business Women’s Week occurs October 14 through October 20. According to the proclamation, National Business Women’s Week provides an opportunity to call attention to women entrepreneurs, facilitate discussions on the needs of working women, share information about successful workplace policies, and raise awareness of the resources available for working women in their communities.

Mayor Gregory J. Oravec read highlights from the Proclamation, noting that, “Working women constitute 72 million, or almost half, of the nation’s workforce. Women-owned businesses account for approximately 30 percent of all U.S. businesses, generating $1.9 trillion in sales and employing 9.2 million people.” Mayor Oravec further noted that working women should be recognized for their contributions to the workplace and the financial stability of their families. He continued, “The Port St. Lucie Business Women has positively impacted our community in countless ways, including painting walls at the Pace Center for Girls and SafeSpace, swinging hammers for Habitat for Humanity and participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer . .  it is fitting for us to join with the Port St. Lucie Business Women and to recognize the work its members do all year.”

Port St. Lucie Business Women President Angela Hayle accepted the award. “The Port St. Lucie Business Women offer our sincere appreciation to each one of you for honoring us with this Proclamation in recognition of National Business Women Week,” said Hayle. “Since 1980 the Port St. Lucie Business Women have promoted the interests of businesswomen and served the community in an effective way, awarding tens of thousands of dollars in grants to local non-profit organizations and more than $100,000 in scholarships to women attending Indian River State College. The organization has tripled from its 21 charter members. The commitment, generosity and self-sacrifices of these amazing women tell the story of our remarkable growth.”

The Port St. Lucie Business Women is a 39-year-old professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of businesswomen and serving our community. For more information visit Follow their Facebook page for updates about events, programs and community involvement.