By Claire Aiello, Vice President, Marketing & Communications and Pammie Jimmar, Vice President, Small Business & Events
The Women’s Business Council (WBC) is an organization dedicated to advocate for and promote women-owned businesses in the Huntsville/Madison County area. Bonnie Powers will serve as president of the WBC in 2020, and we’d like to introduce her.
Powers is president of Cornerstone Supply, Inc. – a small, woman-owned, wholesale distribution company specializing in military and aerospace hardware, fasteners, electronics, MRO supplies, and equipment. She is responsible for sales, administration, and management of the company.
“In the not so distant past, women were outnumbered in the business world. Luckily, the work environment is changing and becoming more inclusive,” Powers said. “Female business owners offer unique perspectives when developing strategies or approaching challenges in business. Sometimes, only other female business owners can commiserate or understand the particular challenges we face while running a business. It’s reassuring to know someone else shares your experience, or has successfully worked through similar circumstances.”
The WBC offers panels and workshops throughout the year. Some are targeted directly for the female business owner, although there are plenty of opportunities for women and men in business to attend. Here’s a list of what is planned:
■ Woman-Owned Business Day (March)
■ Woman-Owned Business Fair (May)
■ Wine Down with Women Who Lead (June)
■ A Portrait of Success (September)
■ Leadercast (October)
“We are stronger together, and the more women business owners gather to compare notes, talk through circumstances, and lead each other, the stronger our business, our families, and our communities will be as a result,” said Powers. “The WBC is a great group who can encourage, support and celebrate each other as we attempt to grow our businesses.”
This article appears in the February 2020 issue of Initiatives magazine, a publication of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber.