by Lisa Pavlock
If you are like so many of us, summer means time with family and friends, but it can also often mean no time for you. The start of school brings a new opportunity to reconnect with friends, plug into business groups and networks, and spend time with other moms who have similar interests – both professional and personal.
Here is a sampling of local networking groups throughout our community. If you’d like to add more groups, send an email to editor (@piedmontfamilymagazine.com).
Business Women of Prince William County This is an open networking group for business women in the Prince William County area. Meetings are held the third Friday each month from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Giorgio’s. Lunch is Dutch treat. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Businesswomenofprincewilliamcounty to learn more.
Christian Women’s Club of Culpeper Interdenominational women’s group that meets the second Wednesday of each month, 9:45 a.m. at Niko’s. Reservations requested. Phone: (540) 825-3576
Culpeper Business & Professional Women Strives to raise professional status and standards for women. Contact: (540) 727-8871
Culpeper Chamber of Commerce
The Chambers mission is to be the voice of the business community working to promote, build, and support the most effective climate for economic development. Opportunities to meet other business professionals include Membership Mixers, Networking Luncheons and other leadshare opportunities. To learn more, visi http://www.culpeperchamber.com/index.asp.
Families 4 Fauquier Connecting community minded families through an email network that have an interest in helping make Fauquier County an even better place to live. An open community network to share thoughts, ideas and comments in a positive and supportive manner. Contact Rachel Pierce, 540-347-2792 or visit http://families4fauquier.com/.
Fauquier Business and Professional Women Fauquier BPW holds meetings on the third Thursday of the month at 6:45pm, at the Warrenton Presbyterian Church in Warrenton, Virginia. Membership meetings are open to the public. For more details, visit their website http://www.fauquierbpw.info/index.html. The mission of the Business and Professional Women organization is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Business and Professional Women’s Foundation empowers working women to achieve their full potential and partners with employers to build successful work places through education, research, knowledge, and policy.
Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce
Our organization, through connectivity, education, access, leadership, communication and stewardship is the resource for the growth and enhancement of the Fauquier business community. Several Leadshare events are held as part of an active and structured system for furnishing and receiving business referrals. To learn more, visit http://www.fauquierchamber.org/AbouttheChamber.aspx.
Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce A business membership organization from the Warrenton, Virginia area that works together to increase the success of all businesses in our community. The Greater Warrenton Chamber holds many networking meeting monthly, including the Leading Ladies (Women’s Networking Group) These meetings are held on the FIRST and THIRD Mondays monthly from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. This is a great opportunity for local business women to network and connect! To learn more about the full suite of networking opportunities provided by the Greater Warrenton Chamber, visit http://www.warrentonchamber.org/.
Gainesville SAHME Meetup Group This group is geared for Moms with children ages 5 and under. We are here to support moms who stay at home with their children; whether they work from home, work part time, or spend their days managing full households. We would like to form friendships with moms in the Gainesville, Bristow, and Haymarket Area. Our calendar includes playdates, family outings, picnics, book club, scrapbooking, as well as having regular MOM’S night out. To learn more, visit their website at http://www.meetup.com/gainesvillemoms/.
Junior Women’s Club of Manassas Meetings first Thursday of every month at the Manassas Museum in Old Town Manassas. For details visit the website www.jwcmanassas.org.
Meetup.Com www.meetup.com – Do something. Learn something. Share something. Change Something. Enter your zip code, select your area of interest and find a group that fits you!
MOMtrepenuers Are you a mom that owns your own business? In this economy, networking is essential! The only problem is young children are not invited to your average networking event. This group was created for all the moms that own a great business or are thinking about creating a great business, but can’t attend networking events to get the word out there because they don’t have childcare available at that time. Children are always welcome at this meetup! Bring your business cards, and lets network! Visit http://www.meetup.com/Momtrepreneurs-Fairfax/ to learn more.
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Mothers of Preschoolers (Culpeper Baptist Church), meet 2nd Friday of the month 9:00 am -11:15 am at the Culpeper Baptist Church. A support group to encourage mothers of young children through instruction, discussion, activities and fellowship. Phone: 540 825-8192.
Mothers of Preschoolers, (Culpeper United Methodist Church), meet 1st & 3rd Fridays 9:30 am -11:30 am and the second Thursday of the month, at 6pm. Visit www.culpeperumc.org/ to learn more.
Mothers of Wonder Created in October of 2007, this group brings together parents from all over Fauquier County and surrounding areas. We are a part of the larger WOW International, Inc. MOW is a community offering support, education and friendship as well as an outlet for families to become active in the larger community. While we are called the “Mothers” of Wonder, we are open to dads, grandparents, or anyone who is a primary caregiver to one or more children. Activities include playgroups, family outings, moms’ night out, service projects, and more. We also provide an on-line community and enewsletter to inform our members and encourage sharing and support. For more information visit us on the web at www.mothersofwonder.com, or e-mail email@example.com.
Northern Virginia Charter Chapter (NVCC) of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Founded in October of 2002, NVCC has been helping women achieve a better life, both professionally and personally and you are invited to become a part of this vibrant group! Meetings are held once a month, the third Thursday from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Montclair Country Club, 16500 Edgewood Drive, Dumfries, VA. Cost of lunch is $18.00 for members, $23.00 for non-members. http://www.freewebs.com/nvccabwa/p details are available only to members.
Piedmont Professionals Piedmont Professionals is a business-to-business networking group dedicated to generating more referral business for members. The group meets at the Country Cookin in Warrenton on Rte. 211 just west of town on Wednesday mornings from 8:30 am – 9:30 am. Be there early to network with fellow business people. The group’s mission is to cultivate greater community awareness for local businesses and help business owners build referral business. There are no dues required and attendance is free. Breakfast is available.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Onesies Sisterhood of the Traveling Onesies is an active group of moms. We are a group of stay at home moms from the northern Virginia area-Bristow, Fairfax, Centreville, Haymarket and surrounding areas. Our group brings together Moms to share experiences and laughs about the ways our lives have changed! Whether you are looking to find other moms with whom to build lasting friendships or are simply looking for large play date activities for your little ones, you’ll find it here. Visit http://www.meetup.com/travelingonesie/ to learn more or to join.
Team Women – Gainesville and Haymarket Chapter This networking and professional development group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday and Thursday at Bertuccis in Gainesville at 9:45am. For more on Team Women , visit http://teamwomennetworkinggroup.mymediaroom.com/home.aspx .
Warrenton Newcomers Club The Warrenton Newcomers club is dedicated to welcoming newcomers who have moved to the Warrenton area within the last 5 years, acquainting them with the community, and promoting fun and friendship through club activities. We publish a monthly newsletter and host a monthly membership coffee. For more information, call (540) 347-7720.
Women of Wonder (WOW) WOW is a group for women of all ages and stages of life that unites women in friendship, mutual support and philanthropy (with an emphasis on community service). To learn more, go to http://www.fauquierwow.com/index.html.