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Business Women’s Alliance

Our Mission

The Business Women's Alliance of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce's mission is to empower and develop women through education, networking, mentoring and partnerships, and to promote opportunities for all women throughout Citrus County.

Beyond Our Mission

Through its scholarship program, the BWA supports female students in furthering their education in academic and career studies.

Who We Are

The BWA is composed of an active group of businesswomen - all Chamber members in good standing.

How to Join Us

The BWA welcomes guests at our monthly general membership meetings. Check the Chamber's website for dates and locations.

Membership in the BWA is limited to 25 active businesswomen. Interested parties should attend a meeting or contact the Chamber for more information. Vacancies occur periodically.

BWA - Pillar Awards
BWA Diva Night

Achieving Our Mission

The BWA invites you to our networking and program events, which are open to the public. Dates of our upcoming events are on the Chamber's website or contact the Chamber directly.

Learn effective networking skills, connect with other businesswomen, establish relationships and develop business possibilities. The three networking luncheons help fund scholarships each year. Sponsorships are available to promote your business and/or organization.

Funded by our quarterly events, the BWA awards scholarships for academic and career studies to local high school seniors as well as Withlacoochee Technical College students.

With funds from the Penny Harvest jars placed at local businesses, the BWA assists women sponsored local non-profit organizations. Small, one-time grants are offered to further career education or employment opportunities.

BWA Group Photo
BWA Group Photo
BWA Group photo

Committees

Chair
Deena Afflerbach
The Hagar Group

Co-Chair
Melissa Bowermaster
Executive Director
Jessie's Place - Citrus Co. Children's Advocacy Center

Chair
Rebecca Martin
Owner/Consultant

Chair
Jacky Moore
Branch Supervisor
Citrus County Library System

Co-Chair
Gwen Klaiber
Tangible Personal Property Manager
Citrus County Property Appraiser

Chair
Lorrie Hamilton
Market Leader
BB&T - Crystal River

Chair
Anne Farrior
Real Estate Agent
Exit Realty Leaders, Inc.

Co-Chair
Lorrie Hamilton
Market Leader
BB&T - Crystal River

Chair
Wendy Cash
Director of Advancement
Seven Rivers Christian School

2022 Officers:

Chairperson
Gwen Klaiber, Tangible Personal Property Manager
Citrus County Property Appraiser

Co-Chairperson
Lindsay Platz, Branch Manager
Insight Credit Union - Inverness

Immediate Past Chair
Gwen Klaiber, Tangible Personal Property Manager
Citrus County Property Appraiser

Chamber Liaison
Corrine Sachewicz, Member Relations Manager
​Citrus County Chamber of Commerce

Financial Liaison
Megan Ennis, Owner
Citrus Lending, Inc.

Additional Members:

Amy Amdahl
Owner/Operator/Publisher
Peddler's Post

Janel Boshoff
Owner/General Manager
​Ace Handyman Services, Citrus County

Melissa Bowermaster
Executive Director
Jessie's Place - Citrus Co. Children's Advocacy Center

Rosa Langham
Laundry Supervisor
​CoreCivic

Cynthia Lopell
Designer/Producer
CL22  Designs & Productions

Jen Magradze
Owner
Fishcreek Glampground

Kim Newsome
General Manager
Office Max/Office Depot Inverness

​Michelle Slaughter
Business Manager
CoreCivic

Susan Quenelle
Program Director
​Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast

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