Summit, April 5—The Summit chapter of B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow) will hold its first regular meeting on April 26 from 10-11:30 am at Bouras Properties, 25 DeForest Ave.   The successful March 29 Summit launch was attended by 50 women.

“Building Your Business Confidence,” will be the topic for April.  Local media expert Jean Criss, owner of Jean Criss Media will share with members and guests strategic steps for overcoming obstacles while putting strengths to use. 

Summit area B.I.G. leader and resident Melanie Wilson invites women from Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights to join together and participate in B.I.G.  Wilson will host monthly meetings with area women to discuss relevant business ideas, share insights and brainstorm ways to overcome obstacles.  “I am excited to share this great opportunity with the women in the Summit area,” said Wilson.  “Women who want to make economic contributions without sacrificing family commitments face many struggles and challenges.  B.I.G. provides the resources and infrastructure to allow us to overcome our business challenges and to succeed.” 

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“There exists a large group of intelligent, smart and creative women in our area who would benefit greatly by gathering together to share their wisdom, experiences and skill sets,” she said.

Over 1,000 women in six states have joined B.I.G., an inspiring membership based business organization, designed to “empower women to business.”  B.I.G. utilizes face-to-face community meetings, an interactive website and monthly teleconferences to provide a positive and educational support network to help move business ideas forward. Many of these women have been out of the workforce for several years or are looking to make a career change.

Founded in Bernardsville, NJ, in 2009, B.I.G. helps women brainstorm new ideas, consider barter opportunities, make new business contacts, share success stories and frustrations, find new clients, and help each other move toward their goals.  The monthly meetings focus on various themes, such as The Art of Negotiation; Building your Brand; Demystifying Social Media, Make Networking Count, How to get Ink, and more.

The website was created to supplement the monthly meetings with an online business toolbox, educational support network, relevant business information, resume and job search help, discounts for members, and forums for business ideas.  The interactive website is also designed to showcase the businesses of B.I.G.’s members.

The Summit pod of B.I.G., with meetings held on the fourth Thursday of the month,  joins local sister pods of Chatham/Madison, Montclair, Millburn, South Orange/Maplewood, Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Livingston, Long Valley, Newton, West Orange and Westfield.  Members may attend meetings throughout the month at any pod location.  RSVP to Melanie Wilson at

Thanks to Kassandra Romas and Bouras Properties for offering this beautiful meeting space to B.I.G.  Bouras is a consistent supporter of Summit community events!

Melanie Wilson
Summit Area B.I.G contact

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