We chose the name BLING quite intentionally, and except for our cute logo, we have nothing to do with actual gemstones. We also thought the word “bling” added a certain feminine pizzazz to our dynamic group.
How we got started
Our vision began as a conversation in a local restaurant. Back in the fall of 2008 during a ‘Ladies Night Out,’ the idea of having women meet monthly to swap business cards and get to know the working women of Williamsburg was proposed. We passed around a piece of paper and everyone wrote down the names and emails of women they thought would be interested.
A few weeks later Karen Schell hosted the first BLING event at Cooke’s Gardens near Christmas of 2008. Over the next few months, a group of women stepped up to help form the organization. Our founding members faithfully met and began to form BLING. Traci Carlson, DeAnna Kimrey, and Karen Schell built Business Ladies of Industry Networking Group Inc., aka BLING.
We’re still in progress. Among our interests is helping to support women and children in our community. So far we’ve helped Beyond Boobs and we’re exploring other local causes. We accept suggestions for other nonprofits that BLING can support and four of them are chosen each year based on a survey of our members.
So please come to one our our events. We’d love to see you!
Our events are open to all, and we don’t have a membership fee. Soon, we’ll offer a directory of women business owners, so please check back.
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