Believe, Inspire, Grow in Millburn
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Posted by: becky hull
FROM THE MILLBURN AND SHORT HILLS ITEM
Recapturing creative ideas and inner intelligence. Rebuilding confidence and capability. These are the goals of B.I.G., Believe, Inspire, Grow, a worldwide networking organization for women.
PHOTO COURTESY OF B.I.G. CO-FOUNDER TARA GILVAR
More than 40 women gather at Short Hills resident Sheri Lacy’s home Jan. 24 to support the brand new Millburn chapter of B.I.G., Believe, Inspire, Grow. B.I.G. is an international women's networking group inspiring women to encourage women in their business endeavors and lifelong dreams deferred. The next B.I.G. meeting takes place at Martini's Bistro in Millburn on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
Co-founders Tara Gilvar and Rebecca Hull founded the first chapter of B.I.G. in Gilvar's Bernardsville living room back in February 2009, to help women empower women to realize and obtain their potential as business owners. It started out successfully then and it continues to launch successfully in new and unexpected places today.
On Jan. 24, over 40 women crowded into Short Hills resident Sheri Lacy’s living room to celebrate the launch of B.I.G.’s new Millburn chapter. The next meeting will be held at Martini’s Bistro on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. The topic of discussion will be "Building Your Business Confidence."
B.I.G. is a women’s support, education and networking organization that embraces women’s desire to connect with each other. The organization strives to facilitate safe and supportive environments to further the business dreams and goals of its members.
B.I.G. offers face-to-face community support in the form of monthly meetings and provides a state of the art website, www.justhinkbig.us, that enables members to research a business topic, make connections with other members and share their insights in a Facebook-like environment.
The pod meetings offer a tangible sense of colloquial, face-to-face interaction and empower the women in B.I.G. to set goals and move forward. At meetings members use each other for ideas and encouragement and we are constantly hearing from our members about success stories that occurred due to the women of B.I.G. Each meeting has an educational component: Subject matter experts attend meetings to speak about business topics. At each meeting there is time set aside for support and networking.
"Connecting people and changing lives," is Millburn resident Terry Viney’s motto. Thanks to his technological expertise, when B.I.G. members are unable to attend monthly meetings, B.I.G. Online is now available as a virtual pod meeting, through the ComF5 service that Viney provides to clients both near and far, through his company the Plus Factor.
"With the website and outreach to other communities, the response we have received has been astonishing," said Hull. "We are currently in five states and have about 35 pods up and running with over 550 members to date."
For further information about B.I.G., contact Hull at 908-672-5938 or visit www.justthinkbig.us. For more information on the Plus Factor and ComF5 technology services contact Viney at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 201-349-7595.