COSHOCTON — Coshocton Business and Professional Women (BPW) celebrated the annual National Business Women's Week™ (NBWW) October 21-27, 2018.

NBWW offers communities, companies and organizations an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of working women and companies that have made strides toward improving workingwomen's lives in their communities.

To kick off the week on Sunday, October 21st 3 members, President Raine Hammond, Tomma Bordenkircher and Liz Herrell attended the 39th Annual NBWW Ecumenical at Hidden Acres Lodge and Winery, Mingo Jct, Ohio. BPW/OH hosted members from Ohio and BPW/PA members. The theme, "Bible Princesses, Heroines, Survivors, Leaders (Which One Are You?)" was developed by Phyllis Riccadonna, Ecumenical Chair and Ohio Valley BPW President. Bordenkircher gave a 5-minute sermonette about Survivors.

On Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. a "’ was held at the Coshocton County Career Center, co-sponsored by Coshocton BPW and Coshocton County Farm Bureau. 4th Ward Councilman Brad Fuller presented a proclamation signed by Mayor Steve Mercer for National Business Women’s Week to Meet the Candidates Co-Chair Emily McBurney and members of the Coshocton BPW prior to the beginning of the Meet the Candidates. A community mix and mingle was held from 6:30-7:00 p.m. and the Candidates Forum from 7-9:00 p.m. WTNS Radio broadcasted the Candidates Forum, and Ken Smailes, WTNS News Director, served as the Moderator. 

On Saturday, Oct. 27, several Coshocton BPW members traveled to Granville for the Region 3 BPW meeting.

"NBWW is a significant way to observe and raise awareness about women in businesses and women-owned businesses in Coshocton," said 2018-2019 Coshocton BPW President Raine Hammond.

During the month of October membership dues were reduced to $27.50. Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed.

Coshocton BPW is an active member of the Coshocton community. Activities include scholarships to women returning to education plus they support Dollars for Scholars, and Buckeye Girls State. Money and items are donated to First Step Family Violence at each meeting. Coshocton BPW participates in the Coshocton County Career Center Open House, and donates to the Salvation Army Christmas Castle. BPW sponsors Equal Pay activities in April; and they conduct Individual Development (ID) classes, which are open to the public. The next class is scheduled for January 2019. For more information contact Carey McMasters at coshoctonbpw@gmail.com .

Founded in 1919, BPW is a cross-generational, nonpartisan membership organization with a mission to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Established as the first organization to focus on issues of workingwomen, BPW is historically a leader in grassroots activism, policy influence and advocacy for millions of workingwomen. Membership is open to men and women, employed and unemployed. For more information contact Raine Hammond at coshoctonbpw@gmail.com.