Celebrating Women, Celebrating Business

Penang women attending WBS anniversary

WomenBizSENSE was a little idea in 2006. Yesterday, we celebrated our 6th anniversary.

We want to thank everyone who spent their Saturday to attend our WomenBizSENSE 6th Anniversary Celebration yesterday at Berjaya Georgetown Hotel!

It was the first time we had such a celebration on such a big scale. All our previous anniversary celebrations were small and private but this year, we decided we had to share our group with more women entrepreneurs in Penang.

Our dedicated members - Sue Chee, Amrit Kaur & Serene Chuah

We had more than 70 beautifully-dressed ladies – Malaysians and foreign friends (we had Kate and Narelle from Australia, we have Yen, Le and Grace from Vietnam; Katja from Holland; Sharron from Denmark) – who came to enjoy each other’s company and meet new friends.

Pretty cupcakes sponsored by Erina Law of Cooking Island

We started the morning with refreshment – Vietnamese coffee and tea accompanied by pretty cupcakes sponsored by Erina Law of Cooking Island. For those who are keen to get in touch with Erina, please contact her at her website or call 012 473 1627. Everyone loved the dainty cupcakes!

Global Ginseng Sdn Bhd, another sponsor, also sponsored ginseng tea for morning refreshment for those who didn’t drink coffee.

To get everyone warmed up, Kim Khoo our emcee rounded up everyone for a quick networking game where ladies had to meet and get as many business cards from each other. This set the tone for the day as we were all geared up for more.

WomenBizSENSE Committee 2012

Krista Goon as the co-chairperson next gave a comprehensive introduction to WomenBizSENSE, highlighting the range of events we had, from charity projects to business visits and learning opportunities for women in business.

Our events and activities are based on the five pillars of our name – SENSE – which stood for Support, Education, Networking, Social Responsibility and Entrepreneurship. Each event we carried out must adhere to any of these five main areas.

WomenBizSENSE Anniversary Commitee

Josephine Yoong, as co-chairperson, gave a welcome speech next to talk about how WomenBizSENSE helps support businesses in Penang, citing examples of how our activities benefit women who are looking for a networking platform, or just to meet other women in business.

She focused on the charity outreach that we do and a specific case of our Christmas Party at the Handicapped Children’s Centre on Grove Road two years ago. A young boy of the centre, at the last stage of kidney failure, managed to win a beautiful pearl necklace for his mother during our Christmas Party Lucky Draw (this necklace was sponsored by Venessa Diamonds). He eventually passed away but not before he gave his mother something really beautiful.

This was capped with an interview session with the CEO of Intact Group, Angelina Cheong, who gave away three copies of her book before she started the question-and-answer session with the audience.

Everyone we spoke to had good things to say about this event – we had 24 prizes for our lucky draw plus a lovely goodie bag worth more than RM200 in product vouchers, gifts and special, limited edition WBS bag hook.

The buffet lunch was delicious especially the “hot food station” – the Mee Ketam got the unanimous thumbs-up from everyone.

Krista, Sue & Kate (from Australia)

We’d like to thank the organizing committee for a job well done. Our heartiest thanks to Pauline AngĀ (our Organizing Chairperson) who had many late nights putting the finishing touches to the event.

She worried and fretted over last minute details but she was helped by an able and wonderful team comprising Amrit Kaur, Cecilia Yew, Juanna Jane Dahalan, Krista Goon, Kim Khoo, Mety Lee and Mily Goh Huey Ee.

It has not been easy organizing an event of such scale and it has been about 2 months of hard work and meetings. Yet we managed to make it a success thanks to teamwork, dedication and commitment from everyone despite the early challenges and frustrations.

We’d also like to thank members like Sue Chee, Saw Siew Kee, Serene Chuah and Mimi Lim who stepped up to assist us all yesterday.

Plus all these KL and Penang businesses who were happy to contribute towards our goodie bags and lucky draw!

Nestle Malaysia Bhd
Creative Furnishing Sdn Bhd
Toujours Entrepot
Redbox Studio
HS 108 Sdn Bhd
Foodville Sdn Bhd
Shines Organic Sdn Bhd
Tamasha @ G Hotel
Cooking Island
Pearly Kee
UNITY Agency
Soul Balance
Precious Ones Collections Sdn Bhd
Down To Earth
Quench It
Eng Sin Auto Care Sdn Bhd
Global Ginseng Sdn Bhd
Infinity Hair Design
Serba Wangi Sdn Bhd
Berjaya Georgetown Hotel
China House Penang
JSA Consultancy
Juanna Jane Dahalan
GL Paradise Solution
Nu Skin (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

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