April Reszka started out as a volunteer at the Mukwonago Chamber of
Commerce and eventually became executive director.
had some ups and downs over the years. Especially when the economy
hit hard, a lot of small businesses closed and a lot of people
weren’t opening new businesses. But the economy is bouncing back,”
Reszka said. “This year every one of our events should surpass any
that we’ve had the past seven years that I’ve been here.”
A chamber of
commerce is traditionally a local association created by business
owners dedicated to protecting and furthering the interests of the
about helping promote the businesses, networking with the other
chamber members and educating people,” Reszka said.
Chamber of Commerce has over 250 members businesses and Reszka says
about 50 percent of these are female owned.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Miller said more than
50 percent of the smaller businesses in that area are also female
women-owned businesses are certainly becoming more and more
prevalent. I’m seeing more woman-owned or woman-led businesses,
which is great,” said Miller. “Women bring a unique perspective and
different skill set to leadership positions than men do sometimes.”
With over 450
members in the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce, Miller wants
people to be aware of what it takes to run a business.
“One of the key
components to being a business owner is marrying your passion for
whatever it is your business does with the nuts and bolts of
actually operating a business,” Miller said. “Look at the parts of
the business that you, as the owner, want to be involved in and find
ways to bring other people on that can help you with the other
parts. It is very difficult to be a one-woman show.”