Erin Suarez
      President, Women's Business Council

    The Women's Business Council's mission is to provide a supportive environment for business professionals to network, achieve personal growth and contribute the community's betterment.  I really want to provide relevant programs and resources for women in business.  That can include owners, leaders or people just starting out in business.  The Council is important because women play a vital role in business, whether they're at the top of the company or in middle management.  I think there's no better time for women to be highlighted and acknowledged.  I look forward to seeing you all at our events!

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  • Women's Business Council of Directors

    WBC Officers

    Erin Suarez, Epson America

    Megan Christensen, Able ARTS Work

    Immediate Past President
    Aimee Mandala, Environ Architecture, Inc.

    Chris Brown, Opus Bank

    Kathryn Atkins, Writing World, LLC

    Vice President Programs
    Megan Christensen, Able ARTS Work

    Vice President Communications
    Alison Vaught, Epson America

    Vice President Membership
    Jackie Tan, Hotel Maya

    WBC Directors
    Candice Callahan, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch
    Kat Davis, Long Beach Affordable Housing
    Janice Fronjian, The Westin Long Beach

    Sharon Peterson, Southern California Region for
    10,000 Small Businesses

    Diana Rodriguez, Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai
    Heather Summers, LBS Financial Credit Union


  • The WBC is excited to welcome our newest board member, Heather Summers, Senior Vice President, Marketing, LBS Financial Credit Union! Heather has lived in Long Beach for over 19 years and is truly passionate about the city. She is a member of the Long Beach Chamber Board of Directors and has a 5 year old son attending school in Long Beach Unified School District. “I am honored to join this fantastic group of women on the WBC Board and excited to get more involved in Long Beach!”


  • Dear Women’s Business Council Member,

    The Women’s Business Council is proud to partner with Andeavor to bring this Small Business Grant opportunity to Long Beach Chamber of Commerce members!  Its purpose is to help small business owners to grow their business.  Deadline to apply is Monday, March 26!

    Criteria to apply:

    • Business must be a member of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
    • Business must have less than 10 full time employees
    • Must have been in business a minimum of 3 years
    • Must have had collaborative and/or community involvement

    Every business fitting these criteria may apply.  For an application please contact Judy Nelson at jnelson@lbchamber.com

    Good Luck!