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Our Mission

To provide a supportive environment for business professionals to network, achieve personal growth, and to contribute to the betterment of our community.

Yvonne Santos



Vice President Regional Sales Manager
Poppy Bank


Core Values

Our programming focuses on shedding light on relevant issues that affect our local businesses here in Long Beach, subject matter that is intriguing and important to all valued members of our community. Adding onto that, we want to be sure to create a positive, welcoming environment for ALL members of our community, 


 WBC Women of Excellence &

Small Business Grant Applications


The WBC Women of Excellence event honors the achievements and accomplishments of local women in their careers, businesses and communities. Winners are chosen for their vision, courage, compassion, proven success, generosity and involvement in our community as demonstrated by how they help other women succeed. Ideal candidates are women who have exemplified resilience during the pandemic and/or have demonstrated a commitment to furthering diversity and inclusion as part of their leadership.

Women of Excellence Categories

A winner will be chosen for each of the following categories. You are encouraged to nominate someone that you believe is a Woman of Excellence.

Outstanding Woman in Business is a business woman who not only strives to build a great company, but also contributes to the success of other women in business.

Outstanding Community Leader is a woman who has attained a high rank and utilized her position, stature and expertise to break down gender bias and effect positive change for women in her business and in our community.

Outstanding Woman in Education is a woman who serves as an example of hard work and effective leadership through education, and who demonstrates a powerful commitment to her students. This nomination applies to teachers, principals and counselors.

WBC Small Business Grant

The WBC Small Business Grant - the Women’s Business Council is proud to partner with its Members to offer a $2,500 small business grant to one deserving Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce member! Its purpose is to help small business owners to grow their business.


Applications are due by Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 4pm.

Applications can be submitted using the Google Doc links below or forms attached.


The event will take place in person in May, 2024 where we will be able to honor our winners. Winner must be present. Registration:, Events, WBC Installation & Awards Event. Staff Contact: Judy Nelson


WBC Officers

Yvonne Santos, Poppy Bank

Immediate Past President
Tala Baltazar

Vice President Programs / President-Elect
Dana Buchanan, Primal Alchemy

Vice President Communications
Kris Gragson, GK Media

Vice President Membership
Leslie Smith, McCormick L.A.

Heather Summers, LBS Financial Credit Union

Kristina Kovacic, Hotel Maya

Co-Government Affairs
Diana Rodriguez, Actum LLC
Brissa Sotelo-Vargas, Valero 

Nominating Committee
Aimee Mandala, Environ Architecture, Inc.

WBC Directors
Megan Christensen, Bryson
Francesca Douglass-Franco, Humansave
Paulina Jacobs, Crisp Imaging
Julie Maleki-Noggle, Coldwell Banker Realty

Jackie Tan, Klapper Group Exp Realty
Sumer Temple, Don Temple Storage


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