Bloomingdale Area Women in Business (BAWIB)
BAWIB (an arm of the Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce) is a dynamic group of women seeking to expand professional opportunities for themselves in the Bloomingdale area. The BAWIB are looking for women who possess the ability to empower, embrace and equip women with the knowledge and resources to achieve their personal goals and reach their professional potential.
BAWIB created the Business Woman of the Year Award, named after longtime Bloomingdale business woman Georgene Geils, who with her husband, Wally, ran Economart for over 40 years. Few women in town had a greater positive impact on all facets of Bloomingdale - family, business, school, church, scouts, and politics - Georgene made her mark in all those areas.
Georgene passed away in 2011, and she is missed by many. She is pictured above with Mary Ellen Johnson, who was the first year's award recipient.