August 2021 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Visit the RWN website for a list of all upcoming events.

'Thank You' Member Networking
September 23, 2021
Pane Vino on the River
More info to follow

Learn more about our SIGs (Special Interest Groups) at a special event in October! Look for more info soon!

Useful Links

Membership Information

Committee Descriptions

SIG Descriptions

Committee / SIG Calendar

Sponsor an Event


News from the Office

New Opportunities for Women’sBusiness Center Expansion

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced on August 5 the availability of $150,000, for a new grant opportunity for established and aspiring Women’s Business Center host organizations to provide outcome-oriented business services for women entrepreneurs in Rochester, NY.

“Rochester, NY has experienced economic challenges that make the expansion of our network and its services within this community much needed and vital. We look forward to aiding the ecosystem in creating opportunities for women in business”, said Natalie Madeira Cofield. Learn more here.

Rochester Women's Network has a Facebook Group just for members! If you aren't a member yet, go here to join. 

We have added new email addresses to help members and others reach us more directly, including,,, and These emails, in addition to our general, are checked frequently by committee members, so feel free to reach out should you need anything.

RWN’s committees and SIGs are always looking for new members! Drop us a line if you’re interested in getting more involved in RWN or if you’re looking for more information on a particular SIG or committee.

On The Blog

Amp Up Your Social Media Presence

Posted on July 21, 2021

When it comes to social media for our business, we often feel the need to be seen on every social media platform! I will let you in on a little secret; your business does not need to be on every platform on social media to be successful.


Committee / SIG Updates

The Sales & Marketing SIG is getting a REBRAND!
New name. New ideas. And hopefully new members! Please take a moment to participate in this brief (5-minute) survey. Your input will be invaluable to us as we plan the relaunch of this SIG in the fall. Thanks in advance for your time!

Survey can be found here:
Survey closes on August 27th.

Due to this, we will be taking a break over the summer. We plan on returning in the fall. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. Co-chairs: Melanie Watson ( and Kristi Mitchell (

All RWN SIGs and Committees are looking for new members. Visit to see where your talents and interests might fit in!

Community Connections

Job Opportunities:

RochesterWorks! is a not-for-profit corporation that helps job seekers find jobs, move to higher-paying jobs, and get training to improve skills. RochesterWorks! offers services such as one-on-one job search assistance, career counseling, resume critiquing, training seminars, and much more. All their services are free of charge. Learn more about what RochesterWorks! has to offer you.

NovelNY is New York's Electronic Library. They offer many useful resources to job seekers, including access to the New York State Department of Labor's Career Zone and Job Zone, two expansive sites that allow you to easily assess yourself and career opportunities. Explore the many resources available to you at NovelNY.

General Information:

Greater Rochester SCORE has 19 Free Recorded Webinars to help you with your small business:

Nazareth College Tuition Discount

RWN maintains a partnership with Nazareth College, a significant opportunity for members interested in pursuing a master’s degree. The Nazareth College Educational Partnership provides RWN members with a 20% tuition discount and opportunities for professional development, career advancement, network building, and acquisition of necessary, relevant skills that benefit our members. Members receive the tuition discount for graduate degrees in education, human resources, management, or marketing at Nazareth, in addition to any employer tuition benefits. Please visit the Nazareth Partnership Network webpage for more details and how to apply. 

Open Access 

Alcoholism and other substance-use disorders continue to hurt individuals and families in our community every day. When you or a loved one is ready to seek treatment, call or go to Open Access at 1350 University Avenue, Rochester (585-627-1777). Open Access is staffed 24/7 and welcomes all ages. There will be an evaluation and a connection to an appropriate level of care. Families seeking guidance can call a Recovery Support Navigator at 855-778-1200. RWN member Erin Egloff, the Finger Lakes Addiction Resource Center Coordinator at the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, can also guide you to the right resources. Call her at 585-719-3485 or email Recovery IS possible.

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