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Whether you are starting a new business or looking to advance your career, the American Business Women’s Association is the place to be for women who want to connect, learn and grow.

The American Business Women’s Association was established in 1949 to give all women access to leadership, networking and recognition opportunities. It offers online business courses, insightful and timely seminars and the opportunity to be part of both a local and national organization.

Orangeburg native Rachelle Jamerson-Holmes is the chairperson of the newly formed EmpowerHer Chapter of the ABWA. Forming and launching a women’s professional organization in Orangeburg during Women’s History Month has been one of her longtime goals.

“The ABWA national headquarters and the national president, Dr. Sonja Ogletree Santani of Charleston, S.C., have been exceptional to work with during the formation process,” Jamerson-Holmes said.

Jamerson-Holmes is encouraging women to attend a kickoff meet-and-greet on Thursday, March 29,, to learn more about the organization.

“Are you interested in connecting with professional women in the greater Orangeburg County area, surrounding counties and nationally?” Jamerson-Holmes said. “Do you yearn for personal and professional growth and empowerment? We invite you to join the women of the Orangeburg, S.C., EmpowerHer Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.”

Other women on the chapter's formation committee include: Brenda Austin, Bernita Cooper, Kimberlei Davis, Pamela Free, Von Gaskin, Shakia Haynes, Tessie Haywood, Brooke Howard, Sarah Priester and Sonya Sims.

The group is being advised by Latoria Lloyd Walker of Columbia and Arminta Owens and L. Ophelia Montgomery of Orangeburg.

ABWA members enjoy many perks, such as:

• Professional development online

• Face-to-face professional development

• Subscription to Women in Business magazine and Achieve newsletter

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• Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund.

• Members-only discounts on business products and services.

The EmpowerHer Chapter kickoff event will be held Thursday at Thee Matriarch Bed & Breakfast, 1170 Fischer St., at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, including the cost of the event, call 803-937-1747 or visit Eventbrite.com (ABWA EmpowerHer Orangeburg S.C.)

For more information about the ABWA EmpowerHer Chapter, contact Jamerson-Holmes at 803-937-1747 or EmpowerHerABWAChapter@gmail.com, or visit the national website at www.ABWA.org.

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