Our Executive Director Recognized by MV Chamber of Commerce!

We are thrilled to share with you that our Executive Director India Rose has been nominated as one of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce's "40 Under 40"! The Chamber describes 40 Under 40 as; "This recognition highlights 40 professionals under the age of 40 who are the movers and shakers in their industries and a vital part of the Island’s largest business community." India will be honored at their annual event at the Harbor View Hotel next week. Congratulations!

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Hurrican Harvey Relief Effort

When tragedy occurs, we are often wondering what we can do to help others in our own little way from the corner of our small world.  We hope you will join us in our efforts to send much needed underwear, bras and feminine hygiene products to those in need and affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  Living on an Island with a small year-round community, we really know how to come together in the wake of struggle.  We hope that you will support and contribute whatever you can to this important effort.  We thank you for your generosity in advance.

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Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities- Vineyard Style Magazine

We are thrilled and oh-so grateful to Vineyard Style Magazine and writer Amelia Smith for this wonderful article in their summer edition magazine.  Thank you for highlighting CEO, Inc, the exciting work we are doing and spending some time with our Founder/Executive Director India Rose. You can check it out here!

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New Cape and Islands Business Women Facebook Group!

         Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod women networking at a CEO Power Hour at Quicks Hole Tavern.

         Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod women networking at a CEO Power Hour at Quicks Hole Tavern.

We just launched a new Facebook group called Cape and Islands Business Women.  This networking group is for business women in the region to connect and support each other in life and business.  We hope you'll come on over, join us and say HELLO!

Click this link HERE and be inspired.

CEO's Island Update June 26th-July 2nd 2017

What's happening this week on Martha's Vineyard? As we head into the week before the 4th of July, the calendar is packed!  From Island Spirit Kayak water fun to Farm Field and Sea's foodie experiences, summer is in full effect.

Mini MBA Details Announced

CEO Martha's Vineyard is proud to be offering the community a new course, available this winter called:

Women in Business, A Mini M.B.A.

This six session course, developed and offered by Island non-profit C.E.O (Creative Entrepreneurs with Opportunities) is intended for women in business at least three years (partners and spouses are welcome). Each two-hour long class will meet once weekly on Thursdays in February and part of March. (Check back for dates, time & location).

The tuition is $150* 
and includes the course handbook.

*A 20% discount will be extended to Network Partners


The Women's Mini M.B.A. classes will include the following topics:

  • Developing a business plan for growth/expansion
  • Financing the next three years (loans, investments)
  • Bringing in new business (marketing/sales research, tactics and tools)
  • Human resources challenges (hiring, training, firing and managing turnover) and
  • The Balancing Act” – managing all the challenges of life and a successful business effort.

Each of the sessions will be highly interactive and incorporating team work and case studies. Guest speakers as well as recognized authorities in accounting, law and human resources will participate. The course coordinator, Susan Silk, is a national award-winning trainer and retired entrepreneur.

Course will be: 6 Thursdays, 6-7:30pm
February 4, 11, 18 | March 3, 10, 17

Four Reasons to Become a Network Partner

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It may be a small island, but have you noticed that you can go years without seeing many of the women that you enjoy and feel energized from being around? Or perhaps you are new to the island and find that you have not had a chance to meet many like-minded women?

As human beings, we are hard wired to crave community. This does not mean “friends and followers” on social networks, but real life, personal and meaningful connections. Women in particular, appreciate the ability to discuss and “sound board” their ideas and share resources. Community building is an important role that the Network intends to fill for our partners.

Relationship Building

Networking has a bad connotation for a lot of women who may think of it as something that is just for extroverts or that is insincere, manipulative, self-promotional, or “salesy”. Although these components exist and are perpetuated by folks who don’t understand the true value of networking, I suggest that we replacing the term networking with a more fitting one: Relationship Building.

Successful “networkers” are the ones who understand that the value of networking is in building relationships and helping fellow community members, not seeking to advance a personal agenda. Time and again it has been proven that those who give without an agenda, in fact will receive ten-fold back. Offering opportunities to build new and meaningful relationships is another important benefit that the Network offers.


CEO is a passionate supporter and advocate of youth education, but that is only the beginning. As adults, we deserve to be learning and growing throughout our lives. Although the online learning possibilities are endless, it cannot compare with the energy that you get from being in a room with other passionate and curious learners. The mutual support and enthusiasm for a shared learning goal can help deepen and cement the lessons. The Network advocates continuous learning and seeks to connect partners with resources and new learning opportunities.

Support & Collaboration

Those of us who work in home or small business environments have the risk of becoming isolated or stale in our thinking. The ability to get to know and brainstorm with other smart, creative and experienced women of different backgrounds can be invaluable for your business or personal development. The CEO Network will foster new ideas, fresh energy and collaboration helping women partner and mastermind. You will have supportive community members to just bounce ideas around with, and the ability to get creative feedback and help with evolving your ideas to the next level.

Bonus Reason #5 – This is a new community and as such, you have a unique opportunity to suggest or help create offerings. If I havent mentioned a benefit that you think should be a role of the Network, you can get involved and help craft and shape future opportunities. This is your group, and we want to hear from you!

The first official meeting of CEO’s Network Partners will be Wed. October 21st  8:15am in the Chappy Room at the Kelley House in Edgartown. Informal networking at 8:15, meeting 8:30-9:15.

If you have not yet registered as a Network Partner, sign-up now and take advantage of this opportunity to be involved and/or influence a fun and rewarding winter schedule!

Fall Open House - 2015

We are please to announce a Fall Open House sponsored by the Kelley House Gallery! It is the perfect time to get your questions answered and  hear what CEO is all about! Learn about upcoming events and educational programming, meet the board & committee members, and learn how you can participate and become a Network Partner, all while enjoying the new and sophisticated Kelley House Digital Gallery.  The Kelley House Wave Bar will be offering light refreshments, so we would appreciate an RSVP for an advance headcount. Looking forward to seeing you there on October 8th! 

A Mini MBA for Women in Business; New Course Announced

C.E.O. is proud to announce a new six week course being offered this winter. The course is entitled “Women in Business – a Mini MBA”.

SCORE mentor and CEO Board V.P. Susan Silk, M.Ed., is developing the course curriculum. The course will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in the library with a capacity for 30 students.

The “Women in Business…” course is the first of its kind on the island. SCORE mentors provide a course for start-up companies; however, this course will be targeted to women in business at least three years. Of course, partners, spouses and next-generation family business members are welcome to enroll as well.

The course will be priced at $175 per enrollee; but C.E.O. Network Partners will receive a reduced fee of $140.

Course topics may include –

  • The Business Plan for Growth/Expansion
  • Financing the Next Three Years: structure, investors/loans, etc.
  • Bringing in New Business: Marketing/ Sales
  • Human resources: The Legal issues
  • Human resources: Creating the best employees (hiring & training)
  • “The Balancing Act”: unique management challenges facing women in business

Each of the six, two hour sessions will be led by a SCORE mentor combining lecture, question-and-answer sessions and highly interactive case study problem-solving. Guest speakers and topic experts are being invited to participate as well.

For more information, please contact us.