The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce and Women's Biz Net will honor local women leaders during its inaugural Outstanding Women Leaders (OWL) Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Biltmore Country Club, 160 Biltmore Drive, in North Barrington.

"There are women among us who serve as role models, breaking barriers and setting the bar high for their accomplishments professionally and to the community," said Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Suzanne Corr. "We developed the OWL awards to thank those amazing women leaders who make a tremendous impact on the lives of others. These are important stories that others should hear."

OWL Award Recipients will be recognized in the following categories: Professional Excellence, Community Contributions, Nonprofit Leadership, Mentorship and Education.

OWL Award applications are now being accepted and must be submitted to the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce by Monday, Aug. 20. Nomination forms are available at the chamber office at 190 E. James St. in Barrington, or can be downloaded from the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce website at

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's Women's Biz Net is a network of women empowering women. WBN offers monthly meetings and programs that bring relevant topics, networking opportunities and a forum for building relationships that can enhance your business aspirations and enrich your life. The monthly meetings are dedicated "to gather professional women to inspire, enrich, empower and benefit from the unique talents of extraordinary women."

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1969, is an association of nearly 900 member businesses representing more than 1,800 employees dedicated to the success and prosperity of the 11 regional communities it serves: Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Inverness, Kildeer, Lake Barrington, Long Grove, North Barrington, Port Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes. BACC promotes economic opportunities, advocates the interests of business, offers programs for professional development and leadership, and works to foster a robust regional economy.