Our Vision Statement

ABWA Oceanside Charter Chapter is dedicated to recognizing, supporting and empowering motivated, local business women to build strong personal and professional relationships in a high energy, inclusive environment.

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Kimberly Santiago - Paul Davis Restoration

FirstWave Financial

Meeting Sponsorship

For $75 you will receive: dinner, an opportunity to speak to attendees for five minutes from the podium, have your business listed on our website and in our email announcements for the month of sponsorship, and receive recognition in our quarterly newsletter!  Higher sponsorship levels and benefits are also available.  Please contact our Treasurer at abwaoceanside@gmail.com to reserve your meeting sponsorship date.

ABWA Mission Statement

The mission of the American Business Women's Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

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Thank You to our Sponsors & Donors

  • Anita Carbone
    Carbone Financial Services
  • Carol Atkinson
    Cabrit Psychotheraphy Services
  • Cindy Schmitt
  • Kim Santiago
    Paul Davis Restoration
  • Laura Chiesman
    First Wave Financial
  • Martha Young
  • Sandy Michelson

Meeting Information

Fourth Tuesday of Every Month

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Registration is $33.00 for ABWA Members and $40.00 for Guests

Eau Gallie Yacht Club, 100 Datura Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, FL

Please take a look at our Membership Brochure "One Membership, a Lifetime of Value" and discover all the benefits of a membership in our organization!


Elia Twigg, BiaCORE


Skinergy by Cindy Grossman & Kristen Heath

Contact Information

ABWA Oceanside Charter Chapter
P.O. Box 360151
Melbourne, FL 32936
Anita Carbone
Membership Chair

Welcome to The ABWA Oceanside Charter Chapter

January 25, 2022

Elaine Larsen

Having the Guts to Go for the Glory!

Elaine Larsen, driver of the Florida Tech Generation 6 jet dragster has been jet racing for 19 years. With her experience and talent she has won two World Championships, but how did she do it? Winning isn’t always easy. You need the right car, the right team, and the right mindset. Will she continue to have the guts to go for the glory?

Being a strong, positive role model is something that Elaine Larsen takes seriously. In the past decade, she has licensed ten new jet car drivers, more than half of them being female. With her husband, Chris, their son Andrew and dog, Nitro, she lives her life at full throttle.  Mentoring the next generation of High Performance Vehicles Specialist is what fuels Elaine today. Giving women the chance behind the wheel, or hands-on opportunities in this male dominated industry is her focus for 2021 and beyond.

Elaine is a creator of four comic books, “Blaze” which were inspired by real life experiences and adapted to high STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education and embedded curricula for each of the corresponding comics.  At 54 years old, Elaine is just hitting her stride both personally and professionally. This wife, mom and race car driver has never been one to just sit back and wait for something to happen. Elaine is actively looking for exciting opportunities for her company. What people do when everyone is looking is important, but the true test of character is what they do when no one is looking. When things get tough, that is where true character is made. Elaine is the youngest of seven, born and raised in a small town in Michigan on her family’s farm. Hard work was something that she learned from her father. “My dad would wake up before everyone and would not sit down until the work was done,” says Elaine. That hard work has paid off for her. Starting their race team from the ground up and getting behind the wheel was no easy feat. Getting people to take you seriously as a woman in a male dominated sport over two decades ago was a challenge Elaine was ready to experience!

Founded by Chris and Elaine Larsen, Larsen Motorsports is an award-winning innovator in the jet racing field, but it is also a proven leader in community outreach, STEAM advocacy, and providing unique and valuable hands-on experiences to high school and college students. Racing across the country, this mobile marketing team has been highlighted in many national TV and ad campaigns, including Jay Leno, The Alliance for Lifetime Income, To Tell the Truth and many more. 

Join us on Tuesday, January 25 to find out how Elaine Larsen uses STEAM to cross the finish line!


Mixed greens salad with EGYC house vinaigrette

Chicken Saltimboca, cous cous, Chef's vegetable


Ginger-soy glazed salmon, Jasmine rice, Chef’s vegetable


Spinach ravioli with grilled vegetables and balsamic (Vegetarian)


Meal includes rolls and butter, coffee or tea

Glass of Wine - $9.00





Dinner Meeting Registration & Payment

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 Online Advanced Excel Training

Join us as we explore the power of Microsoft Excel! In each quarterly session, the Oceanside Charter Chapter will provide insightful and useful Excel topics.  We encourage even the experienced user to join us as we share "tips and tricks" to leverage the power of Excel.

All topics are taught in the order of the modules in the optional textbook, Microsoft Office 365 & Excel 2016: Comprehensive,(Shelly Cashman) ISBN:9781305870710.  Textbook can be purchased from various online retailers.

Location:  Zoom

1:00 - 3:00PM

Saturday, January 29, 2022:  Working with Trendlines, Pivot Tables, Pivot Charts and Slicers
Saturday, May 21, 2022:  Data Analysis with Power Tools and Creating Macros  

Instructor:  Cindy Schmitt


  • Non-ABWA Member:  $40/session
  • ABWA Member:  $25/session

Payments are non-refundable.

Online Excel Training Registration & Payment

(All proceeds benefit the Oceanside Charter Chapter Professional Development and Education programs.)



Our Chapter is working to help women in our community. You can help too by purchasing these delicious nuts, snacks, and chocolates. Every purchase will bring us one step closer to helping women grow personally and professionally. Please help us with a purchase today!

A portion of every product sold on this fundraising website benefits ABWA Oceanside Charter Chapter!

Terri Lynn Fundraising

Here we are through our first quarter of our fiscal year. How time flies! The holidays will be quickly upon us. Our Chapter continues to grow with nine new members joining Oceanside for a total roster of 67. I want to thank Adrienne Roth from the Brevard Business News for creating such a remarkable article about our Chapter and its success in achieving Best Practices Level I and the continued growth of our league. Thank you to our Executive Board, Committees and all Oceanside members for making our successes happen! Our successful Ladies’ Night Out events brought co-hosts, Jeanne Whitman and...Read more

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