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SWAT Networking was founded in 2010 during the recession. It was a way for local businesswomen to get together to promote their businesses, and discuss challenges they were facing. Over the years, SWAT became known for its networking lunches, and grew to five chapters across three counties.

In 2020, SWAT Networking celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Amidst another challenging time for businesses, SWAT got new management—and a new outlook—on doing business in a completely changed world.

Today, Executive Director Lisa Comeau is working on expanding SWAT's offerings for its members to go beyond the networking lunches to include online networking, online and in person roundtable discussions, educational talks, and creative partnerships to support members in their professions, and to be a resource and support system for our members.

The business world is forever evolving, and SWAT Networking is evolving with it to accommodate our members, and to doing business in today's world. We're not just lunches anymore.


Lisa’s passion for small businesses began in high school when her mother started her own business doing Pensions and Acutuaries. Being a primarily man’s profession back then, she saw the struggles--and accomplishments--of her mother not only as a business owner, but as a woman in business.

With the apple falling not far from the tree, after graduating from college and working for a few years, it wasn’t long before Lisa ventured out on her own. Her early background was as a graphic designer, expanding into web design and marketing, and even publishing a local magazine.

Helping out a friend, Lisa was introduced to the world of conference and trade show management and production. Being a detail-oriented, people-person, it was the perfect fit and love at the first show. After doing it as a side gig for years, she semi-retired from graphic design and made the leap into Conference and Trade Show management as her primary career.

Along the journey of her professional life, Lisa experienced the struggles as a small business owner, even including losing a business during the recession. Believing that small business is the backbone of our economy, she always felt like she wanted to help other small businesses and that somehow she could marry her skills to do so, but wasn’t sure how.

When the pandemic hit, her business came to a grinding halt. Knowing that the conference and trade show industry wasn’t going to be bouncing back any time soon, she was trying to figure out how to use her skills to work with small businesses when she heard that SWAT Networking was looking for someone to take it over. It was as if fate stepped in and opened the door.

Taking from her own experiences, along with feedback from members and their professional experiences and needs, Lisa is working to evolve SWAT Networking into connecting members to each other, and to resources to help them succeed in business.


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