In honor of women’s history month, a local organization will hold a luncheon to honor three area women.

The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Women in Business event at noon Wednesday at the Hanover College Ogle Center.

Registration to attend ends Friday.

After taking a year off in 2016, Chamber executive director Lindsay Bloos said they really wanted to bring back the well-attended event focused on “fostering connections between women and business in the community.”

This year’s speakers are Girls Inc. program director Emilee Roberts, Hanover professor Nasrin Shahinpoor and business owner Deb Fine.

Bloos said this year’s event will focus on the themes of connection, empowerment and inspiration.

Because the event is sponsored by Hanover College, Bloos said she knew she wanted someone from the school represented. Soon, a Chamber intern suggested Shahinpoor and she became the first choice.

Shahinpoor is a professor of economics and division coordinator for social sciences. Prior to her time at Hanover, she taught at Butler University, Xavier University, University of Cincinnati and Wilmington College.

Her teaching areas include economic topics and their relation to gender. Shahinpoor’s writing has been featured in several professional journals.

Roberts, who was also recently honored as the Chamber’s “ambassador of the year,” was a natural fit, Bloos said.

With her recent successes and vibrant and positive personality, Bloos said Roberts is a great example of making and maintaining connections.

Former Small Business of the Year award winner Deb Fine is a “great asset to the community,” Bloos said, “and a great influence on me personally.”

Fine owns Cocoa Safari Chocolates and Hertz Shoes with her husband, Mike.

The hour-long event will include lunch with a soup and salad bar, and attendees will also have a chance to win door prizes.

Tickets are $30 for non-Chamber members and $20 for members. Registration can be completed at