Four women-owned local businesses will receive professional advice thanks to ATHENA PowerLink.

The 2016 award winners are Claudine Thiem , Claudine's Consignment, Genevieve Derose Thompson, Inner Balance Pilates, Elizabeth Freitag, Peninsula Pups Doggie Daycare, and Pamela Bane Turner, Shear Delight Salon and Day Spa.

The organization, now in its 16th year, has helped 38 women-owned companies.

Under the program an advisory panel helps the women grow their businesses, and improve everything from sales to marketing.

It also gives the women valuable mentors.

ATHENA PowerLink Chairwoman Linda Stevenson said, "Generally what we find is women become somewhat isolated in their business. This  program breaks down the wall of isolation, gets them into the community, gets them involved."

The ATHENA panel will work with the business owners free of charge for the next year.