Better Together: how the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough benefits its members

Benefits of WBN membership include promoting your business, making connections with other members and the community, and growing professionally

Whether you're a young entrepreneur or a seasoned professional, the Women's Business Network of Peterborough provides many opportunities for networking, business promotion and exposure, and professional growth, support and mentorship. (Photo: WBN)
Whether you're a young entrepreneur or a seasoned professional, the Women's Business Network of Peterborough provides many opportunities for networking, business promotion and exposure, and professional growth, support and mentorship. (Photo: WBN)

The Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN) is a resource for women to make valuable contacts, promote their business, and develop lasting relationships with other local women in business.

There are many ways to get involved. As with any networking group, the more you use the opportunities, the more you gain in exposure and connections.

Here are some of the opportunities WBN offers its members throughout the entire year:


Promote your business

Host a Business Spotlight event

Hosting a Business Spotlight, like this one at Tiny Greens Plant Cafe, is a fun and casual way to introduce fellow members to your business. (Photo: WBN)
Hosting a Business Spotlight, like this one at Tiny Greens Plant Cafe, is a fun and casual way to introduce fellow members to your business. (Photo: WBN)

Hosted at members’ places of business, the Spotlight event introduces fellow members to businesses in the Kawarthas, to raise awareness and gain new customers.

Upcoming Business Spotlight events in the fall of 2018 include: Camp Kawartha on Wednesday, September 19th, with more Business Spotlights to be announced soon.

For more details on these events and for more information on the WBN Business Spotlight, visit www.womensbusinessnetwork.net/spotlight.

 

Register an exhibitor table at member meetings

At WBN meetings, members can book promotional booths in the networking area in advance of dinner. Booths can be booked for any month simply by visiting the WBN website. (Photo: WBN)
At WBN meetings, members can book promotional booths in the networking area in advance of dinner. Booths can be booked for any month simply by visiting the WBN website. (Photo: WBN)

Members can showcase their products and services with an exhibitor table at meetings for $20. Tables are booked on a first-come, first-served basis for members only.

 

Advertise in WBN’s monthly newsletter

WBN’s monthly newsletter offers an inexpensive and effective way to promote your business.

A variety of advertising opportunities are available in the WBN e-newsletter and e-blasts sent to hundreds of businesses in our community.

You can view an archive of past WBN newsletters at www.womensbusinessnetwork.net/press-room/public-news/.

 

Promote your business activities in free WBN newsletter announcements

Keep the membership informed about your business in the Member News and Community Events sections of the WBN newsletter.

The types of information you can share include notices, changes, additions, updates, new products and services, special events, fundraisers, member to member discounts, and celebrations.

 

Write a feature article for the WBN website blog and newsletter

By writing a feature article for the WBN website blog and newsletter, you can educate and inform the membership about your expertise in your industry.

To see an archive of past blog posts by members, visit www.womensbusinessnetwork.net/blog/.

 

Share how you and your business have grown from the podium

Going along with WBN’s 2018-19 theme “Better Together”, this is an opportunity at each member meeting to share with fellow members and guests how the WBN has helped you and your business grow.

The concept: from the podium, two members will have the opportunity to share who invited them to their first meeting or how they first heard about WBN, how long they have been a member, and what about WBN has made them or their business stronger or better, in five minutes, for $20.


Make connections

Attend the WBN monthly meeting with social hour and dinner

WBN meetings allow you to connect with different women each month at your dinner table. The WBN facilitator at the table will lead the discussion and ensure everyone has an opportunity to introduce themselves. (Photo: WBN)
WBN meetings allow you to connect with different women each month at your dinner table. The WBN facilitator at the table will lead the discussion and ensure everyone has an opportunity to introduce themselves. (Photo: WBN)

Every month from September to June, WBN hosts a member meeting on a Wednesday night, usually at the Holiday Inn Waterfront in downtown Peterborough.

The evening begins with a networking hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and an engaging and inspiring guest speaker at 7:30 p.m.

If you’re not a WBN member and want to experience a member meeting, you can attend as a guest.

 

Access to WBN’s full membership directory

As a WBN member, you have access to the complete membership list, including member contact information and headshots.

It’s a great way to become familiar with other members and to develop new networking and business opportunities.

 

Community involvement through charitable activities and donations

WBN is a proud supporter of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton's Crossroads Shelter. Here Anne Arnold and Corinna Campbell of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton accept a $20,064.84 cheque from WBN Program Directors Sana Virji and Lori McKee, raised by members during WBN's annual fundraising Holiday Gala and Auction. (Photo: WBN)
WBN is a proud supporter of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton’s Crossroads Shelter. Here Anne Arnold and Corinna Campbell of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton accept a $20,064.84 cheque from WBN Program Directors Sana Virji and Lori McKee, raised by members during WBN’s annual fundraising Holiday Gala and Auction. (Photo: WBN)

The WBN is a proud supporter of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton’s Crossroads Shelter, a temporary home where women and children can escape domestic violence and rebuild their lives. WBN has been supporting the Crossroads Shelter since 1983 and, every December, holds a fundraising Holiday Gala and Auction.

As well as WBN’s support of the Crossroads Shelter, many WBN members are involved in individual community and fundraising activities throughout the year.


Grow professionally

See top keynote speakers each month at member meetings

WBN member meetings feature high-calibre keynote speakers. Denise Donlon, best known for her time as VJ, producer, and vice-president and general manager of MuchMusic, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural 2017-18 meeting of WBN. There are also many opportunities throughout the year to learn, engage and promote at WBN trade shows and booths. (Photo: Meghan Moloney)
WBN member meetings feature high-calibre keynote speakers. Denise Donlon, best known for her time as VJ, producer, and vice-president and general manager of MuchMusic, was the keynote speaker at the inaugural 2017-18 meeting of WBN. There are also many opportunities throughout the year to learn, engage and promote at WBN trade shows and booths. (Photo: Meghan Moloney)

WBN hosts engaging, inspiring and educational keynote speakers at its member meetings every month from September to June.

Last year’s speakers included: Denise Donlon; Leslie Bradford-Scott; Laila Ghattas; Annual Member Tradeshow featuring Lori McKee; Colleen Carruthers and Gwyneth James; Brenda Halloran; Peterborough Business Excellence Awards panel featuring Catia Skinner, Jennifer Garland, Brenda Ibey, and Christine Watts; Faith Dickinson; Tessa Smith; and Susan McLennan.

Guest speakers for 2018-19 include: Tracey Ormond, Monika Carmichael, and Heather Doughty (September 5th); Jocasta Boone (October 3rd); Parmees Yazdanyar (November 7th); Colleen Carruthers (January 9th); Louisa Jewell (February 6th); and Victoria Lennox (April 3rd); with more speakers to be announced.

For all the details and updates for the 2018-19 program, visit www.womensbusinessnetwork.net/program/.

 

Attend Lunch Box Learning workshops at the Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce hosts monthly Lunch Box Learning seminars in the Chamber’s boardroom. This noon-hour series is free for Chamber members and WBN members interested in professional development and connecting with fellow members.

You are invited to bring your lunch along with you, and have the opportunity to listen to a short presentation, followed by a Q&A session.


For more information about the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough, visit www.womensbusinessnetwork.net.

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