Women’s Business Network of Peterborough 2019-20

Women’s Business Network of Peterborough 2019-20

Women’s Business Network of Peterborough 2019-20

The Women’s Business Network of Peterborough is a networking channel for women with diverse backgrounds and careers who meet to share their knowledge and experience and promote their businesses. Network members include entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, administrators, writers, media representatives, and more!

The 2019-20 Board of Directors of the Women's Business Network of Peterborough. Front row, left to right: Program Director Sara George, Program Director Danielle McIver, Past President Tracey Ormond, President Grace Reynolds, External Communications Director Rencee Noonan, Director at Large Laurie English, and Secretary Nadine James. Back row, left to right: Technical Director Tiffany Arcari, Membership Director Arlene Blunck, Member Communications Director Vanessa Dinesen, Treasurer Christine Teixeira, Strategic Planning Director Diane Wolf, and Awards Director Paula Kehoe. (Photo: Heather Doughty)

Meet the women on the 2019-20 WBN Board of Directors

These 13 women guide Peterborough's networking organization serving 170 members.
Grace Reynolds, 2019-20 President of the Women's Business Network of Peterborough. (Photo: Heather Doughty)

Be true to yourself

A message from Grace Reynolds, 2019-20 President of the Women's Business Network of Peterborough
Youth activist Kehkashan Basu, pictured here at 16 years old receiving the 2016 International Children's Peace Prize from Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus in The Hague, is one of the inspiring speakers on the 2019-20 program of the Women's Business Network of Peterborough. (Photo: Rick Nederstigt / ANP)

Peace prize winner Kehkashan Basu one of WBN’s inspiring speakers this year

2019-20 program also features Parmida Barez, Trish Tonaj, Abeer Al-Salihi, Carol Schulte, Shelli Baltman, and Kelly S. Thompson.
Carlotta James and Megan Boyles of Three Sisters Landscaping are in their second year of membership with the Women's Business Network of Peterborough. Carlotta says she meets someone new at every meeting and benefits from the creative discussions that help her brainstorm new ideas for her landscaping business. "I knew the WBN was a welcoming space to connect with great, strong, powerful women in the community." (Photo: WBN)

Why join WBN? There are as many reasons as there are members!

2019-20 membership is sold out for the first time in WBN's 58-year history, but guests can still attend during the year.
Play Café Peterborough Sarah Susnar was one of 20 mentees who participated in the Women's Business Network of Peterborough's mentoring pilot program in 2018-19. She says it was a great experience and would recommend the program to anyone needing help in her business. The mentorship program is back for 2019-20, with applications opening in September. (Photo: Paula Kehoe)

Women help other women succeed in WBN’s new mentoring program

From October to June, volunteer mentors share advice, connections, and opportunities to support their mentee's professional development.
In 2019, the Women's Business Network of Peterborough assumed responsibility for the annual Women in Business Award (previously the Business Woman of the Year Award) and the Judy Heffernan Award (previously the Judy Heffernan Memorial Award). Pictured are 2019 Women in Business Award winner Monika Carmichael (second from right) and 2019 Judy Heffernan Award winner Kim Appleton (right) at the awards event on April 9, 2019. Also pictured are Tara Spence from Trent University and Jo Oanh Ho from Fleming College, the recipients of the 2019 Business Student Award. Planning is underway for the 2020 awards. (Photo: Bianca Nucaro / kawarthaNOW.com)

WBN’s Women in Business and Judy Heffernan Awards recognize business leadership and empowerment

A committee led by 2019-20 WBN Awards Director Paula Kehoe is now planning the 2020 awards event.
Two members of the Women's Business Network of Peterborough who were publicly recognized in 2019 for their achievements: Monika Carmichael of Trent Valley Honda, who received the Women in Business Award for business leadership, and Kim Appleton of Emmatt Digital, who received the Judy Heffernan Award for empowering other women to succeed. (Photo: Bianca Nucaro / kawarthaNOW.com)

Recognizing the achievements of members of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough

A list of the organization's members who have been publicly honoured for their business and community leadership.
Women's Business Network of Peterborough members Sarah Susnar of Play Cafe Peterborough (second from left) and Jane Davidson of Best Write Communications (third from right) were both recipients of grants in 2017 from Starter Company Plus, a program administered by the Business Advisory Centre of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development. The Business Advisory Centre is one of several local resources savailable to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to establish or grow their businesses. (Photo: Tyler Wilson)

Do you need help starting or growing your business?

A list of local and non-local resources, from support to grants and financing, for female entrepreneurs and business owners.