WBN News


The AGM was all about Networking

On September 25th the WBN held its Annual General Meeting. Erin Crotty of Bloomstra Consulting helped us prepare our ‘elevator speech’ and had several members practice in front of their peers. She also provided us with her best 10 networking tips.

Please welcome the 2012-2013 Board of Directors:

Olga Howe Networker of the Year

The Olga Howe Networker of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious honours the WBN bestows on members. It can be presented to one member per year who has distinguished herself by serving, sharing, guiding, mentoring and inspiring others in the network.
This year the award was presented to Sandra Harvey, Murphy Business Ottawa.

General Membership Award

The General Membership Award is presented to five members for their outstanding contributions to the network.  This year the recipients were:

2011 – 2012 WBN Annual Report

Click here to read the full 2011-2012 Annual Report which includes a Year in Review by the President, Rosa Maria Iuliano; Committee Reports and bios of the new Board of Directors.


Call for Nominations: Women’s Business Network, Businesswoman of the Year Awards

Thirty years ago, the WBN started the tradition of recognizing the accomplishments of women who live, work and play an active role in business operating within the National Capital Region. When it began, it was a single award for one deserving entrepreneur but as times change and businesswomen move into different fields, there is now an award for an entrepreneur, a professional and a woman in the corporate arena.

Nominations opened on September 25, 2012. Nominating is as simple as providing the name and contact information for the exceptional woman you wish to nominate. Take the time to recognize an outstanding woman in business with your nomination today!

Submit your nomination with the online nomination form, forward it to colleagues, friends or clients, or download our advertisement to post or distribute in your place of business.

Nominees do not have to be a WBN member to qualify, nor are nominations required to be made by WBN members.

Let’s celebrate the accomplishments of women in our community. Help us recognize their contributions and the success they have achieved across the diverse demands of women in business today. Act now – nominations close on Monday, November 19, 2012.

If you require more information, please contact the WBN BYA Nominating & Awards Committee by email at nominations@womensbusinessnetwork.ca or by phone at (613) 749-5975, ext. 251.



Committee Membership

The Year of the Member begins!  Interested in joining a Committee? Reach out to our Committee Chairs if you are interested in a specific Committee. If you aren’t sure which Committee is right for you, please contact Lynda Carter, President or Sasha Hamid, Membership Chair to help you find the right fit.


Have You Seen our New Sponsorship Levels?

Partner with the WBN and highlight your business! Our new Sponsorship Chart outlines the opportunities to expand your marketing reach to a broad range of business leaders and members of the WBN. There is a perfect level for your business.

Our sponsorship packages provide a value packed option for all sponsorship partners. Whether you are looking to be an annual sponsor or to sponsor a specific event, there are package options for you starting as low as $500. We have something to meet every budget or business need.

Click here to view the benefits available to sponsors or contact Tracey Pagé, sponsorship chair, for full details on all partnership opportunities at 613-768-7560 or tpage@collinsbarrow.com.


Have you checked out WBN’S BLOG, W2W?

WBN’s blog, W2W (Woman2Woman) is up and running! If you are a WBN member, please check it out and submit a post today – we want to hear from you!

What should you blog about? How about your business expertise? Share your knowledge & expertise with the rest of the online community. For instance, if you are a skin care specialist, you can share some tips on dealing with aging skin. If you are a photographer, you might want to share some tips on getting the best headshot for business portraits.

As a current WBN member, one of the benefits of your membership is posting to the W2W Blog. This is your space to highlight your expertise, and promote yourself.

If you have questions, please send them to marketing@womensbusinessnetwork.ca.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Membership Committee News

The WBN is pleased to announce Dr. Sasha Hamid as the new Chair of Membership Committee. Dr. Hamid is a Chiropractor at the Byward Chiropractic Clinic and Byward Massage Therapy in Ottawa. Sasha has been on the Membership Committee since joining the WBN in 2009, and is excited to see the WBN family flourish in the coming year. New member attraction and member retention are key objectives for Sasha and the Membership Committee.

The Membership Committee is looking for other enthusiastic members and if you are interested please contact Sasha at shamid@bywardchiropractic.com.


You asked – we delivered!

Starting this fall, we will be hosting Networking Breakfasts on a monthly basis.

You can continue to enjoy our bi-monthly Breakfast Circles at the urban element, and, join us for more breakfast, networking and fun on opposite months at our newest location.

Join us on Thursday, October 25th,
7:30 am – 9:00 am
At the new Bridgehead Roastery & Coffeehouse to kick off our new bi-monthly Breakfast Circle series.
Register Now! Seats are limited! 


(RE)Tweet to Win! 

We are continuing to run our Twitter contests. Win a pair of tickets to the brand new October Breakfast Circle, and network with new and existing WBN members in a small, intimate setting.

How do you enter? The following message will be going out starting September 27 via our WBN twitter account. All you have to do is retweet:

‘Know an outstanding #businesswoman in #Ottawa? Then nominate her for WBN’s Businesswoman of the Year Award! Nominations now open.’

When you retweet the above message between now and October 20, your name will be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets for you and a friend to attend the brand new October 25 Breakfast Circle.

Make sure to follow us! Connect with us @WBN_Ottawa.

We will announce the winner on Twitter on October 21. Each RT counts as one ballot, so retweet away & Increase your odds of winning! Good luck!


Welcome to the WBN New Members!

We are happy to welcome the following new members to the Women’s Business Network:

We look forward to meeting you at a WBN Networking event!


NEW MEMBER Spotlight: Marlene Thicke

 marlenethicke_(2).jpgEach month, one WBN member will be highlighted in the newsletter and website. This month, we would like to introduce Marlene Thicke.

Marlene works with executives who are reacting to the game changes at work and would like to become more resourceful problem solvers. What makes her different is her effective listening skills and visual maps… to help people see what they say. And because of this, her clients discover they have the clarity, ideas and solutions to move forward.

For more info, visit her website at www.marleneink.com.