What makes the Women’s Business Network (WBN) such a special Business Networking Group?
In a word – Access. As a WBN member, you have access to hundreds of successful business women. Our members have years of experience in a multitude of different industries and can offer advice, products, services, and positive connections to help you succeed.
WBN mission statement:
WBN advances the presence of successful businesswomen by providing personal and professional resources to each member.
As with all networking groups, you get what you give.
What you Get:
As a WBN member, you will become part of a community of dynamic women committed to the success of not only their businesses, but the success of others within the organization. You will get to know the other members well enough that your eagerly refer each other to friends and colleagues. As a member, you will find that other members are committed to helping you be successful not only in your business, but in all parts of life. Through the table topic sections of our meetings and leadership trainings held twice a year, you will learn how to improve your business skills, helping your business to grow. As a WBN member, you receive access to special events, exclusive members only discounts, and advertising opportunities.
What you Give:
As a WBN member you will support other business women by offering your knowledge, products, services and support. WBN members also give back to our community on two levels. The entire organization adopts a yearly service project that we support together. Each chapter has a their own service project they support. Projects have ranged from Food Banks, Women’s Shelters and raising money for a child that needs to have surgery to Angela’s Angels, an organization supplying prom gowns to young ladies who otherwise would miss the attending the Prom. Each person gives as they choose; some members donate products, services, monetary donations or time.
WBN, Inc. Networking Events:
In addition to regular Chapter meetings, WBN hosts a variety of educational and social activities throughout the year. Each event gives members and guests an opportunity to network with, and meet, the entire organization.
Upcoming Events Are:
Thursday, June 25th @ 7:05pm
Pittsburgh Pirate Game
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, July 14th @ 4:30pm
DoubleTree by Hilton – Mars, PA
Saturday, August 29th @ 10:00am-9:00pm
WBN Annual Picnic
Mingo Park, Washington, PA
WBN has approved a new “Retirement Membership Category.”
Features of this new membership status are as follows:
- Members retiring from their business may remain a WBN member at a discounted rate of $30/year.
- Anniversary dates will remain the same.
- The member will receive full member benefits (event attendance, discounted pricing, etc.).
- There will be no attendance requirements.
- The existing category may be filled once member has retired.
- The retired member will serve as a mentor and advisor.
- The retired member may participate in committees.
- They may be asked to provide guidance and feedback to other members.
- No WBN length of membership will be required.
WBN will recognize retired members annually at the Holiday Breakfast.
Chapters have a total of $200 for the year (July 1st through June 30th) to use for chapter recruiting. This money can be used in any fashion such as: printing/mailing invitations, refreshments, door prizes, etc. Some chapters have even used this stipend toward a membership in their local Chamber of Commerce. Just remember that you must submit receipts to Kristina Rugh, WBN Bookkeeper, along with a reimbursement form to receive the money.
Annual dues payment policy
Annual dues are to be paid by the end of your anniversary month. You can find this date on the website.
Login-MEMBER AREA –Manage My Account – Renewal due on [your due date]
Grace Period: If you pay by the 7th day of the month following your renewal date you will pay $ 130.00 + $25.00 late fee to remain in good standing.
MISSED THE GRACE PERIOD: If you are past the 7 day grace period your account will be suspended and you will lose your tenure and have to re-apply and be voted back into your chapter.
Best Practice is to pay your annual dues at the beginning of your anniversary month. If you pay by check be sure to pay the first week of your anniversary month to allow for mailing and processing time. Paying in the first week will not change your anniversary date and you will save yourself from undue stress. Payments can be made online.