The History of WBN
WBN was founded in Southwestern Pennsylvania in October 1989 by Dee Dotter, owner of a group of personal care homes. The original chapter of 6 women met in Robinson with the goal of bringing women together to help each other expand their businesses. The WBN organization was directed by Dee and the founding members for approximately 2 years when the group decided it was time to formalize and expand their organization. Consequently, the WBN Bylaws were written and a Board of Directors was elected. As hoped, WBN began to grow and additional chapters were formed in and around the Pittsburgh area.
In May 1994, WBN became incorporated and in 1998 WBN was granted a not-for-profit status by the IRS as a 501c6 organization. WBN members have demonstrated their desire to help others by giving to various organizations, including, but not limited to, Dress for Success, the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank, Angela’s Angels and shelters for women and children. Read more about each chapter’s charity on their web page.
The original WBN logo was designed by former member, Chris Manning of Professional Graphic Service in Crafton. The design theory of the logo was that each letter stood independently, but it’s “arms” were interconnected for support, indicative of how our organization works. The logo has since be redone to show a more modern side of WBN while still maintaining the interconnected letters.
WBN holds 2 major events each year: a holiday breakfast and an annual dinner in addition to Regional Focus events held in the spring and fall. One woman is honored yearly as WBN’s Woman of the Year. And a scholarship is given to a member who may use the funds for continuing education.
Since its founding, WBN has grown to support 20+ chapters in Southwestern Pennsylvania. If there is not a chapter near you at this time, consider starting one! WBN will help you in every way to do so.
WBN is proud to support the growth of women business owners and professionals through WBN’s network of chapters and we personally invite you to become a part of our membership’s success story.