Nation Valley News
MAPLE RIDGE — A burgeoning group of Dundas County female entrepreneurs are set to meet here at noon today — a lunch gathering other business-minded organizations in the area would be hard-pressed to match in size.
The brainchild of Nanda Wubs of Chesterville — co-owner of two family companies, Wubs Transit and Precision Diesel — the first meeting of ‘Dundas Women in Business’ drew just seven participants last August.
“We have around 60 members now, and that’s through word of mouth,” said Wubs, describing the group’s explosive growth — all of it through word of mouth — as “quite amazing.”
The current membership represents approximately $60-million in local business revenue.
“There seems to be a need for women to support each other in business,” Wubs explained, highlighting a Canadian Trade Commissioner Service statistic showing 950,000 self-employed women in the country in 2012. They accounted for 35.6 percent of self-employed individuals in Canada. And businesses with majority female ownership represented over $117 billion in annual economic activity.
“Women are more nurturing, more caring, and we generally want to help each other. Also, a lot of women go into businesses that appeal to women — that’s their target audience,” she asserted.
Dundas Women in Business has been meeting for lunch every other month, although that will shift to the first Wednesday of each month starting in June.
“The goal at each meeting is to problem solve ways to build and promote our business and share resources,” said Wubs, adding each member should come away from a session “with least one new idea, resource or connection that will help you grow your business.”
“Understanding the unique challenges that women in business face, our intent is not to add to the workload of our already busy members but find ways to connect with other organizations and people who can help us achieve our goals — i.e. Chamber of Commerce, Township of North Dundas, Business Revitalization Group, B.I.A.’s, Destination North Dundas.”
The group is open to all business women in Dundas County, and “members are encouraged to invite others to meetings,” the founder said.
Held at different locations, each luncheon offers door prizes, resources, and opportunities for the participating to “show their stuff.” The event also typically features a speaker.
Catered by Anne Carrier of Simply Baked, today’s session at Maple Ridge Centre will be led by two members — Rebecca VanNoppen from More Than Enough Financial Coaching and Co-Host of “Let’s Talk Money” on Radio CHRI 99.1FM and Lianne Tibben from Cash is Queen — “a proven cash-flow guru and accounting genius,” said Wubs. “These ladies will be teaching us how to read financial statements, including key areas to track, plus tax tips for businesses operated through your home, and teaching and challenging us how to be financially fit.”
“Some upcoming luncheons include a private tour of Biemond Creamery, which includes a pancake and yogurt lunch, hosted by Against the Grain’s Shelley Spruit and Jennifer Biemond of the Creamery,” she added.
Wubs and Jen Feeny also plan an upcoming workshop on social media marketing.
Their next meeting, June 7, will feature Shelli Warren from She Connex.
100 Women Who Care — North Dundas version planned
Wubs also remarked that the group hopes “to put together a ‘100 Women Who Care Fundraising Event’ to benefit local non-profits located in North Dundas. Any women in the community are invited to get this project off the ground — they don’t have to be in Business. Some of our members are involved in the South Dundas 100 Women Who Care, which is currently underway.”
She concluded (with a quote from Matthew Arnold):“If there ever comes a time when the women of the world come together purely for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never known.”
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