Founded by Cynthia “Cindy” Johnson, June of 2008
Mission: Include. Inspire. Influence.
Focused on connecting and supporting local professionals and their businesses along with select non-profit organizations that share the same vision for a better community that we live and work in.
Founded in June of 2008 a network group of professional women gathering together in a casual setting. The purpose of the events; are to share resources, expand your network and build relationships over time by supporting each other. We prefer a no solicitation type of selling be practiced at the events. However, we do encourage WIN members to schedule time with each other to engage in “one to one” relationship building.
WIN Gone Wild:
Was introduced in 2010, where men are welcome once a quarter to attend as well; also on the second Wednesday from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM the months of March, June, September and December. Attendees are asked to make a $5.00 cash donation at the door to help maintain the group’s future networking efforts. Meeting locations vary throughout Vancouver- Portland metro area.
*Average attendance for most months is approximately 125 professionals. Email notification goes out at the end of the month prior to next event, and then a reminder a few days before registration deadline.
When, Where & How much:
We gather on the second Wednesday from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM every month. Currently there are no annual membership dues. Attendees are asked to make a $5.00 cash donation at the door to help maintain the group’s future networking efforts. Meeting locations vary throughout Vancouver-Portland metro area.
Most often, we meet at a member’s business location that wishes to host the gathering for the sole purpose of exposure of a new location or branding their existing business. In this case, the hosting business(s) provides food & refreshments such as wine, beer & non-alcohol options, unless other arrangements are agreed upon. Hosts also get a 2-3 minute spot. Men are allowed to attend ONLY if they are part of the staff of the hosting business, the WIN support partnership or the spotlight speaker. In some cases we will meet at a venue, such as a local restaurant &/or lounge. In this case, each attendee is responsible for purchasing their own appetizers, favorite adult beverage, or non-alcoholic beverage if they wish to.
Special Guest & Spotlight Speakers, sometimes being of the opposite gender are welcome upon request and approval, regarding the purpose is to bring value; education, encouragement or share success stories with the group. Spotlight speaker gets a 10 minute spot at 5:30 PM followed by a Q & A from audience. Note: It is preferred that Spotlight speaker candidates be an active participant of the group on a regular basis for a minimum of 12-months.
There is no formal or rigid membership form to be a part of the group, attend when you are able; but please do rsvp or register in a timely manner with due respect to the hosting business(s). “Members” may have a 30-second introduction to the crowd about one’s business or upcoming event, in exchange for providing a give-a-way item for the business card drawing at the end of the evening.
This must be pre-planned and pre-approved with Cindy Johnson, founder at WINnorthwest@gmail.com due to limited openings at each event.
Introduced the summer of 2014; WIN XTRA! is an expansion of WIN northwest, offering a “Promotional Business Service”.
Companies have the opportunity to hire WIN XTRA! to help market, promote and drive attendance to their milestone anniversaries/birthdays of their business, grand openings events, open houses, or any special occasion.
For more info; contact Cindy Johnson at 360.991.5947 or WINnorthwest@gmail.com
WOW: Women Owner Workshops
Introduced the winter of 2017; W.O.W offers monthly workshops for women business owners & entrepreneurs presented by UNLOCK Limits Coaching Group. Workshops will be held every fourth Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at and will focus on business fundamentals to help YOU run a “winning” business! A $25.00 pre-registration is required; includes valuable take-a-way information, business card drawing and light refreshments.
WIN support partners include:
Abacus Event Rentals, Aevum Images Photography, Clark County Event Center, FastSigns-Vancouver, High Fidelity Entertainment, Tula Design, Vancouver Business Journal, Unlock Limits, Vaya Creative and Workshed Inc.
Other community supporters:
Cellar 55 Tasting Room, Jo Foody Catering and Simply Thyme Catering.