Eastside Women In Business
FAQs

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How Is Eastside Women In Business Different From Other Networking Groups?

Eastside Women In Business aka EWIB is different in many ways! EWIB is a valuable way for women to connect, grow, and learn in a manner that works for them, their busy schedules, and their budgets.  We are different because: 

  • Affordable Pricing:  Our dues and events are very reasonably priced. Current Membership averages only $10 per month ($120 per year) and our luncheons for members are typically $30 -$35 which includes lunch, tips, and taxes.
  • Membership Based:  We are membership-based which gives our members a vested interest in our organization. This leads to more regular attendance, a higher level of camraderie and support for other members, and greater benefits to members than many other groups.
  • Same Industry:  We welcome numerous women from the same profession because we are a support organization and referrals are only part of the benefits of membership. We proudly provide opportunties for marketing your business, learning new skills and tools, developing leadership qualities, and collaboration opportunities. We encourage women who are in the same line of work to collaborate, not compete, and to exchange ideas and information within their same industry.
  • Large Geographic Area:  EWIB Members aren't limited to one city.  Our members come from an average of  20 communities in the Seattle Eastside areas. We always have members from Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Mercer Island, Woodinville, and Bothell. But we often have women from Seattle, Everett, Issaquah, Monroe, Fall City, Snohomish, and Maple Valley.  Members have the opportunity to easily connect and build relationships with women from a vast area in Puget Sound and beyond. 
  • Another thing that sets EWIB apart from many other professional groups is that we work hard to give you and your business top brand exposure to our marketing outreach of 5000+ in our social media, newsletters, and website visitors.  
  • Self-Promotion:  EWIB provides a higher level of self-promotion opportunities.
  • Requirements:  We do not have recruiting or referral requirements.
  • Topics:  Our topics of discussion and special events include business as well as personal development, and address a well-rounded array of topics for today's business woman
  • Skills: We offer interactive and "hands-on" workshops and seminars

Our differences make us stand out and this is why Eastside Women In Business is one of the premier organizations and resources for professional women on Seattle's Eastside!


Are Guests welcome to attend events and meetings?

Yes! We love to meet new women and learn more about your professions and businesses and form new friendships. 


What types of professional women will I meet at your organization?

At EWIB you will meet a warm and welcoming community of professional women from a variety of industires and backgrounds.  Our members may be business owners, sales professionals, independent contractors, junior and senior executives, part-time employees, and professional women at all stages of their careers.

Our biggest asset is our variety, so EWIB is open to all women who are professionally minded, no matter what their professional status. 

We also welcome retired and unemployed professional women. In addition to promoting your business, EWIB is a great place to make connections for employment, and to learn and share skills that will be valuable in achieving your career goals.  Students will appreciate the great wisdom and mentorship possibilites the group holds, and retirees will enjoy sharing their wealth of experience and staying connected to local women in business. 


When And Where Do Meetings/Events Occur?

We offer our Members approximately 26 events per year and pride ourselves in delivering a wide variety of beneficial and engaging events both in-person and online!

Our primary meeting is a luncheon on the first Wednesday of most months, from 12:00pm until 2:30pm.  In addition, we host  an evening after-work social on the third Tuesday of most months, from 5:30pm until 7:30pm.  We also host an annual holiday party event, special events and workshops, and book club several times per year.  

Note: Events are subject to change or cancellation - please join our email list and or check our Upcoming Events page here on our  website for up-to-date information about events.

Our current locations are as follows:

Luncheons are currently held at: McCormick & Schmicks in the Lincoln Center in downtown Bellevue.  Our Book Club is held mainly online in the Member's Area Group on Facebook and we host an in-person Book Club meeting every quarter, and Evening Socials are currently held at The Keg Restaurant in Kirkland, Washington. 

Note: Locations are subject to change so please join our email list and check our Upcoming Events page on our website for up-to-date information about events.

Special events and workshops meet at different places depending upon the nature of the event and the hostess.

Map links are usually placed on each event on our website and in our eNewsletters.

Photos/Video Notice:  Please be advised that photos and/or video are sometimes taken at our meetings and may be used in our marketing and/or on our public internet marketing including but not limited to our website and social media identities.  By attending an Eastside Women In Business meeting, you agree to allow photos and/or video of you to be used in EWIB's marketing and on our public internet marketing and also agree to abide by our code of conduct (outlined in the bylaws that are available at our meetings.)


Do I Have To Live Or Work On Seattle's Eastside To Become A Member?

Most of our members do business on Seattle's Eastside, but this is not a requirement.  It is up to each woman to decide if the group is applicable for her.  Please see our Membership section for more information about becoming a member and the benefits.


How Do I Become A Speaker/Presenter At Your Events/Meetings?

Presentations to benefit our guests by enhancing their professional or personal growth are often given at our meetings/events.  Speakers and presenters MUST meet all of the following criteria in order to qualify:

  • Must possess the skills, education, or knowledge on the agreed-upon topic to be spoken about
  • Be approved by EWIB's President (approval is at the sole discretion of EWIB's President)
  • Presentations must follow the 90/10 rule - the topic must be 90% about the topic and less than 10% promoting the speaker or the speaker's business.
  • Provide a 1-page handout on the topic spoken about at least 10 days prior to the meeting/event, that EWIB has permission to duplicate and share with other Members

If you meet the above criteria and would like to apply for a position as a Speaker at an upcoming EWIB meeting/event then please contact us here .


How Much Does Membership Cost?

Membership is $120.00 per year plus an initial account set-up fee of $35.00 and the cost of meals/refreshments at events.  Members are also responsible for paying for special event tickets and supplies as applicable when attending special events such as Wibbey Awards or workshops.  Please see our Membership and Meetings sections for further information.


We hope you have found answers to your questions here, but please Contact Us if you need further assistance.  Thank you.

 

 


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