January 2017  

Message from the Board of Directors

Our Board members are all volunteers.  


Jane Ross
Allanti Beauty Institute and Allanti Beauty Supply & Spa
964 Parkinson Road
Woodstock, ON N4S 7W3
Phone: 5195378800
Fax: 5195378810

Dr. Elisha Cook ND
Meyers Health Specialists
Meyers Chiropractic and Health Specialists Clinic
338 Dundas St., Suite 101
Woodstock, ON N4S 1B4
Phone: 519-537-7058
  Past President

Judith E Fleming
Lilybear Dance Boutique
496 Adelaide Street
Woodstock, ON N4S 4B4
Phone: 519-537-8444

Tammy Burdett
Woodstock, ON
Phone: 519-602-2424
 Membership Co-Director(s)

Tammy Burdett
Woodstock, ON
Phone: 519-602-2424
Membership Director

Susan Winlaw
SW Enterprises (YIAH, BAM Press, Dolls Clothes, Smocking)
9 Stonegate Court
Ingersoll, ON N5C 4G3
Phone: 519-532-7852
Communications Director

Tanya Vander Vecht
Parion Animal Nutrition / Farm & Table
596206 Hwy 59
PO Box 33
Hickson, ON N0J 1J0
Phone: 519-462-2222
Communications Co-Director(s)

Karen Coleman
Kaz Design Works - Graphic & Website Design
Norwich, ON N0J1P0
Phone: 519-267-5050
Programs and Events Director

Dr. Elisha Cook ND
Meyers Health Specialists
Meyers Chiropractic and Health Specialists Clinic
338 Dundas St., Suite 101
Woodstock, ON N4S 1B4
Phone: 519-537-7058
Programs & Events Co-Director(s)

Liz Johnston
Eirenne Mobile Spa
Woodstock and Surrounding Area
Woodstock, ON N4T 0K6
Phone: 226-921-0611
Sponsorship Director

Deb Willert
PO Box 85
Beachville, ON N0J 1A0
Phone: 519-532-9434
Director at Large

Christine Smith
Woodstock and Area Small Business Enterprise Centre
453 Dundas Street
Woodstock, ON N4S 1C2
Phone: 519-539-2382 Ext. 2601


   Would you like to volunteer your time to be a part of the OWIN Board of Directors? 

We would like you to consider taking on one of these roles even if you are only available on a part-time basis

 The Board positions are a 2-year commitment.

Our Board meets once a month. We continue to work together to maintain our Vision & Mandate.

 If you would like more information about joining the Board, please contact



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Message from your President

Happy New Year! 2018 has arrived with Valentine’s Day upon us, I challenge you all to FALL IN LOVE WITH NETWORKING. Why? Because when done correctly networking is an essential element of your business development toolkit.

With a new year, you will probably be spending some time thinking about what you’d like to do and accomplish in your business during 2018. Here are some Successful Business Tips...

12 Ways to be Successful in Business

  • Dare to do things differently.
  • Market yourself first then your business.
  • Have your "Elevator Speech" ready.
  • There are good and bad networkers. Learn effective and good networking!
  • Never leave home without your business cards.
  • Build relationships with your customers and networking buddies.
  • Always look for ways to improve your skills and abilities through Professional Development.
  • Be organized.
  • Be on time!
  • Be personable, happy and likable.
  • Provide 110% customer service. Anyone can provide 100%. Go above and beyond.
  • Most of All, Love what you do.


2017 ended with a visit from the man in red. On his way through Oxford County, Santa stopped in at our last Oxford Women In Networking Board meeting in December. What a wonderful surprise! He told of his Christmas plans and updated us on Rudolf and Mrs. Claus.

Whatever your goals and dreams are for 2018, Oxford Women In Networking is here to support you in launching your business to the next level.

The International Women's Day Committee has been busy working on the details of our upcoming event in conjunction with Woodstock & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre. We are looking forward to seeing you on March 5th, 2018 at our International Women's Day Celebrations. Listen to Great Stories PLUS Learn how to Tell Your Story!




On behalf of the Oxford Women In Networking Board, Best Wishes, Good Health and Happiness to you and your Family in 2018.

Jane Ross - Oxford Women In Networking President 2017-2018


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Welcome New Members

              Welcome, welcome, welcome!

We are so glad you have joined us and we look forward to getting to know each and every one of you and sharing the excitement about your businesses.

If you have any questions regarding membership, what OWIN is about, or what some of the benefits are, please contact us. We are more than willing to help.



Networking is the act of making contact and exchanging information with other people, groups, and institutions to develop mutually beneficial relationships. It is a process that fosters the exchange of information and ideas among individuals or groups that share a common interest. It may be for social or business purposes.

OK so that sounds boring but we've all been networking since the day we were born. And that type of networking comes naturally. Some people are shy and take it gently and others are bold and aggressively make and keep new contacts. We had small circles of friends in the neighborhood, in the schoolyard, at church and we belonged to various groups like sports teams or board game teams or guides or sororities. And that all seemed easy.  

But now in adulthood, we come to work in or start up a new business or move to a new town and we find we have to actively network to connect with new people to either increase our business goals or just to find some new friends to hang out with during our time here. For those who have always been bold that is a pretty easy task. But for those of us with shyer natures, it can be very daunting.

Oxford Women In Networking is a really welcoming and open environment for all types of women to come together and find what they need. We offer a variety of ways to get together like our online facebook page and a private group, our monthly lunches in Woodstock, Tillsonburg and Ingersoll and our other social events where there might be guest speakers, vendor tables or a chance to get up close with several businesses in the area. And as always, our members are all open to help you with any question you have about business in general or their business specifically or with a chance to get together for coffee. Our members recommend our friends in OWIN when we see or hear of someone in need of their services. But one thing to remember is that we can only recommend you once we get to know you and we get to know you when you come out to the various lunches and events we have and when you post interesting things or questions online.

So get active in 2018 with OWIN whether you do it in a shy way or a bold way. Work on your networking and we know that you will be able to grow your connections with friends who can help you make 2018 the best year yet for you. Let's rock it, ladies !!

Susan Winlaw ~ Membership Director

Tammy Burdett ~ Membership Co-Director

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Calendar of Events



The events committee has experienced a lot of changes over the last several months. We have welcomed and said goodbye to some team members, but we continue to stay committed to serving OWIN and bringing some great events for 2018!

With that being said, we are pleased to invite you to our International Women’s Day event that we are co-hosting with the Woodstock Small Business Center! The events committee and international women’s Day committee are well underway with planning for this big event! You can find the details on how to register below, but if you or your business are interested in sponsoring this event please do not hesitate to contact us at!

Event Details:

Past.Present.Future. “Storytellers”

Monday, March 5, 2018, at Quality Inn and Suites


5:00 pm Come early and enjoy OWIN’s Networking Tradeshow!

6:00 pm Past: a theatrical presentation and a delicious dinner

7:30 pm Present: Local Spotlight speakers share their story.

8:00 pm “My story is your story” Keynote by Shannon Leahy.

8:45 pm Future: Two aspiring young leaders share dreams.

9:00 pm Event draws and door prizes


Buy Tickets for $50 at


Stay updated on all events by going to or through our facebook page! As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for the events committee, we would love to hear from you! Simply email us at


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Let's talk about getting out of your comfort zone! Pushing limits, breaking boundaries, growth, and empowerment!

The UN states that when more women work, economies grow! Female entrepreneurs help to stimulate our local economy and empower other women to do the same!

As we move towards our IWD event I want to share some Facts and Statistics with you directly cited from

Benefits of economic empowerment

  • Evidence from a range of countries shows that increasing the share of household income controlled by women, either through their own earnings or cash transfers, changes spending in ways that benefit children [2].
  • Increasing women and girls’ education contributes to higher economic growth. Increased educational attainment accounts for about 50 percent of the economic growth in OECD countries over the past 50 years [3], of which over half is due to girls having had access to higher levels of education and achieving greater equality in the number of years spent in education between men and women [4]. But, for the majority of women, significant gains in education have not translated into better labor market outcomes [5]


The world of work

  • Women continue to participate in labor markets on an unequal basis with men. In 2013, the male employment-to-population ratio stood at 72.2 percent, while the ratio for females was 47.1 percent [8].
  • It is calculated that women could increase their income globally by up to 76 per cent if the employment participation gap and the wage gap between women and men were closed. This is calculated to have a global value of USD 17 trillion [12]
  • Gender inequalities in time use are still large and persistent in all countries. When paid and unpaid work are combined, women in developing countries work more than men, with less time for education, leisure, political participation and self-care [15]. Despite some improvements over the last 50 years, in virtually every country, men spend more time on leisure each day while women spend more time doing unpaid housework [16].

Essential to agriculture

  • Women comprise an average of 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries, varying considerably across regions from 20 percent or less in Latin America to 50 percent or more in parts of Asia and Africa [27]. Despite the regional and sub-regional variation, women make an essential contribution to agriculture across the developing world.
  • Women farmers control less land than do men, and also have limited access to inputs, seeds, credits, and extension services [28]. Less than 20 percent of landholders are women [29]. Gender differences in access to land and credit affect the relative ability of female and male farmers and entrepreneurs to invest, operate toscale and benefit from new economic opportunities [30].
  • Women are responsible for household food preparation in 85-90 percent of cases surveyed in a wide range of countries [31].

So what can you do locally?

Join organizations like OWIN, share your story, share your business and help to uplift and empower other women in your community!

Support each other's businesses by spreading the word to your friends about services and products other members or women in business in the area are offering, shop local from small business and entrepreneurs, take pride in yourself as a woman and do not let anything hold you back from your dreams!

Be sure to take part in the many events that are happening for International Women's Week including the OWIN #PressforProgress event and learn more about how you can get involved in improving equality for the lives of women everywhere!




Be sure to check out our monthly networking lunches, see you next issue!

Have questions about using the OWIN website, sponsorship opportunities for OWIN, events or membership inquiries? Contact your board members today and they will help to answer all of your questions. - General concerns - advertising, marketing, and networking lunch questions or concerns. - sponsorship opportunities - upcoming or past events questions - questions regarding your current membership or new memberships

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An Update on Sponsorship


Our website is funded through fees paid for advertising on the front page of the website. If you are new to OWIN, consider advertising! If you are not new to OWIN, now is a great time to consider the extra exposure your logo and promotional statement on the “Sponsors” tab will have for you in 2018 and beyond!

When advertising on our website, you improve SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for you and your business. Any visitor can click on your ad and be directed to your own website. You receive a spot on our “sponsors” page to promote what your business is about, and contact information. A link to your website is on this page as well.

To advertise on our website and have an Internet presence that flows back to your own website is only $20.00 per month. This is billed annually in advance (does not include the OWIN membership fee).

Thank you to all of our current website advertisers!


Sponsorship encourages each of our members to take the opportunity to set up a trade table at our regular meetings. This allows our attendees an opportunity to see your business and get to know you or your staff. Our meetings are attended by members and guests. You never know who will see your business and what results that exposure could have.

In 2018 we are re-vamping our Sponsorship opportunities to include Non-member Community Partners. We have always limited advertising opportunities to members only. Over the years businesses refresh their brands and realign their strategies to new economic trends. We now feel it is time for OWIN to also look at old strategies and start embracing change as it applies to our members.

Watch for more information in the New Year. In the meantime, if you know a business owner or manager, let them know of our advertising opportunity.  

Contact us if you would like more information on this great advertising opportunity.

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Meeting Overview!


Spotlight on Business

Spotlight on Business is an event  that supports our objective of getting to know, like and trust our fellow members, plus allows our members to see “behind the scenes”, to learn how each business operates, what products and services they offer, what markets they serve, how they contribute to the community and what qualifications people need to have in order to be considered as potential employees.

Each event will be open to all members, and to women who are interested in becoming a member! This is a FREE Event, but registration is required for snack/beverage purposes.The host of the Spotlight on Business is responsible for providing snacks and beverages.

If you are interested in hosting a Spotlight on Business, please contact to get it set up.

 We continue to meet weekly throughout the county!

Please join your fellow OWIN members for Networking Lunches!

We do ask that you RSVP so we can book a table to fit us all!


Charles Dickens
505 Dundas St, Woodstock
NOON-1:00 PM
2nd Thursday of the month


The Elm Hurst
415 Harris St, Ingersoll
NOON-1:00 PM
Last Wednesday of every month



247 Broadway St, Tillsonburg
NOON-1:00 PM
2nd Tuesday of every month





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