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April 2023 WBN Comox Valley- It's officially Spring and exciting plans are blossoming this month!

a touch of pink

cherry blossom moon

flooded with light

–Anne Dunnett-

Everyday Haiku


As we say Good-Bye Winter and Hello Spring, we are looking forward to an exciting month with WBN Comox Valley! Keep reading - You don't want to miss a thing!


Don't have time to read it all now but are curious about something in particular?


April Meeting Information

President's Message

Spotlight Speaker

Boost Auction

Keynote Speaker

New Members

Minerva Award

Social Media

Business Development Bursary

Opportunities to Get Involved

Blog Contest


Join us on Wednesday, April 12th at the Elks Lodge at 6 pm.

Be prepared to indulge in delicious refreshments, participate in the 50/50 BOOST fundraiser draw, win some amazing door prizes donated by our very own women in business members, and glean some valuable insights for your life and your business from this month's speaker!

Tickets are on sale now until Sunday, April 9 th at midnight.

Elks Hall (map)

231 6th St,

Courtenay, BC

V9N 1L9


President's Message

Welcome Spring and more sunlight!! What a great time of year it is with sunshine and flowers blooming!! It is hard to believe we only have 3 meetings left for the WBN year!

I am looking forward to both our Key Note and Spotlight speaker this month. April is also bringing us our Auction to support B.O.O.S.T. Donations are still being accepted and appreciated. The auction did well last year so when it’s ready for Auction Day be sure to share with everyone you know! We also have the Minerva Award and Bursary deadlines at the end of April. Be sure to get your submissions in for those.

Have you thought about being more active with the WBN? We are looking for a few of you who may want to help us on the Board next year. It is a great way to either use skills you already have or perhaps learn something new. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Happy Spring and see you on Wednesday, April 12th.

-Bobbie Norton


Spotlight Speaker - Tina Pringle -EVOLVE Yoga

Come and hear Tina tells us a little more about her business at our April meeting !


Looking for ways that your business can give back to the community?

WBN Comox Valley is hosting an Online Auction to raise money for this year's BOOST recipient- Comox Valley Family Services Association.

We are gratefully accepting donations to add to our live Auction site. If you have something that you can donate, please contact . Your donation will help our community's families in need (and give you a little bit of advertising). It's a Win - Win!!

Maybe, you aren't able to make a donation, but would like to support this project by making a purchase. To get a sneak peak at the growing list of goodies that are currently up for auction, visit our Auction site.

Check out this page to learn more about the Comox Valley WBN BOOST sponsorship


Keynote Speaker - Katrinna Roth - Chewy Creative

How Branding & Social Media Impact Your Business

Hello! I'm Katrinna (she/her), the founder/creative director for Chewy Creative a Comox Valley-based design and strategy studio that partners with business owners to help bring to life dream websites, authentic brands, and holistic marketing strategies.

Over the last few years, my nimble little team and I have worked with countless brands, a majority of them women-owned and -led. We love to work with brands that share our values of inclusion, diversity, honesty, vulnerability, growth, and sustainability. Supporting our community is important to us, and in 2020 we launched Conscious x Soulful, a program where a woman-identifying BIPOC business owner is chosen to be uplifted through branding, web design, and brand photography. We're aiming to do a 2023 intake for the CxS program soon!

On a personal note, my background is in marketing and I have been an entrepreneur since I was a child (and we're not just talking lemonade stands...). After transitioning from a career in wine industry-specific marketing, I spent a few years freelancing as a social media manager, graphic designer, and marketing generalist. It really lights me up when I see how my team and I have been able to help other businesses and brands reach their goals and show up with more confidence and clarity. We're really excited to see how the next few years shape up and how we'll continue to support our clients.


Welcome to our New Member

Michelle Gallant Realtor

We look forward to learning more about your business and to begin networking with you!


The Minerva Award Nominations are now open

The Minerva Award is presented annually to recognize a member of the Women’s Business Network who gives freely of her experience, time and energy to the organization, its members, and our community.

For more information and to submit your nomination, check out our website.


Take a look at our Social Media stats for March!

Members - You are invited and encouraged to promote your business for free by sending in a slide or ad for an upcoming post on Facebook and Instagram! People are taking notice!

If you aren't a member but would like to be, contact for more details.


Business Development Bursary

The WBN membership offers a bursary valued up to $500 each year. ​ This bursary is offered to encourage and support any CVWBN member who wishes to enhance their current skills and assist in their professional development.

​The course must be from an accredited institution, professionally recognized group or association. The member must not have been awarded the bursary in the past two years or at the Board’s discretion. ​

To apply, please fill out the Application Form.

The deadline for applications is April 30th.


Get more involved in the Comox Valley WBN!

We are looking for people who would like to be more involved in our group and are looking to share their talents as part of the Comox Valley WBN Board.

All of our board of director positions are open to nominations to be voted on during our May monthly meeting:


Blog Director

Website Director

Social Media Director


Programs Manager

Facilities Manager

Contact us if you want a little more info about the scope of these positions, or if you are ready to jump in and join the team!

Promote your business

Maybe you're not ready to commit to an ongoing position but would like your business to be featured on the Monthly Blog or at our Monthly Meeting.

We have openings for Spotlight Speakers for the May + June 2023 meetings and for Blog Sponsors for May + June 2023. The cost is $25 for each.

If you would like to reserve your spot to feature your business in either the blog or during our monthly meeting, please submit your request with this form.


Our new Blog needs a Name. . .

Our new WBN Blog needs a creative name!

We invite you to bring your ideas to the April meeting where you can submit your suggestions. Entries will be voted on by the WBN Board and a prize will be awarded for the winning submission!


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