Westshore Women’s Business Network (WWBN) was founded by Deb Alcadinho. She is the owner of Your Brand Power and is a Business Advisor to entrepreneurs and small business owners. She is an educator, leader, speaker, mentor, entrepreneurial business owner, wife and mom to 3 boys.
After more than a decade in the media industry, Deb established herself as an award winning branding specialist promoting the brands of her clients and helping them to stand out in unique ways to increase their brand recognition and revenues.
Deb naturally sought out opportunities to connect her business clients to one another. She identified a common need: her female clients were seeking ways to make connections, learn new skills, be inspired, grow their businesses and succeed together as a community. Working with such a large group of female entrepreneurs and business owners enabled her to see that many women were not familiar or even uncomfortable with, marketing themselves and networking in general.
Deb founded Westshore Women’s Business Network, in Victoria BC Canada in 2010 – a networking organization for business and professional women. The organization provides a platform to network professionally in a fun, supportive and relaxed setting. Business training and development are offered through WWBN’s educational platform by trainers, educators, thought leaders and business owners. WWBN provides business women inspiration, connections and tools for success.
Deb’s success as a business woman was influenced by hard working, social and entrepreneurial parents. She grew up learning the values of honesty, integrity, social connections and business ownership. Her great-grandfather and grandfather were founding members of Abbotsford, the community she was to later start her first job in, at age 13. She came to understand, at an early age, how each aspect of business works in synchronicity. Traveling for 1 ½ years throughout England and Europe shaped her passion for life, business, travel and certainly gave her a broad spectrum of the world. From an early age, Deb was an entrepreneur owning several small businesses before age 25. As a mother of three boys at 35, Deb owned two manufacturing businesses and worked full time, until she made the leap to full time entrepreneurial business ownership in 2013.
Always driven to be successful, her mandate to mentor and help others to reach success is paramount in every aspect of Deb’s business and personal life.
In 2013, Deb was nominated for the Unlimited Woman of Mentorship and Leadership award. Deb is an active member of the Soroptimist International, Victoria Westshore chapter – A global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Deb is also a mentor with the UVIC Gustavson School of Business where she mentors students who will shape the world.
Deb is pleased to be a member of eWomen and the WestShore Chamber of Commerce.
The concept of forming a networking organization was born, in part, from Deb’s experiences with her business clients. With experience spanning more than a decade in marketing and advertising, she felt her clients
would benefit from networking with each other, meeting face to face, to help each other with their business challenges. Founded in December 2010, to a sell out crowd of 95 business women, the network continues to draw women who own their own businesses (solopreneurs and entrepreneurs), and are employees in business, organizations and corporations. Every member has something to learn themselves or provide to other members.
Many would say WWBN is a direct extension of everything she believes and values in business. “Provide others the connections, tools, resources and professional development and they will achieve success”, says Deb.
Deb’s success as a business woman was influenced by hard working, social and entrepreneurial parents. She grew up learning the values of honesty, integrity, social connections and business ownership. From an early age, Deb was an entrepreneur owning several small businesses before age 25. Always driven to be successful, her mandate to mentor and help others to reach success is paramount. In 2013, Deb was nominated for the yoUnlimited award, Unlimited Woman of Mentorship and Leadership. Deb is a member of the Soroptimist International, Victoria Westshore chapter. A global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Today, the WWBN community numbers almost 700 professional business women from all regions of Greater Victoria and lower Vancouver Island.
Business meetings are monthly lunch functions, with extended opportunities to connect with our on-line community. Get connected! Join us for a meeting. We are a membership based organization but welcome non-members and guests. Click here for information on our next event.
‘Thank you for what you are doing with the women’s networking. I was driving home from work today and thinking about you, I just want to say THANK YOU for what you did today and making events like this possible. I marvel at your organizational skills, the confidence and the strength I saw in you today. When I see what you can do, I say to myself “I want to be just like that – successful and confident in what I do.” The world needs more strong women like you! I really mean that Deb.’ ~Anonymous