Ogden is an incredible place to be a business owner and an excellent place to live in general. For women in business, Utah is a great place to grow, in fact, in a recent report Utah is among the states with the fastest growth in the number of women-owned companies and as of 2014, there are 7,300 women-owned businesses in Utah. With so many groups and events, it’s hard to know which ones are the right ones to attend to help you network, develop new business relationships and to meet other rad women in general. I have put together my top 10 list of groups and events you should be tapping into if you want to meet other amazing local women entrepreneurs. So get out there and network ladies, rise to the top!
This local group meets every Wednesday at the Weber State Downtown building on the 2nd floor. If you are a developer, startup or social media junkie, this is the group for you. Each week you can discuss a new topic from WordPress development to utilizing social media outlets. There are so few women in tech, but when I went there were quite a few women there. Of course, the free lunch is a perk as well.
Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce
If you want to take your business to the next level and be involved in the inner workings of Ogden, it’s time to invest in becoming a chamber member. I went to several newcomer meetings (which are FREE) before deciding to join, and it was inspiring to hear how businesses went from a few customers to opening 2nd and 3rd locations thanks to the connections they made through the Chamber. You can join the Women in Business committee through the chamber to network with all the women in the group.
Ogden Rad Ladies
Ogden Rad Ladies is a group I started for local women to connect and build a community together. It became an incredible resource for everyone involved. Every month we meet for a potluck where we discuss different topics, mix and mingle. I have met so many inspiring women and made connections through this group that I don’t think I could have made on my own. Come with and open mind but don’t come trying to sell anything, this group is for real connections.
Junior League of Ogden
When you hear the name Junior League, you may imagine southern belles drinking tea and attending debutante balls, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. JLO is a women volunteer group whose focus is on building better communities through health and wellness. The women volunteer at dental days, Midtown Clinic and Ogden Oasis Garden as well as several other community projects. Junior League of Ogden is responsible for creating the Ogden Nature Center, Oasis Garden and countless fundraisers and projects. Joining is a commitment, but you can try it out as a provisional for your first year.
Ogden Young Professionals
the Ogden Young Professionals was founded by Kim Bowsher as a way for local movers and shakers to network and grow together. The group has grown so much that they have now become part of the Weber Chamber of Commerce. this group is an excellent way to get your business cards into the hands of other motivated entrepreneurs and develop great business connections as well as learn some cool things that can help you grow.
GROW, Gathering the resources of women
Although I have not attended any GROW meetings, the group looks really fun and is always pretty active. “Grow is an all-inclusive, grassroots women’s networking community, created by the women who participate in it. It has no affiliation with any religion, corporation, and it has no monetary agenda. Our sole purpose is to invite all women to come together to create community, have fun, meet new people and to support each other as we share our creativity, ideas and resources with one another.”
E3: Educate, Empower, Enrich
E3 is a group that formed to bring together the women who are shaping Ogden and to educate and empower women to take leadership roles. This group is not messing around, and I have a feeling there will be some big things coming from them. They are accepting volunteers and have some events lined up including a women’s leadership summit in May.
If you want a casual way to meet other women in business, grab a bite to eat and chat, this is the group for you. I have loved visiting the different locations that have hosted the luncheons and meeting other women. Many of the women are in the medical or law fields, but overall the group is pretty diverse.
AndShesDopeToo is a local clothing company that isn’t just selling clothes; they are inspiring women to get outdoors. I have attended a couple of their women’s meetups and have connected with some powerful women. If you want to try something new, try getting outdoors with these ladies and get outside your comfort zone, you might just love it.
Women’s Networking Group
This local group is the perfect way to meet other local women. Set up a coffee date, get advice, find employment, whatever you need. This group is an open forum for networking in any way you need.