Hamilton Fempreneurs nearing membership of 4000 local women-owned businesses

It was just over a year that we announced a new partnership between the group we founded, the Hamilton Fempreneurs, with the YWCA Hamilton. We’ve seen huge growth in the group’s membership since then, topping 3,700 members recently.

Fempreneur founders: Suzanne Zandbergen, Erika MacKay, and Alicia Thoms

Hamilton Fempreneurs started four years ago as a way for three business-owning women to network with other local women and share our experiences starting and running businesses. There are so many common elements we all have to go through, so it just made sense to have a forum where we could explain our issues and see if anyone had advice or a referral for someone who could help. The forum took the form of a closed Facebook group, open to local women running businesses, or thinking about starting a business.

There are monthly events which are held at the YWCA (thanks to their generous donation of space), with speakers (always women) who teach the group something to help us run our businesses. We also throw in a social evening every so often to allow for women who can’t make it to the daytime meetups, and to give more time for just getting to know each other and our businesses.

Past meetups have included some legendary women sharing their business journeys, such as Judy Marsales (brokerage founder), Janet Jacks (founder of Goodness Me!), Evelyn Myrie (founder of Empower Strategy Group) and Laura Babcock (founder of PowerGroup).

Evelyn Myrie
Judy Marsales
Laura Babcock

Future meetups include Cynthia Brace, author and health coach, leading a workshop on balancing your health while running a business, on September 30th, and Trish Tonaj, author and coach, leading a workshop on mentorship and sharing your lightbulb moments, on October 28th.

Join the group to RSVP for future events here. Almost all our events are free, and joining the group is free, but the advice and information you’ll get from being a member is invaluable!

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– Suzanne, The Generator (and co-founder of Hamilton Fempreneurs)

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