Connected Business Women Network

We are committed to providing service and support to female business leaders, entrepreneurs, business executives and home based sales leaders who have both successful and developing businesses and careers.

Connected Business Women Network… Allows you to build real relationships to increase networking success and promote business growth Develop relationships and network with people you know, like and trust Savvy group of female entrepreneurs, executives and business professionals Networking events are informative and high energy Group with a sincere desire to help each other grow personally and […]

The women listed below represent only the women who signed up to advertise through CBWN.  Our network luncheon attendees include women entrepreneurs and female business professionals from numerous varied sectors of business including but not limited to, real estate agents, mortgage brokers, bankers, business coaches, health specialists, florists, nutraceuticals, tax professionals, telecommunications, as well as […]

There are many ways to get recognized on the CBWN website. •  Contact Listings •  Profile Listings •  Profile Listings with ads, just to name a few! Why Be On The Website: Don’t miss an opportunity to connect with those you have met at CBWN meetings • Listings start as low as $60 for six […]


What our members have to say.

  • I benefitted from CBWN before I ever attended a meeting!  My Accountant friend, Robbie Temple, believes in my work with reading and gave me the names of four women from CBWN that she felt could help me.  I am using the expertise of all four of them!  Remarkable!  Darlene Hull has provided free social media strategies and connections to marketing people that are already working for me; Cheryl Dyck ‘s business savvy and contacts blew my mind during her free consultation; Brandi Esler came to my rescue with her computer knowledge; Susan Carey will use her organizational skills to coordinate a fund-raising gala.  I’ve attended two meetings now and got other leads at both of them.  This group has propelled my business forward in a short time!

    Vera Goodman
    Reading Wings

  • I am a Loyalty Member with CBWN so when they brought it in Group Insurance, I had to take a look at it. I am the type of person who is all in with anything I participate in, so was curious what it could do for me. After receiving a quote that saved our family over $400 per year on our vehicle and home insurance, I switched immediately! Paying for the Loyalty Program is well worth it just for the Insurance savings alone! If you are going to come to CBWN, there really is no reason not to be a Loyalty Member!!

    Many of you know Mary Kay because of the Pink Cadillac; well did you know that there are 3 other levels of vehicles you can earn? I’m very excited because my unit and I have just finished earning our 7th Career Car, which is being built and will arrive in a couple months. Yeah!!

    This is an amazing group of women who really help support each other’s goals, so for those that are new, keep coming and in 2 years, you can help me earn my next car!

    Tracey Walls
    Mary Kay Independent Sales Director

  • I’ve been attending CBWN events for a few years now and every month I am awed by the confident, caring, knowledgeable speakers and heart-felt, tear jerking testimonials. I look forward to being surrounded by friendly faces and like minded women at our networking lunches and dinners.

    As Ilona says, this is a safe place.

    I’m grateful for making friends and compatriots taking shared business opportunities outside of CBWN – Tracey, Roxane and Sheri – the Travelling Tradeshow. Grateful for the lovely ladies who’ve asked me to help choose the perfect pillow covers for their sofa and or pictures for their dining room – you know who you are!

    We learn something on every occasion and to borrow a line from Spotlight Speaker, Joanne Kirk, the best kind of networking develops a strong feeling of trust and random, open and supportive relationships which are mutually beneficial. That’s CBWN’s style!

    Kathleen Kupis
    Signature HomeStyles

  • I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the organizers, I had a great time! The experience exceeded my expectations and I felt like a received a lot of valuable information and support from the presenters and other ladies in the room. Being a (younger) entrepreneur, I have found it quite difficult to come into contact with supportive mentors in everyday life, especially women of all backgrounds. I am looking forward to the next dinner event and hopefully a luncheon!

    Kimberley Gray
    Virtual Administrative Assistant

  • My experience was PROFOUND! As an attendee guest on CBWN first Edmonton event, I ran into some fabulous women. Some of the speakers I already knew and truly admire, but at this event I got to know them more deeply, namely Frockalicious – Jo Dibblee. It was so inspiring it motivated me to be the recent speaker presenter at CBWN breakfast event, the sheer honour and pleasure to be in a warm inviting environment of Woman networking with open hearts and minds. – Conquering Fears!

    This group is attracting the most genuine, purpose driven, and supportive woman in business. As the “Referral Queen” I highly recommend this group to Woman who could use a change in networking, come get inspired, get enlightened and find a compassionate inclusive group.

    Jennifer Lee

    Referral Queens


  • Warm, welcoming, encouraging & supportive women!

    Many people, ideas, gifts, things for me personally & for my business…the list goes on! You can be as involved as you want, and I love meeting new people each month and to learning something new!

    Rather than talk about one person or idea, I put together my version of the A-Z of CBWN!

    Here are ways for you to Learn. Connect. Inspire!

    A – Authors – there are a few around this room! Check out some of the amazing books they have written
    B – BrandAlliance – order what you want & put your logo on it! Really. Anything! They are creative
    C – Candles – my house has never smelled so great! Also gift ideas
    D – Décor for your home – my house has never looked so pretty
    E – Events – over & above these CBWN meetings, there are other functions planned: speakers, training, sip & paint, business tips, leadership coaching, social media tips, Frockalicious, etc
    F – Fashion tips – clothes, scarves, hats, how to wear what
    G – Green – lots of ideas for green ways to do things, Norwex, computer recycling (ERA – Jessica)
    H – Health & Wellness – yoga, fitness studios, reiki, craniosacial, holistic living, Juice Plus, tons of ideas for a healthier you; even healthy dog food (tailblazers)!
    I –Insurance & Investments- financial planning, mortgage info, banking, planning for retirement, tax support, legal advice
    J – Jewellery – great gift ideas, stocking stuffers, or to add to your outfit
    K – Keynote speakers on various topics – each month you can learn something new from someone in our own group
    L – Loyalty Program – sign up for the benefits of this program
    M – Make up – tips, gifts, how to wear the new colors of the season
    N – Numerology – fascinating way of learning more about yourself
    O – Oils – who knew that oils have so many purposes –calming, stimulating, etc, and the wonderful smells?!
    P – Personality & relationship management/coaching. OH, and the PURPLE CLIPBOARD!!!
    Q – QEII – Edmonton here we come! We are expanding to the north, tell everyone
    R – Realtors, of course!
    S –Skin – how to take care of it, wrinkle erasers, creams for everything!, wrap your body to lose inches
    T – Travel – Travel agents are still available even in this day of technology, with great tips! Babes in Bali too!
    U – Unique women – fascinated that everyone has a story, everyone has a passion, take the time to find out who is sitting next to you, you might be pleasantly surprised
    V – Volunteer – Sell 50-50 tickets, sit at registration, give a testimonial, offer a door prize…get involved!
    W – Website – its pleasing to the eye, easy to use, a resource to find someone within our group that can help you with your need, Facebook page is awesome too! & follow on Twitter!
    X – X marks the spot: this is where you need to be each month (or the evening function) for growth, development & support…and lots of fun & laughs
    Y – YOU! You are what makes this group – attending, committing to helping CBWN grow by referring other ladies
    Z – Zee End. Cuz I am over my time limit now!

    Karen Elliot

  • One of the best women’s group by far across Canada. The warmth of these different business ladies keeps me wanting to go back. Thank you Debbie and Ilona.

    Marie-Claude Robert

    Style Impeccable

  • One of the reasons that I love CBWN is because it connects entrepreneurial women but not just for business purposes. I believe that women love supporting other women and CBWN gives us the venue and platform to do just that. Meaningful relationships are formed when you are least expecting it. Quite often you are adding to your community of engaging and successful business women but also making a new friend in the process. The meeting today was a testament to that – thank you Ilona and Debbie.

    Cathy Gotfried

    Erwan Travel Ventures – Babes in Bali Tours

  • I have been to many networking events and I must say that CBWN is the best one yet! I have met so many amazing, heartfelt women who want to genuinely connect and support each others business and personal growth.  I truly look forward to attending every month. Thank you Debbie and Ilona for your fantastic work and vision.

    Rosanna Sardella
    Emerge Center for Healing

  • It’s my pleasure – you ladies have really worked hard to put together an “abundance mindset” networking group. The energy and environment is brilliant for supporting, nurturing and assisting women in business. The core group of ladies in the group really and truly want to see other business women succeed. From my experience that’s actually quite rare in networking circles.

    Sherri Johnson

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Free Lunch!

Free Lunch!

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THERE IS FREE LUNCH!!! When you refer a new guest, and they attend a luncheon or dinner, you will be entered to win your next networking event free!

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CBWN Feature in Capitalize Magazine

CBWN Feature in Capitalize Magazine

Feb 20, 2015 | No Comments

As we know, women have worked hard to take gender out of the equation—to be recognized equally for their skills and talents in the business world. In 2010, Debbie Van Camp and Ilona Makar came together as the founders of Calgary Business Women Network (CBWN). Having been involved in other groups prior to creating their […]

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