About us

Helping women entrepreneurs succeed

WBO helps women business owners be more connected, more empowered and more successful by providing:

  • A Powerful Business Referral Network

    Monthly events give you the opportunity to make one-to-one connections that lead to referrals, solutions, strategic business insights and enduring friendship.  Join us at our Networking LunchesAfter Hours and Business Education Workshops.

  • Insightful Business Education

    Outstanding keynote and seminar speakers provide practical strategies for building your business.

  • Personal and Online Connectivity and Visibility

    Online membership directory, newsletter postings, and other opportunities allow you to showcase your business.

  • Strategic Business Support and Inspiration

    Business Building Groups (small, private advisory groups) and involvement on committees provide invaluable ways to gather insights from peers on critical business issues and hone leadership skills.


Recognizing successful women entrepreneurs

  • Annual Nellie Cashman Women Business Owner of the Year Award

Since 1982, the Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year Award has recognized and honored Puget Sound area women entrepreneurs who have made outstanding contributions to the status of women business owners through their leadership in business and the community.
The award, also known as the WBO Nellie, is the most prestigious and longest running honor of its kind in the region. Presentation of the award brings together more than 300 prominent local business and community leaders in a professionally organized and hosted awards dinner banquet to share the inspiration of our most prominent women entrepreneurs and business owners.
Under the direction of WBO since 1996, the event’s quality and attendance have steadily grown to over 300 people.