The history of WBON begins in 1983, when four women in the Killington, Vermont area met and discussed the information shortage and economic isolation they experienced as women business owners in Vermont.
At the time, there were no business organizations with membership open to women entrepreneurs. So they created their own by launching WBON at a statewide event in 1984 where then gubernatorial candidate Madeleine Kunin addressed a crowd of 200. Their vision and legacy led to today’s Women Business Owners Network.
Since our founding, WBON has helped women grow and scale their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single, unified voice to shape economic and public policy.
With multiple chapters and a growing membership, WBON is the only dues-based organization in Vermont that represents women entrepreneurs across all industries and economic sectors.