Central Ohio women have been bonding through networking site Dames Bond since 2006. Now it's Northwest Ohio's turn. Listed on ForbesWoman's top 100 websites for women in business and Forbes.com's 10 best career sites for women, Dames Bond is ramping up in Toledo, Port Clinton, Sandusky, Bowling Green and Tiffin.
"We are designed to actively market the business expertise of our members," says founder Mary B. Relotto. "We're a marketing and advertising outlet for your business, and if you like to network, that's icing on the cake."
Dues range from $30 for women in college or in transition to $125 for Grand Dames who are business owners or managers.
The Northwest chapter is headed by Barbara Radebaugh, a part-time director of development at Otterbein Northshore Retirement Community. "The resources are pretty incredible: networking, monthly opportunities, articles, jobs for women, workshops. I just don't see a lot of that kind of opportunity up here in Northwest Ohio," Radebaugh says.
Relotto recently left her job at Mental Health America of Franklin County and opened an office at 3500 N. High St. in Clintonville. Next on tap: an expansion into Youngstown, Steubenville (Relotto's hometown) and Pittsburgh. "From what I gather, they have nothing that exists like Dames Bond or networking with a female focus," she says. "They're networking with the good ol' boys in that area."
Reprinted from the June 2011 issue of Columbus C.E.O. Copyright © Columbus C.E.O.