WESOS womens networking founder Jean LaVallie

Women drive 70-80% of all consumer purchasing decisions.

WESOS Can Put You In Front Of The Audience That Makes Those Decisions

Audience

Our members own or represent businesses from a widely diverse range of product and service offerings.

500+

Paid Members

21

Chapters in 4 U.S. States

9.5K

Social Reach Across All Platforms

250+

Events and Meetings per Year

Company Profile

Women Entrepreneurs Secrets of Success (WESOS) Network is committed to providing a welcoming platform where women at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey can network, support and inspire each other. The WESOS corporate office is in Chicago and was founded in 2011 by Jean LaVallie.

WESOS is open to women from every walk of life, every ethnicity, age, race, sexual identity, religious or political affiliation and business type. What bonds this member community together is an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to supporting each other through collaboration instead of competition.

Each of the 21 chapters hold monthly meetings. The WESOS Intention is shared at the start of each meeting.”We are a thriving group of women entrepreneurs who are committed to cultivating authentic relationships while providing ongoing mutual support and resources for growing our businesses.”

Meetings feature business topic presentations and attendees have breakout 1:1s to learn how to best support each other on their entrepreneurial journeys. The WESOS vision is that each woman the organization touches has access to a network and resources to empower herself to reach and surpass her goals.

Diverse group of women sitting on stairs together  Photo by Joel Munizon Unsplash

Founder’s Story

Jean LaVallie

After 25 years as a stay at home mom, I decided to get back out into the workforce and give back to society.  I had a determined mindset, was a quick learner, and willing to work hard.  I discovered quickly, that for some companies women have an expiration date for being hired as a newbie.

Someone suggested networking to me. I found places to network, but I was intimidated and nervous. Every time I had to stand in front of a group and share my passion and business, my knees went weak and my stomach turned.

Then I found a little group called “Women Entrepreneurs’ Secrets of Success” (WESOS) where I met wonderful women who encouraged me to be confident and assured me that everyone starts out like me.

I ended up becoming the organizer of that group, and it grew. It grew under the intention that every woman that walked through the door to our meetings was there to build relationships and help others that might not be at the same success level as they were. I love entrepreneurs and the life they breathe into society. I especially love women entrepreneurs because they understand that success is just that much sweeter when you succeed with collaboration and support.

WESOS approaches networking from a collaborative perspective. Most of the time, network groups segregate their members into Chapters based on their business sector. Only one financial professional, only one direct sales professional, etc. Our vision of networking is different because women do business differently.

We brainstorm, partner, and collaborate. We work best when our true nature of collaboration is given the honor it deserves. Everyone has unique strengths and talents. We believe that we all become more successful and more profitable by working and learning together.

The WESOS Intention, or “mission” and the amazing women of this group are what inspire me daily. Or Intention is: “We are a thriving group of women entrepreneurs who are committed to cultivating authentic relationships while providing ongoing mutual support and resources for growing our businesses.” And it could not be truer. As our leadership team and members weave this intention into their lives it shines like a beacon for others.

I have a passion to ensure that each woman this organization touches has access to a network and resources to empower herself to reach and surpass her goals.

Jean LaVallie WESOS Founder and CEO
Jean LaVallie WESOS Founder and CEO

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Facts about Women Entrepreneurs

Women-owned businesses generate annual revenue of $1.9 trillion. (Business Wire, CNBC)  The average annual revenue of women-owned businesses increased by 68% from $228,578 in 2018 to $384,359 in 2019.

There are 12.9 million women-owned businesses in the US. (Cornerstone Capital Group)  Marking a growth of 21% in the number of women-owned businesses from 2014 to 2019, women now own 42% of all US businesses.

Women of color account for half of all women-owned businesses, female entrepreneurship statistics for 2019 reveal. (State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, The Business Journals) Women of color employ 25% of all workers in women-owned enterprises and generate 23% of total women-owned businesses’ revenue.

The average age of women entrepreneurs is 42.  (Forbes, The Business Journals, Guidant Financial)

Women-owned businesses employ 9.4 million people in the US. (Business Wire, UENI)

Facts about WESOS Women

Our members own and/or represent businesses from a widely diverse range of product and service offerings.  They purchase business products, services, and technologies as well as home goods, travel, personal services, and vehicles.

The WESOS Network currently has 21 Chapters with 500 WESOS Network paying members in 20 Cities and 4 States.

  • Our public Facebook page reaches an audience of over 1.3K . 
  • Our Meetup audience is over 4.9K
  • Our Newsletter has 1.5K subscribers
  • Our Linkedin reach is 1.8K

(data as of April 2021)

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