Women Presidents' Organization Launches Second Vancouver Chapter

    Forum for Accomplished Women Entrepreneurs Expands

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 25 /CNW/ -- The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) will
launch a second chapter in Vancouver on Tuesday March 11, increasing the WPO
presence in Canada to six chapters. The WPO is the premier organization for
accomplished woman entrepreneurs grossing a minimum $2 million in annual
revenue ($1 million for a service-based business).

    Through the WPO, a diverse group of women presidents are able to tap into
the collective wisdom of their peers and advance their business success. Local
chapters are coordinated by professional facilitators and meet monthly to
share business expertise confidentially. In ten years, the WPO membership has
grown to over 1200 members strong in the United States, Canada, Peru and the

    The growth of the WPO in Vancouver is a reflection of the remarkable
development of women-owned businesses throughout British Columbia. In 2003,
women in British Columbia had the highest rate of business ownership in
Canada, owning more than 35 percent of small business enterprises.(*)

    "Our current Vancouver membership represents more than $292 million in
annual revenue and contributes significantly to the local economy," said
Marsha Firestone Ph.D., president and founder of the Women Presidents'
Organization. "Our new members will be joining this powerful group, as well as
an international organization which is collectively the size of a small US

    "I am excited and honoured to facilitate the Second WPO Vancouver
Chapter," exclaimed Barbara Mowat, President, Impact Communications, Ltd and
Facilitator of WPO Vancouver Chapter. "I am so impressed with the incredible
achievements of the members of the first chapter, and it is this synergy that
has attracted many others to participate in the WPO business learning model."

    The Vancouver launch will be held at the Pacific Palisades Hotel in the
Calypso Suite from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    About Women Presidents' Organization (WPO):

    The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) locally and internationally
connects top women entrepreneurs at multimillion-dollar level ($2 million in
gross annual sales or $1 million for service-based business) for greater
professional success. In monthly meetings across the US and Canada, chapters
composed of 20 accomplished women presidents from diverse industries and
backgrounds invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive
their corporations to the next level. For more information, call (212)
688-4114 or visit http://www.womenpresidentsorg.com.

    (*) Statistics from womensenterprise.ca

For further information:

For further information: Caitlin Jenkins of Women Presidents'
Organization, (212) 688-4114, caitlin@womenpresidentsorg.com, Web Site:

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