What is SWN?

The Southside Women's Network (SWN) is a women's business networking group that supports women in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Whether you work in a corporate setting, are starting your own business, or have been in business for years, SWN is a diverse group of professional businesswomen who network together to build each other up and help each other succeed in business.
But that’s not all. When you join SWN, you don’t just collect a bunch of business cards, you make friends for life. 
SWN was founded as a resource for passionate women business owners and professionals looking to increase their knowledge base, connecting authentically, and increasing their knowledge and skills to create a thriving business. We want this family to promote, support and inspire each other. Many faces, one group.
We are a diverse group of entrepreneurs united by a common goal to help others like us and help them realize their dreams and bring them to life.
We offer lectures, speaking opportunities, and more to help our fellow businesswomen succeed and make our area a better, more diverse place.

The Purpose of Our Women's Business Networking Group is to:

  • Provide educational and business networking opportunities to help grow your business
  • Build a strong network of professional contacts
  • Recognize milestones and contributions of our members
  • Encourage women to become successful business owners
  • Celebrate your business successes
  • Promote your business events through social media
  • Help recognize and remove barriers to your business success

Women's Business Networking Group

Our Mission

To connect and empower women to succeed in business.

Our Vision

To increase the number of successful businesswomen in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach, VA.

Membership Benefits

  • Office Depot/OfficeMax Discount Card (wholesale pricing)
  • Access to Zoho Social Agency for $19.95 per month
  • 10% Discount at 4imprint.com
  • Access to Vistaprint Pro Advantage Pricing and Shipping
  • Online Membership Directory to Connect with Other Members
  • Monthly Networking Events to Expand Your Connections
  • Special Member Pricing at Workshops and Events
  • Member-to-Member Discount Program
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Strategic Teams to Deepen Your Connections and Develop Resources
  • A monthly newsletter to share what is happening with your business
  • Event Promotion through our Event Calendar and Facebook Page


Our introductory annual membership rate is only $25 per year and includes all of our membership benefits. Starting November 1, 2019, annual membership will be $75 per year. Members who join before then will maintain the $25 per year for as long as they maintain their membership.

Renewal is on your anniversary date. 

Memberships are non-transferable. 

There are no meeting requirements or referral quotas. Come when you can. Share your events. Volunteer when you have time.