Plenty of networking opportunities at Ladies Night Out

Rebecca Sprau has been attending the Women in Business event for four years. She attended when she first began her photography business and has returned each year. Ashley Taylor/Delhi News Record

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Women from Norfolk and beyond had a chance to shop, socialize, enjoy dinner and entertainment at the annual Women in Business/Ladies Night Out on Oct. 30.

The event, which is presented by the Simcoe Reformer and Delhi News-Record, welcomed about 250 women to the Delhi German Home.

While this was the 19th year for the event, many women were attending for the first time to have a fun evening and network with other business owners, professionals, co-workers and friends.

First-time attendees Susan Judd and Amanda Dooney from Ride the Bine had an opportunity to tell people about their business.

“Everyone coming up to the booth has either heard of us or is just super interested in learning about local businesses,” said Judd. “It’s so great to see that people are willing to engage with you. I think there’s such a positive vibe, and there’s so many people just looking to have a great night that it’s so easy to just say hello to anyone.”

Beth Murdoch and Michelle Bobby from Timeless MediSpa were excited to be attending their first Ladies Night Out since the grand opening of their business earlier this month.

“Honestly I’m excited to be entering into the business and meeting all of these women,” said Bobby. Bobby added that their business was created to promote women’s wellness so networking in a room full of women was beneficial.

Other first-timers shared a similar sentiment.

“It’s very encouraging to know that I’m not the only one going through this process,” said Emily Hall, who recently opened Small Town Beauty in Simcoe. “I’m always out to make friends, socialize, and network.”

The Reformer and News-Record have been putting this event on for multiple years to benefit local women.

“I think it’s a great night out for women, and it gives them an opportunity to network with other business women in our community,” said Sue Downs, advertising manager at the newspapers. “It’s something that the Reformer has been doing for quite some time and I think it’s great that we give business women in the area the opportunity to network.”

Rebecca Sprau, of Rebecca Sprau Photography, was attending the event for her fourth year.

“I love the idea of women supporting women and I think this is a great event for that,” said Sprau. “I think we’re all here for the same purpose, this is a great way to let people see what you have to offer.”

Along with networking there was also a trade show for businesses.

Following the dinner the women were entertained by comedian Elvira Kurt.

Some local businesses sent 20-plus of their female employees to enjoy the night out with their colleagues.