Oregon group focused on female entrepreneurs


OREGON – w@sh salon owner and Oregon native, Meggan Dickson-Grennan, recently found Oregon did not have a group dedicated to female entrepreneurs.

“I’ve taken it upon myself to connect the strong womxn business owners in our area,” she said. “Why “Womxn? This is a female group for Womxn of all kinds.”

Womxn in Business (Oregon area) is for serious business owners. The group is creating a network of hard-working entrepreneurs to have space to connect, find support and build relationships with other people who recognize the hard work it takes to gain success.

Recently, member Randee Mennenga, of R.F.M. Creations, suggested a holiday gift basket. This idea morphed into the Womxn in Business Christmas Raffle 2020. Nine group members generously donated to the raffle, which ran Dec. 3-21. Participants included Hilltop Wildflowers, w@sh, R.F.M. Creations, Blackhawk Nutrition, Hidden Timber Gardens, O's Bakery, Creative Designs, Long Shots Photography, Linda Young Bennett/Arbonne.

Knowing so many organizations benefit from donations, Dickson-Grennan chooses to use her business’s position in the public eye as a way to involve the community and give to those organizations in a bigger way than a single person might be able to. w@sh hosted the Womxn in Business Christmas Raffle, which raised $425. All proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the Lifeline Food & Self-Help Project. 

Located inside historic Conover Square Mall you’ll find Lifeline Food & Self-Help Project (201 N. 3rd St., Oregon). The Lifeline Food & Self-Help Project began in 1982. The project began as a food pantry; with clothing following a few short months later. Lifeline is run on clothing and monetary donations. Clothing sales fund the food pantry and utility bills. Their store is open Tuesday-Saturday. 

For more info on Lifeline, call 815-732-7891. For more information on Womxn in Business, email wash.salon815@gmail.com.