WOW Member News

  • 06/09/2017 11:34 AM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)

    Put it in Writing!  Why You Need To Contract

    Why do you need to sign a contract? But we’ve been friends for many years….or we are family!  Can’t we just do this on a handshake or by email? 

    As women business owners here in Willamette Valley, we are often friends with those who we do business with.  Or, many family owned businesses enjoy great success in the Valley, with families working together on a daily basis.  You could do without a contract, but in doing so, both parties leave themselves open to later disagreement or potential hassles that a signed contract would avoid altogether. Consider these points:

    1. A Contract Describes All Responsibilities: Rather than guessing or assuming what each party’s responsibilities are based on history, custom or your own thoughts, you’re better to have everything in writing. This will help avoid later confusion or disagreement and clearly sets the precise expectations from the very start.  I have always insisted on contracts with very good friends if we are going to do business together – it prevents later hurt feelings and ensures open and thorough communication from the start to confirm consistent goals and expectations.  And an email chain confirming an agreement – while better than nothing - can nonetheless be tough to parse through at a later date, leading to the question of whether the parties truly agreed on a final and clear agreement.
    2. A Contract Establishes Timeframes.  If you need work performed within a certain time frame, a contract binds the parties to that time frame.
    3. A Contract Aids In Collecting Payment. A binding contract provides a legal document establishing an agreement to be paid for services rendered, and the terms for that payment.
    4. A Contract Provide Guidance If The Parties Later Disagree.   If the relationship between the contracted parties deteriorates, a contract outlines the previously agreed upon steps required for dissolving the relationship or if litigation ensues, provides the court with the contractual requirements to enforce the duties.     
    5. A Contract Can Help Cover Legal Costs If The Parties Litigate.  In many states, a successful party in a lawsuit may still not be awarded her legal fees and court costs unless the parties signed a contract providing for those fees to be paid by the losing party.  Depending on the dollar value at issue in the dispute, that can mean that it’s not economically justifiable to sue to pursue your rights because your legal fees may equal or exceed the value of the dispute itself.

    Ok; so can you just pull up a contract example online and fill it out?  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had a client come to me after a relationship has gone sour – only to give me the contract they wrote or copied from the result of a Google search thinking that would save the day.  Most of the time, there are one or more provisions in that contract that have the opposite meaning than what my client intended  – or even worse – obligated them to liabilities they didn’t realize it did!  Consulting an attorney can help you determine whether you need to have a contract written, and can ensure it’s done right and in your favor.

    Tonna Farrar is an attorney in Newberg.  She has wide experience in her twenty years of law practice, and most recently, after a decade of litigating multi-million dollar class actions for a national firm, she is happily returning to her roots of providing highly skilled small business and personal legal representation.  She can be reached at 913-530-6900 and offers a free 30 minute consultation to WOWmembers.

    Tonna K. Farrar, Esq.

    Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, PC

    Located in Oregon


    Main Firm Address:

    2325 E. Camelback Road

    Ste. 300

    Phoenix, AZ 85016

  • 04/10/2017 12:04 AM | Leslie Atiyeh

    Support greater understanding of Chinese culture - attend the Northwest China Council's 27th Auction Gala June 8 at Pure Space in NW Portland. WOW member Leslie Atiyeh is excited to announce tickets are available at 
    event website link: 

    We also welcome your donations for auction items or samples to add to our swag bags. donate link: 

    We are looking forward to seeing WOW members on this exotic journey!

  • 04/09/2017 1:53 PM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)
    We have Website Banner opportunities; for only $35 you can have your banner on the WOW website for several months.  Please go to the WOW website and see the rotating banner and if you wish to be included, The fee includes banner design, you just need to provide images and any text you'd like to include.
  • 04/09/2017 1:48 PM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)

    Are you a WOW member under age 30?
    Do you know a young woman who might be interested in WOW membership?

    YWOW (Young WOW) is now forming a group to support young women with shared social, educational, leadership and professional interests!  Join, learn, get involved!

    Contact Betsy Fettig at 
    503-849-2751 or

  • 10/06/2016 9:32 AM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)

    Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name

    and they’re always glad you came…


    503 Uncorked

    Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
    22578 SW Washington Street
    Sherwood, OR 97140

    Meet & Greet
    5:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    No pre-payment, just show up and purchase your choice of dozens of wines and small bites

    Kick back and enjoy a glass of wine and some small bites;

    enjoy the cozy setting of Deb’s distinctive wine bar in the historic Old Town Sherwood while you meet & network with other WOW members and guests

    Calling all New & Old Members

    New Member Orientation

    4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    How WOW communicates

    How to get connected

    How to promote your business 

    Meet the Board - Meri

    Marketing your business

    WOW website


    WOW Deals and posting your events

    Networking at events

    WOW Facebook –you can post your events and follow WOW Twitter page

    Print Directory

    WOW digital bags for your website

    Name badges

    Scholarship and Jr. WOW and other charities

    WOW business cards

    Support other members businesses – WOW First!

    Networking and relationship building

    Participate to increase networking opportunities





    Social Media

    Small groups

    WOW merchandise

  • 04/13/2016 5:45 PM | Jeanne Biggerstaff (Administrator)

    The Lawrence Gallery is excited to invite you to the opening of this extraordinary collection featuring over 40 original watercolors and etchings including works by Wassily Kandinsky, Hans Bellmer, Leonor Fini, Jean Cocteau & Giorgio de Chirico.

    Join us on May 14, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for a reception for Christine Argillet, the curator of this Surrealism Collection and daughter of the famed Pierre Argillet, Salvador Dali's publisher and confidante for over fifty years.

    Lawrence Gallery
    19700 SW Hwy 18
    McMinnville, OR 97128
    Gallery Hours: 11 to 5 Daily

  • 02/02/2016 9:26 AM | Leslie Atiyeh

    Gong Xi Fa Cai! wishing you prosperity and happiness in the Year of the Monkey! I'm so excited to apply my entrepreneurial skills in a new nonprofit career as Executive Director at Northwest China Council in Portland! 

    I look forward to reengaging with the wider community outside of Portland. Please contact me about partnership and sponsorship opportunities at Our mission is to promote greater understanding of Chinese culture through statewide programming of cultural, language learning and business networking events.

    WOW women have been very encouraging and supportive in my endeavors toward my encore career goals. Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you. Let's take a trip China!

  • 01/27/2016 9:13 AM | Jeanne Biggerstaff (Administrator)

    Filled with hope for the New Year? Planning to make 2016 your happiest and healthiest year yet?

    Looking to find more joy, peace, love, fun, and contentment this year? Let a professional counselor at the Chehalem Counseling Center accompany you on your journey. With personal rapport and support, your counselor can help you develop skills to meet your goals, and create a plan to expand your comfort zone, try new things, and go on more adventures.

    Whether you would like to be more mindful and find the positive in everyday life, enhance your relationships through improved communication, increase your ability to focus, or find more support in the middle of life’s ups and downs, a counselor can help.

    The Chehalem Counseling Center accepts the Oregon Health Plan and most private insurance plans. Call today to schedule an appointment and take a step toward a happier, healthier you.

  • 11/17/2015 7:07 PM | Jeanne Biggerstaff (Administrator)

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