Join the Women's Business Network
Join the Women's Business Network

Join the Women's Business Network

Our meetings are open to everyone; however, our member event rates are significantly more economical than non-member rates — attending less than half of the year’s events will realize a savings greater than the cost of annual membership. Join Now for $75

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Call for Speakers
Call for Speakers

Call for Speakers

If you are a Women’s Business Network member and would like to be a presenter at one of our meetings, this is your chance!

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2014 Steps to Success
2014 Steps to Success

2014 Steps to Success

Steps to Success is a terrific opportunity for business women to tackle and share life issues. Working in small groups facilitated by certified life coaches, dynamic interactions guide women in personal and professional growth.

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Latest News
Jul 1

Presidents Message

unnamedAs we take a hiatus from our regular meetings during the summer, I thought it would be a good time to remind everyone that we have some terrific meetings and events planned for the rest of this year. On September 12th, Karen Smith Racicot (our Treasurer and Secretary) will be leading a session that is all about organizing our lives. She will help us to sort out the clutter and help us to learn to be more efficient, which helps us to be more profitable!

Save the Date! October is always a special month for the Women’s Business Network. We will be hosting our signature event, Steps to Success, which will be held on October 17. As in previous years, we will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with local life coaches who will each be leading discussions regarding specific areas of self-improvement. This provides a powerful connection with other professional women that share similar challenges, and allows for a dynamic group interaction. We then have a catered lunch and a keynote speaker. The Special Events committee is hard at work finalizing the details of this event. This is a great way to introduce your peers and colleagues to the WBN.

Our end of year meeting in November will be a business expo! As a member, you will have the opportunity to showcase your business to all of the attendees. Our speaker will be doing a “mini-session” on networking. Look for more details soon!

Finally, I would like to invite you to serve this organization. We need your help on several committees, including Marketing, Membership, and Special Events. Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to expand your network, and to help the Women’s Business Network grow and flourish!

Jun 1

Presidents Message

SliderJune is going to be an exciting month! Many of us have school aged children that will be getting a reprieve from their academic and extra-curricular activities. June is the beginning of summer vacation season — a special time planned with our loved ones that gives us a chance to unwind and re-connect.

The Women’s Business Network has a special event planned this month that will also offer you the opportunity to re-connect with your fellow members and their guests. Our Summer Event, being held on June 13th will be the perfect venue to kick off your summer. This catered event along with the Somilier, will guide our taste buds through food and wine pairings. We have planned this event to give everyone the chance to connect with different people throughout the evening.

In anticipation of this networking party, I thought it may be helpful to get some pointers on Networking from an expert. Emily Richardson, CPA and PhD recently shared the following pointers:

  1. Practice: Practice your “elevator speech, so that you can stay on point and be brief.
  2. Try to maintain “positive” body language. Eye contact and a smile go a long way!
  3. Introduce yourself, even to strangers!
  4. Help others make connections. When meeting someone new, keep in mind who you may be able to connect them with.
  5. Follow-up: make sure to follow-up with the people you have met. This could be the first step in forming a lasting business relationship!

We look forward to seeing you and your friends at the Summer Event!

May 1

Presidents Message

Spring CleaningThere seems to be certain rituals during different seasons of the year. Spring is no exception. We’ve all heard of “Spring Cleaning”-it’s an opportunity to get a fresh start. We tend to think of this ritual in relation to our homes. What about your work environment? Many of us do not have the luxury of having support staff to manage an influx of paperwork, or locate that important file. This month I thought I would share some tips regarding your workspace from a Professional Organizer.

  1. Make it personal: there is no one-size-fits-all organization system. If clutter drives you crazy, use drawers, drawer organizers and cabinets. Conversely, if out of sight means out of mind, consider open shelving, trays and other accessories that you can keep in plain view. Create a filing system that makes sense for you (alphabetical, subject matter, or by date).
  2. Choose your tools: U-shaped and L-shaped desks provide plenty of surface space which is ideal. Consider replacing a clunky desktop computer monitor with a more recent laptop or flat screen monitor. Think about using hanging files with labels placed all on one side-this keeps your eyes from zigzagging.
  3. Organize your papers into three categories: Action, Reference and Archive. Keep your Action and Reference items easily accessible and store the Archive items in a different area.
  4. Virtual Organization: Create folders in the same manner as the paper ones you use. This will make it easier to locate and reference these items when needed.
  5. Finally, decide how long to keep your Archived items-perhaps a year. Ask your accountant how long to hold onto financial and tax documents.

These actions items can lead to a more organized and efficient work environment. In keeping in line with the Mission Statement of the Women’s Business Network, I hope this information leads to more growth in the coming year!