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Upcoming WBON events

    • January 16, 2017
    • December 18, 2017
    • 11 sessions
    • Marketing Partners, 176 Battery Street, Burlington, VT 05401

    WBON’s Public Policy Committee
     meets on the third Monday of each month, at 4:00 PM in the offices of Marketing Partners, 176 Battery St., Burlington. 

    Please Note - For 2017, we changed to meeting on the third Mondays rather than the second Monday. 

    Contact co-chairs Pat Heffernan (802-864-6710) or Mary Claire Carroll for more information.

    • October 18, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zen Gardens Chinese Restaurant, 7 Fayette Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403

    Develop your content plan by looking at everyday topics in new and unusual ways

    How do you stay visible in our busy, noisy world? And is there anything new to write about under the sun?

    While finding truly brand new-to-the-universe topics is out of reach for most people who aren’t actively conducting novel and unique scientific experiments, for every day entrepreneurs, there are ways to take what’s already known and make it fresh and new again.

    In this session, Paula Diaco will share a variety of methods for finding topics that sustain your writing energy. Or even help you develop a writing practice so that you’re producing content on a regular basis, and in doing so, increasing the love you receive from your ideal clients, and encouraging existing clients to hire you again and again.

    You may even leave the meeting with topics you can write about that day. Now, who wants to write?

    Paula Diaco of Write Stories Now helps creative entrepreneurs play with words and language so they can bring their stories to life. Entrepreneurs who see the value of writing a book, or even individuals who have a novel tapping them on the shoulder, come to her for the storytelling tools she offers—they use the tools to produce content that builds their platform of informed thought and ideas as well as the larger book projects they want to do. She also helps hesitant, but otherwise creative entrepreneurs, learn how to enjoy the writing process so the challenge of writing doesn’t keep smacking them in the face, but presents itself as a means to increasing their visibility and marketing reach. Or, simply help them get their beautiful novel written.

    • October 24, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Essex Hub for Women & Business, 15 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT

    Tips for Building an Effective Team (so You Can Get Your Life Back) 

    Is your to do list longer than both your arm and your available time? Maybe you are realizing that in order to actually create the business you envision, you're gonna need help. Ready to add to your team, but not sure how to start? We've got you covered. 

    You’ll learn:
    • How to make onboarding a new team member more efficient and less costly
    • The importance of hiring on attitude rather than aptitude
    • Why sharing your vision with your team will increase your bottom line and their fulfillment

    Lisa Danforth is a Speaker, Business & Lifestyle Strategist, and Coach helping established women entrepreneurs have less overwhelm, more control, and higher productivity in their business. As a 27 year, 4-time business owner, she’s created several successful lifestyle businesses and knows what it takes to get there.

    • November 01, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Williston Fire Station, 645 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495

    What to Say When You Don't Agree

    Conflicts abound these days. Respectful communication when you don't agree can be tricky. It is too easy to "get it wrong" and maybe damage an important relationship. Let's do this instead: learn strategies for getting through difficult conversations; figure out what conflict is about; learn what to do and more importantly, what to say. Experience the magic of one little that word that can change your conflict, and your life. Intrigued? Join us.

    Denyse Perry is a conflict resolution coach. She cares a lot about how people engage in conflict.  Denyse says "It’s taken me many years of trying different things, lots of education (MS, MBA), and a good number of mistakes to finally find some practical tools that really work."  So now she teaches others.  Denyse coaches individuals, couples and teams how to manage conflict in a way that works for everyone. She also teaches conflict management at Champlain College and does related conflict projects for the State, other organizations (like Ben & Jerry's), families and for regular people like you and me. Connect with Denyse on LinkedIn and on her Facebook business page. 

    • November 08, 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401

    The Business Climate in Context: Navigating External Issues

    What keeps you up at night? If you are like the vast majority of business owners responding to recent surveys (see here and here), the worries causing those 3 AM wake-ups are external to your business.

    There is so much going on in the environment around us that it can feel like a full-time job keeping up with today’s news and the effects on the business community. These external factors — the political, economic, social/cultural, technological, and environmental — all have an impact on you and your business, whether you are just starting up or you are a seasoned entrepreneur. 

    You’re a business owner. You’re busy dealing with customers, meeting deadlines, posting on social media, managing employees, and trying to keep on top of changes in your industry. When you actually get a chance to look up to see what’s happening in the outside world, it is enough to make you want to channel your inner ostrich. 

    But here’s the truth: being informed about the greater business climate provides a competitive advantage. If you don’t know what’s coming at you from the external business landscape, you don’t know how to respond. This conference is designed to help you examine the issues and consider your responses to the challenges you encounter as a woman business owner. 

    This half-day conference will feature keynote presentations by Janice Shade of Milk Money and Jovial King of Urban Moonshine, and roundtable discussions with subject matter experts and entrepreneurs who have found solutions to the issues we women business owners face in the changing political, economic, social/cultural, technological, and environmental arenas. 

    Don’t channel your inner ostrich. Join us.

    Be informed. Be supported. Be bold.

    • November 08, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    See you at the WBON 2017 Fall Conference! 

    Click here for more information about the Fall Conference.

    • November 15, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Zen Gardens Chinese Restaurant, 7 Fayette Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403

    Pricing for Your Market, Honoring Your Value

    Pricing is the age-old business dilemma. You’re concerned if you charge too much your customers can’t afford you and you’ll miss out on business. On the other hand, you’re resentful every time you deal with a high-maintenance client (and most of them feel that way lately), you’re not attracting the work you really want to be doing, and you’re finding yourself saying “I’m not getting paid enough for this” or worse, “I don’t think I can pay my bills.” 

    Your pricing structure may be the root of your agita. In this session, we’ll look at how to price for your market while keeping the integrity of your value intact. Together, we’ll begin to combine the art and science of pricing.

    The session will include a facilitated activity and you’ll have some homework and resources to take home. Note: this is just the beginning of the conversation. You won’t leave with hard answers, but you’ll leave knowing where to start taking back your value.

    Gwen Pokalo is director of the Center for Women & Enterprise Vermont, a federally-funded economic development nonprofit dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs find greater personal growth, professional success, and financial independence through no-cost individual business counseling, low-to no-cost trainings, women’s business enterprise certification, and networking events. She is experienced in supporting rural local economic development. Gwen developed one of the first student-run, microbusiness retail incubators in the country. She also worked in rural economic research and community facilitation in the U.S. and Central America, owned a business consulting & artist representation firm, and has supported entrepreneurs through technical assistance in a variety of capacities. She teaches at Vermont colleges and universities and holds a master’s degree in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont.

    • November 28, 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Essex Hub for Women & Business, 15 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT

    I can see clearly now….creating your vision for 2018

    Building upon our September topic of marketing and knowing your clients, we are going to start planning for what you want 2018 to look like.  

    We will provide great thinking questions to get you started identifying goals and how to achieve them in the coming year. We will then have some vision board materials available so that you can start creating a visual representation of what you want the year to be.

    The time for this program has been extended to allow more space for creativity and exploration. Please feel free to bring additional creative materials such as magazines, inspirational sayings or powerful pictures that you would like to use. We will provide poster board, glue sticks, scissors, a handful of magazines and thought provoking questions. 

    Shelly Masson is the Founder and Renewal Advocate at Birch Tree Leadership, LLC in VT. She has over 20 years of leading interactive training and leadership development experiences. After struggling to achieve "work life balance", Shelly has shifted her thinking to focus more on work/life integration, creating spaces of renewal and embracing self-compassion.

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