We hope things are going well in your lives and businesses as we close in on another quarter—hard to believe we are nearly at the halfway-mark of 2016, with summer just a few weeks away!
Many of you were interested in the independent contractor legislation discussion at the Spring Conference. Based on the feedback from all of you and on WBON’s public policy committee findings, WBON issued a joint statement with VBSR requesting the legislature to hold off on deciding on this legislation until the next biennium. Happily, the legislature did indeed table a decision on independent contractors until the next session, rather than rushing into a decision that will affect so many businesses in Vermont.
This is just one of the issues currently under consideration with WBON's public policy committee. If there are particular issues of importance to you, please use your policy committee as a resource!
Also on the policy front, perhaps you’ve heard of the new overtime rules issued by the Department of Labor. Do you have employees? If so, make sure you are up to speed on the new rules going into effect December 1: https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016/
NEW feature beginning this month: Member Profiles!
This month kicks off the first in our series of member profiles. Learn more about the amazing women who make up WBON, and pick up some resources and tips for your own business as well. First up is Vickie Wacek from BNI Vermont. Add to your summer reading list with some great business book recommendations from this opera singer and master marketer! Find out what inspires her and how she creates an environment, which leads to success.
Click Here to Read Vickie's Member Profile
If you would like to be featured in a future Q&A, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Meetings & Events:
The Williston Chapter had their monthly meeting on June 1st. This month’s topic was: “Reiki: The Surprising Power Within.” Presented By: Gerette Buglion, of Dream Haven of Vermont.
June 13th, 2016
WBON’s Public Policy committee meets monthly to help address the need for the voice of women business owners in the public policy conversation in Vermont. Meetings generally take place at the offices of Marketing Partners, 176 Battery Street, Burlington, but we will meet across the street with the VBSR Policy Committee on June 13th at TruexCullins at 4:00 PM. Open to WBON members. To learn more about how you can participate Click Here
June 14th, 2016
Greater Waterbury Area Chapter – The chapter is meeting at the Stowe Street Café, 29 Stowe Street in Waterbury, from 5:30 Pm - 7:00 PM. Topic: Legal Update for Vermont Business Owners, Presented By: Heather Wright of Wright Jones, PLC. Attorney Heather Wright will speak on recent developments in the legal arena for business owners. This includes the use of independent contractors in your business, new Vermont legislation around employment laws, and federal regulatory changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Click Here to Register
Burlington Chapter - meetings are at Zen Garden in South Burlington from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. This month the chapter presents, "Solutions Circles". Being a business owner can be isolating; it really helps to be able to get others' perspectives and ideas. Sometimes people outside of a situation can see it more clearly. Women have been coming together in circles for millennia to suppor each other's success and find solutions to important challenges and opportunities. Click Here to Register
Call for Presenters
We at the WBON are passionate about learning, and using that learning to grow our businesses. If you would like to present at a WBON chapter meeting, conference or other event, please let us know by Clicking Here
Welcome New and Renewing Members
Kat Fiske – Kat Fiske Dynamic Bodywork
Meredith Martin Davis
Heather Angolano – Angolano & Company CPA PC
Gerette Buglion – Dream Haven of Vermont
Tara Pereira – Marketing Partners, Inc.
Member News and Celebration
Shine the spotlight on your company! Email us your news and blog posts. We’ll share your news on the WBON website’s Member News page.
At this year’s WBON Spring Conference, the "Capital Ideas” panel moderator, Laura Lind-Blum, mentioned a resource from the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC.org). Click here for the Access to Capital Toolkit. Other Vermont resources to help you to start & grow your business: ThinkVermont.com or (Agency of Commerce & Community Development); (Small Business Administration (SBA) in Vermont); (Vermont Small Business Development Center); (Champlain Valley SCORE); (The Center for Women and Enterprise in Vermont); and the Women's Small Business Program (WSBP) or (http://mercyconnections.org/start-small-business-vermont.html).
Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous June.