Greetings from the Women Business Owners Network!
We hope everyone is enjoying this touch of cooler weather as we make our transition into fall. This season brings with it our annual WBON Fall Conference. More on that below, but first…
October is National Women’s Small Business Month. Established in 1988 with the Women’s Business Ownership Act, this legislation ended practices such as requiring male relatives to co-sign women entrepreneurs’ business loans. (Can you believe those days were not even 30 years ago!) The act also established the Nation Women's Business Council, a non-partisan federal advisory council with lots of great resources for women entrepreneurs. From statistics about female business ownership to resources to help grow your business, check out what this agency is doing on the federal level to advance women’s business ownership.
In case you missed seeing the Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Women’s Issues on September 24th, see what our candidates had to say about topics affecting Vermont women: Click Here
Now…to our UPCOMING CONFERENCE! This year’s conference is themed, Telling Your Story, and it is shaping up to be like no other event we’ve held in our 32-year history. We are partnering with Change the Story and the Vermont Commission on Women to bring you an extraordinary and inspiring day. The conference is in Montpelier this year, at the Vermont State House and the Vermont History Museum, finishing up with an After Party at North Branch Café. We expect registration to reach record numbers, so don’t delay! Click Here to Register
With all that is happening right now in the realm of gender equity and women business ownership, WBON wants to give you as many opportunities to get involved as possible. One way we are hope to help you get involved in all that is happening right now, is by offering a NEW MEMBER COMBO PACKAGE – $100 off the price of membership when combined with conference attendance! What a great time to introduce friends or colleagues to WBON!
Here are the different options for our New Member + Conference Ticket Combo packages:
- Startup Business - $100/year (Less $100 discount). No additional fees.
- WBON New Member - $150/year (Less $100 discount). Additional $50 due at time of member registration
- Supporting Member - $200/year (Less $100 discount). Additional $100 due at time of member registration
To make your business known in a bigger way, we are also offering Fall Conference Sponsorship opportunities. To learn more about becoming a sponsor Click HereThis month's Member Profile is with GeretteBuglion owner of Dream Haven of Vermont. While she now works by herself, at one point this reiki master and dream mentor owned a business with 20 employees. Learn her wisdom and resources gleaned from two very different business types and points in her life. (Meet Gerette at the WBON Fall Conference on October 19!)
Upcoming Chapter Meetings
The Burlington and Greater Waterbury Area Chapters will not have meetings this October – (See you at WBON’s 2016 Fall Conference on October 19th!)
Williston Chapter Meeting will be held on October 5th. PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: The meeting will be held at the Vermont Technical College. 201 Lawrence Place, Williston, VT. Meet in Room 201. It's in the building that faces the Superstore on the west, and the door through which you should enter is the one nearest the flagpole. The classroom door is then the first one on the right. The meeting is from 8:30-10:00 AM. This month’s TOPIC: “Make a Salad in a Jar with Robin Singer and learn to "Eat the Rainbow!”, presented by Robin Singer. Click Here to Register
WBON’s Public Policy committee will meet on October 19th – this committee meets monthly to help address the need for the voice of women business owners in the public policy conversation in Vermont. Meetings take place at the offices of Marketing Partners, 176 Battery Street, Burlington on October 10th (second Monday of the month), at 4:00 PM. Open to members and the interested public. To learn more about how you can participate Click Here.
Looking for Leaders
If you would like to take a more active role in leading and shaping WBON, please reach out to any board member, chapter coordinator or committee member. The board of directors is interested in hearing from members who would like to play a role on the board, for our chapters, and on board committees. Think about your skills and what you could contribute: we are sure you have some great talents that would help advance women business owners.
Call for Presenters
WBON members are passionateabout learning, and using that learning to grow our businesses. Ifyou would like to share your business knowledge and expertise at a chaptermeeting, conference or other event, please let us know! Clicking Here
Welcome New and Renewing Members
Vicki Hart, Hart DataWorks LLC
Shelly Masson, Birch Tree Leadership, LLC
Constance Mendell, Occasions Catering & The Linen Shop
Terri Parent, Stride Creative Group
Karen Pike, Karen Pike Photography
Julia Rogers, EnRoute Consulting
Charlene Wallace, Operations Plus Consulting