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WBON Monthly Newsletter- February

February 07, 2017 9:15 PM | Amelia Gulkis (Administrator)

Greetings and best wishes for a successful February! Your board has been abuzz with activity and we have some exciting things planned for the next several months. Read below to learn more about our upcoming conference, our call for volunteers, a job opening that could be a great fit for you or a colleague, and the opening of our newest chapter, among other news!

2017 PLANNING! Your board met for a planning retreat in late January to discuss our plans for the year, with the purpose in mind of making WBON a more viable and dynamic organization for its members. Major goals in support of our purpose include sustaining the financial health of the organization and bringing in new members. We have many sub-goals to enhance your experience as a member and to help introduce others to the benefits of WBON! We discussed involving more members on our board committees…if you are interested in helping shape the future of WBON and women business owners while you build your own network, let your leadership team know at!

WELCOME NEW COORDINATORS! The Board of Directors of WBON, our members and the greater community of WBON want to take this opportunity to welcome new Chapter Coordinators Laura Lind Blum, Kim Dixon, Kristin Humbargar, and Lisa Danforth. You can learn more about these fine ladies here. Chapter Coordinators play a vital role in our organization and we are grateful that these four outstanding women business owners have stepped up to lead!

SEEKING PART-TIME TECHNICAL ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SPECIALIST WBON is seeking a Technical Administrative Support Specialist to assist with general administrative and marketing duties, including web site management, record keeping and organization, social media management, external communication, database management and event planning. The ideal candidate is a quick learner who is experienced with web applications and social media. Strong organizational, communication, and writing skills are essential. Must have the ability to work independently and respond to queries and assignments in a timely manner. Visit our website to view a full job description. Please apply with cover letter, resume, and writing sample to

MARK YOUR CALENDARS. . . Speaking of 2017 planning, Spring conference planning is underway! Mark your calendars- this year’s conference is set for April 19th—and watch for more details coming soon. This year’s conference will focus on navigating the stages of business, from start-up to succession planning. The conference planning team aims to have something for everyone. . . with Spring well underway, the WBON Spring Conference is always a great time to freshen up your network and get together with other business owners. Give yourself and your business the boost you both deserve!

MEMBER PROFILE: HEATHER WRIGHT This month’s member profile features Heather Wright, an attorney who left the security of a large firm to start her own practice. Learn how she found the confidence to start her own business, her favorite resources for business owners, and how her firm reflects her own style and values. Would you like to be featured in an upcoming member profile? Email to let us know!

Upcoming Events

February 8th

Waterbury Area Chapter

This month’s topic is, “Let’s Connect! Networking Made Easy!” Do you ever: Talk yourself out of networking events because they seem like a waste of time? Go to an event only to find yourself talking with people you already know? Feel dread or freeze-up when someone asks you “So, what do you do?” Networking events can be fun, easy, and an effective use of your time. Coach Lisa Danforth will lead us there with “use-right-now” tips and strategies to h-so-gently nudge us out of our comfort zones and into the conversation. Click here to sign up.

February 15th

Burlington Area Chapter

This month’s topic is, “Getting the Most Out of Your WBON Membership”. We know WBON has a lot to offer to its members - from member-only perks to business education to peer mentoring and support! Existing and potential members…please join us in learning more about our organization and all the opportunities membership presents. Click here to sign up.  

February 23rd  *SAVE THE DATE*

Essex Area Chapter!

That’s right! Essex area women business owners and community…this date marks the launch of a brand new WBON chapter…an opportunity for you to come together, connect or reconnect, and hear what’s going on in the greater Essex area for women business owners and the community that they are a part of…lend your voice to the conversation! (And while you are there, don’t forget to say hello and thank you to WBON members and the Coordinators of this new chapter, Kristin Humbargar and Lisa Danforth. Mark your calendars for February 23, from 5:30-7PM at e2 in Essex Jct. Watch for more details coming soon. Click here to sign up.  

March 1st

Williston Area Chapter

The next Williston gathering will be held on March 1st at the Williston Fire Station from 8:30-10AM. Stay tuned for more on next month’s topic! Click here to sign up.

Public Policy Committee

The WBON Public Policy Committee meets on the 3rd Monday of each month 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 at 4PM. Open to members and the interested public.  To learn more about how you can participate, click here.

Call for Presenters

WBON members are passionate about learning, and using that learning to grow our businesses.  If you would like to share your business knowledge and expertise at a chapter meeting, conference or other event, please let us know.

Member News

Sarah Lipton, of Calais, VT, is thrilled to release a preview episode of Genuine, a fresh new podcast produced by The Presence Point. Be among the first to listen and share your feedback with us! Visit online to listen:

Welcome New and Renewing Members

Kim Dixon- Insights, LLC

Kim Ravdin- Champlain Dental Laboratory, Inc.

Janice Shade- Milk Money

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