Are you a Delegation Virgin?
When thinking about delegating, do you sound something like this?:
Kellyanne Schaefer can help. Her focus is teaching her clients the 'How To's' of delegating. "Learning how to delegate is like exercising!! When you first start out, you might be sore afterwards, but the more you do it the stronger you become! And man ohhh man... it feels so good to see how your life transforms."
Kelly will discuss a very simple way to literally "highlight" the areas and tasks in your life that you can focus on getting support for. That support can come in the form of family, spouse, co-workers, professionals or of course a personal concierge... But the key is to first just sit back and assess where you're spending your time and how you can let go of some of the things to allow more space for the more important stuff!
By: Deb Oliver
Sonia Smith, an Economic Development and Lender Relations Specialist from the Small Business Administration, spoke to the WBF on Wednesday morning about what the SBA was and who it can help. Sonia, who is the SBA's Eastern PA District Office Woman in Business Champion of the Year, says she is, "a navigator, a free resource to finding what is out there for small businesses." She says she is the embodiment of our federal taxes at work providing small businesses or those looking to start one the resources, financial help and guidance to fulfill their dreams.
The SBA provides three things for people trying to get their businesses started or expanded: counseling, capital and contracting. Counseling provides resource partners, fellow business owners and professional who help people start businesses and mentor those already in business. Free of charge they provide two counselors per individual who work with the parties to meet their goals. The counselors can be from Small Business Development Centers, which provide professional staff and are affiliated with educational centers like Temple or Lehigh Universities. There is also the Womens' Business Center in Center City, Philadelphia offering specific guidance to female owned businesses.
Capital is supplied through loans. The SBA has many financial partners in commercial lending. Sonia mentioned that WBF member, M&T Bank is a SBA loan provider. She also stated, "There are many micro lenders for small loans and the SBA will guarantee the loans".
Finally, governing contracting the SBA helps you to register your company and find opportunities for your business, even if you are a "sole source" meaning the company is only you.
YOU GO GIRL
The Women’s Business Forum hosted Chanin Milnazik, owner of Brown Dog Design and founder of the Women’s Business Forum at their January meeting. Chanin started the WBF 14 years ago when she realized there was a great need for a women’s business organization that provided mentoring, inspiration and a little networking on the side for women business owners.
Chanin spoke about creating our own opportunities in business. She asked that we imagine our lives on a movie screen one year from now. Do we like what we see? What changes have we made and what do we need to do now to make those positive changes happen? She then asked that we envision what our lives look like in 3 years and then again, in 5 years, and ask ourselves the same questions. What is on that screen? What’s happening with our businesses, our family life, and our personal life? What changes do we need to make or what direction should we go to make the positive things happen? Envision it, know it and grow it.
Do this on a regular basis. Make it a positive experience.
Chanin also spoke about the future of the Women’s Business Forum. She feels that we are fortunate to have a solid group of members who create a wonderful foundation for each other. We are committed to inspire, educate and create opportunities for our members. And we are committed to continuing to do this in the future. Chanin announced that The Women’s Business Forum plans for the future include celebrating our 14 years of success by giving back to the community by creating a Fund that would be used for micro-loans or grants to deserving women entrepreneurs in the area.
Brought to us by the Doylestown Bookshop on May 1, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, Gretchen Rubin, is coming to Doylestown!
In her newest book Better Than Before, she tackles the critical question: How do we change? Gretchen Rubin's answer: through "habits." Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.
Gretchen will speak about her background and her new book followed by a Q&A session and personalized book signing.
Your ticket price includes a copy of her newest book Better Than Before. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Women's Business Forum.
Fri, May 1, 2015, 12 PM
James Lorah Memorial Auditorium
Please join us in welcoming our new president, Sheila Jacobs. Sheila is a Bucks County Certified Financial Planner and Author. She attended Douglass College (Rutgers University) graduating with a degree in Economics.
A former vice-president of Women's Business Forum and Philadelphia's National Association of Women Business Owners, Sheila serves as board president of Educational Solutions Unlimited. She is also founder of the Women Business Forum Mentoring Program, and a board member at UrbanPromise.
Sheila is an avid tennis player, a runner, a wife and mother. She and her husband, Paul, a teacher and coach, live in Upper Makefield with their young sons.
You can contact Sheila at: email@example.com