Attorney Katherine E. Missimer, from the Philadelphia law firm Obermayer, Rebmann Maxell & Hippel, took a myriad of questions from members of the Women’s’ Business Forum™ earlier this month in Doylestown, providing advice on “Business Throughout the Corporate Cycle: Answers to Real Questions from Real Business Owners.”
Missimer, who represents businesses, nonprofits/for profit corporations and health care entities, defined the corporate life cycle by four categories: Formation; Development; Expansion; and Sales/Transfer.
We all believe networking is important to grow our businesses. But how do you network the right way to get what you need from the organizations you are involved with? Here are just a few tips to help you get the most from your networking:
1) Show up: this is critical, however it's just the beginning!
2) Ask questions. Learn how you can help others, why they are there and who they want to meet.
3) Connect. Introduce people that may be able to help one another.
4) Be generous. Share what you know in a non-promotional way; you will be remembered for your expertise.
5) Get involved and take action! Learn where your expertise can best benefit the organization and its members and become a champion.
6) Persevere. Building your network must be based on trust and relationships - this takes time!
When you become known for showing up, serving others and taking action, you'll become become the "go to" person in your network when someone needs the services you offer.
What can I, and the Women's Business Forum, do to support you? We really want to know, so please share!
The emotion that came up in my chest Wednesday is indescribable. Carrying in the bags and bags and heavy hangars full of clothing was a beautiful thing! Thank you all so very much for making this drive possible, and also a success. I wish you could have been there to see the faces on the staff and volunteers as the “merchandise” kept coming in from my van.
Dress for Success only has three paid staff, but they have tons of volunteers and if you could see their shop you would understand why. Clients walk in the door full of shame and lacking confidence. They feel beaten by life’s sometimes unfortunate events, and have no idea how they’re going to move forward…but they know they need help with finding a job as well as finding themselves.
Armed with career counseling and a volunteer personal shopper…these women walk out of the front door with the perfect interview outfit from head to toe beautifully wrapped up in designer store paper sacks. With broad smiles on their faces, twinkling eyes, shoulders back and head held high, one gets the sense that they’re unstoppable!
I’m looking forward to the next clothes drive…and I hope to be able to share the delivery experience with another from our wonderful group of generous women! Thank you all very much for allowing this to happen under the powerful name of the Womens Business Forum!
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Entrepreneurs Invited to Learn How to Find Their Voice Online – and Build Their Customer Base
Christine Gallagher, founder of shesgotclients.com, will share her insights with women business owners and aspiring business owners at the next Women’s Business Forum™ meeting on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the James Lorah House in Doylestown.
She will speak on “Finding Your Voice to Get Gutsy Online: The Practical Magic. Gallagher is devoted to helping women entrepreneurs make more money, enjoy more freedom, and stand out as a go-to leader and expert in their field through the power of authentic marketing— and a mindset that comes from a place of prosperity.
After applying her online marketing methods, her clients typically
experience a significant increase in traffic, subscribers, clients,
affiliates and lucrative joint venture opportunities.
Gallagher started her first blog in 2004 as new media was really coming to the forefront. Around the same time, she was bit by the entrepreneurial bug and ended up starting a couple of small, part-time businesses. I became painfully aware of how big of a role marketing played in keeping a solo business afloat. (I.e., I wasn’t making any money).
There started to be a buzz around this thing called social media, and I was drawn to how it could be used to connect to all of these potential clients and customers. As she used it to market her own businesses, she discovered she also had a real knack for helping others simplify and implement social media as a strategy. Then, in the depths of the recession in early 2009, she got laid off and I hung out her “virtual shingle” as a full-time entrepreneur.
We asked and you answered.
What the WBF Survery Questions Revealed
First, A big Thank You to everyone who responded to our brief survey in September.
Our Committees will be using this information to identify monthly speakers and to develop programs that will help you meet and surpass your business goals. Here’s what you shared:
Your top 3 business concerns:
Your top 3 reasons for being involved with the WBF:
We also learned that half of our WBF members are solopreneurs, and nearly 25% work with a team of 1 or more employees with the balance working part-time on their business, employed by a company or are in transition.
Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you at our next monthly meeting. WBF's mission is all about educating and inspiring you at every stage of your business from startup to your vision of success!