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!
And Stump the Attorney
Businesses Throughout the Corporate Lifecycle:
I want to incorporate my business, what do I need to consider? My relative plans to retire from the family business and put me in charge, what documentation do we need? I am no longer operating my business. Do I need to do anything or let anyone know?
Katherine Missimer, an attorney at Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell and Hippel, LLP, will present at the March 5 meeting to answer the legal questions of real business owners. Please join us to learn the answers to some commonly asked questions. Katherine primarily practices in the areas of corporate and business law. Her practice focuses on representing businesses, nonprofits and for profit corporations and health care entities. She provides her clients with advice regarding regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital funding, asset purchase and sales agreements, contracts for employment, management and consulting, and profit and nonprofit entity formation. Katherine has graciously agreed to come speak with us at the March 5 meeting.
If you have questions you’d like her to consider, please e-mail them Kimberly Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the meeting, so that they can be incorporated into the presentation.
WBF is Proud to Host a Suit and Accessory Drive for Dress for Success
Do you have surplus business attire or accessories to share with someone just starting her career, or re-entering the workforce?
Well, we may have the answer!
On March 5, 2014 Kim Carter-Guerin co-owner of Catalytics Performance Consulting and The Women’s Business Forum of Bucks County will be co-hosting a suit and accessory drive to benefit Dress for Success Philadelphia, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to thrive in work and in life. Over 10,000 women in the greater Philadelphia area have been referred to Dress for Success Philadelphia since July 1, 2008 to receive clothing, career counseling, confidence and career boosts. All donations are tax-deductible.
Items can be dropped off at The James Lorah Auditorium, Doylestown PA on:
March 5, 2014 between 7-10 am.
We can only accept new, or nearly new, women's suits, skirts, slacks, shoes, scarves, handbags and jewelry. If your donations are appropriate to wear to a job interview, we'll take it!
No Items to Donate?
Maybe you would like to make a financial donation to complete a woman’s interview or new job wardrobe.
Dress for Success Philadelphia receives many appropriate items of suits and clothing, but not always in the very small or plus sizes. In addition, they often have a very limited supply of handbags and shoes to provide to the clients. To supplement the inventory, they have created the Dress for Success Philadelphia Fund.
This fund allows suit drive participants to make a monetary donation of $5, $10, $20 or $50 along with or in lieu of a donation of business attire. Financial contributions are 100% tax deductible and will go directly toward the purchase of new clothing and shoes for their participants.
Dress for Success Philadelphia understands that if a woman does not have a job, she cannot afford professional clothing. However, without the right clothes, she can't get the job! You will be helping someone less fortunate get on the road to self-sufficiency and success!
All checks payable to Dress for Success Philadelphia
Re: Women’s Business Forum of Bucks County Suit Drive – Dress for Success Philadelphia Fund.
If you would like more information on Dress for Success Philadelphia, please go to their website at www.dressforsuccess.org/philadelphia
If you have any questions, please call Kim Carter-Guerin of Kim Carter-Guerin at 484-357-6959.
Thank you for your support!
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!
We Need You!
Social Media Coordinator and Moderator Coordinator Needed
WBF depends on our great volunteers to keep the organization going and growing. We have two opportunities right now.
Volunteering gives you a chance to interact with members and rainmakers – our speakers – in a more meaningful manner while enabling you to build new skills and demonstrate your ability to a new group of potential business partners and clients. It also gives you visibility among our membership and the community at large.
Social media coordinator -- this requires posting on our social media pages two to three times a week and helping plan special campaigns throughout the year, taking about an hour a week.
Contact our volunteer coordinator Sandy Gerger at email@example.com for more information.