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  • May 02, 2016 7:30 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, May 10, 2015

    What's Your Legacy?

    Have you ever considered what your legacy will be? The simple truth is we are all going to leave one, be it good or bad.  But have you given deliberate thought to what you want your legacy to be?  Are you actively creating a legacy of love and respect, a legacy of inspiration, a legacy of giving?

    Join us on May 10th, 2016 to hear the inspiring story of Ellie and Bob Haan as Ellie shares the story of the Haan Museum http://haanmuseum.org.  The unique historic 15,000 square foot mansion is the backdrop for three museums in one; an Indiana Artist oil painting collection, an American furniture collection and Indiana ceramics collection.

    This incredible legacy the Haans are leaving to Lafayette and all of Indiana is made possible by virtue of running a successful business.  Ellie will share some key strategies that she and Bob utilized at Haan Crafts to become the industry leader in their market segment of sewing kits to Home Economics classes.

    Come be inspired, it's a great story you don't want to miss.  Call a friend, bring a friend,  See you at AWBO!

    3 Minute Speakers

    Kerri Wagner Bark Avenue Day Spa 
    Linda Berryman BBCS Payroll
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    A Note from Your President...

    I Saw It In His Eyes

    History tells us that the events of WWII, saw women taking to the factories to build airplanes etc. to support the war. This began the push for women starting to work outside the home. Women today can have it all. We can choose to be a stay at home mom, a career woman or a combination of both. We get to get up every a.m. and decide who we want to call on today, who we will choose to do business with, which bank to borrow money from and which employees to hire to produce our products.

    I was lucky enough to be able to take my dad on a recent Lafayette Honor Flight. I was reminded all day long that “Freedom Is NOT Free”. It comes with a price. The price they paid is what gives you and me the ability to live our lives as normal and “choose” what happens in our businesses. The price they paid is the difference between us slaving for meager wages and being able to choose which “next big thing” is on our business agenda.

    The day before the flight West Lafayette Mayor Dennis talked about the stark contrast his family saw between his WWII father’s return with honor, versus the lowly, hollow return the Vietnam vets received. His older brother’s explanation to him was laced with the character of a soldier: We fight so that people can have the freedom to voice their own opinion”. That means men and women have put their life on the line just so I can lobby, or vote or have a voice when I think my corporate taxes are too high. Lafayette Mayor Roswarski commented on how it takes a whole team to win a war, from the cooks, to the janitors to the generals. Everyone has a part to play. Just like your business team.

    Honestly, until this moment I have never thought about the freedom I take for granted in my business. What would I be doing if I lived in a war-torn region? How about you? Does your business have a location to fly our country’s flag? During the month of May please make it a point to thank any service men/women you know, that the Association of Women Business Owners appreciates their service. I know they appreciate it. I saw it yesterday in the Desert Storm’s soldiers eyes, as I stood shaking his hand.

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    News and Events
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    Board Member Spotlight
    When Shirley Pence became a Stanley Steemer franchise owner 39 years ago, almost all home floors were carpeted.  Flooring and upholstery options have certainly changed over the years.  Being willing to embrace new technology, equipment systems, and customer busy lifestyles while developing honest, hard-working, customer service-oriented employees is the key to the business' success. 

    Quality people, quality equipment and quality service has long been the Stanley Steemer mantra.  Shirley also enjoys being involved in her church, business groups, and community volunteer opportunities, especially those related to education which include Read to Succeed, Junior Achievement, and the Golden Apple process with the Chamber Education Committee.

    Her hobbies include decorating, entertaining, and landscaping.  Her adult children and their spouses are the joy of her life along with her 3 grandsons.  Another grandchild is coming this fall too!
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    Thank You!
    Thank you to Sharon Shug with Shug Awards for providing a gift for May's speaker.
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    Wishing You The Best
    We want to wish Janice Houston all the best with her new position with Centre bank in Hillsboro.  Unfortunately for us she needs to move away from the board.  With these changes, we have a Hospitality Chair position open on the board.  You would be working alongside Anna Kennedy in this position.  See a board member at next week's meeting if your interested or know someone!
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    Summer Social Announcement
    Don't forget to add Tuesday, June 14th to your calendar. Remember, this is our only evening meeting. Come engage in good food, good conversation and an exceptionally fun activity!

    Time: 5:30pm
    Location: Mama Ines Bakery
    More details coming soon!

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    What's Happening In Your Business?

    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

    Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 
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    Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
       
    Join Us:                  
    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
    & Bakery in
    West Lafayette. 
    (Excluding June)
    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

    Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Susan Benedict
    President Elect 
    Melony Ramsey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Secretary
    Yvone Renz
    Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Janice Houston
    Anna Kennedy
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramey
    Summer Social
    Melony Ramey
    Programs
    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us: 
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    Share Program Ideas
    Contact:
    or
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    3-Minute Spotlights 
    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 
    Deb Plue.  
    Limit 2 per meeting
    ------------------- Membership and Renewal

    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Amanda Snider.

     
    The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 20th of the month to: kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.


  • April 04, 2016 8:48 PM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, April 12, 2015

    Marketing? Define Your Position & Refine Your Message

    Julie Pope is a native to Lafayette. She is the owner of J Pope Unlimited and Bonz LLC.  Currently, her humanitarian efforts for our community include the COVER LAFAYETTE Project and The Zombie STOMP.HOP.N.CRAWL. Her passion and drive centers around advocating for families needing help with end of life matters.  She has an extensive background in event planning, marketing and sales.

    Julie will share the lessons she has learned in marketing and the importance of understanding your position in the your market.

    3-Minute Spotlight:

     Tammy Foley Coldwell Banker Shook
     Flo Nydegger        New Life
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    A Note from Your President...

    CASH FLOW IS KING”- Or is It?

    I’m noticing a trend. And it’s not a good one. This particular scenario has happened three times within the last nine months, two of these incidents occurred within the last thirty days.

    The trend: business professionals are sending out invoices for the first time, six and eight months after the fact. None of these are members of AWBO by the way. However you might be wildly surprised by the various types of businesses.

    One bill came and neither the home owner nor I had received a bill in a timely manner-but six months after I close a job is a little late. This makes for an uncomfortable situation for all three parties involved. Another bill that was eight months late, caused me to not be able to take the legitimate deduction off my corporate taxes for last year.

    I must admit it took me years to figure out cash flow, but once you understand cash flow is the life blood of our business your management style and processes start to look and act different.

    How about your business? Are you sending out billing in a timely manner?

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    News and Events
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    What I like about AWBO
    Recently, I was asked what I like about “AWBO” I didn’t have to think too long to figure that out.  

    Who doesn’t dream of working for themselves?  We don’thave to answer to anyone, work when we want to, and make lots of money RIGHT.  Well I don’t know about you but that’s not exactly how my business worked.

    I don’t answer to anybody just all of my clients.  I work when I want to: weekends, nights and early in the morning.  What is a 40 hour work week?  I get a paycheck only if there is any left after everyone else gets paid.  Sounds like fun huh? I love it…

    I own BBCS Payroll Service and have been in business since 1997.  When I started I had to figure out on my own how to juggle my family and build my business.  I didn’t have anyone to turn to with questions or support when I doubted myself.  But today, I have “AWBO”.  A network of woman with a ton of experience and support. That is what I like about “AWBO”.
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    Thank You!
    Thanks to Susan Benedict from Design Alternatives for donating a gift for out April speaker!
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    You Are Invited!
    From Sarah Schwarz's Office:  Incidents of fraud are on the rise and scammers’ tactics are becoming more complex.  That’s why it’s important to educate yourself about fraud. And while no one is immune, there are steps you can take to Outsmart the Scammers. Join us oTuesday April 12, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Judi's Catering for this presentation and learn important strategies to help protect yourself and the ones you love. We’ll share: 

    • How to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter.
    • Resources you can turn to in the event you or a loved one is targeted.
    • Steps you can take now to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

    Make your reservation today!  Please call April or Kelbe at765-429-5289 by Tuesday, April 5th.
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    Summer Social Announcement
    Don't forget to add Tuesday, June 14th to your calendar. Remember, this is our only evening meeting. Come engage in good food, good conversation and an exceptionally fun activity!

    Time: 5:30pm
    Location: Mama Ines Bakery
    More details coming soon!

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    What's Happening In Your Business?

    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

    Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 
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    Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
       
    Join Us:                  
    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
    & Bakery in
    West Lafayette. 
    (Excluding June)
    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

    Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Susan Benedict
    President Elect 
    Melony Ramsey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Secretary
    Yvone Renz
    Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Janice Houston
    Anna Kennedy
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramey
    Summer Social
    Melony Ramey
    Programs
    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  
    -------------------
    Share Program Ideas
    Contact:
    or
    ------------------
    3-Minute Spotlights 
    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 
    Deb Plue.  
    Limit 2 per meeting
    -------------------Membership and Renewal

    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman orAmanda Snider.

     
    The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 20th of the month to:kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.
         


  • January 01, 2016 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, January 12, 2015

    What's Your Legacy?

    Have you ever considered what your legacy will be? The simple truth is we are all going to leave one, be it good or bad.  But have you given deliberate thought to what you want your legacy to be?  Are you actively creating a legacy of love and respect, a legacy of inspiration, a legacy of giving?

    Join us on January 12th, 2016 to hear the inspiring story of Ellie and Bob Haan as Ellie shares the story of the Haan Museum http://haanmuseum.org.  The unique historic 15,000 square foot mansion is the backdrop for three museums in one; an Indiana Artist oil painting collection, an American furniture collection and Indiana ceramics collection.

    This incredible legacy the Haans are leaving to Lafayette and all of Indiana is made possible by virtue of running a successful business.  Ellie will share some key strategies that she and Bob utilized at Haan Crafts to become the industry leader in their market segment of sewing kits to Home Economics classes.

    Come be inspired, it's a great story you don't want to miss.  Call a friend, bring a friend...see you at AWBO!

    3-Minute Spotlight:

     Kerri Wagner Bark Avenue Day Spa
     Flo Nydegger        New Life
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    A Note from Your President...

    I have a New Year’s resolution, more on that in a minute.  As I look back over what AWBO was able to achieve in December, I think about what momentum this will carry for us into the next year.   Have you heard the news?  Your organization was able to raise over $5,000.00 (with a contributing check for $500 from Wabash National) to be donated to Cary Home.   We also had a record attendance this year with over 70 people turning out for this event.

    Your organization just broke 2 records in 2015!  What were some of your team’s accomplishments in 2015?   Do those successes spur you on to higher goals for next year or do you take it as “Good Luck”?  Were they achieved by coincidence or were they achieved by a strategic plan?  Was the plan on paper?

    The largest decision I feel our organization has to decide in this next year is whether or not we want to grow this auction. This would almost surely mean re-locating the event. Could the principles we used to grow the auction be used to grow our membership?  Which do you feel takes a higher priority growing the membership or growing the auction as our community service event?  We would love your feedback. Both will bring more exposure to AWBO and hopefully entice others to check out our organization.

    I keep a note card on my desk that reads: “Great marketing will only make a bad product fail faster”.  Does our organization meet the standard of being friendly, provide great networking, or offer key strategic advice to a prospective visitor?   If you answered “yes”, then let’s take a hard look at all the visitors that have attended in the last year but have not joined?   It’s up to all of us as members to be concerned about the survival of this organization.  What legacy is this generation of AWBO women leaving for members of the future?

    My New Year’s Resolution is this: Do at least (1) creative thing a day.  I need a respite from doing the day to day business (Which was the original mission statement of this group).   When I don’t take time to get re-charged by doing something creative my business and my mental and emotional health suffer.  Instead of your tag line in January, please plan to share a change or improvements you wish to make in your business for the new year!

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women
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    Board Member Spotlight-
    Anna Kennedy

    Mary Kay and AWBO offer me the opportunity to meet and learn from talented and professional ladies.

    As a Tippecanoe County Native, I have enjoyed the best lifehas to offer by travelling the world as a NAVY WIFE and Mortgage Banker.  Bill and I (my husband of 45 years) graduated from Wainwright High School.  After 26 years in the Navy, we returned to my childhood home in 1995.  Who would have thought we would leave Florida for Indiana!!

    With the encouragement of my niece and sister,  I became a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant in 2006.  I have loved and used the Mary Kay Products for over 25 years.Becoming a consultant opened the door to not only a great network of hard working and sharing Christian Ladies but also the benefits that Mary Kay offers….training, trips, jewelry, discounts, prizes and of course the famous Pink Cadillac.  For me the best part is, assisting customers and fellow consultants finding that product and LOOK that makes them feel special.

    Both AWBO and Mary Kay gives me the avenue to learn from the best business ladies Lafayette has to offer.

    Anna M Kennedy
    Sr. Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant
    anna.kennedy@marykay.com
    amk6970@gmail.com
    765-490-2734

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    News and Events

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    Sarah Schwarz Attends Conference for the Nation's Top Women Advisors

    Edward Jones Financial Advisor Sarah Schwarz of Lafayette attended Barron's Top Women Advisors Summit held in Palm Beach, Fla ., Dec . 2 - 4. This exclusive conference, created to enhance the professional development of those who work with individual investors, represents the nation's top women financial advisors, as well as industry decision-makers. 

    "I am so honored to have attended this event and have the opportunity to network with financial advisors who share the same focus," said Sarah. 

    The conference included workshops led by the women advisors named in Barron's issue as the top practitioners in their field.


    Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada.  Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work.  The firm's 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients.  Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis.  FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones.  The Edward Jones website  is located at
    www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website  iswww.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.
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    Thank You!

    Thanks to Shirley Pence from Stanley Steamer for donating a gift for our January speaker
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    What's Happening In Your Business?

    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

    Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 


    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 
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    Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
       
    Join Us:                  

    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 

    & Bakery in

    West Lafayette. 

    (Excluding June)

    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.


    Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Susan Benedict
    President Elect 
    Open Seat
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Secretary
    Yvone Renz
    Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Amanda Snider
    Hospitality
    Janice Houston
    Anna Kennedy
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Susan Benedict
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs

    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  

    AWBO on Facebook

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    Share Program Ideas

    Contact:

    Melony Ramsey

    or

    Deb Plue

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    3-Minute Spotlights 

    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 

    Melony Ramsey or 

    Deb Plue.  

    Limit 2 per meeting
    -------------------Membership and Renewal

    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman orAmanda Snider.

     

    The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 20th of the month to:kimberlyringler@gmail.com 

    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line


  • December 01, 2015 8:00 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, December 8, 2015

    The Annual HolidaAuction Is Here!


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    A Note from Your President...

    I was in downtown Indianapolis at 9:30 pm last week and decided to swing in to Wendy’s on Meridian to grab some dinner.   As I pulled toward the lane I surmised that there was a man begging for food at the car in front of me.   Turns out my suspicions were correct and I had already determined if he asked me, I would pay for a meal and give him the food. Turns out that’s exactly what the car in front of me did.  The drive-thru worker was screaming at him to leave before she called the police!  My heart was racing through this whole incident, but it got me to wondering what means would I go through if I was starving and needed food?  I got to wondering where was the compassion from the drive-thru worker?  I then realized this sort of thing probably happens quite often.  

    Fast forward to this weekend of Thanksgiving.   I am overwhelmed by the generous donations that you our members and the business leaders of this community have already donated to the AWBO Silent Auction and Raffle onDecember 8th.   You and I can mean the difference between young girls knowing someone cares about them vs. possibly a miserable Christmas because of a less than ideal home situation which they can do little to change.  Can you imagine a world in which truancy is a more desirable action than staying in one’s home life?  Of course this isn’t always the case, but many of the girls I have talked to there really just want to be loved.

    If it is money, gifts or clothing you can provide-please review the list included in this newsletter and bring them to the auction. If you’re a good networker, please work hard to bring friends to the auction and explain to them what goes on during the event.  If you feel you have no cash flow, and all you can donate is time-what the girls really need are mentors.  You just might be inspiring the next entrepreneurial business leader!   We all crave the need to know our life means something. Will you help us with your time, talents, or gifts to brighten the lives of those who pass through the halls of Cary Home?

    Blessing for a wonderful Christmas season,
    Susan Benedict
    2015-16 AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    News and Events

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    Thank You For Being Our Guest!

    We would like to extend a "Thank You" to our guests who attended our AWBO Meeting in October...


    -Nancy Branyan           Tastefully Simple
    -Heather Foster           Old National Bank
    -Amber Holle                Old National Bank
    -Kier Crites                   Food Finders
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    Donation Items List for Cary Home
    Clothes (need various sizes from child L to adult XL)

    • Sports bras
    • Socks (lots of socks – we go through them fast!)
    • Slippers
    • Sweatpants
    • Tank tops
    • Tennis shoes/ sneakers (sizes 5-11)
    • Khaki and black pants (need these more so in smaller sizes for Tecumseh students to wear with school uniform)

    Arts/ Crafts

    • Yarn – all colors
    • Rubber bands for Wonder Loom (used to make bracelets)
    • Acrylic paints
    • Puffy paints
    • Glitter glue
    • Hemp cord
    • Embroidery floss (used to make bracelets)
    • Tie-dye kits
    • Silk flowers
    • Melty beads
    • Construction paper
    • Washable markers
    • Fabric markers
    • Colored tissue paper
    • Floral tape
    • Masking tape
    • Paintbrushes (all sizes)
    • Modge Podge
    • Coloring books (ones made for adults, but they also like the cartoon ones)

     Recreation/Misc

    • Bicycle playing cards
    • Mario Kart for Wii
    • Wii Guitars (we have the game but need guitars)
    • AA batteries
    • White noise sound machines
    • Night lights (without removable cover/bulb)
    • Crossword puzzle books
    • Word search books
    • Jigsaw puzzles
    • I-spy books
    • Perplexus puzzles
    • Nail polish
    • Nail polish remover
    • Large bath towels
    • Hand towels
    • Wash cloths
    • Travel size shampoo/conditioner
    • Umbrellas
    • Dishwasher-safe plastic cups
    • Barnes and Noble gift cards
    • Women’s basketballs

     There are also many book and movie titles listed on our Jessie’s Kids Amazon wishlist:  http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/MIX0J7FA0OO7/ref=cm_wl_search_1
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    AWBO December Auction Donation Items

    **Is this something you would like to leave in?**

    If you would like to donate an auction item to our benefactor: Cary Home for Girls, please send an email to Susan Benedict atSusan@MyDesignAlternatives.com or you can call 765.477.1251

    Please identify whether it is an auction item or a raffle item.

    Please be thinking of businesses you know who may want to get involved and donate an item. We would like to have all the auction/raffle items collected by Thanksgiving weekend or Nov. 29th.
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    What's Happening In Your Business?

    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

    Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) tokimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 


    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 

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    Greater Lafayette Commerce in December
    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar 

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception – Wednesday December 2, 2015 at 5pm, Old National Mortgage Center
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday December 3, 2015 at 5pm – HuHot Mongolian Grill
    • Christmas Capitol of the Midwest – December 5 & 6, 2015
      -Dickens of a Christmas: Saturday December 5th 10am to 6pmDowntown Lafayette.
      -Christmas Tree Lighting: Saturday December 5th on the Courthouse Square at 6pm
      -Christmas Parade: Sunday December 6th at 2pm Downtown Lafayette
    • Eggs N Issues – Tuesday December 8th at 7:30am at Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette: Dan Hasler, President and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer for the Purdue Research Foundation.
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday December at 5pm – Green Goose Homes – West Lafayette

    A Message from Greater Lafayette Commerce:
    As we head into this holiday season, we wanted to take a moment and thank you, for everything you do to make Greater Lafayette a great place.  In 2015, we have, as a community, seen significant opportunities and challenges, and it has been a pleasure to see how you all rise to overcome the challenges and take the opportunities.  The culmination of this year's successful United Way campaign is a great example of that.  Greater Lafayette Commerce members played a significant role in that success.

    Steven J. Stowell once said that, "Great leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them fulfill their potential."  I think that same idea applies to your role in Greater Lafayette Commerce.  Great community leaders connect with the people in their community and thereby help the community achieve its potential. 

    We are thankful to be part of the Greater Lafayette community and proudly serve our members who represent over 50,000 families in the region.

    From our families to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
    Scott Walker and the Team at Greater Lafayette Commerce


     
    Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
       
    Join Us:                  

    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 

    & Bakery in

    West Lafayette. 

    (Excluding June)

    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.


    Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Susan Benedict
    President Elect 
    Open Seat
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Secretary
    Yvone Renz
    Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Amanda Snider
    Hospitality
    Janice Houston
    Anna Kennedy
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Susan Benedict
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs

    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue



  • November 02, 2015 8:52 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Unique Solutions For Your Business Challenges

    Betsy A. Spencer, President, J. R. Kelly Company, Inc. – Since 1987, Betsy has worked in various capacities within the organization's general contracting business, focusing primarily on financial aspects of the business.   In 2003, she assumed the reigns as President, and was proud to register the corporation with the State of Indiana as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE).  Betsy juggles 4 children and 4 grandchildren, along with her general contracting business.  She has served on the board of Lafayette’s Friends of Columbian Park Zoo and Indiana Construction Industry.  In addition, Betsy is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette, and holds memberships in Top Notch of Greater Lafayette, ICA, MICCS, Purdue's Supplier Diversity Development Advocacy Council and Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.  In her spare time, Betsy enjoys spending time with family and friends at the lake, reading, traveling, Purdue University Athletics, and volunteering in the community.  Betsy hopes to discuss with AWBO her accomplishments with her business where 85% of her employees are male and how she earned their respect to be able to run a very, fun, successful business.


    3-Minute Spotlight:

     Deb Plue Consolidated Insurance Services, Inc.
     Pam Michael        The Longaberger Company
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    Board Member Spotlight-
    Melony Ramsey
    Ram-Z Exchange opened in 1988 on Elmwood Avenue. By 2007, they had outgrown that location, so everything was moved to 205 Farabee Drive North. In 2009, the name was changed to RamZs Emporium- “a store with a huge variety of merchandise under one roof”.  It became a place “Where you’ll find things you didn’t know you needed, but now you desperately want”.  While many new things arrive daily, some are so unusual that you would never expect to see them in Lafayette.
    Melony Ramsey

    In 9,000 sq. ft. of space, there are over 130 displays of fine jewelry, coins for collectors and investors, antiques and collectibles, guitars and some electronics as well as firearms for hunting or protection. They repair treasured jewelry and miscellaneous items at their store daily (it isn’t sent out). RamZs can also custom design a new jewelry piece to meet your satisfaction.  People also come to them in need of some cash so they became the oldest licensed pawnbroker in 1990, giving loans to those in need during crisis times.  Notary service is also available.p

    December of 2007, they won the Small Business of the Month award.  Melony later served on the committee and became co-chairman.  Currently serving on the Greater Lafayette Commerce Education Committee, she really enjoys helping with Golden Apple Award selections. Being in AWBO for several years and on the board has been a favorite thing because she’s learned so much, developed many friendships and found several members who have given her help in many ways.

    Stop and see RamZs Emporium. With 17 staff members, RamZs is still family owned and operated.

    Melony Ramsey, RamZs Co-Owner
    AWBO Programs
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    A Note from Your President...

    The programs committee has been working hard to brainstorm and bring you presentations this next year that will better help you run your business.  And they want to hear from you. Is there a situation you are dealing with and can’t quite solve? Is cash flow getting you down?  How about that “new hire” - have you been left wondering if that was a good decision for your company?

    We want to bring you topics centered around “Creating Your Legacy.”  This topic is not just about an exit strategy. Creating Your Legacy asks you to re-visit why you started your business?  Do any legal documents need to be updated? Have you grown enough it makes sense to change your legal identity from a Sole Proprietor to an "LLC" or even an "S" or "C-corp"?   Is creating your legacy forcing you to evaluate when it’s time to stop doing the minimum wage work and start doing the “thing that brings in the money?” The question was posed to me three years ago and quite frankly, it felt like a slap in the face-but it was the wake-up call I now wish someone had posed to me much earlier.

    Is creating your legacy helping you determine if you have a true business or is it really a hobby? We have probably all heard the statistic, that if you can leave your business for 60-90 days, and it’s still running when you get back, you have a bona fide business. For most of us small business owners that’s a stretch, but the concept serves a point.

    Is the definition of insanity “doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results” helping you build an exit strategy? Is everyone in your organization’s job description matched with their true talents or skill sets?

    If you need help brainstorming or answering some of these above questions we especially want to see you November 10th. Challenges are what drive us to find solutions to the problem. Our speaker Betsy Kelly is no stranger to challenges. Betsy brings to us a unique solution for handling the challenges her business handed her. You won’t want to miss it. I promise you will be inspired to look at your own challenges and business strategies in a different light. But attendance is a must, in order to see the light!

    Instead of a tagline this month, let’s all be prepared to share the one thing we are most thankful for that owning a business has taught us!

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    News and Events

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    Thank You For Being Our Guest!

    We would like to extend a "Thank You" to our guests who attended our AWBO Meeting in October...


    -Diana Salazar from Caregiver Companion
    -Jennifer Teising from Sitewise Digital
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    AWBO December Auction Donation Items
    If you would like to donate an auction item to our benefactor:Cary Home for Girls, please send an email to Susan Benedict at Susan@MyDesignAlternatives.com or you can call765.477.1251

    Please identify whether it is an auction item or a raffle item.

    Please be thinking of businesses you know who may want to get involved and donate an item. We would like to have all the auction/raffle items collected by Thanksgiving weekend orNov. 29th.
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    Edward Jones Financial Advisor Hosts Presentation -
    What Happens After the Paychecks Stop? A Retirement Income Primer

    Edward Jones Financial Advisor Sarah Schwarz, AAMS®, CFP® of Lafayette is hosting a free presentation titled, "What Happens After the Paychecks Stop?  A Retirement Income Primer," at 1421 Union St Lafayette, IN 47904 on Thursday November 5,2015 from 12pm - 1pm & 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    Sarah Schwarz will examine how one can budget for retirement expenses and one's potential sources of retirement income.  Identifying some of the potential risks to one's retirement income also will be addressed.

    -Refreshments will be served-


    The presentation is free, but space is limited.  To make a reservation, call April Ford or Kelbe Douglass at 
    765-429-5289.

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    Be the CEO of Your Own Career
    The women of Wabash National invite you to “Be the CEO of Your Own Career,” an exclusive event for female managers, directors and other leaders who want to take proactive steps to manage their career development and evolve as influencers in their organizations.

    Best-selling author and speaker Caroline Dowd-Higgins will help us reinvent and re-energize our careers and leadership styles by offering concrete advice and action steps related to:

    • Playing to your strengths
    • Honoring your personal values as part of your career
    • Ramping up your communication skills and self-confidence
    • Developing yourself and others – and becoming an active leader – through coaching and performance management 
    • Developing and applying “leadership skills” in volunteer and community engagement, as well as in your personal life 

    Seating is limited. Register today for this FREE, interactive event!
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    In the News…
    The Indiana State chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association asked Susan Benedict, our current president to give her presentation on Aging in Place on October 15, 2015. The event was held at Lee Supply (sponsor of our AWBO 2015 Summer Social) on Carmel Drive in Indianapolis.

    Fifty Five Kitchen and Bath dealers or specifiers were in attendance for the event where Chef Ben made another fabulous meal at the unveiling of the newly remodeled showroom which now includes appliances to their already full line up of plumbing products.

    Not only did Susan familiarize dealers with the concept of Aging in Place, she implored attendees to realize “all of us have to do a better job of designing and specifying products that will keep people in their homes as long as possible to bring the cost of these products down, so that American homes will be ready to handle the mass number of baby-boomers turning 65".
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    Important! 
    Members will be able to update their profile at the November member meeting. Please make sure you have your log in and password information with you if you need to update.  Amanda Snyder from Metamorphic Fitness will be available if you are having trouble logging in  to your profile.
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    What's Happening In Your Business?
    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

    Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 


    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 

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    Greater Lafayette Commerce in November
    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar 

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception –Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 5pm, Old National Mortgage Center
    • Economic Forecast Luncheon – Thursday November 5 at 11:30am at the Holiday Inn City Center
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday October 8, 2015 at 5pm – TBD
    • Mini Farmers Market at the Downtown Lafayette Market7:00am to 12:30pm Saturday November 14th and Saturday November 28th
    • Eggs N Issues – Tuesday November 10, 2015 at 7:30am at the Hilton Garden Inn, West Lafayette: Work Force Development Manager for Greater Lafayette Commerce. Kara will share insight about workforce training resources and opportunities.
    • Industrial Luncheon – Friday November 20 at 11:30am – Lafayette Country Club: Featuring Blichmann Engineering, Owner, John Blichmann has been an avid brewer since 1991 and is a BJCP judge. Like you, brewing is his serious hobby, but designing equipment for brewing and winemaking is his true passion.
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday November 18 at 5pm – Stall & Kessler Diamond Center

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking:

    • Tuesday November 17 at 4pm for White Willow Events, Grand Opening: 1605 Kossuth St, Lafayette, IN 47905

    2015 Annual Events Dates:
    Christmas Capitol of the Midwest December 5 & 6, 2015


     
    Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
       
    Join Us:                  

    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 

    & Bakery in

    West Lafayette. 

    (Excluding June)

    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.


    Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Susan Benedict
    President Elect 
    Open Seat
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Secretary
    Yvone Renz
    Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Amanda Snider
    Hospitality
    Janice Houston
    Anna Kennedy
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Susan Benedict
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs

    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue



  • October 05, 2015 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, October 13, 2015

    How to Have a Peaceful Holiday Season while Maintaining Your Personal & Professional Lives

    Dr. Barbara Osborn, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker Specialist at the Alpine Clinic in Lafayette, Indiana. She attended and graduated with honors from graduate school in 1985, having over 29 years of diverse experiences. She will speak about the stress and anxiety that can come with the holidays, and suggest ways to keep a peaceful presence about yourself during these times. Let's make it a season to enjoy! 

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    A Note from Your President...

    I have renewed energy.  It comes from taking stock of the harvest. Processing where we have been and where we’re headed was the topic of our “Programs Committee" brainstorming session.  Have you noticed the leaves starting to change color? Now is the time when all the local farmers are anxious to assess whether their crops will give them any ROI? Have you taken stock of your company's  harvest as we head into the last quarter? When was the last time you dusted off those New Year’s Business Goals for 2015?

    As you process this production, please consider whether your investment in AWBO has paid off for 2015?  Did you take the time or expend the energy necessary to gain networking connections? Does AWBO provide a respite from the everyday grind of doing business-attending a meeting is a prerequisite! Do you view your organization as a new source of business contacts?  If so, do you make it a point to introduce yourself to the visitors at the meetings each month?  Have you spent any time getting to know a fellow AWBO member outside of a general membership meeting?

    Now back to that investment.  When is the last time you invited a woman business owner to a membership meeting?  When is the last time you shared the value of your investment with a fellow business owner? Sharing the opportunity now, as we start our calendar year will allow your friend to gain a whole year’s worth of the value of AWBO.  Would you be willing to volunteer for a limited time sub-committee to further the awareness of our organization? We all know you get out of an organization what you put in. Are you in?

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    News and Events

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    We DID IT! 
    BBCS Payroll is truly honored to be named Small Business of the Month by Greater Lafayette Commerce. We have the best customers, friends and family and we couldn't have done this without each and every one of their support. So, a big thank you to Greater Lafayette CommerceOld National Bank and everyone who supported us all of these years.

    Please join Linda Berryman and her staff for the Small Business of the Month Award Ceremony Oct 7, 2015 at Old National Bank, Mortgage Center 22 N. 2nd St. 5-6PM.  Beverages and Hors D’oeuvres provided…
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    Congratulations!
    Linda Berryman: "RamZs Emporium” says congratulations for winning the Small Business of the Month award.  It is a delight to see a fellow member and officer be recognized for excellence.  Have a Happy Month!"
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    Look! Your Message Goes Here

    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter. Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 25th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 

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    Greater Lafayette Commerce in October
    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar 

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception – Wednesday October 7, 2015 at 5pm, Old National Mortgage Center
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday October 8, 2015 at 5pm – Ivy Tech Community College, Downtown Location
    • Farmers Markets, annually May - October
      West Lafayette Market Wednesdays
      -4:00pm to 7:00pm Thursdays
      Purdue Market in Centennial Mall -1:00am to 2:00pm Thursdays
      Downtown Lafayette Market  -7:00am to 12:30pm Saturdays
    • Eggs N Issues – Tuesday October 13, 2015 at 7:30am at the Hilton Garden Inn, West Lafayette: An update from the Bicentennial Commission about what will be going on in Tippecanoe County and the surrounding area.
    • Industrial Luncheon – Friday October 16 at 11:30am – Lafayette Country Club: Mikel Berger, Owner, DelMar Software Development
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday September 23 at 5pm – Comcast Business Class hosting at the Holiday Inn City Center

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking:

    • Thursday October 8th at 11am for Teaz Hair Salon, Under New Ownership/Grand Opening: 1803 Veterans Memorial Parkway Ste H-2 Lafayette, IN 47909
    • Saturday October 10th at 10am for Gigi’s Cupcakes, Grand Opening:  170 S Creasy Ln Suite 1710 Lafayette, IN 47905
    • Monday October 12th at 11am for Honey Baked Ham & Café, Grand Opening for its Downtown Location: 116 North 3rd street Lafayette, IN 47901
    • Wednesday October 14th at 4pm for Richelle in a Hand Basket, Grand Opening new location: Market Square

    2015 Annual Events Dates:
    Christmas Capital of the Midwest December 5 & 6, 2015

     

    Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.

     

     

    Join Us:                  

    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 

    & Bakery in

    West Lafayette. 

    (Excluding June)

    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

    Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

    President  

    Susan Benedict

    President Elect 

    Open Seat

    Treasurer

    Shirley Pence

    Vice-President Communications 

    Amanda Snider

    Secretary

    Kerri Wagner

    Membership

    Linda Berryman

    Amanda Snider

    Hospitality

    Janice Houston

    Anna Kennedy

    Special Events

    Holiday Auction

    Susan Benedict

    Summer Social

    Susan Benedict

    Programs

    Melony Ramsey

    Deb Plue

    Contact Us: 

    AWBO on Facebook

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    Share Program Ideas

    Contact:

    Melony Ramsey

    or

    Deb Plue

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    3-Minute Spotlights 

    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 

    Melony Ramsey or 

    Deb Plue.  

    Limit 2 per meeting
    ------------------- Membership and Renewal

    Membership renewals for the 2015-2016 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Amanda Snider.

     

    The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 25th of the month to: kimberlyringler@gmail.com 

    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.

     

     

     

     


  • September 01, 2015 9:14 PM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    The Flip Side-How a Personal Friendship Helped our Careers

    Debi DeBruyn and Catherine Wright-Egar of Purdue University are our guest speakers this month. Debi is the Executive Director of the YWCA and will speak about its various programs, including the Domestic Violence program. Catherine is the Leadership Advisor in the Intercollegiate Athletics Department with Purdue University, and will talk about what leadership means to her. Together, Debi and Catherine will talk about their lifelong friendship and how it has helped them in their respective careers. Please join us for this great program!


    3-minute speaker:


     Rhonda Feuer  Pampered Chef
     Melony Ramsey  RamZ's Emporium

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    A Note from Your President...

    Wow-finally someone understands what I am going through as a business owner!  How can anyone be expected to knock down a huge list of goals (WIG) in the midst of doing the day-to-day business (the whirlwind)? Especially when the day-to-day business always screams the loudest?

    Simply put, "you don’t".  What relief I felt after reading “The Four Disciplines of Execution”.  Isabel Hogue did a wonderful job of walking us through the execution of this book for our August book review. More importantly, she was able to hit the highlights and explained for us how each of the 4 disciplines should be examined within our businesses to achieve the execution.

    As a business owner, do you struggle with creating your strategy or engaging the execution of that strategy?  As Covey points out in his video and book, even executives with MBA’s struggle far more with execution than what they were taught in school-creating the strategy.  

    Kudos and thank you Isabel!  Then to drive the point home, Isabel tagged up with Shirley Pence from Stanley Steemer to explain how these four principles had impacted her business. Shirley shared with us they now have a regularly scheduled staff meeting on a weekly basis and she never misses it.  They don’t talk about the whirlwind (day-to-day business) they focus on the single most important goal for the company and they hold each other accountable. This builds comradery and a support system.  Shirley says you will even hear her team egging each other on-encouraging one another, not just themselves!

    The single most surprising comment I heard at this meeting was something I never expected to hear.  Shirley says the “4 Disciplines of Execution” has changed the culture within her company.  Think about that for a minute.

    What was the last thing you implemented within your company that affected the “culture” for the better?  If you haven’t read a good business book lately, grab a copy at Amazon.com, or better yet head to http://www.franklincovey.com/4dflv/4D_bottomvid.html where you can watch a 17 minute video, or you can listen to a 3-part discussion at http://leadershipbookclub.com/disciplines-1/.

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    News and Events

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    It’s that time of year! 

    Time to consider being on the AWBO Board for the 2015-2016


    What’s involved? The board meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 11:30am to 1pm.


    What do I need to do to be considered? Just let one of the current board members know which position of the board you’d like to be considered for.


    What if I know the perfect person for a position? Please ask that person if they would like to be considered first, then, let a board member know.


    What are the positions available and what do they do? 

    Secretary: Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

    Membership (2-3 members): Membership Log, New Member Information/Recruiting, Follow up with Guests

    Hospitality (2-3 members): Meeting Set up, Welcome table including Name Tags, Business Cards, AWBO table cover and banner

    Programs (2-3 members): Monthly Programs, 3 Minute Spotlight Schedule

    Communications: Assist with Website/Facebook


    All board members assist with the Holiday and Summer Social Event with committees for each event.  Thank you for your consideration!

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    Are you selling your home or know of someone who is?
    Fall is the time to start strategizing - don't wait until the Spring, when you plan to list!  Here are some helpful tips:

    1. First, meet with your realtor(c) to determine the timeline of events, what improvements to be made (if any), how best to stage your home, and what price range to expect. 
    2. Speaking of staging-what is it? Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
    3. During the fall & winter months, give away, donate or sell items you no longer need - maximize your space by leaving at least 1/3 empty.
    4. Brighten dark rooms and hallways with a fresh coat of paint, and make sure there is adequate lighting throughout.
    5. Keep personal mementos to a minimum: Buyers want to imagine themselves living there, and cannot do that if all they see is the Seller.
    6. Not everyone is a cat or dog lover, and may not appreciate seeing food bowls, smelling litter boxes, or leaving with tufts of pet hair. Find places to tuck them easily out of sight for showings and vacuum on a regular basis. 
    7. When it is time to list, make sure you can easily show the house without requiring more than 2 hours advance notice...the easier it is to show, the easier it will be for a realtor(c) to bring Buyers!

    As an agent at Coldwell Banker Shook, I have experience with both Buyers and Sellers. I am also a Senior Real Estate Specialist, meaning I have additional training regarding the specific needs of the senior population, where buying and selling is likely to be quite different from years past. If you have any questions, call me (765.414.1517) - I would love to work with you!

    Ashley Bigelow
    Coldwell Banker Shook, Because Integrity Sells
    765.414.1517
    www.shook.com/ashleybigelow
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    Look! Your Message Goes Here

    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter. Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) tokimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 25th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 


    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 

    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Greater Lafayette Commerce in September
    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception –Wednesday September 2, 2015 at 5pm, Old National Mortgage Center
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday September 3, 2015 at 5pm – Ivy Tech Community College, Lily Hall 
    • Farmers Markets, annually May - October
      -West Lafayette Market Wednesdays
      4:00pm to 7:00 pm; Thursdays May, Sept, Oct
      -Purdue Market in Centennial Mall
      11:00am to 2:00 pm Thursdays
      -Downtown Lafayette Market
      7:00am to 12:30pm Saturdays
    • Eggs N Issues – Tuesday September 8, 2015 at 7:30am at the Hilton Garden Inn, West Lafayette: Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana News
    • Annual Dinner – Wednesday September 16 at 6pm – Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms
    • Industrial Luncheon – Friday September 18 at 11:30am – Lafayette Country Club: TBD
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday September 23 at 5pm – Fifth Third Bank, Downtown Branch

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking:

    • Bison Financial, Wednesday September 9 at 4pm
    • BBS Consulting Anniversary September 11th at 1pm
    • Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Tuesday September 15th at 11am
    • JX Peterbilt, Wednesday September 16th at 11am
    • Wintek Ground Breaking, TBD during September

    2015 Annual Events Dates:
    Annual Dinner September 16, 2015
    Christmas Capitol of the Midwest December 5 & 6, 2015


     
    Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
       
    Join Us:                  

    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 

    & Bakery in

    West Lafayette. 

    (Excluding June)

    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.


    Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Susan Benedict
    President Elect 
    Open Seat
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs

                    Ashley Bigelow



    Contact Us:  

    AWBO on Facebook

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    Share Program Ideas

    Contact:

    Ashley Bigelow

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    3-Minute Spotlights 

    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 

    Ashley Bigelow.  

    Limit 2 per meeting
    -------------------Membership and Renewal

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

    The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 25th of the month to:kimberlyringler@gmail.com 

    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.

           


  • August 03, 2015 12:04 PM | Anonymous

    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    The 4 Disciplines of Execution Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
    by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling

    Join us as we discuss the book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution.  Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization.  Did it go down with a loud crash?  Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities?  By the time it finally disappeared, it's likely no one even noticed.  What happened?  The "whirlwind" of urgent activity required to keep things running day-to-day devoured all the time and energy you needed to invest in executing your strategy for tomorrow! The 4 Disciplines of Execution can change all of that forever.

    The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind.  By following the 4 Disciplines –– focusing on the wildly important,acting on lead measures, keeping a compelling scoreboard, and creating a cadence of accountability –– leaders can produce breakthrough results.

    4DX is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that have been tested and refined by hundreds of organizations and thousands of teams over many years.  When a company or an individual adheres to these disciplines, they achieve superb results –– regardless of the goal. 4DX represents a new way of thinking and working that is essential to thriving in today's competitive climate.

    If you haven’t had time to read the book, here’s a link to a 17 minute summary:
    http://www.franklincovey.com/4dflv/4D_bottomvid.html

    See you for lunch and networking from 11:30am to 12pm with meeting from 12pm to 1pm.


    3-minute speaker:

     Cindy Pratt  Premier Designs Jewelry
     Susannah Hall-Justice  Hall Justice Law Firm

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    A Note from Your President...

    Dear AWBO Members,

    It is with a sad heart that I inform you that I respectfully submitted my resignation from AWBO.  

    I have made the decision to close my business, thus, no longer qualifying me for membership. Please be assured nothing bad happened, it's a matter of being at a point in my business where a lot needed to be invested vs it's best to close on a high note. I chose the high note.

    I am blessed to say from the time I joined AWBO and over the last 4 ½ years, I have made wonderful friendships, learned a lot about business and thoroughly enjoyed being educated by both our speakers and our members!

    Words can not express how awesome a group AWBO is and I will miss seeing all of you on a monthly basis. I will be unable to attend this month’s meeting, but wiil be there in September to thank all of you for your support this year.

    I am happy to say that President Elect Susan Benedict has graciously accepted to step in the role of President two months early. Thank you Susan!

    I would also like to thank all my board members Susan Benedict, Linda Berryman, Amanda Snider, Shirley Pence, Melony Ramsey, Ashley Bigelow and Rhonda Feurer for making my job as President so easy.

    Again I thank you and wish all of you many blessings!

    Jan French

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    News and Events
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    It’s that time of year! 
    Time to consider being on the AWBO Board for the 2015-2016

    What’s involved? The board meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 11:30am to 1pm.

    What do I need to do to be considered? Just let one of the current board members know which position of the board you’d like to be considered for.

    What if I know the perfect person for a position? Please ask that person if they would like to be considered first, then, let a board member know.

    What are the positions available and what do they do? 
    Secretary: Monthly Board Meeting Minutes
    Treasurer: Shirley Pence
    Membership (2-3 members): Membership Log, New Member Information/Recruiting, Follow up with Guests
    Hospitality (2-3 members): Meeting Set up, Welcome table including Name Tags, Business Cards, AWBO table cover and banner
    Programs (2-3 members): Monthly Programs, 3 Minute Spotlight Schedule
    Communications: Assist with Website/Facebook

    All board members assist with the Holiday and Summer Social Event with committees for each event.  Thank you for your consideration!
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    Summer Social "Thank You"
    Design Alternatives would like to extend a special thank you to the women who helped to make our summer social a "really special" event.   Jan French, Rhonda Feuer, Melony Ramsey, Kim Ringler and Pam Michael! All your extra efforts were really appreciated.  And an extra Thank You goes to Pam Michael fir bringing her box full of extra business books for us to exchange.   It's women like you who keep this organization thriving!!

    Susan Benedict
    Design Alternatives
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    "Shout-out's"

    A HUGE thank you to Shirley Pence of Stanley Steemers. A client of mine needed a room steam-cleaned right away, and the scheduler was super nice and managed to work my client into their already super busy day. Thank you!!

    An older client of mine, downsizing his home, took several of his belongings to Ramzey's Emporium in Lafayette. Cory, the owner's son, was very gracious and respectful with my client in sorting through his belongings. Thank you!!

    Ashley Bigelow
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    Look! Your Message Goes Here

    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter. Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 25th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 

    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Greater Lafayette Commerce in August

    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception – Wednesday August 5, 2015 at 5pm, Old National Mortgage Center
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday August 6th at 5pm – Lafayette Bank & Trust, Renaissance Center 
    • Farmers Markets, annually May - October
      West Lafayette Market Wednesdays
      -4:00pm to 7:00 pm; Thursdays May, Sept, Oct
      -4:00pm to 8:00 pm; Thursdays June, July,August
      Purdue Market in Centennial Mall
      -11:00am to 2:00 pm Thursdays
      Downtown Lafayette Market
      -7:00am to 12:30pm Saturdays
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday August 19th at 5pm – Purdue Federal Credit Union, Northwestern Branch
    • Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival Saturday August 22 5pm to Midnight on 5th Street, Downtown Lafayette
    • Boiler Bridge Bash Thursday August 20th from 7:30pm to 10pm downtown Lafayette on Main Street between 6th Street and 9th Street
    • Purdue Football Kickoff Luncheon – Friday August 21st at 11:30am at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms.

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking:

    • Thursday August 6th at 4pm for Serenity Hospice, Grand Opening new Location: Navajo Dr. West Lafayette, IN 47906 (next to the BMV).
    • Thursday August 13 at 4pm for Wolf Park, Ground Breaking in honor of their new education building that includes a surgery suite: 4004 E 800 N, Battle Ground, IN 47920
    • Tuesday August 25th at 3pm for Another Broken Egg Cafe, Grand Opening: 516 Northwestern Avenue, Suite 1500, West Lafayette, IN 47906
    • Thursday August 27th at 11am for Purdue Federal Credit, Grand Re-Opening of the newly renovated Union Street Branch: 1520 Union St., Lafayette, IN 47905

    2015 Annual Events Dates:
    Annual Dinner September 16, 2015
    Christmas Capitol of the Midwest December 5 & 6, 2015


     
    Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
       
    Join Us:                  
    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
    & Bakery in
    West Lafayette. 
    (Excluding June)
    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

    Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Susan Benedict
    President Elect 
    Open Seat
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs
                    Ashley Bigelow


    Contact Us: 
    -------------------
    Share Program Ideas
    Contact:
    ------------------
    3-Minute Spotlights 
    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 
    Limit 2 per meeting
    ------------------- Membership and Renewal

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

    The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 25th of the month to: kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.

           
         


  • June 30, 2015 10:02 PM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    PUTTING OUT FIREWORKS IN YOUR WORKPLACE

    This month Kitty Haffner from Total Solutions will be our guest speaker.  Total Solutions works with individuals and companies committed to achieving higher levels of performance and retention through the use of assessments – hiring/Job Fit assessments, honesty and integrity assessments, 360 Leadership Evaluations, Customer Service and Sales assessments. These assessment tools are used for pre-employment, succession planning, and team building --  identifying the most successful and productive work environments for employees as we focus on one’s own strengths, abilities and motivation.   


    Kitty Haffner graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a B.A. degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration.  Her work background includes working in customer service with two manufacturing 

    companies, a paralegal for a law firm for more than 10 years, and 20 years as a consultant and facilitator with her husband, Herm.  Total Solutions is a consulting firm, helping large and small companies in the areas of business and strategic planning, sales and customer service training, executive coaching and various assessment tools to help clients reach their greatest potential.


    3-minute speaker:

    Danielle Greenback Mary Kay 



    --------------------------------------------
    A Note from Your President...

    Here Come the Fireworks! 

    When I was a little girl, I was terrified of thunder and lightning. I literally would grab on to whoever was closest to me and keep my eyes closed and let them lead me around. I hated when the family would open the curtains to the big window in the living room to watch the lightning. Again, eyes closed, ears covered. Why must they put me through this? Then on the 4th of July, we’d go see the fireworks! I was a tortured sole but I did overcome my fear and actually enjoy storms (to a point). 

    This confession to you made me think about our workplace fireworks. When you’re new in business or even starting your working career, you have no clue what the fireworks are in business. Some companies may have a few, some a lot with the loud ones and some are duds. 

    So what are some causes of these fireworks? The biggest one is staff. When we hire someone in our business, they are now an extension of us. They may have passed the interview with flying colors, passed the background check and even sent you a sweet thank you note. You hire them and now the other staff is complaining when things have been going so well, you have someone stealing as the numbers just are not adding up or maybe you’re being publically talked about on social media. How do we pick the right person for the right job and not lose money? 

    I am happy to welcome Kitty Haffner of Total Solutions as our guest speaker for July. Kitty is going to help us figure out what to do so there are no or very minimal fireworks in your workplace. 

    I wish you all a very Happy and Safe 4th of July!

    Jan French
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women in Business

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    News and Events

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    Thank You For a Great Summer Social
    Thank you to all who attended AWBO's Summer Social. The event was a huge success thanks to all of you! The event allowed us to take a little time out of our busy schedules to have some fun and to connect with fellow business women. We couldn't have asked for a better evening or a more gorgeous venue to enjoy our gourmet dinner.  Thank you again to President Elect, Susan Benedict of Design Alternatives for opening her home and to Chef Ben and Lee Supply of Carmel, IN for preparing the meal.  We hope everyone who attended made some great connections and picked out an awesome business book.

    --------------------------------------------
    Look! Your Message Goes Here

    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter. Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) tokimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 25th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.


    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 


    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 

    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Greater Lafayette Commerce in July

    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception -Cancelled for July.  Will resume Wednesday August 5, 2015.
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday July 9th 5pm – The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette 
    • Farmers Markets, annually May - October
      -West Lafayette Market Wednesday
      -4:00pm to 7:00 pm; Thursdays May, Sept,
               Oct 
      -4:00pm to 8:00 pm; Thursdays June, July, August
      -Purdue Market  in Centennial Mall
      -11:00am to 2:00 pm Thursdays 
      -Downtown Lafayette Market
      -7:00am to 12:30pm Saturdays
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday July 15 at 5pm – Manpower
    • Dancing & Cruising in the Streets – Saturday July 18th 4p to Midnight Downtown Lafayette
    • Retail Marketing & Advertising Workshop with Jon Schallert – Tuesday July 21 from 8am to 3pm at MatchBox Co-Working Studio

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking: 
    • Thursday July 16th at 3:30pm for Adventure Station at First Assembly (Child Care Center): 6121 S 50 E Lafayette, IN 47905 (near Wyandotte Elementary School)
    2015 Annual Events Dates:

    Dancing in the Streets July 18, 2015

    Football Kickoff Luncheon August 21, 2015

    Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival August 22, 2015

    Annual Dinner September 16, 2015

    Christmas Capitol of the Midwest December 5 & 6, 2015


     
     
    Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
       
    Join Us:                  

    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 

    & Bakery in

    West Lafayette. 

    (Excluding June)

    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.


    Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Jan French
    President Elect 
    Susan Benedict
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs

                     Ashley Bigelow



    Contact Us:  

    AWBO on Facebook

    -------------------

    Share Program Ideas

    Contact:

    Ashley Bigelow

    ------------------
    3-Minute Spotlights 

    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 

    Ashley Bigelow.  

    Limit 2 per meeting
    -------------------Membership and Renewal

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

    The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 25th of the month to:kimberlyringler@gmail.com 

    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.

         


  • June 01, 2015 4:11 PM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    SUMMER SOCIAL

    Have you read any good business books lately?  Come join us June 9th for the AWBO Summer Social to exchange one of your treasured business books with another business owner.  There will be a chef-prepared, gourmet meal, sponsored by Lee Supply and hosted by Design Alternatives.  Where else can you shop for a good business book, engage in stimulating conversation, see some old friends, meet new business contacts, all while consuming gourmet food? We look forward to seeing you there!

    Click here to register

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    A Note from Your President...

    I love to meet new people.  Meeting people at a business meeting is a lot different than at a networking event.  The usual meeting is arranged seating, down to business, numbers, deals, etc.  We've all been there, we all do it.  It's ok, not a ton of fun, but ok.

    Now, switching that meeting to a networking event...what an opportunity!  It's an opportunity to meet someone new, to catch up with old friends, to talk with business associates in a non-threatening way.  Not to say we're not professional, but the atmosphere is low key.

    With that being said, I personally invite each and every one of you to join us on Tuesday, June 9th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for AWBO's Summer Social.  I am excited to see the different books that will be brought for exchanging, to try food from a private chef and visiting.

    So grab a book that you've enjoyed and would like to pass along, bring a friend or two, but most of all, have a great time!!

    Jan French
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women in Business

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    News and Events


    ----------------------------------------------

    WELCOME! NEW AWBO MEMBERS

    We would like to extend a BIG welcome to our newest members that joined in the month of May.            

    Jody Leddy    Clean Peace LLC
    Danielle Greenback    Mary Kay Sales
    Sandy Sweval      SpeedPro Imaging
    Cindy Pratt    Premiere Design Jewelry
    --------------------------------------------

    THANK YOU FOR VISITING

    It was a pleasure to have the following visitors at our May meeting:

    Becky Crash
    Renee Tilt

    To those women business owners/co-owners reading this, or that you might know, AWBO is a wonderful organization to help women business owners learn about other businesses and bring new ideas to help broaden your own business as you listen to great and informative speakers. 

    Come, get involved and enjoy the monthly luncheons while you develop friendships with other members and learn to trust businesses who might be a help to you in your business OR at home.

    Visit soon and join us!  
    Melony Ramsey, Hospitality Committee

    --------------------------------------------
    Look! Your Message Goes Here

    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter. Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 25th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.


    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 


    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 

    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Greater Lafayette Commerce in June

    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception –Wednesday June 3 at 5m - Old National Bank Mortgage Center: 22 N 2nd St Lafayette IN 47901, Winner: Kona Ice of Tippecanoe County
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday June 4 at 5pm – Tucker Insurance
    • Farmers Markets, annually May - October -West Lafayette Market Wednesday -4:00pm to 7:00 pm; Thursdays May, Sept,
             Oct 
      -4:00pm to 8:00 pm; Thursdays June, July,  August
      -Purdue Market  in Centennial Mall-11:00am to 2:00 pm Thursdays 
      -Downtown Lafayette Market
      -7:00am to 12:30pm Saturdays
    • Annual Golf Outing – Monday June 8th at Boilermaker Birck Golf Complex
    • Tippy Connect Top 10 Under 40 Awards Luncheon– June 11th at 11am – Lafayette Country Club
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday June 17th at 5pm – Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking: 
    • June 5th at 3:30pm for Climb Lafayette
    • June 17th at 10:30am for Home Health Depot

    2015 Annual Events Dates:
     Dancing in the Streets July 18, 2015 Football Kickoff Luncheon August 21, 2015 Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival August 22, 2015 Annual Dinner September 16, 2015 Christmas Capitol of the Midwest December 5 & 6, 2015

     
     
    Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
       
    Join Us:                  

    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 

    & Bakery in

    West Lafayette. 

    (Excluding June)

    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.


    Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Jan French
    President Elect 
    Susan Benedict
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs

                     Ashley Bigelow



    Contact Us:  

    AWBO on Facebook

    -------------------

    Share Program Ideas

    Contact:

    Ashley Bigelow

    ------------------
    3-Minute Spotlights 

    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 

    Ashley Bigelow.  

    Limit 2 per meeting
    -------------------Membership and Renewal

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

    The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 25th of the month to:kimberlyringler@gmail.com 

    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.


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