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  • August 01, 2012 11:55 PM | Deleted user
    This month's issue sponsored by:


    August Program:
    Get Your Business in the Headlines

    Ever wonder why some local events and businesses get media coverage while others don’t? Learn the secret to making local news headlines straight from the source.

    Join us with special guest, WLFI morning news anchor, Liz Nichols, as we delve into how to get your business covered by the local media. Liz will teach us how and when to make contact with the media, as well as tricks of the trade on how to package and present your business for the best chance for coverage.

    This is a small business presentation you can’t afford to miss.

    3 Minute Spotlights:
    Jan Nielsen - Allstate
    Patty Pavey - Today's the Day Coaching 

     
     
     

    A Word from Our President

    Hello Everyone,
    What an eye opening presentation by our guest speaker Debbie Elsner. Debbie shared with us her presentation: HR 101, The Top 10 Things You Should Know. As business owners, we must be aware of many laws and regulations. The one thing Debbie repeated over and over was that once you have rules established within your business, you always need to follow your own rules!  Other great takeaways from the presentation are; Document Everything and Have an Employee Manual.  I truly appreciated Debbie’s presentation, it was one that shouldn't have been missed.

    Yours,

    Julie Rubsam

     
    A 30th Anniversary Thank You 
    Thank you to all that attended the Summer Social to enjoy food, fashion, friends and a lot of FUN! If you missed it, the AWBO 30th Anniversary Celebration was held at the Best Western Convention Center. Cocktail hour began our evening as the "OLD," and the "NEW," faces of AWBO caught up on fellowship.

    The Carved Roast Beef Dinner and White Fish entrees were shared with laughter, networking, photo's of the past and present successes of our AWBO Members.

    When the dessert was served, the FUN began. Our own AWBO Members entertained us with fashion, style and a lot of attitude to create, a lot of fun! Our evening led off with fashions from Chico's.Deb Poelstra of Chico's did the commentary by educating us with style and the do's and don'ts of fashion.. . How to wear a scarf, Why to use a belt, and embellishments with jewelry for a great style and fit ensemble. AWBO has hidden talent as our members took the run way to show these wonderful fashions. Our own, LeAnn Lehr from Cato's took the podium. Models strutted their stuff to entertain us on the what is new and fun in Fashion at Cato's.

    In honor of 30th Anniversary Celebration, a slide presentation displayed the history of AWBO. Past Presidents of AWBO were asked to stand and be recognized. Julie Rubsam made presentations to the Founding Members of AWBO with flowers and engraved vases celebrating our 30th Anniversary. 

    A special thanks to Julie Rubsam, the Board Members of AWBO, Best Western Convention Center, Michael Dick Photography, Chico's, Cato's, our Model; Kayla Feuer, Rhonda Feuer, Holly Maliziola, Jan Nielsen, Angela Tamer, Susan Benedict, Joanne Webb and Pam Rhode-Thalls along the many wonderful Members who donated Door Prizes; Bark Avenue Day Spa, Creative Memories, USBorne Books, Pampered Chef, Ramz Emporium, Longaberger Company, Stanley Steamer, Dream Dinners, Geb*Art Strategic Communications, Lafayette PC, Mary Kay, Design Alternatives, Coldwell Banker Shook, Lafayette Hearing Center and Jane Kenny. With your generosity of time and talent, we will refer to this event with years to come.

    To view photos from the event. Check out our Facebook Page.
    Tammy Foley, Event Chair and President Elect
     
    We're Growing!
    New Members
    • Lee Anne Lehr, CATO Fashions, Associate Member
    • Becky Risch, Coldwell Banker Shook
    July Guests

    • Susan Brutus
    • Linda Gloyeske, Wildtree
    • Kim Burke, Eight38 Sign Co.
    • Stephanie Guinn, Sunset Gifts
    • Linda Uerkwitz and Angela Gibson, Industrial Plating Inc.
    • Marianne Fleming, Lafayette Rehab
    • Judy Bower, Ink$mart
    • Tammy Ungaro, Dream Dinners

     
    Member Spotlight: Jenna Isch
    Jenna Isch is the owner of Isch Insurance Services with Farmers Insurance. This month she celebrates three years in business (congrats!). Jenna and her team are committed to offering top quality insurance and financial products, and client focused service at a competitive price. Jenna's passion is to help families protect what matters most to them. Her business philosophy is to go the extra mile, building a trusting relationship, so her clients can rest assured that Isch Insurance Services will take care of all the details of their insurance needs. Jenna lives in West Lafayette with her husband, Andy and their 6 year old pug Layla. In her free time Jenna is an avid reader, loves to cook, and go to concerts with her husband.
     
    Upcoming Events

    Learn the Truth about what is in Your Pet's Food
    Kerri Wagner's Bark Avenue Day Spa is hosting a free seminar on Pet Food Safety. Susan Thixton - pet food safety advocate - will share the secrets of the multi-billion dollar a year pet food industry. Those clever television commercials and beautiful pet food packages can be hiding some hideous truths. Monday, August 6 at 6:30 pm at the Courtyard Marriott of Lafayette. Contact with your name and email address to info@barkavenuedayspa.com or call 765-413-0968. Registration required. 

    Join the Marketing Roundtable
    NEW! Looking for ideas to improve your business? The Marketing Roundtable is a monthly think tank led by Nicole Gebhardt and sponsored by the HHISBDC. Each meeting is packed with ideas, tools and information applicable to any business. August's topic is "Referral Strategies". The Roundtable meets Tuesday, August 21 at 11 am at the Lafayette Country Club. Lunch is included. First time visitors pay $24. Registration required: www.theremarkableway.com 


    FREE Presentation by Lafayette PC
    Lafayette PC will be giving a FREE presentation on Wednesday, August 29. The topic is Microsoft Outlook 101. Join Julie & Jason Rubsam from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. RSVP at 765-807-6334 or support@LafayettePC.com The location will be announced soon.


    Career Opportunity
    Manpower Group is looking for a B2B sales professional to serve as the Selling Branch Manager for the Lafayette territory. This is a full-time corporate position with a base salary of $55K plus bonuses. For details, click here.


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

    • Historic Lafayette Farmers Markets:
      - West Lafayette: Wednesdays 3pm to 6:30pm
      - Purdue University: Thursdays 11am to 3pm
      - Downtown: Saturdays 7:30am to 12:30pm
      • Small Business of the Month – Wednesday August 1st at Lafayette Savings Bank Annex Building
      • Tippy Connect After Hours, Thursday August 2nd at Lafayette Bank & Trust Main Branch
      • Business After Hours, Wednesday August 15th, hosted by Purdue University – RSVP required via the link on the GLC Calendar.
      • Football Kickoff Luncheon – Friday August 17th 11am at the Purdue Memorial Union
      • Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival – Saturday August 25th 4pm to Midnight
      Additional Information:
      The monthly events including Eggs N Issues, Small Business Matters and Industrial Luncheon will begin again during September. Send topic ideas to information@greaterlafayettecommerce.com

       
       
       
       
      Hope to see you at the August 14 meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you. 
    • July 01, 2012 9:36 PM | Deleted user



      AWBO July 2012 Newsletter

      Join Us: Tuesday, July 10 from Noon to 1 p.m. at MCL Cafeteria in West Lafayette. 
      Arrive around 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.


      THIS MONTH'S PROGRAM: Your "STAY OUT OF JAIL" Card

      All business owners need to be aware of the laws that govern employment in our businesses. This month, Debbie Elsner of Personnel Matters will teach us the Top 10 most important things we need to know "to stay out of jail." Find out what laws effect you and your employees and how to keep your business safe from very common fines.

      We are all held to the same standard when it comes to employment laws. And small businesses can't absorb the fines as easily as the major corporations. Come, take a break from your routine and join us for an informative lunch and learn.


      3-Minute Spotlights:
      • Cindy Metzger - Trevo
      • Alejandra Malo - PInk Team Cleaning. 
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      Have an idea for a future AWBO meeting?
      Share it with Susan Benedictsusan@mydesignalternatives.com,
      Monica Doerr
      monica@doerrlawoffice.com or Jenna Ischjisch@farmersagent.com

      Share your business with a 3-minute spotlight.
      Contact Monica Doerr at monica@doerrlawoffice.com to take the stage and tell your story.
      Limit 2 per meeting. Spaces are filled on a first-come basis.

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      A Word from our President...

      Hello everyone!

      The Association of Women Business Owner’s 30th Anniversary Celebration was amazing! Thank you Tammy Foley for organizing such a wonderful event. I greatly enjoyed meeting so many of our past members, especially our founding members  Thirty years ago, 60 women came together to create an organization to support, educate, and encourage women business owners. And, over the years, AWBO has touched the lives of hundreds of women. I am honored to be a part of such a great group of truly amazing women and I look forward to seeing where this organization is in 30 more years. 

       

      Yours, 

      Julie Rubsam

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      New Member

      AWBO welcomes Kathy Cowan of Cowans Accounting & Bookkeeping as our newest member. Welcome Kathy!

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      Your 2011-12 Board:

      President – Julie Rubsam, President Elect – Tammy FoleyTreasurer - Shirley Pence; Communication – Nicole Gebhardt; Co-Secretaries – Chris Meyer; Membership Vice Presidents – Angela Tamer and Melony RamseyHospitality Vice Presidents – Pam Rhode Thalls and Lucy Borga;Program Vice Presidents – Susan Benedict, Monica Doerr, and Jenna Isch.

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        Member Spotlight: Nicole Gebhardt 

      For more than 20 years, Nicole Gebhardt has been helping business leaders create 
      compelling and effective messages in her signature authentic and inspiring way. She has developed corporate communication strategies for six Caterpillar Inc. vice presidents and plant managers (in Lafayette and Peoria) and designed marketing campaigns for small businesses and not-for-profits. A Lafayette native, Purdue graduate and active community volunteer, Nicole is also a wife and mother of two young girls, one dog, a cat and two spoiled hamsters. Nicole is best known for her Marketing Workshops where she equips business leaders to manage their own marketing and build their business "in a remarkable way."

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      NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

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      The Giving Continues for Mobile Food Pantry Site
      At the April Meeting, Pam Rhodes Thalls offered to take up a collection for AWBO members and guests willing to help sponsor a mobile food pantry location for Food Finders Food Bank. It takes only $500 to sponsor a site - that's just 25 women donating. If you'd like to contribute, bring a check or cash to the AWBO meeting and see Pam Rhodes Thalls 

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      FREE Presentation by Lafayette PC

      Lafayette PC will be giving a FREE presentation on Wednesday, July 25. The topic is still TBD.  Join Julie & Jason Rubsam from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Buy the Book Coffeehouse, 1538 Main St. RSVP at 765-807-6334 or support@LafayettePC.com


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      July 2012 Greater Lafayette Commerce Activities

      Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

      • Historic Lafayette Farmers Markets:
      • - West Lafayette: every Wednesday 3pm to 6:30pm
      • Purdue University: every Thursday 11am to 3pm
      • - Downtown: every Saturday 7:30am to 12:30pm
      • Small Business of the Month – Lafayette Savings Bank Annex Building – Wednesday, July 11 at 5pm (Changed date for the month of July)
      • Tippy Connect After Hours, Thursday July 12th at Bison Financial
      • Business After Hours, Wednesday July 18th 5pm to 7pm at WBAA
      • New Member Luncheon, Thursday July 19th 11:30a to 12:30pm at Foxfire at Valley Lakes.
      • Dancing in the Streets, Saturday July 21st 4pm to Midnight Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette.
      The monthly events including Eggs N Issues, Small Business Matters and Industrial Luncheon will begin again during September. Feel free to send suggestions for topics to information@greaterlafayettecommerce.com
      Note: The GLC Office will be closed on July 4.

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      LITTLE DETAILS:

      Membership and Renewal:  Know a woman business owner (or two) that would benefit from AWBO? Is your own membership current? Membership info is available online at www.AWBO.org or you can contact Membership VPs Angela Tamerangela@redfox-flowers.com or Melony Ramsey, melonyramsey@yahoo.com.

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      Newsletter Advertising is available to members and nonmembers alike. Banner ads are $50 and must be 600x200 pixels. Content ads are $25 and must be business card size (approx 300x175). Submit your artwork in the proper format to: Chris Meyerandresjmeyer@juno.com  at by the 20th of every month to appear in the next issue.

      The AWBO Newsletter is published by Nicole Gebhardt.
      All submissions are due via email by the 25th of the month to: Nicole@theRemarkableWay.com
      Please be sure to include "AWBO" in the subject line.

    • June 06, 2012 10:52 PM | Deleted user


      AWBO June 2012 Newsletter

      Summer Social: Celebrating 30 Years Together

      Since 1982, AWBO has been the place where women in business meet and this summer we're thrilled to be celebrating our 30th anniversary! Join us on Tuesday, June 12 for an evening celebration to kick up our heels and celebrate our history, our present, and our future. The dinner banquet and fashion show will be held in the Best Western BallroomCocktails begin at 5:30, dinner at 6:15 pm. Reservations are required. Guests are welcome.



      As we pull together the final details we're in need of the following:

      • Door prize donations (a great opportunity to highlight your business!)
      • Fashion Models of all sizes and ages to exhibit for CATO Fashions and Chico's
      • Photos from AWBO events in history
      • Photos of you and your business and any award recognition you'd like to share. Send in a picture of you, your building, working, receiving an award, whatever (be creative, this is a good opportunity to highlight what you do). We'd love at least one photo of every member so we can celebrate our members and their successes. 
      • Please email photos and recognition items to VP and Summer Social Chair: Tammy Foley (tfoley@shook.com)
      Ladies, grab your seat today! Tickets are $30 and can be purchased now on our website (www.awbo.org).

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      A Word from our President...

      Hello Everyone,

       

      May was a great meeting. Whether you are thinking about starting a business or have been in business for years, SCORE is available to help you with Free and Confidential Business Mentoring. They can help with questions about licensing, permits, business plans, marketing plans, financial forecasting, staffing questions, long term planning, or any other area of starting and running a business. According to Jerry Holsapple, SCORE is about How to Start, How to Maintain, and How to End a business. Running a business isn’t always an easy task. It is nice to know that you can call SCORE when you need some guidance.

       

      I don’t know about you, but I cannot believe it is June already and our 30th Anniversary Celebration is just around the corner. It is going to be an AMAZING evening.  Looking forward to seeing all of you there!


      Yours, 

      Julie Rubsam

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      May New Members

      We are excited to welcome the following women to our membership:
      • Tracey Wilson, Tastefully Simple
      • Holly Maliziola, Pooch at Play 

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      May Guests

      • Gabriela Sincich
      • Peggy Reese, Farm Bureau
      • Joanna Retherford, Red Poppy Studios

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      Your 2011-12 Board:

      President – Julie Rubsam, President Elect – Tammy FoleyTreasurer - Shirley Pence; Communication – Nicole Gebhardt; Co-Secretaries – Chris Meyer; Membership Vice Presidents – Angela Tamer and Melony RamseyHospitality Vice Presidents – Pam Rhode Thalls and Lucy Borga;Program Vice Presidents – Susan Benedict, Monica Doerr, and Jenna Isch.

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      Member Spotlight: Monica Doerr


      Monica Doerr started the Law Office of Monica Doerr to focus on legal matters dealing with death, illness, and disability. Her practice areas include estate planning, long term care planning, Medicaid planning, Medicaid applications and appeals, Veterans benefits, special needs estate planning, probate, and guardianship. Before going to law school, Monica graduated from the Purdue University School of Pharmacy and was a pharmacist in the Lafayette area. Monica is on the board several non-profits in the area that serve the needs of the elderly and disabled including Mid-Land Meals and the Arc of Tippecanoe County. She has a husband, a dog and two cats. Most Wednesdays you will find her dog, a yellow Lab named Daisy, at her office waiting to greet her clients.

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      NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

      Open Position on the AWBO Board

      Woohoo, we're grateful to Lucy Borga for joining the AWBO Board as our new Co-Chair of Hospitality. Welcome Lucy! We still have an opening on our board for a Co-Secretary. If would like to volunteer or would like to know more, please contact Julie Rubsam at Julie@LafayettePC.com


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      AWBO hoping to sponsor Mobile Food Pantry Site
      We're still looking for AWBO members and guests willing to help sponsor a mobile food pantry location for Food Finders Food Bank. It takes only $500 to sponsor a site - that's just 25 women donating $20 each. We're already halfway to our goal! If you'd like to contribute, contact Pam Rhodes Thallat pamrhode@marykay.com

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      Cary Home Car Wash
      Give your car a sparkle and support our kids at Cary Home for Children on Saturday, June 16 from 9-1 at Cary Home or Children 1530 S. 18th St. Tickets are $5.00. 

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      "No More Random Acts of Marketing" - 2 Day workshop retreat

      You're invited to join a group of business owners who will create a crystal clear plan to attract ideal clients with greater focus and ease, implement Ideas with consistency, and build a profitable business that's enjoyable again. Nicole Gebhardt, in partnership with the Indiana Small Business Development Center is hosting the two day workshop on Monday & Tuesday, June 25 & 26 at the Lafayette Country Club. For details, visitwww.TheRemarkableWay.com 

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      FREE Presentation by Lafayette PC

      Lafayette PC will be giving a FREE Presentation on Small Office and Mobile Security on Wednesday, June 27 from 5:30 -7:00pm at Buy the Book Coffeehouse located at 1538 Main St.  Please RSVP to support@LafayettePC.com or 765-807-6334.  

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      June 2012 Greater Lafayette Commerce Activities

      Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

      • Annual Golf Outing, Monday June 4th, 11am at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex
      • Small Business of the Month, Wednesday June 6th 5:30pm at the Lafayette Savings Bank Annex Building.
      • Historic Lafayette Farmers MarketWest Lafayette: every Wednesday 3pm to 6:30pm; Purdue University: every Thursday 11am to 3pm; Downtown: every Saturday 7:30am to 12:30pm
      • Tippy Connect After Hours, Thursday June 7th at Wolf Park
      • Business After Hours, Wednesday June 20th 5pm to 7pm at Guaranteed Transmission Service
      Additional Information: The monthly events including Eggs N Issues, Small Business Matters and Industrial Luncheon will begin again during September. Feel free to send suggestions for topics to information@greaterlafayettecommerce.com

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      LITTLE DETAILS:

      Membership and Renewal:  Know a woman business owner (or two) that would benefit from AWBO? Is your own membership current? Membership info is available online at www.AWBO.org or you can contact Membership VPs Angela Tamerangela@redfox-flowers.com or Melony Ramseymelonyramsey@yahoo.com.

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      Newsletter Advertising is available to members and nonmembers alike. Banner ads are $50 and must be 600x200 pixels. Content ads are $25 and must be business card size (approx 300x175). Submit your artwork in the proper format to: Chris Meyerandresjmeyer@juno.com  at by the 20th of every month to appear in the next issue.

      The AWBO Newsletter is published by Nicole Gebhardt.
      All submissions are due via email by the 25th of the month to: Nicole@theRemarkableWay.com
      Please be sure to include "AWBO" in the subject line.

    • June 06, 2012 10:52 PM | Deleted user

      AWBO May 2012 Newsletter

      Join Us: Tuesday, May 8 from Noon to 1 p.m. at MCL Cafeteria in West Lafayette. 
      Arrive around 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

      THIS MONTH'S PROGRAM: Get Your Business Questions Answered

      SCORE offers Free Support for Small Businesses.
      • Is your business ready to expand?
      • Should you make changes to your prices?
      • Do you need help with your business plan?
      • What about reaching your business goals?
      • What kind of funding is available for your business?
      From planning, to employment, to making your dreams come true, SCORE provides free and confidential small business advice to all types of businesses, in all stages of development. SCORE is a NATIONAL nonprofit association dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. Join us as Jerry Holsapple explains how SCORE volunteers in Lafayette are ready and willing to help you and your business succeed.


      3-Minute Spotlights:
      • Patty Pavey - Today's The Day Coaching
      • Tami Marshall - Buy The Book Coffeehouse 
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      Have an idea for a future AWBO meeting?
      Share it with Susan Benedictsusan@mydesignalternatives.com,
      Monica Doerr
      monica@doerrlawoffice.com or Jenna Ischjisch@farmersagent.com

      Share your business with a 3-minute spotlight.
      Contact Monica Doerr at monica@doerrlawoffice.com to take the stage and tell your story.
      Limit 2 per meeting. Spaces are filled on a first-come basis.

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      A Word from our President...

      I want to begin by thanking Isabel HogueTammy FoleyJennifer WeidaNicole GebhardtJan Nielsen, and Kerri Wagner for volunteering to be our panel of speakers for our April program.  If you haven’t had a chance to read the "No B.S. Price Strategy: The Ultimate No Holds Barred, Kick Butt, Take No Prisoners Guide to Profits, Power, and Prosperity", it is definitely worth a read.  I had several Ah Hah moments during the presentation and I want to share two:  1. That Price is not the top reason a customer will chose to do business with you and 2. That I should not set my prices based on what I would pay because I am not my customer. For those of you who joined us for this presentation, you can share your Ah Hah moments on the AWBO website message board (www.awbo.org) or on the  AWBO Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/AWBOLafayette).

       

      Just a reminder that next month we will celebrate 30 YEARS OF AWBO!  We hope to see all of our current and past members there, so start spreading the word!  Stay tuned for more information about our celebration from Tammy Foley, our President Elect. 

       

      Yours, 

      Julie Rubsam

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      April New Members

      WooHoo! AWBO welcomes these ladies as new members:

      • Deb Plue, Diet Free Life
      • Tamara Cox, KidzArt
      • Alejandra Malo, The Pink Team
      • Joy Page, EnJoy Studio of Hair Design
      • Amanda Snider, Metamorphic Fitness

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      April Guests

      We're so glad these ladies visited with us last month:

      • Sarah Lamar, Rubia Flower Market
      • Holly Maliziola, Pooch at Play
      • Erica Anthony, Indiana Innovation
      • Joy Page, Enjoy Studio of Hair Design
      • Elizabeth Beeson, Quite Clever Jewelry
      • Dr. DeAnna McMillan, Ayalifescape

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      Your 2011-12 Board:

      President – Julie Rubsam, President Elect – Tammy FoleyTreasurer - Shirley Pence; Communication – Nicole Gebhardt; Co-Secretaries – Chris Meyer; Membership Vice Presidents – Angela Tamer and Melony RamseyHospitality Vice Presidents – Pam Rhode ThallsProgram Vice Presidents – Susan Benedict, Monica Doerr, and Jenna Isch.

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      Member Spotlight: Melony Ramsey

      In 1988, Melony and Randy Ramsey "gave birth" to Ram-Z Exchange, moving to Farabee Drive in 2007 and becoming RamZs Emporium, "A place where you'll find things you didn't know you needed but now you desperately want."  They do jewelry repairs and sell jewelry, antiques, collectibles, coins, firearms, music instruments and electronics. All three of their children work with them along with 10 other employees and next year will be 25 years in business. Melony loves to sing and has collections of thimbles, spoons, handkerchiefs, Longaberger baskets and pottery. Her four precious grandchildren are special in her life. After receiving the "Small Business of the Month" award in 2007, Melony became involved in community committees and boards and finds it rewarding to get to know more about Lafayette and meeting others. She has loved being on the AWBO board, currently co-chairman of membership. 

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      NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

      Summer Social: Celebrating 30 Years Together

      Since 1982, AWBO has been the place where women in business meet and this summer we're thrilled to be celebrating our 30th anniversary! Join us on Tuesday, June 12 for an evening celebration to kick up our heels and celebrate our history, our present, and our future. The dinner banquet and fashion show will be held in the Best Western Ballroom. Cocktails begin at 5:30, dinner at 6:15 pm. Reservations are required. Guests are welcome.



      As we pull together the final details we're in need of the following:

      • Door prize donations (a great opportunity to highlight your business!)
      • Fashion Models of all sizes and ages to exhibit for CATO Fashions and Chico's
      • Photos from AWBO events in history
      • Photos of you and your business and any award recognition you'd like to share. Send in a picture of you, your building, working, receiving an award, whatever (be creative, this is a good opportunity to highlight what you do). We'd love at least one photo of every member so we can celebrate our members and their successes. 
      • Please email photos and recognition items to VP and Summer Social Chair: Tammy Foley (tfoley@shook.com)
      Ladies, grab your seat today! Tickets are $30 and can be purchased now on our website (www.awbo.org) or at the May meeting.

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      Open Positions on the AWBO Board

      Due to a conflict with their schedules, Shelia Larson and Kristie Newbold have stepped down from their positions on the AWBO Board.  We thank them for their time on the AWBO Board and  truly appreciate the work they did for our organization.  We now have openings on our board for a Hospitality Vice President and a Membership Vice President.  If would like to volunteer or would like to know more about these positions, please contact Julie Rubsamat Julie@LafayettePC.com. 


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      KidzArt Saturday Workshop – Sculpt & paint!

      Kids ages 6-12 are invited to the KidzArt Saturday Workshop on Saturday, May 5 at the West Lafayette Public Library from Noon to 3 pm. Registration is normally $50, but you can get in for only $25 this week or until full. Register online at www.kidzartin.com, email: tamara@kidzartin.com or call Tamara Cox at 317-625-2973.

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      Fi(gh)t for The Cure Event
      Help knockout breast cancer and get fitted for a bra through the Wacoal/Macy's Fi(gh)t for the Cure event at Macy's on Thursday, May 17 from 10 to 5 pm. Receive a complimentary fitting in a Wacoal or b.tempt'd bra and for every fitting, Wacoal will donate $2 to the Komen for the Cure. Wacoal will donate an additional $2 for every purchase. You'll also get a great little tote with an $80 purchase. Reserve your appointment today at 447-2141, ext. 3858.

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      Much Appreciated Gift
      ...speaking of bras, one of our AWBO members (she wishes to remain anonymous) recently took the girls from Cary Home to Macy's to be fitted for bras last month. This generous member allowed each girl to pick two new bras. Of course, this was a BIG deal to the girls and they really enjoyed the entire excursion. Thanks to this thoughtful member and others who continue to support Cary Home for Girls - our designated AWBO charity.

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      The Giving Continues for Mobile Food Pantry Site
      At the April Meeting, Pam Rhodes Thalls offered to take up a collection for AWBO members and guests willing to help sponsor a mobile food pantry location for Food Finders Food Bank. It takes only $500 to sponsor a site - that's just 25 women donating $20 each. We're already almost halfway to our goal! If you'd like to contribute, bring a check or cash to the May meeting and see Nicole Gebhardt.  Food Finders would also love your empty drinking water bottles to recycle for laundry soap containers. You can drop off bottles at Food Finders anytime. They even have an after-hours drop box.

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      WBAA Public Radio Celebration

      WBAA is celebrating 90 years in public radio this year and you're invited to join the celebration:

      • May 17th - 90th Anniversary Gala Dinner – with special guest and Keynote Speaker, Diane Rehm.
      • May 18th - Women’s leadership breakfast. The presenting sponsor is Susan Bulkeley Butler. Both Susan and Diane will be speaking at the breakfast. 

      More information and tickets are available at: www.conf.purdue.edu/wbaagala and www.conf.purdue.edu/wbaabreakfast

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      FREE Presentation by Lafayette PC

      Lafayette PC will be giving a FREE presentation on Wednesday, May 23. The topic is still TBD.  Join Julie & Jason Rubsam from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Buy the Book Coffeehouse, 1538 Main St. RSVP at 765-807-6334 or support@LafayettePC.com

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      May 2012 Greater Lafayette Commerce Activities

      Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

      • Annual Job Fair, Tuesday May 1st 10am to 1pm for Veterans, 1pm to 3pm for all job seekers at Tippecanoe County Fair Grounds.
      • Small Business of the Month, Wednesday May 2nd at 5:30pm at the Lafayette Savings Bank Annex Building.
      • Historic Lafayette Farmers Market:
      Opening date is May 2nd in West Lafayette and will be every Wednesday 3pm to 6:30pm
      Opening date is May 3rd at Purdue University and will be every Thursday 11am to 3pm
      Opening date is May 5th in Downtown and will be every Saturday 7:30am to 12:30pm
      • Tippy Connect After Hours, Thursday May 3rd at The Henriott Group
      • Eggs N Issues, Tuesday May 8th at 7:30am at Hilton Garden Inn: Jason Rubsam of Lafayette PC: Great, Your Business is Going Mobile! Boo, Is Your Business Still Protected?
      • Small Business Matters, Thursday May 10th at 11:30am at Srg Preston’s Purdue Room: Kyle Burke of Eight38 Sign Co, “Branding Done Right.”
      • Tippy Connect Kickball Classic, Saturday May 12th Noon at Lyboult Sports Park Lafayette Business After Hours, Wednesday May 16th 5pm to 7pm at Comfort Keepers
      • Industrial Luncheon, Friday May 18th at 11:30am at Lafayette Country Club: David Kummer of Nanshan American: Update on Nanshan of America’s 1st US Location, Lafayette IN.
      • Lemonade Day, Saturday May 19th all day, community wide.
      • Annual Golf Outing, Monday June 4th at 11am at Birck Boilermaker Golf Course
      Note: The GLC Office will be closing at Noon on Friday, May 27 and will reopen Tuesday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day weekend.

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      LITTLE DETAILS:

      Membership and Renewal:  Know a woman business owner (or two) that would benefit from AWBO? Is your own membership current? Membership info is available online at www.AWBO.org or you can contact Membership VPs Angela Tamerangela@redfox-flowers.com or Melony Ramsey, melonyramsey@yahoo.com.

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      Newsletter Advertising is available to members and nonmembers alike. Banner ads are $50 and must be 600x200 pixels. Content ads are $25 and must be business card size (approx 300x175). Submit your artwork in the proper format to: Chris Meyerandresjmeyer@juno.com  at by the 20th of every month to appear in the next issue.

      The AWBO Newsletter is published by Nicole Gebhardt.
      All submissions are due via email by the 25th of the month to: Nicole@theRemarkableWay.com
      Please be sure to include "AWBO" in the subject line.

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      AWBO February 2012 Newsletter

      Join Us: Tuesday, April 10 from Noon to 1 p.m. at MCL Cafeteria in West Lafayette. 
      Arrive around 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.


      THIS MONTH'S PROGRAM: "Take Control of Your Profits"

      Want to know the secret to setting prices for the greatest gain? Join a panel of AWBO members as we review No B.S. Price Strategy: The Ultimate No Holds Barred, Kick Butt, Take No Prisoners Guide to Profits, Power, and Prosperity written by millionaire-maker Dan S. Kennedy and marketing strategist Jason Marrs. This book reveals:
      • The trick behind discounting without devaluing
      • The million-dollar secret behind “FREE”
      • Why price cutting isn’t the cure for the recession
      • How to WIN price wars with competitors 
      • And SO much more
      Read the book in advance and participate in what is expected to be a lively discussion, or sit back and enjoy the “cliffs notes” version of a business book that’s sure to make you re-examine your beliefs about pricing. Be sure to send your No B.S. Price Strategyquestions to programs co-chair, Jenna Ischjisch@farmersagent.com.



      3-Minute Spotlights:
      • Nancy Branyan - Tastefully Simple
      • Jana Shoaf - Mary Kay   
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      Have an idea for a future AWBO meeting?
      Share it with Susan Benedictsusan@mydesignalternatives.com,
      Monica Doerr
      monica@doerrlawoffice.com or Jenna Ischjisch@farmersagent.com

      Share your business with a 3-minute spotlight.
      Contact Monica Doerr at monica@doerrlawoffice.com to take the stage and tell your story.
      Limit 2 per meeting. Spaces are filled on a first-come basis.

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      A Word from our President...

      Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of Spring!


      As I mention at our meetings each month, I really, REALLY enjoy hearing who is celebrating a Business Anniversary. This past month, we had three members celebrating 20 or more years in business. That is WONDERFUL and very inspiring!


      WOW, we had a very informative presentation from Dan Ridenour in March. His explanation of how your FICO score is determined was very eye opening for me and for many others in the audience. He had a lot of great tips on how to increase your FICO score in a short period of time. Good information to know should you be thinking of applying for a business loan anytime soon. If you happened to not be at our meeting, or if you were and did not have a chance to pick up one of Dan’s books, these items can be purchased on his website.  http://cbfcoach.com/products.aspx

       

      Best Wishes, 

      Julie Rubsam

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      March Guests

      We're so glad these ladies visited with us last month:

      • Amanda Snider: Metamorphic Fitness
      • Erin Munn: Blackbird Clinical Services
      • Cheryl Johnson: Bright Star
      • Deb Plue: Diet Free Life
      • Abri Carmody: LAMMCO
      • Tammy Ungaro: Dream Dinners
      • Judy Bower: Ink$mart 

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      Your 2011-12 Board:

      President – Julie Rubsam, President Elect – Tammy FoleyTreasurer - Shirley Pence; Communication – Nicole Gebhardt; Co-Secretaries – Chris Meyer and Kristie Newbold; Membership Vice Presidents – Angela Tamer and Melony RamseyHospitality Vice Presidents – Pam Rhode Thalls and Shelia LarsonProgram Vice Presidents – Susan Benedict, Monica Doerr, and Jenna Isch.




      Member Spotlight: Tammy Foley

      Meet Tammy Foley, AWBO President Elect. Tammy is a Realtor for Coldwell Banker Shook. When it comes to real estate, few Realtors understand all the aspects of construction better than Tammy. She and her husband are the owners of a number of local business in Lafayette all related to the housing industry. It began in 1981 with Foley Masonry and then evolved in 1994 with custom home construction as Foley Homes. When their three sons graduated from Purdue they formed Foley Foundations and then further expanded their expertise into land development and rental income properties. 


      A wife, mom to three boys, and grandmother to four grand-daughters and four grandsons, life is full of excitement. Tammy says her greatest enjoyment is when the family gathers each month for dinner and then to cheer the grandchildren's success at baseball, soccer and football. They also enjoy using their business to sponsor youth sports teams and support youth for 'a better tomorrow'.

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      NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

       
      AWBO is Helping Women Business Owners Around the World!
      At the end of last year, we were fortunate enough to have Michael Dick of IS Photographic donate his time to take head shots of members for a small donation. A donation that would be used to support a woman business owner through KIVA.org. We are honored to introduce you toEmily Adema from Nakuru, Kenya. Emily is 39 years old and married with two children. She operates a detergents and soap-making business. She sells her detergents and soaps to neighboring customers and traders in the market. She plans to use our loan to buy more chemicals for soap making. In the future, Emily plans to grow her business and become one of the leading business people in her region. 

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      Creating Connections: Creating an Asset-Building Community Summit

      The Indiana NonProfit Resournce Network is hosting "Creating Connections ; Creating an Asset Building Community Summit" on Wednesday, April 4th from 8 to 4:00 pm at Faith Community Center. www.ourkidstippecanoe.org

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      Marketing Workshops Sponsored by ISBDC

      The Indiana Small Business Development Center is partnering with Nicole Gebhardt to host a free workshop and ensuing 5-week Marketing Mastermind in Lafayette and Kokomo. Session one, "How to Design Your Marketing to Create the Business You Want" on Monday, April 16 is free and open to local business owners. To register for the free workshop and/or Mastermind Series, go to: www.TheRemarkableWay.com 

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      YWCA Luncheon

      The YWCA will host the network luncheon “A Woman Who Served; Dorothy C. Stratton” on Wednesday, April 18 from 11:30-1:00 pm at the YWCA. www.ywca.org/lafayette.

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      YWCA Clay Bowl Event 

      Local potters make hundreds of clay bowls and donate them to the YWCA for this annual event. As with every individual affected by domestic violence, each handmade or hand-decorated bowl is different and unique. Those who buy a lunch or dinner are able to select and take home a clay bowl that will serve as an everyday reminder of the many victims and survivors of domestic violence in our community. Proceeds benefit the YWCA, for domestic violence intervention and prevention in Tippecanoe County and five other local counties. Thursday, April 19 from 11:00 – 1:00 pm or 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the YWCA. www.ywca.org/lafayette.

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      FREE Presentation: 'Blogging for Business' by Lafayette PC

      Lafayette PC will be giving a FREE presentation on 'Blogging for Business' on Wednesday, April 28.  Join Julie & Jason Rubsam  with guest speaker Sarah Koci Sheilz from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Buy the Book Coffeehouse, 1538 Main St. RSVP at 765-807-6334 orsupport@LafayettePC.com

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      April 2012 Greater Lafayette Commerce Activities

      Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

      • Small Business of the Month, Wednesday, April 4th 5:30pm at the Lafayette Savings Bank Annex Building.
      • Business Expo, Thursday, April 5th 11am to 5pm at Four Points by Sheraton
      • Tippy Connect After Hours, Thursday, April 5th at The Tailgate inside Four Points by Sheraton
      • Easter Mini Farmers Market, Saturday, April 7th 8am to Noon on 5th Street between Main and Columbia Streets
      • Eggs N Issues, Tuesday, April 10th 7:30am at Hilton Garden Inn: Third House Wrap up
      • Small Business Matters, Thursday, April 12th 11:30am at Srg Preston’s Purdue Room: Kyle Burke of Eight38 Sign Co, “Branding Done Right.”
      • Golden Apple Awards Dinner, Monday, April 16th 6:30pm at the Best Western
      • Business After Hours, Wednesday, April 18th 5pm to 7pm at Dream Dinners
      • Industrial Luncheon, Friday, April 20th at 11:30am at Lafayette Country Club: Lindsey Payne: Clear Blue Green Business Certification Program.
      • Career Technical Awards Reception, Thursday April 26th 7pm at Ivy Tech, Lily Hall

      Note: The Commerce Office will be closed Friday, April 5th in observance of the Easter Holiday Season.

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      LITTLE DETAILS:

      Membership and Renewal:  Know a woman business owner (or two) that would benefit from AWBO? Is your own membership current? Membership info is available online at www.AWBO.org or you can contact Membership VPs Angela Tamerangela@redfox-flowers.com or Melony Ramsey, melonyramsey@yahoo.com.

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      Newsletter Advertising is available to members and nonmembers alike. Banner ads are $50 and must be 600x200 pixels. Content ads are $25 and must be business card size (approx 300x175). Submit your artwork in the proper format to: Kristie Newbold,newlar@live.com at by the 20th of every month to appear in the next issue.

      The AWBO Newsletter is published by Nicole Gebhardt.
      All submissions are due by the 25th of the month to: Nicole@theRemarkableWay.com
      Please be sure to include "AWBO" in the subject line.

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      AWBO March 2012 Newsletter

      Join Us: Tuesday, March 13 from Noon to 1 p.m. at MCL Cafeteria
      in West Lafayette. Arrive around 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.


      THIS MONTH'S PROGRAM: Building & Protecting Good Credit, Dan Ridenour

      Do you stew over decisions such as:
      - Closing out Credit Cards accounts for your business?
      Consolidating your bills?
      Consider purchases made with 90 days same as cash?
      Investigate re-financing old loans?
      Pay Cash and not use Credit?
       
      All these may sound like good "business savvy" ways to properly handle your money and finances. Think again. Are you aware of the effects that dropping your credit score even a few points can increase your insurance rates?

      Dan Ridenour of CBF Institute, will be with us March 13th, educating us on business and even consumer credit. Dan has 28 years of credit experience and is the past president of NACM Great Lakes Region (National Association of Credit Management which has over 17,000 members).

      Come take a respite from the daily grind and gain some valuable information you can put to good use! 



      3-Minute Spotlights:
      • Joanne Webb - Shaklee
      • Danielle GaylordJanet Yaninek, and Rita Smeyak - Signature Organizing and Concierge Services  
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      Have an idea for a future AWBO meeting?
      Share it with Susan Benedictsusan@mydesignalternatives.com,
      Monica Doerr
      monica@doerrlawoffice.com or Jenna Ischjisch@farmersagent.com


      Share your business with a 3-minute spotlight.
      Contact Monica Doerr at monica@doerrlawoffice.com to take the stage and tell your story.
      Limit 2 per meeting. Spaces are filled on a first-come basis.


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      A Word from our President...

      Hello Everyone,

      We had another great Business-Focused presentation last month. A big Thank You to our Program Committee who has brought in some great speakers this year!


      I hope you joined us to hear Nikki Lewellen speak about the importance of being focused and specific when networking. Let's be honest, when networking for our business, it is often hard to know where to start and how to spend our time wisely. Nikki presented some great ideas on how to be focused in networking so we can create a word of mouth marketing machine. Are putting her work sheets to good use?


      We are heading into the final month of the first quarter of 2012. We've had several strong AWBO presentations aimed at helping you get this year off to a strong start. I look forward to hearing what the Program Committee has in store for us and I hope you are too.


      Julie Rubsam

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      New Members

      Please join us in welcoming the following ladies to AWBO. Even better, invite them to join you for lunch sometime or make an effort to support their businesses.

      Jen Weida - Chiropractic Solutions
      Danielle Gaylord - Signature Organizing and Concierge Services
      Rita Smeyak - Signature Organizing and Concierge Services
      Janet Yaninek - Signature Organizing and Concierge Services
      Susan Landberg - Send Out Cards 


      New Member Orientation:

      The next AWBO new member orientation will be scheduled for Wednesday, March 14th from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Old National Bank Community Room on Veterans Memorial Parkway (in front of Walmart).  The address is 3553 Promenade Pkwy Lafayette, IN 47920

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      February Guests: 

      We're so glad these ladies visited with us last month:


      Lori Bauerle - 6th Man Solutions

      Wendy Starr - Starr Associates

      Kezia Galbraith - MCL

      Tressa Heath - Heath CPA & Associates

      Keely Lane - Believer Midwifery

      Julie Pope - Eternity Ward Consulting, BONZ Barb BQ

      Emily Maresh - March of Dimes

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      Your 2011-12 Board:

      President – Julie Rubsam, President Elect – Tammy Foley, Treasurer - Shirley Pence; Communication – Nicole Gebhardt; Co-Secretaries – Chris Meyer and Kristie Newbold; Membership Vice Presidents – Angela Tamer and Melony Ramsey; Hospitality Vice Presidents – Pam Rhode Thallsand Shelia Larson; Program Vice Presidents – Susan BenedictMonica Doerr, and Jenna Isch.


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      CONGRATULATIONS:

      A huge congratulations to our very own Angela Tamer, Co-VP of Membership for AWBO. Angela is being recognized as a "Woman of Innovation" at the YWCA Salute to Women Banquet on Tuesday, March 6 from 5:50-8:30 pm. Click here for more details about Angela and the banquet.

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      NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:


      April AWBO Meeting: Book Review
      Our next book review coming up in April will be “No. B.S. Price Strategy” by Dan Kennedy & Jason Marrs. This sounds like book on sales but it is so much more-something every business owner needs to embrace!  If you would like to be on our discussion panel please contact Jenna Isch at jisch@farmersagent.com.
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      AWBO Girls' Night Out
      OK ladies, if we're going to go big, we've got to stick together!  Join us for Girls Night Out on Thursday, March 8th starting at 5:30 pm. We'll be gathering for food, fun and girl-talk at the Bluefin on their patio. Members and guests are welcome.

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      Marketing for Christian Business Owners

      It's not too late to join a group of Christian Business Owners who will re-ignite their marketing to attract better clients, increase profits and build a business they love again. Thursday mornings, March 8, 15 and 22 with a session one make-up scheduled for early next week. Contact Nicole Gebhardt, 427-2130 for details and/or visit the website at www.TheRemarkableWay.com 

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      Support the Lafayette FOP Arman Lodge 49

      Eat at BW3 and donate 15% to the FOP. Wednesday, March 7 from 10:00 am – 11:30 pm.

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      FREE Evernote II Presentation by Lafayette PC

      Already using Evernote? Come learn all the tricks and widgets you can use to make Evernote really work for you.  Join Julie & Jason Rubsam of Lafayette PC on Wednesday, March 28, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Buy the Book Coffeehouse, 1538 Main St.

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      Update your AWBO Website Profile
      If you haven't visited the AWBO.org website, you're missing out on a great tool to network and connect with other women business owners...and to advertise you and your business. Most importantly, many of you haven't updated your contact information and business profile. Please take a minute to do that now at www.AWBO.org


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      LITTLE DETAILS:

      Membership and Renewal:  Know a woman business owner (or two) that would benefit from AWBO? Is your own membership current? Membership info is available online at www.AWBO.org or you can contact Membership VPs Angela Tamerangela@redfox-flowers.com or Melony Ramsey, melonyramsey@yahoo.com.

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      Newsletter Advertising is available to members and nonmembers alike. Banner ads are $50 and must be 600x200 pixels. Content ads are $25 and must be business card size (approx 300x175). Submit your artwork in the proper format to: Kristie Newboldnewlar@live.com at by the 20th of every month to appear in the next issue.


      The AWBO Newsletter is published by Nicole Gebhardt.
      All submissions are due by the 25th of the month to: Nicole@theRemarkableWay.com
      Please be sure to include "AWBO" in the subject line.

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      AWBO February 2012 Newsletter

      Join Us: Tuesday, February 14 from Noon to 1 p.m. at MCL Cafeteria
      in West Lafayette. Arrive around 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.


      THIS MONTH'S PROGRAM:


      Effective Networking by Nikki Lewellen
      Are you an effective networker? Can the person whom you have just given your elevator speech effectively repeat back to you what you do and who is a good referral for your business? Do you have a "follow-up" system in place to help them remember your company? Nikki Lewellen, Director of Development for Rainmakers International, and will help us understand the "do's" and "don'ts".  Girl yourself a break and learn how to make 2012 the best networking year ever! Nikki will show us the "how-to's" of effective - yes we mean "effective" networking! 
         



      3-Minute Spotlights:
      Tami Marshall - Buy the Book Coffeehouse
      Susan Landberg - Send Out Cards 
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      Have an idea for a future AWBO meeting?
      Share it with Susan Benedictsusan@mydesignalternatives.com,
      Monica Doerr
      monica@doerrlawoffice.com or Jenna Ischjisch@farmersagent.com

      Share your business with a 3-minute spotlight.
      Contact Monica Doerr at monica@doerrlawoffice.com to take the stage and tell your story.
      Limit 2 per meeting. Spaces are filled on a first-come basis.

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      January Guests: We're glad these ladies joined us...

      • Misty Evans - Chiropractic Solutions
      • Sarah Koci - Inspiration Driven Communications
      • Amanda Smith - Metamorphic Fitness
      • Cathie Preston
      • Deb Plue - Diet Free Life
      • Emily Maresh - March Of Dimes 

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      A Word from our President...

      Hello! If you joined us for our January meeting, you heard a great presentation by Stephen Murphy about dreaming for your business.  This month has just flown by but hopefully you have had some time to not only Dream for your business, but put some of those dreams down on paper with steps to achieving those dreams!

      I want to share one of the things that Stephen said that really spoke to me.  He stated, “ Make sure the dream you have is YOUR dream, not someone else’s dream.”  Since I own a business with my husband, I often talk about and think about ‘Our Dream’.  But, when he said that, it occurred to me that I needed to take ownership of MY DREAM.  I finally understood that MY DREAM + HIS DREAM = OUR DREAM, and that for OUR DREAM to be achieved, I needed to fulfill my half of the equation.  It is so easy for our dreams to be deterred or become muddled with input and desires of others, stay true to YOUR DREAM and I know amazing things will happen for you!

      Dream Big and Be Amazing!

      Julie Rubsam

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      Welcome Melony!

      The AWBO Board is excited to welcome Melony Ramsey (Owner at RamZs Emporium) as a Membership Vice President. We recently had an opening become available on our board and Melony graciously stepped forward to fill that position. Welcome Melony!

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      Your 2011-12 Board:

      President – Julie Rubsam, President Elect – Tammy Foley, Treasurer - Shirley Pence; Communication – Nicole Gebhardt; Co-Secretaries – Chris Meyer and Kristie Newbold; Membership Vice Presidents – Angela Tamer and Melony Ramsey; Hospitality Vice Presidents – Pam Rhode Thallsand Shelia Larson; Program Vice Presidents – Susan BenedictMonica Doerr, and Jenna Isch.

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      NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:


      April Meeting: Book Review
      Our next book review coming up in April will be “No. B.S. Price Strategy” by Dan Kennedy & Jason Marrs. This sounds like book on sales but it is so much more-something every business owner needs to embrace!  If you would like to be on our discussion panel please contact Jenna Isch at jisch@farmersagent.com.

      Member Spotlight - Angela Tamer

      We've added a member spotlight to the monthly newsletter! This unique opportunity to advertise is available first come, first serve...for the month of your choice. Simply send a request to nicole@theremarkableway.com along with a small profile picture and a few sentences about you and your business. All articles must be brief and ready for print.


        Angela Tamer is the owner and chief creator at Red Fox Flowers, a local florist specializing in wedding, event and corporate flowers. "We've been working with flowers for 13 years now. At Red Fox Flowers, WE CREATE EXQUISITE ATMOSPHERE." Angela is a Purdue Alumni with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She is also a former student athlete there in Women's Swimming and Diving. "Flower Arranging was the only fun class I took at Purdue, and I love it."
      Her goal is to double business earned in 2012. "I rely on word of mouth advertising and I am fortunate to have some great testimonials." Angela will be named the YWCA Salute to Women Woman of Innovation on 3/6/12. She is the current President of Tippy Connect, VP of Membership for AWBO and is a Read to Succeed Volunteer, as well as a volunteer for the GLC in several capacities. Find her online at www.redfox-flowers.com and LIKE her on Facebook.
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      Update your Info on the AWBO website

      If you haven't visited the AWBO.org website, you're missing out on a great tool to network and connect with other women business owners...and to advertise you and your business. Most importantly, many of you haven't updated your contact information and business profile. Please take a minute to do that now at www.AWBO.org



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      Crafts for a Cause to Support the Heartford House

      February 2nd  3:00 – 7:00pm at 60 Sunrise Dr. Lafayette, IN - Crafts for a Cause is an opportunity to purchase arts, crafts, and other handmade treasures from several local artists. This is the perfect opportunity to pick up gifts for Valentine's Day. A portion of proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Hartford House in Lafayette, IN. (www.heartford.netFor more information, please call 608-469-0039 or email: abeadforchangejewelry.com

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      Network Luncheon with Guest Speaker Jos Holman

      February 15th 11:30 -1:00pm at the YWCA - "To Lend or Not to Lend: Finding a Way to Perpetuate Public Libraries". As digital formats and customer convenience factor into library services, public libraries of the future will need to "change and roll with the times." Learn more about the role of public libraries in our communities.  Cost is $12.00 For more information, please call 765-742-0075 or register online at ywca.org/Lafayette Luncheon Sponsors: Sally Watlington, Mary Reece, Jan Nielsen-Allstate Insurance Company. Series Sponsor: Soller-Baker Funeral Homes



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      Lafayette PC Free Series "Quick Computer Tips for Business"

      February 22nd 5:30 - 7:00pm at Buy the Book Coffeehouse - Join Julie Rubsam of Lafayette PC for a free presentation on topics such as security, backup solutions, cloud computing and more. Come find out how you can make some adjustments to your computers that will get your business off to a great start in 2012.

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      Greater Lafayette Commerce - February

      • Small Business of the Month Reception - Wednesday February 1 - All Fired Up!
      • Small Business Matters - Thursday February 9
      • Eggs N Issues - Tuesday February 14 - Tim Berry, CFO for Indiana
      • Business After Hours - Wednesday February 15
      • Industrial Luncheon - Friday January 20
      • Tippy Connect Executive Roundtable - Tuesday February 21 Speakers will include: Tony Albrecht, Lafayette Bank & Trust- President & CEO; Al Parker, Harrison College- President; Sharon Wood, Area IV Executive Director; Patricia (Trish) Hauber, Caterpillar -Human Resources Manager
      Greater Lafayette Commerce is your resource for professional networking, economic expansion, business assistance, downtown revitalization, and community development. We are always interested in things our members find value in.  GLC tries to provide a variety of topics for our monthly events (Eggs N Issues, Small Business Matters and Industrial Luncheon) but these events are only successful if the topics are interesting to our members.  Please share any ideas for topics, speakers or presentations to information@greaterlafayettecommerce.com or Resa Hodnettat rhodnett@greaterlafayettecommerce.com 

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      THANKS ...

      A hearty THANK YOU to Michael Dick of ISPhotographic for donating his services to photograph member profiles and donating the proceeds towww.kiva.org.  Thanks again Michael for your contribution that raised $250 for such a great cause.

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      LITTLE DETAILS:

      Membership and Renewal:  Know a woman business owner (or two) that would benefit from AWBO? Is your own membership current? Membership info is available online at www.AWBO.org or you can contact Membership VPs Angela Tamerangela@redfox-flowers.com or Melony Ramsey, melonyramsey@yahoo.com.

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      Newsletter Advertising is available to members and nonmembers alike. Banner ads are $50 and must be 600x200 pixels. Content ads are $25 and must be business card size (approx 300x175). Submit your artwork in the proper format to: Kristie Newboldnewlar@live.com at by the 20th of every month to appear in the next issue.

      The AWBO Newsletter is published by Nicole Gebhardt.
      All submissions are due by the 25th of the month to: Nicole@theRemarkableWay.com
      Please be sure to include "AWBO" in the subject line.

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      AWBO January 2012 Newsletter

      Join Us: Tuesday, January 10 from Noon to 1 p.m. at MCL Cafeteria
      in West Lafayette. Arrive around 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.


      THIS MONTH'S PROGRAM:
      Dream for your Business! by Stephen Murphy
      Does the day in day out chore of running the business eat up all your mental energy? Are you too busy to DREAM? Have you shelved the dreams and visions you had for your business when you first opened your doors? Stephen Muphy Executive Director at Business Advisory Management Group LLC, will be talking to us about "DREAMING for our Businesses". But Stephen says the more important thing is what we do with those dreams that counts! In keeping with our January "health" theme-start your year off right with great "Mental Health"!
      About Stephen Murphy: Stephen is one of the founding members of the John Maxwell certified Coach, Trainer, and Speaker Team. He has exemplified himself as change agent and business igniter for over twenty years. He has been consistently known as a strong leader known for success achieved through performance and motivations through positive reinforcement throughout his extinguished career. He is recognized for his persistent focus on driving bottom-line results and improving performance while integrating organizational missions. Visit his website at www.TheAmazingGold.com
         



      3 Minute Spotlights:
      Kayla Feuer
      - Usborne Books & More
      Jenna Isch
      - Isch Insurance Services
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      Have an idea for a future AWBO meeting?
      Share it with Susan Benedict, susan@mydesignalternatives.com,
      Monica Doerr
      , monica@doerrlawoffice.com or Jenna Isch, jisch@farmersagent.com

      Share your business with a 3-minute spotlight.
      Contact Monica Doerr at monica@doerrlawoffice.com to take the stage and tell your story.
      Limit 2 per meeting. Spaces are filled on a first-come basis.


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      A Word from our President...

      This year's Holiday Auction was so much fun and very successful. I want to say, "Thank You" to Tammy Foley for putting together such a great event. I also want to thank all of you who joined us in raising money for such a great cause, The Cary Home for Girls.

      As business owners, this is the time of year we reflect on the last year and ask ourselves, "Did I reach my goals?, What worked in my business and what didn't?" We are setting our goals, budgets, and plans for our business for the upcoming year. I am excited to say there are some great programs lined up to get our year off to a great start.

      Wishing you all a great 2012!
      - Julie Rubsam

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      About the Holiday Auction...

      The Holiday Auction and Raffle was held at the MCL Cafeteria on December 13th, 2011. Once again, the business owners of our community and our very own AWBO ladies contributed with wonderful generosity and support! The gifts for the auction were amazing - from Jewelry, Birthday Party Certificates, Flower Arrangements and Dinner Gift Certificates, just to name a few. Attendance this year brought many guests that were welcomed to share our festivities. It is my pleasure pleasure to share the news that approximately $2,500 was raised for Cary Home for Girls! I wish to thank Julie Rubsam, Susan Benedict, Chris Myers and Melany Ramsey for your dedication in helping me with the event and being my "Go To People! HATS OFF to all of the AWBO ladies for supporting our event - donating, bringing guests and spending your money! The love I have for AWBO have been validated with great women who give from the heart wanting nothing in return. Hope your holiday was safe and full of fun and laughter!

      - Tammy Foley, Auction Chair and President Elect

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      Your 2011-12 Board:

      President – Julie Rubsam, President Elect – Tammy Foley, Treasurer - Shirley Pence; Communication – Nicole Gebhardt; Co-Secretaries – Chris Meyer and Kristie Newbold; Membership Vice Presidents – Angela Tamer and Melissa Barrett; Hospitality Vice Presidents – Pam Rhode Thalls and Shelia Larson; Program Vice Presidents – Susan Benedict, Monica Doerr, and Jenna Isch.


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      NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

      Member Spotlight - Julie Rubsam

      We've added a member spotlight to the monthly newsletter! This unique opportunity to advertise is available first come, first serve...for the month of your choice. Simply send a request to nicole@theremarkableway.com along with a small profile picture and 3-5 sentences about you and your business. All articles must be ready for print.


        Julie Rubsam (AWBO President) moved to Lafayette in 1994 to study Horticulture and Forestry at Purdue University. As a Purdue Ag Grad, she is still very active in her area of study as the Business Manager for the Indiana Arborist Association. She is the Business Manager and co-founder of Lafayette PC - a computer consulting and support company focused on providing small business and home users great computer support at an affordable price. "We really see our company as your 'family doctor' of computers. We want to be your first phone call for any problems you are having with your computer or computer related technology. If it isn't something we can help you with, we can usually put you in touch with the people who can," says Julie. Lafayette PC sends out a monthly newsletter which includes great tips on topics such as computer backup systems, computer efficiency tips, computer security, free monthly seminars and more. To be added to their mailing list, email Julie Rubsam at Julie@LafayettePC.com and follow their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/LafayettePC.


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      Update your Info on the AWBO website

      If you haven't visited the AWBO.org website, you're missing out on a great tool to network and connect with other women business owners...and to advertise you and your business. Most importantly, many of you haven't updated your contact information and business profile. Please take a minute to do that now at www.AWBO.org

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      Greater Lafayette Facebook Conference

      Lafayettech is hosting a Facebook Conference on January 26 at 4 pm. The conference is focused on allowing local online specialists and local business representatives to share their thoughts on Facebook opportunities, its benefits for the local businesses and trends of development for 2012, as well as present their success stories related to online activity generating any kind of ROI. For more information and tickets, visit Lafayettech at glfc12.eventbrite.com

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      Build a Business You LOVE Again

      Dreaming of more control in your business? Join local business owners in a small group mastermind series and understand how just a little bit of marketing planning can attract better clients, increase your profits, and build a business you LOVE again. Six 2-hour workshops are held on Monday or Wednesday afternoons from 12-2 pm. For details, and special discount offers, visit www.TheRemarkableWay.com/marketing-mastermind or call Nicole Gebhardt at 765-427-2130. Act now, we start January 9!

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      Greater Lafayette Commerce January Activities

      • Small Business Matters: Wednesday, January 9, 2012 from 11:30 to 1pm
      • Eggs N Issues: Tuesday January 5, 2012 from 7:30 to 9am
      • Tippy Connect Annual Gala: Friday January 10, 2012 from 6 to 11pm
      • Small Business of the Year/January Business After Hours: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 5-7
      • Industrial Luncheon: Google Ads, Friday January 20, 2012 from 11:30 to 1pm
      • State of the Real Estate: Tuesday January 31, 2012 from 5 to 7pm
      Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

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      CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER...

      • Edwards Jones Financial Advisor Sarah Schwarz attended the Annual Barron's Winner's Circle Top Women Advisor's Summit. The exclusive conference, hosted by Barron's magazine, is designed to recognize and enhance the professional development of those who work with individual investors.
      • Nicole Gebhardt, marketing coach/consultant, was awarded second place in the "Marketer of the Year" competition held by the Indianapolis Chapter of Glazer-Kennedy Insider's Circle. GKIC is a global marketing organization with chapters in several U.S. cities. Eight finalists were chosen to compete in the Indianapolis event.

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      LITTLE DETAILS:

      Membership and Renewal:  Know a woman business owner (or two) that would benefit from AWBO? Is your own membership current? Membership info is available online at www.AWBO.org or you can contact Membership VPs Angela Tamer, angela@redfox-flowers.com or Melissa Barrett, pmbarrett@pmbarrett.com.

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      Newsletter Advertising is available to members and nonmembers alike. Banner ads are $50 and must be 600x200 pixels. Content ads are $25 and must be business card size (approx 300x175). Submit your artwork in the proper format to: Kristie Newbold, newlar@live.com at by the 20th of every month to appear in the next issue.


      The AWBO Newsletter is published by Nicole Gebhardt. All submissions are due by the 25th of the month to: admin@NicoleGebhardt.com

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      AWBO December 2011 Newsletter


      Join Us: Tuesday, December 13 from Noon to 1 p.m. at MCL Cafeteria
      in West Lafayette. Arrive around 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.


      THIS MONTH'S PROGRAM:

      December is Party Time! Join us for a little charity auction fun!

      All are invited to participate in the fun and festivities for the annual AWBO Holiday auction. This event raises funds for our charity, Cary Home for Girls!  What a great way to help the community and get a little holiday shopping done at the same time. Raffle Tickets will cost $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. We will also have a silent auction. Let’s fill the room. Bring a guest and enjoy the fellowship of the holidays, while helping our community and the Cary Home for Girls.

      To donate an item, contact Tammy Foley at 765-479-1216 or tfoley@shook.com. You can deliver your donations to Tammy at the Shook office or bring them to the November Meeting. Lets fill the room and enjoy the fellowship of the holidays...while helping our community and the girls in need!!!

      November Guests:
      Elizabeth Rose & Denise Pearson, Wolf Park; Michelle Miller, A Writer's Guide; Michael Dick, IS Photographic; Becky Isfailt, ProAxis Inc & Isfait Farms, Inc -- Glad to have you join us!
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      Have an idea for a future AWBO meeting?
      Share it with Susan Benedict, susan@mydesignalternatives.com,
      Monica Doerr
      , monica@doerrlawoffice.com or Jenna Isch, jisch@farmersagent.com

      Share your business with a 3-minute spotlight.
      Contact Monica Doerr at monica@doerrlawoffice.com to take the stage and tell your story.
      Limit 2 per meeting. Spaces are filled on a first-come basis.


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      A Word from our President...

      Hello Everyone! We had a great November meeting! For those of you who could not attend, I invite you to check out our new website at www.AWBO.org. It looks great! A big thank you to Kerri Wagner, Isabel Hogue, and Nicole Gebhardt for all their hard work moving the information from our previous website. If you are a member and have not received information on how to log in to the Members Only Section, please contact our Vice Presidents of Membership: Angela Tamer, angela@redfox-flowers.com, or Melissa Barrett, pmbarrett@prepaidlegal.com


      I want to thank Michael Dick from IS Photographic for coming to our November meeting to take headshots.  All of the money collected from this will go to support a woman business owner through Kiva.org.  We raised $250.00! If you had a headshot done and would like to nominate a business owner, please visit Kiva.org and send your nominations to me at julie@LafayettePC.com.


      The holiday season is definitely upon us and I am looking forward to our December meeting!  At our December meeting, The Association of Women Business Owners will host an auction and raffle to support The Cary Home for Girls. This event is always fun and I hope to see everyone on the 13th!

      - Julie Rubsam

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      Your 2011-12 Board:

      President – Julie Rubsam, President Elect – Tammy Foley, Treasurer - Shirley Pence; Communication – Nicole Gebhardt; Co-Secretaries – Chris Meyer and Kristie Newbold; Membership Vice Presidents – Angela Tamer and Melissa Barrett; Hospitality Vice Presidents – Pam Rhode Thalls and Shelia Larson; Program Vice Presidents – Susan Benedict, Monica Doerr, and Jenna Isch.


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      NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

      National Association of Women Business Owners - Indy Event

      The Annual Awards Luncheon for NAWBO event is Dec 15th in Indy at the JW Marriot. Wouldn't it be great to have a strong showing from Lafayette? It will be largest event NAWBO has ever had - and it's right next door! 1200 attendees are expected. You can purchase an exhibit table or a single seat or a full table and your group can all sit together. Register online at www.NAWBO.org

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      New Member Orientation

      Time to get the inside scoop on your new AWBO membership and all the related perks. New members are invited to join Angela Tamer and Melissa Barrett for a New Member Orientation meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6 pm in the Old National Bank Community Room on 350 South (near Walmart).

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      AWBO Girls' Night Out

      Mark your calendar now for a little fun with your fellow AWBO members and prospective members. Girls' Nights Out are scheduled for: February 9, May 9, August 17, and November 8. Details will be released closer to each date.

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      Art Soirees for Adults

      Book a home party for your friends or ladies group (or alternate location-restaurant, book store, frame shop, etc)! Our expert instructors will guide you through a drawing or painting project to prove that we can teach anyone to draw. You provide the wine and snacks, we’ll provide the supplies, art and tons of fun! $30 per person, minimum 6. Contact Tamara Cox at KidzArt / Art Innovators tamara@kidzartin.com, 317-625-2973


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      Marketing Mastermind Series will Ignite Your Marketing

      Finally put an end to costly "random acts of marketing". Join local business owners in a small group mastermind series and learn how to ignite your marketing to attract better clients, increase your profits, and build a business you LOVE again. Class Schedule:

      • December All Day Fast Track – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm; December 15 & 16
      • Jan/Feb Mondays – 12:00 – 2:00 pm; January 9, 23, 30 and February 13, 20, and 27
      • Jan/Feb Wednesdays – 12:00 – 2:00 pm; January 11, 25 and February 1, 15, 22, and 29

      Register before Dec. 10 and save $100!  www.TheRemarkableWay.com/marketing-mastermind or call Nicole Gebhardt at 765-427-2130. (Be sure to check out the on-line testimonies of AWBO members Susan Benedict, Jan French and Tamara Cox.)

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      Free Quickbooks Training

      Join Tressa Heath, a CPA and QuickBooks ProAdvisor, in a seminar to brush up on your QuickBooks knowledge. This is a free event for current QuickBooks users that want to improve their skills. The only "cost" is that you must submit at least one QB question by December 12th so we can customize the class to fit your needs! Register by emailing Tressa at tressa.heath@hotmail.com.
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      Greater Lafayette Commerce December Activities

      • Dickens of a Christmas – downtown Lafayette - Saturday, December 3 – 10am
      • Christmas Parade – downtown Lafayette – Sunday, December 4 – 2pm
      • Small Business of the Month – Lafayette Savings Bank Annex – Wednesday, December 7 – 5pm
      • Small Business Matters – Sgt. Preston’s – Thursday, December 8 – 11:30am
      • Eggs N Issues – Hilton Garden Inn – Tuesday, December 13 – 7:30am
      • Industrial Luncheon – Lafayette Country Club – Friday December
      Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

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      CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER...

      • AWBO member, Anni Miller, as her alter ego "Flossie Hossenfeffer", is competing in the Seniors Got Talent competition hosted by www.SeniorsGuideOnline.com. She needs our votes/views/comments to win! If you have a You Tube account, click "Like" on the You Tube page to vote for her!

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      LITTLE DETAILS:

      Membership and Renewal:  Know a woman business owner (or two) that would benefit from AWBO? Is your own membership current? Membership info is available online at www.AWBO.org or you can contact Membership VPs Angela Tamer, angela@redfox-flowers.com or Melissa Barrett, pmbarrett@pmbarrett.com.

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      Newsletter Advertising is available to members and nonmembers alike. Banner ads are $50 and must be 600x200 pixels. Content ads are $25 and must be business card size (approx 300x175). Submit your artwork in the proper format to: Kristie Newbold, newlar@live.com at by the 20th of every month to appear in the next issue.


      The AWBO Newsletter is published by Nicole Gebhardt.
      All submissions are due by the 25th of the month to: admin@NicoleGebhardt.com

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    • November 01, 2011 9:29 PM | Deleted user
      AWBO November 2011 Newsletter

      Join Us: Tuesday, November 8 from Noon to 1 p.m. at MCL Cafeteria
      in West Lafayette. Arrive around 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.




      THIS MONTH'S PROGRAM:

      Get MORE out of your AWBO membership!

      This month AWBO is celebrating big news - the release of our much-anticipated new membership system and updated website. On top of the PERKS list is the ability for each member edit their own contact information ANYTIME - no more lag time! Join us for our November meeting and learn more about the newest benefits of being an AWBO member. Immediate Past President Kerri Wagner and Membership VP's Melissa Barrett and Angela Tamer will walk us through the new website and give us hand's on training to that we can start using it immediately.

      BONUS: Need a new photo of you? Michael Dick from IS Photographic will be joining us to take headshots for any interested members. Read Julie's letter below for details...


      Three Minute Spotlights:

      • Anni Miller – TLC Massage
      • Kristie Newbold & Sheila Larson - Newlar Cleaning
      October Guests:

      Laurie Webster, Kelly Rice, Danielle Gaylord
      &
      Janet Yaninek. Glad to have you join us!
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      Have an idea for a future AWBO meeting?
      Share it with Susan Benedict, susan@mydesignalternatives.com,
      Monica Doerr
      , monica@doerrlawoffice.com or Jenna Isch, jisch@farmersagent.com


      Share your business with a 3-minute spotlight.
      Contact Monica Doerr at monica@doerrlawoffice.com to take the stage and tell your story.
      Limit 3 per meeting. Spaces are filled on a first-come basis.


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      A Word from our President...

      Hello! November is going to be an amazing month! Our program this month will unveil our NEW Association of Women Business Owner’s website.


      In addition to our NEW Website, Michael Dick from IS Photographic (www.ISphotographic.com) will be joining us to take head shots. The cost is just $25 and at Michael’s suggestion we are collecting the money to support a Women Business Owner through Kiva.org!  Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.  We will be voting as a group to decide the recipient of the loan. Feel free to look online at Kiva.org to see if there is a women you would like to nominate for the loan.  Send your nominations to me at julie@LafayettePC.com.


      Michael is going to try to accommodate everyone who would like a head shot taken. He will be available from 11:00 -12:00pm and 1:00-2:00pm.  This means he has enough openings for around 12 people.  If you would like to reserve your spot, please send me and email with your preference for 11-12pm or 2-1pm. Space is limited, RSVP today at julie@LafayettePC.com.

      I look forward to seeing everyone on November 8!

      - Julie Rubsam

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      Your 2011-12 Board:

      President – Julie Rubsam, President Elect – Tammy Foley, Treasurer - Shirley Pence; Communication – Nicole Gebhardt; Co-Secretaries – Chris Meyer and Kristie Newbold; Membership Vice Presidents – Angela Tamer and Melissa Barrett; Hospitality Vice Presidents – Pam Rhode Thalls and Shelia Larson; Program Vice Presidents – Susan Benedict, Monica Doerr, and Jenna Isch.


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      NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

      AWBO Auction

      Once again, the women of AWBO are thrilled to be hosting the annual AWBO Auction to raise funds for Cary Home for Girls at our December Holiday meeting (Tuesday, December 13). Enjoy a festive luncheon filled with Holiday Shopping Fun...and by all means, bring a few guests! At this time, we're looking for businesses and individuals to donate gifts, services and/or baskets of goodies to auction and/or raffle off. 

      To donate an item, contact Tammy Foley at 765-479-1216 or tfoley@shook.com. You can deliver your donations to Tammy at the Shook office or bring them to the November Meeting. Lets fill the room and enjoy the fellowship of the holidays...while helping our community and the girls in need!!!


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      Art Winter Workshop

      KidzArt is offering a Winter Wonderland Workshop for ages 6-12. Create a project with the “sparkle” of winter and make a gift for the gift giving season! All supplies provided – no art experience necessary – if you can dream, you can draw! Morton Community Center, December 10 from 9 – 11:30 am. Register by calling the Morton Community Center at 765-775-5120.


      KidzArt has "Lafayette’s New Artist of the Year"

      Looking for a great art instructor? KidzArt / Art Innovators has the best instructors! One of our KidzArt instructors, Tammy Murakami-Baxter, displayed her artwork during the month of October at the West Lafayette Public Library. An article in the Journal & Courier is quoted as saying, “Murakami-Baxter could already be considered Lafayette’s new artist of the year." For class details visit: www.kidzartin.com  


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      Adult Guardianship Seminar

      Monica Doerr, from the Law Office of Monica Doerr and Richard Richardson from Family Services, Inc. will be presenting a seminar on guardianship on Nov. 5, 2011 from 9am-noon at Family Services, Inc., 615 N. 18th St., Suite 201. Some of the topics covered will be: Duties and Responsibilities of the Guardian of the Estate and Person; General, Limited, and Temporary Guardianships; Guardianships for the Developmentally Delayed; Procedures for Qualifying and Filing for Guardianship; and Court Contact Info and Court Rules in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties. The fee is $99 which includes a Guardianship Handbook (value $45). To register call 765-423-5361.


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      More Charity Auction Opportunities

      Charity auctions are a fun place to network, and to donate your business products or services for greater exposure and a good cause! Here are two more you should consider:

      • YWCA Bingo & Silent Auction - Thursday, November 3rd. $40 at the door. Details here.
      • Tri Kappa Philanthropic Sorority Auction - Sunday, Nov. 13. Tickets $20. Visit: www.TriKappaLafayette.org

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      Scrapbooking Fun

      AWBO Member Chris Meyer is hosting a Creative Memories Open House and Free Crop at Covenant Church in W. Lafayette (Retreat Center behind the church) on Friday, Nov. 4 from  6-10 and Saturday, Nov. 5, 9-1. There will be new products, specials, and good snacks.
       
      Christmas shopping for the perfect gift? Let Chris Meyer help you design a personalized gift for someone on your gift list. Why not make treasured memories your gift to those on your Christmas list? Chris is also designing Christmas cards. All products are through Creative Memories, but the Christmas gifts and cards will be one of a kind. No one else will have the exact same item. You can come to her open house or call/e-mail her to set a time and place to work together on something special. Chris Meyer, andresjmeyer@juno.com or  447-3806.


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      Cary Home Wish List

      The girls at Cary Home are always needing help with supplies and clothing for teen girls in need. Check your closets or throw an extra item in your cart and join AWBO in supporting Cary Home for Girls. You may bring items to our monthly meeting and we will get them to the home. Questions? Contact Julie Rubsam.

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      Greater Lafayette Commerce November Activities

      • Small Business Of the Month - Lafayette Savings Bank Annex – Wednesday, November, 2 at 5pm
      • Project 3/50 – Outpost Banquet Facility – Wednesday, November 2 at 6pm
      • Eggs ‘N Issues - Hilton Garden Inn – Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30am
      • Small Business Matters – Location TBD – Thursday, November 10 at 11:30am
      • Merchant Holiday Open House - Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette – November 11 and 12
      • Farmers Mini Market – Historic Downtown Lafayette – November 11
      • Economic Forecast Luncheon – Holiday Inn City Center - Wednesday November 16 at 11:30am
      • Business After Hours – Midwest Party Rentals West Lafayette – Wednesday November 16 at 5pm
      • Boiler Bridge Walk – Friday before all home PU Football games – John T Myers Pedestrian Bridge – 5:30pm
      Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

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      CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER...

      • Congrats to Julie Rubsam, Lafayette PC for being awarded "Lafayette Small Business of the Month" by Greater Lafayette Commerce! The celebration will be held at the Lafayette Savings Bank Annex on Wednesday, November, 2 at 5 pm.
      • A great review! Congratulations to Doctor Mary Caccavo (Lafayette Hearing Center) for being recognized by The Hearing Review as one of the best hearing care professionals of 2011!

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      LITTLE DETAILS:

      Membership and Renewal:  Know a woman business owner (or two) that would benefit from AWBO? Is your own membership current? Membership info is available online at www.AWBO.org or you can contact Membership VPs Angela Tamer, angela@redfox-flowers.com or Melissa Barrett, pmbarrett@pmbarrett.com.

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      Newsletter Advertising is available to members and nonmembers alike. Banner ads are $50 and must be 600x200 pixels. Content ads are $25 and must be business card size (approx 300x175). Submit your artwork in the proper format to: Kristie Newbold, newlar@live.com at by the 20th of every month to appear in the next issue.


      The AWBO Newsletter is published by Nicole Gebhardt.
      All submissions are due by the 25th of the month to: admin@NicoleGebhardt.com

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