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  • August 07, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Next meeting is August 8th, 2017

    A Note From Your President...


    It was a warm summer day when the door opened at work. A man stepped inside with both hands raised in the air, asked, “May I come in? I promise I’ll put my hands in my pockets and I won’t touch anything.” As he placed both hands in his pockets, I replied, “Of course, you are welcome to come in.” That was the beginning of getting to know Jim. We later learned he had previously been in a serious life altering accident, which caused him, among other things, to communicate differently and sometimes with more difficulty.

    Jim came in many times, even after we moved to our new location. We never knew what mood he would be in, so we learned to proceed cautiously when he entered the store. We wanted to avoid upsetting him.

    One time he sai
    d, “Ma’am, I have a question.” I said, “Yes, sir?” He replied, “Don’t call me sir.” I said, “Well, you just called me ma’am, and I’m a woman so I called you ‘sir’ because you are a man, right?” He said, “You got me there” and our friendly conversation continued. Another time he came in and saluted us saying, “Permission to come aboard Captain?” He was saluted back and told, “Permission granted.”

    Most of the time, Jim came to buy foreign coins because he saw value in them and bought them to give to his favorite people. One day after making his purchase, I heard him say, “Just keep the change. I don’t want it back.” Even though it wasn’t much, I told the employees to put the change in a bag each time and subtract it from his following purchase.

    He passed away a few years ago and we miss him
    . When I went to the visitation I told his family how he had touched the lives of our entire staff.

    This year something very special happened. While at school one day, our young grandson was telling a teacher about his new watch. Among the questions the teacher asked him was where he had purchased it. When he told her it was from our business, she began to cry and told him, those were the people who were so kind to her brother.

    So, I believe that we, as business owners and women, should never forget to be kind and compassionate to everyone we meet. It might be a client, customer, teller, server, cashier, lawyer, preacher, nurse, doctor or police officer. We may never know what difficulty they may have experienced or what they may be facing. Bring sunshine into their day, and we can go home with a smile.


    TOUCH SOMEONE’S LIFE TODAY!

    Melony Ramsey, President
    Empowering Women

    ----------------------------------------
    Thank you...
    Thank you to Jan Nielson with Allstate Insurance Company, for donating a gift to our August speaker, Nathalie Duval-Couetil.
    --------------------------------------------
    What's Happening In Your Business?

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

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

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

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

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

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

     2016-17
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Melony Ramsey
    President Elect 
    Deb Plue
    Vice-Presidents Programs 
    Joanna Retherford
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
    Vice-Presidents Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Isabel Hogue
    Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
    Anna Kennedy
    Debbie McGregor
    Secretary 
    Kathy Selvey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Jenna Isch
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramsey
    Summer Social
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  
    -------------------
    Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
    3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
    *Limit 2 per meeting*
    Contact:
    Joanna Retherford
    or
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
    -------------------Membership and Renewal
    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.


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


  • July 31, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Next meeting is August 8th, 2017
    Eliminating Biases in Portrayals of Women Leaders & Entrepreneurs

    Nathalie Duval-Couetil, MBA, PhD

    Society is searching for ways to increase women’s involvement in leadership and entrepreneurship as a means to contribute to the growth of our economy. This involves developing programs designed to eliminate barriers and biases to make organizations and networks more inclusive. This presentation examines the role we all play in determining the best way to create “separate but equal” initiatives directed at women without reinforcing gender stereotypes while doing so.

    Speaker Bio:

    Nathalie Duval-Couetil is the Director of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, Associate Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University. She is responsible for the launch of the university’s multidisciplinary entrepreneurship program, which involves over 1800 students each year. For undergraduates, she has established courses and experiential initiatives focused on entrepreneurship fundamentals, venture development, professional development, and women and leadership. At the graduate level, she co-teaches a technology commercialization course called “Life of a Faculty Entrepreneur: Discovery, Development and Translation.”

    Nathalie’s research focuses on entrepreneurship pedagogy and assessment; entrepreneurship education and STEM; student intellectual property policy; graduate student professional development; and women and leadership. This work has been funded through grants from the National Science Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Kern Foundation and VentureWell. She has also worked on entrepreneurship capacity building projects with international partners.

    Prior to academia, Nathalie worked in the field of market research and strategy consulting in Europe and the U.S. with Booz Allen and Hamilton and Data and Strategies Group. She received a BA from UMass Amherst, an MBA from Babson College, and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. She serves on the board of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and has held leadership roles in other professional organizations.


    3 Minute Speakers

    Joanna Retherford ReVision ps
    Carol Bloom
    Bloom Ink Editorial

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

    What's Happening In Your Business?
    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

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

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

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

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

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

     2016-17
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Melony Ramsey
    President Elect 
    Deb Plue
    Vice-Presidents Programs 
    Joanna Retherford
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
    Vice-Presidents Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Isabel Hogue
    Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
    Anna Kennedy
    Debbie McGregor
    Secretary 
    Kathy Selvey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Jenna Isch 
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramsey
    Summer Social
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us: 
    -------------------
    Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
    3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
    *Limit 2 per meeting*
    Contact:
    Joanna Retherford
    or
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
    ------------------- Membership and Renewal
    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
     

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


  • July 17, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Officer Spotlight

    Melony Ramsey

    RamZs Emporium


    In 1988, Ram-Z Exchange opened the doors on Elmwood Avenue. By 2007, we had outgrown that location so everything was moved, doubling the space. The name was changed to RamZs Emporium, “Where you’ll find things you didn’t know you needed but now you desperate
    ly want.”

    New things arrive daily, some that you would never expect to see in Lafayette. At RamZs, you’ll find a large selection of jewelry, coins, antiques, collectibles, guitars, electronics and firearms. Some services we provide are repairing jewelry, custom designing jewelry, notary assistance and giving loans for anything from emergencies to vacations. Tip: If you are always honest and caring, your customers will return and tell others to visit also.

    When we had our ribbon cutting ceremony and a month later, won the Small Business of the Month award, I realized that I was so out-of-the-loop! I didn’t know the people who attended either event. So when someone told me about an organization of women business owners, I visited a meeting. It was then that I realized how isolated I was, glued to the business and starving for a connection with other women in business. I quickly joined the Association of Business Women Owners (AWBO), and have been on the board since then.

    I put AWBO in my schedule, make it a priority, and try not to miss a single meeting. Each one brings new information that I can use in everyday situations. If you haven’t been to AWBO, visit soon. I hope you will want to be a part of the only local organization meeting the needs of business owners.

    Melony Ramsey

    RamZs Emporium

    205 Farabee Drive North

    Lafayette, IN 47905

    765-427-2963
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    Member Testimony
    By Kathie York, Kathie York Proofreading, LLC

    In April, 2016, Ron and I rounded the last corner and made our way to the exit of the Business Expo. And there it was … the booth for the Association of Women Business Owners. Although many exhibitors were gone or had their packing boxes stacked and ready, there was Melony Ramsey and team: still talking with people and handing out info. Says a lot, doesn’t it?

    Within 24 hours, I was an AWBO member.


    Like many of you, I was a bit leery of AWBO at first. I’d been involved with several “women’s business groups” that weren’t about business. I was greatly encouraged when I discovered AWBO’s speaker roster is first-rate, our meetings are worth my time because I learn something each month, and the members are dedicated to the cause of furthering their own companies and mine.


    The relationship-building I find with AWBO is exactly what my business and budget need.


    A note to the AWBO Board of Directors: I love your new idea of the business card “hat,” randomly matching us with another person to set up a one-to-one outside the main meeting. Priceless! Great ice breaker. Thanks for all your time on our behalf.


    Kathie York, Chief Gaffe Eradicator

    Kathie York Proofreading

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

    What's Happening In Your Business?

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

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

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

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




       
    Join Us:                  
    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
    & Bakery in
    West Lafayette. 
    (Excluding June)
    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

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


    2016-17
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Melony Ramsey
    President Elect 
    Deb Plue
    Vice-Presidents Programs 
    Joanna Retherford
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
    Vice-Presidents Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Isabel Hogue
    Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
    Anna Kennedy
    Debbie McGregor
    Secretary 
    Kathy Selvey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Jenna Isch
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramsey
    Summer Social
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  
    -------------------
    Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
    3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
    *Limit 2 per meeting*
    Contact:
    Joanna Retherford
    or
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
    -------------------Membership and Renewal
    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
     
    The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 25th of the month to:kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.


  • July 10, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Next meeting is July 11th, 2017

    A Note From Your President...


    AWBO’s Summer Social was a wonderful event, thanks to Deb Plue, President Elect. Held at Moses Fowler House Mansion, our tour guide, Barbara Huddleston, gave the most detailed and fascinating story about the mansions history. You’ll want to go there sometime if you haven’t been there yet. Sovereign Caterers had a delicious array of delicate appetizers, also presented by Barbara Huddleston.

    Deb talked about writing your story. This subject fascinated me because we have the most unusual things that arrive at our store and strange things that occur. When we moved from our former location, employees documented the things they never wanted to forget. It made me wish we had kept track of much more than those three pages of memories. When I hear about the books others have written, writing our own story pops into my mind again.

    Have you ever thought about writing “your” story? Whether you just started your business or have been open for many years, why not record things and make a book of them. Preserve your memories in your business and your life. 

    Attached please find
    the card Deb gave each of us at the social. Let it be a reminder and help to write down your memories.


    Have a wonderful summer,

    Melony Ramsey, President

    Empowering Women

    ----------------------------------------
    Thank you...
    Thank you to Cindy Pratt with Premier Design Jewelry, for donating a gift to our July speaker, Brenda Renaldo, WBAA Radio.
    --------------------------------------------
    What's Happening In Your Business?
    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

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

       
    Contact Us:  
    -------------------
    -------------------Membership and Renewal
    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.


  • July 03, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Next meeting is July 11th, 2017
    Crafting Your Message with Public Radio


    I have been in the Greater Lafayette area for 20 years, staying in the area after attending Purdue University for Communications. For 15
    years I worked at Insight Communications in Marketing and Community Relations, developing marketing plans for 10 Indiana cable markets including Purdue University and the Greater Lafayette area. I made a career move into the nonprofit sector for about 6 years as Division Director of March of Dimes for 12 central Indiana counties. Both of our children spent time in the local NICU and children & women’s health issues have always been a passion for me. Currently I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the Tippecanoe area working as an advocate with local children whose families are navigating the court systems.

    I have been with WBAA in Corporate Support since November of 2016, although I have been an avid listener for many years! Our programming is designed to make a positive impact in the quality of life for the communities we serve. Our mission is to use the power of media to educate, entertain and inspire.

    July's AWBO topic will highlight strategies and tips on how to craft your message in a way that will engage listeners and encourage them to support what you support; how to reach more customers in more places, create messages that resonate with a loyal audience; and finally, to reach an educated audience that's ready to buy.

    Brenda Renaldo will also be explaining how public radio differs from commercial media as well as the advantages and disadvantages. If you’re looking for strategies to surround your brand with quality, you won’t want to miss this talk.


    3 Minute Speakers

    Janie Peters Art of Framing
    Jennifer Betourne
    A Step Above Appliance Repair

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

    What's Happening In Your Business?
    AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

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

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

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

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

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

     2016-17
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Melony Ramsey
    President Elect 
    Deb Plue
    Vice-Presidents Programs 
    Joanna Retherford
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
    Vice-Presidents Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Isabel Hogue
    Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
    Anna Kennedy
    Debbie McGregor
    Secretary 
    Kathy Selvey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Jenna Isch 
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramsey
    Summer Social
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  
    -------------------
    Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
    3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
    *Limit 2 per meeting*
    Contact:
    Joanna Retherford
    or
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
    -------------------Membership and Renewal
    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
     

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


  • June 19, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Officer Spotlight

    Deb Plue

    Shepherd Insurance Service

    As I write I find myself pondering the famous Chinese proverb by Lao Tzu, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. To share the essence of whom and what I am today I must acknowledge my joyful journey began with my parents, who by their daily examples instilled in me the fundamentals of love, faith, optimism and service to others.

    From this vantage point in my journey I look back at my early adult years as a young wife and mother, my years operating a family retail business, and as an active community volunteer, I can clearly see the recurring role of caregiver and nurturer emerge. In my younger days as a child of the 50’s I may have resisted and resented the label, but now I joyfully embrace it.

    Today I am proud to be an insurance professional serving the needs of business owners. The essence of my profession is taking care of others. It is my honor to earn the trust of my clients as they look to me to protect their families and businesses. Together we explore their risk exposures and implement strategies to reduce and transfer the risk of financial loss to the appropriate insurance product. My reward is to see my clients enjoy their life journeys knowing we have planned for the unexpected twist and turns that life brings our way.

    Deb Plue
    Shepherd Insurance
    405 Sagamore Parkway S. Ste B12
    Lafayette IN 47905
    Phone 765-807-0300
    Mobile 765-427-1339
    --------------------------------------

    What's Happening In Your Business?

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

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

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

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




       
    Join Us:                  
    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
    & Bakery in
    West Lafayette. 
    (Excluding June)
    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

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


    2016-17
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Melony Ramsey
    President Elect 
    Deb Plue
    Vice-Presidents Programs 
    Joanna Retherford
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
    Vice-Presidents Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Isabel Hogue
    Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
    Anna Kennedy
    Debbie McGregor
    Secretary 
    Kathy Selvey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Jenna Isch
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramsey
    Summer Social
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us: 
    -------------------
    Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
    3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
    *Limit 2 per meeting*
    Contact:
    Joanna Retherford
    or
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
    ------------------- Membership and Renewal
    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
     
    The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 25th of the month to: kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.
           
           
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  • June 12, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is June 13th, 2017

    A Note From Your
    President...


    What a joy it’s been to see everything turn green again, with spots of beautiful color here and there! Plants that started from seeds or bulbs were watered, sunshine joined in and roots finally started to grow. Stems appeared with leaves on the sides and a bud developed at the top. It wasn’t long before that bud turned into a beautiful blossom for all to enjoy its’ beauty and fragrance.

    The life of that plant is like a business as it develops and matures. The Association of Women Business Owners has many amazing speakers with helpful information to develop, grow, maintain, spread, keep a business alive and more. There are also opportunities to learn from other members.


    The SUMMER SOCIAL is the informal event of the year for women to spend time away from their workplace, meeting other women business owners and sharing ideas. It’s a time of refreshment, packed with fun. Please join us and invite other women business owners or those who might be considering starting their own someday. See details below and sign up for the Association of Women Business Owners Event here or on Facebook.




    Melony Ramsey, President

    Deb Plue, President Elect and Event Planner
    Empowering Women

    ----------------------------------------
    May Guests:
    Jordan Nally - Norwex
    Amie Mullikin - Bird Teeth Art & Marketing
    Stephanie Berryman - Old National Bank
    Anna Teder - Shepherd Financial
    Pat Bird - Gimme Healthy Chocolate
    Cindy Metzger - Trevo
    Julie Shaw - Stepping Stone Animal Training
    Lynn Fox - Plexus
    Stephanie Beckett - Beauti Control & Norwex
    Kathy Williams
    --------------------------------------------
    What's Happening In Your Business?

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

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

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

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

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

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

     2016-17
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Melony Ramsey
    President Elect 
    Deb Plue
    Vice-Presidents Programs 
    Joanna Retherford
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
    Vice-Presidents Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Isabel Hogue
    Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
    Anna Kennedy
    Debbie McGregor
    Secretary 
    Kathy Selvey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Jenna Isch
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramsey
    Summer Social
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  
    -------------------
    Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
    3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
    *Limit 2 per meeting*
    Contact:
    Joanna Retherford
    or
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
    -------------------Membership and Renewal
    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.


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

    Copyright © 2013 AWBO. All rights reserved.
    Contact email: mkramz205@gmail.com


  • June 05, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Next meeting is June 13th, 2017
    AWBO Special Event
    Tuesday, June 13th 5pm - 7:30pm
    And you're invited!!

    The summer social has always been one of my favorite AWBO events. Each one I attended was a marvel of creativity and an obvious labor of love.  Now as President Elect it falls to me and my committee to plan this year's summer social. I was a little intimidated at first as I don't usually think of myself as creative (I'm really kind of boring!) So I thought about the simple things I enjoy most that I could incorporate into the evening. Well, I like reading history and biographies.

    Mostly I just love stories! Real stories inspire me, stories of pioneer challenges and struggles that provide a humbling perspective to the challenges we face today. Stories of overcoming unimaginable adversity to build communities, businesses and our nation. Stories that make my heart swell with pride and joy while a tear trickles from my eye. Stories of old houses and the families who thrived there. Stories of everyday people.

    So what a better setting than the Fowler House Mansion?  We have a lovely evening planned in a beautiful historic setting perfect for sharing our own stories and enjoying the fellowship of AWBO members. Promptly at 6pm the executive director, Colby Bartlett, will provide a short presentation about the history of the Fowler House Mansion. His knowledge of the Fowler family history and his joy for sharing the house will impress.

    Mark you calendars to attend, invite a guest, and plan for a special AWBO evening. Come share your story.

    Deb Plue
    AWBO President Elect
    Empowering Women

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    What's Happening In Your Business?AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

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

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

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

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

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

     2016-17
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Melony Ramsey
    President Elect 
    Deb Plue
    Vice-Presidents Programs 
    Joanna Retherford
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
    Vice-Presidents Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Isabel Hogue
    Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
    Anna Kennedy
    Debbie McGregor
    Secretary 
    Kathy Selvey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Jenna Isch 
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramsey
    Summer Social
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  
    -------------------
    Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
    3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
    *Limit 2 per meeting*
    Contact:
    Joanna Retherford
    or
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
    -------------------Membership and Renewal
    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
     

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


  • May 01, 2017 8:07 AM | Anonymous

    Next meeting is May 9th, 2017

    Art of the Follow-Up: Communicating Past the "No"

    Join us as for a panel discussion that will help you close the sale and make the deal. AWBO members, Shelly Bays, Jenna Isch, Sarah Schwarz, and Kathy Selvey, will lead us through a discussion of best practices for a variety of business types and will help attendees define what a follow-up strategy is, identify a variety of follow-up systems, know when enough is enough, understand excuses and build referral relationships, and overcome objections. You won’t want to miss this!

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    Only 4 days left!
    Registration for the “Write Like a Pro: Practical Guidelines from Experts” co-creating pilot course closes at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern), Friday, May 5, 2017.

    Enroll to discover practical ways to provide accuracy and clarity in your written materials, save time and money on editing and proofreading, and gather the information you need from difficult clients.

    Four-session online coaching calls include checklists and cheat sheets to save you time and effort. Tuition is only $97 (limit of 10 participants so I can support each)and may be deductible. An uninterrupted one-hour coaching call with me – a $75 value – is included, along with unlimited email and phone support during the course.

    If you’re responsible for written materials, please contact me for detailed information or to register (until 4:00 p.m. [Eastern], Friday, May 5, 2017.)

    Kathie@KathieYork.com or call 765-838-8654

    – Kathie York (Kathie York Proofreading) 

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    May 6th Workshop Announcement
    Great Mother’s Day Gift
    Saturday, May 6th
    9:00 am-12:30 pm
    800 Main St., Studio A, Lafayette, IN

    Get out of your head and let your heart lead! Break through barriers and attain new confidence!

    Participants will learn to use art as a tool to take risks, tap into intuition, and work through problems.

    We will be using a variety of materials including acrylic paints, pastels, and mixed media to process. This workshop is about learning to use art as processing tool. No experience necessary

    This will be a fun, light hearted and interactive experience. Bring your team, your friends, and enjoy YOURSELF!

    Cost: $65/person

    http://revisionps.org/registration/?workshop=Lead%20With%20Your%20HeART

    Joanna Retherford, ReVision ps
    765-427-3862
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    What's Happening In Your Business?

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

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

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

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

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

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

     2016-17
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Melony Ramsey
    President Elect 
    Deb Plue
    Vice-Presidents Programs 
    Joanna Retherford
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
    Vice-Presidents Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Isabel Hogue
    Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
    Anna Kennedy
    Debbie McGregor
    Secretary 
    Kathy Selvey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Jenna Isch 
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramsey
    Summer Social
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  
    -------------------
    Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
    3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
    *Limit 2 per meeting*
    Contact:
    Joanna Retherford
    or
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
    -------------------Membership and Renewal
    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
     

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


  • April 17, 2017 7:28 AM | Anonymous
    Officer Spotlight

    Jenna Isch
    Isch Insurance Services

    I first joined AWBO in 2010, shortly after I started my Farmers Insurance agency. I was invited to visit by a friend of mine and past AWBO President, Julie Rubsam. In my first meeting the activity was “speed networking,” like a speed dating event. I was able to learn about five members rather quickly that day. I saw AWBO as a great opportunity to network, but also learn from other, more experienced, business owners. Through AWBO I have been able to meet women I would not know otherwise and make a lot of friends. I have taken the opportunity to learn from others and build my confidence in my business and professionally. Also, getting involved on the AWBO board has been the best way for me to commit consistently. I had to make that shameless board plug.


    I own Isch Insurance Services, an insurance and financial services agency, affiliated with Farmers Insurance and Financial Services. I primarily help families and small businesses make good financial decisions for their future. I offer, auto, home, renters, recreational vehicle, life and business insurance; as well as investment products, such as IRAs, mutual funds, annuities and college savings plans. I have a unique approach of getting to know my clients and their concerns so I can make the right recommendations. I am different from your typical agency or company, because I don’t often put together “apples to apples” quotes or focus on being the cheapest option. I enjoy helping my clients understand what they are paying for and how their insurance and investments can work for them. I get to be part of their team. In my office, I also have two other fully licensed agents, Cheryl Lucas and Melissa Brandt, who help me offer amazing service before, during and after the sale.


    I can be reached via phone and text at 765-838-2781 or via email at jisch@farmersagent.com. I am also available on Facebook, just look up “Jenna Isch” or twitter @jennaisch. In insurance, it is difficult to offer “specials.” But we do have unique discounts we can offer to clients who work in a profession, like teachers, police, firefighters, nurses, doctors, scientists and engineers just to name a few. I tell my clients, life insurance is always on sale today, because next year it will be more expensive if you wait.


    I am a firm believer in learning from mistakes and I don’t make the same mistake twice. I also often say “Karma is my business plan.” Now I do have an actual business plan for those who are worried… I’m an insurance nerd, of course I plan… but I am also a strong believer in doing good always pays back and usually pays dividends.

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    Member Testimony
    By Tammy Foley, Coldwell Banker Shook

    Ten years ago I was invited to an AWBO Ladies Night Out at Walts Other Pub. Our evening was fun, full of laughter and created friendships that I treasure today. What intrigued me the most was the friendships and enthusiasm to empower business owners to be better at our jobs, along with the willingness to share life lessons with others.

    My Ah Ha moment came from a speaker from Kokomo who shared her courageous moment of life- When Life gets Tough! Her husband lost his job in the car industry and they had 7 kids to feed. She took a passion for Wedding Planning, wrote a book and is now coaching her passion around the country – What a Success and Inspiration that spoke to me that day, as the Recession in the Construction Industry had many challenges!

    While the monthly topics sparked my interest, the interaction with other lady business owners inspired me to be better. I quickly joined the board of directors and was the Chairman of Membership. A few years later served as Vice President and then followed by serving as AWBO President for 2 years. While AWBO ladies embraced me, they taught me the ability to listen, provide leadership and allowed me to blossom when leadership was needed. I thank AWBO for the opportunity to serve. AWBO still inspires me today, with a life time of friendships created and heartfelt passion!

    May AWBO Empower you in your daily life and many small Successes to follow!
    ----------------------------------------

    What's Happening In Your Business?

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

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

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

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




       
    Join Us:                  
    AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
    & Bakery in
    West Lafayette. 
    (Excluding June)
    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

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


    2016-17
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Melony Ramsey
    President Elect 
    Deb Plue
    Vice-Presidents Programs 
    Joanna Retherford
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
    Vice-Presidents Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Isabel Hogue
    Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
    Anna Kennedy
    Debbie McGregor
    Secretary 
    Kathy Selvey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Jenna Isch
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramsey
    Summer Social
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  
    -------------------
    Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
    3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
    *Limit 2 per meeting*
    Contact:
    Joanna Retherford
    or
    Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
    -------------------Membership and Renewal
    Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
     
    The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 25th of the month to:kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.
           
           
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