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  • April 10, 2017 7:30 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is April 11th, 2017

    A Note From Your President...


    Recently there was a report on television and an article in the Journal and Courier about women business owners in Indiana. It also caught the attention of editors in Indianapolis and they printed the J & C article in the Indianapolis Star! Pretty important, huh?


    The author of the article said that a census taken recently showed that 162,000 businesses were owned by women. That includes every AWBO member. That number astounded me because it meant just under 30% of Indiana’s privately owned companies were woman owned. Elaine Bedel, President of Indiana Economic Development Corporation, expressed there are many things available in our state to help women get a business started and keep it running. Some owners attested to that in the article, having received help to assist them.


    I know every woman who owns her own business had to work very hard to get everything put together to start their business, and keep it running and many factors come in to that equation. On top of all the hours on the job are more hours of hard work running a household! Feeding babies, changing diapers, keeping laundry going, fixing meals, and being chauffeur to every activity your teenager has decided they want to be involved in! I APPLAUD YOU! I remember those days when it was just my husband and I at the business, creating a space for our daughter to play in and later to do homework beside my desk. Those were tough years! And now all three children are grown and work with us, managing different areas of the business. So keep up the good work, it’s worth it!


    The Association of Women Business Owners (AWBO), has speakers from many different avenues and themes. If you want to learn more, come to MCL the second Tuesday of every month. Don’t miss an AWBO meeting because each one is action packed and educational.


    I’m really looking forward to hearing Gary Higgins on
    Tuesday, April 11 because he was instrumental in getting our business on its feet many years ago, with the state of the art quality television commercials. He will show attenders how to create a promotional video for social media using our cell phones. Things have really changed in the past 27 years since we opened our business.


    Invite a woman business owner, or someone thinking about starting one, to join us at MCL Restaurant & Bakery, West Lafayette, April 11 from 12-1p.m. See you there!


    Best regards,
    Melony Ramsey
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    Thank You...
    Thank you to Kathy Selvey, Plexus Worldwide for donating a gift to our April speaker, Gary Higgins.
    --------------------------------------------
    March New Member:
    Carol Bloom          Bloom Ink Editorial

    March Guests:
    Amy Prater - Shaklee Health & Wellness
    Stacy Gaines - Essentially His Wisdom
    Jennifer Fee - Metropolitan Title
    Jessica Ritter - Jessica Kate Photography
    Kathy Good - Edible Arrangements
    Dana Miller - Dana Miller Design
    Rozlyn Hernandez - Ivy Tech
    Tenecia Waddell - TR Safety Solutions LLC
    Julie Blacker - Keller Williams
    Rachel Galati - Younique
    Heather Halsema - Golden Spartam Trucking
    Sarah Howard - Home Engineer:)
    Denise Pearson - LTHC Homeless Services
    Lynn Wood - Wolf Mattress
    Kim Motuliak - Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
    Marci Spitznagle - Community Action Program
    Amber Holle - Old National
    Leslie Scott - Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

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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 03, 2017 7:19 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is April 11th, 2017

    How to Create a Quality DIY Promotional Video

    Gary John Higgins is the owner of Indiana Motion pictures where he also serves as a Director and Producer of television commercials, corporate promotional, training, and consumer documentary videos. A Purdue University graduate, Gary gained valuable experience in LA where he worked as a Steadicam operator for independent movie and music video projects. Gary is an award winning photojournalist and has extensive experience at a local CBS affiliate. Beyond his journalistic career, Gary has also appeared as an extra in the Nick Nolte film, Blue Chips, toured with American Idol playing keyboards, and survived a helicopter crash.

    Gary John Higgins’ presentation will walk us through the basics of creating a promotional video for social media using our phones. He will include information on storyboarding, shooting video, and equipment selection. Gary will share tips and strategies that will make us all video making pros.


    3 Minute Spotlights

    Shelly Bays Edge Development Group
    Shirley Pence
    Stanley Steemer
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    AWBO Members

    Remember that AWBO members can log in to the "Member-only" part of our website, awbo.org.  You can update your profile and find information about AWBO, including bylaws, policies, photos, history and start a discussion on the forum.  You can also pay your dues and buy summer social tickets online.


    If you need a password or forgot yours, simply look under the log in boxes and click "forgot password". Check out the website today. It's one of the benefits you get as an AWBO member.

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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 the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Mondays of the month. 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.


  • March 20, 2017 7:22 AM | Anonymous
    Officer Spotlight

    Anna Kennedy
    Mary Kay Sr. Independent 
    Beauty Consultant


    As a Mary Kay Sr. Independent Beauty consultant, I have made long lasting friends by offering them an easy way to look and feel beautiful. My Mary Kay business and local Mary Kay Unit offer me girl time while learning about cosmetics and best business practices. Even with my local Mary Kay Unit support, I missed working with and hearing about other businesses in the Lafayette community.


    I joined AWBO because I had a GREAT need to spend quality time with a professional group of women. After retiring from banking in 2012, I dusted off my Mary Kay Cosmetic party bag and enjoyed lots of “girl friend” time. But I missed the broader business perspective that I enjoyed as a mortgage and retail banker.


    Susan Benedict, my kitchen planner and friend from my banking days, suggested AWBO.  With a step of faith, I signed up and paid online before attending the first meeting!!!  I was greeted and made to feel very welcome by Melony Ramsey and Sharon Schug.  The following year, AWBO asked for members to volunteer to be on the Board.  Once again, Susan caught my attention.  She said "If you really want to get to know your fellow AWBO members, become a part of the AWBO board".  After giving it some thought, I volunteered to be one of the Hospitality Hostesses.  As a meeting "greeter", along with Deb McGregor, I have enjoyed welcoming our guests and members.  


    I have not been disappointed with my decision to join AWBO. This group not only supports each other but willingly listens to new ideas and members.

    Anna M Kennedy

    Mary Kay Sr. Independent Beauty Consultant

    765-490-2734

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    Member Testimony
    By Cindy Pratt, Premier Designs Jewelry

    I first visited AWBO with much skepticism.  I wondered how a group of women that met for only an hour a month would be of value for me and my business.  That was two years ago and now I have become an advocate!  I desperately try not to miss a single meeting.

    AWBO is a rare combination of networking, friendship building and business education.  The leadership team does an exceptional job of scheduling speakers that are experts in their field.  Recent topics that are relevant to a wide range of business have ranged from social media to negotiations.  Each of these areas have helped to educate our members and grow our businesses.

    I have met several wonderful ladies through AWBO that have become more than just acquaintances.  We have become friends, whose interactions have moved well beyond the hour meeting where we encourage each other in both our professional and personal lives.

    AWBO is a hidden treasure in Tippecanoe County.  Come, share, bring a friend, even eat lunch at 11:30.  We would love to meet you!

    Cindy Pratt, Premier Design Jewelry
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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. 




       
    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.


  • February 20, 2017 7:00 AM | Anonymous
    Officer Spotlight

    Lisa Lambert Snodgrass
    Rejuvenate Global, LLC

    Lisa Lambert Snodgrass founded Rejuvenate Global, LLC, a consulting, speaking, training company out of a desire to inspire others to move forward – to renew, restore, and to regrow – as individuals and as businesses. Beyond consulting with businesses on building best practices, Lisa speaks to and coaches beginning and seasoned professionals and business leaders on topics such as leading and leadership, team design and development, cultural & emotional intelligence, conflict management, service excellence, generational communication, strengths based management, and the power of positive.

    Believing that we grow and renew ourselves through connections, Lisa joined AWBO as a way to connect with fellow women in business. Lisa has learned much from others during her membership and now as a board member hopes to give back to the membership through service. Lisa hopes that the programming and newsletter content inspire the membership as much as she has been inspired by AWBO.

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    Member Testimony
    By Lori Bauerle, Indoff Office Interiors

    I joined AWBO looking for mentorship and to surround myself with strong women to learn from. Each meeting, I learn something new from the speaker and from the other women that are always so welcoming and eager to help. If I am needing advice on how to handle a situation or someone to bounce an idea off of, I know there are wonderful women that are always willing to help.

    Lori Bauerle
    Indoff Office Interiors
    lori.bauerle@indoff.com
    317-414-6432

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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. 




       
    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.


  • February 13, 2017 7:16 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is February 14, 2017

    A Note From Your President...


    February

    The Month of “LOVE”

    It was a cold winter day when my husband, Randy, and I were preparing to eat our evening meal at a warm restaurant. A young man introduced himself as our server and took our drink order. He soon returned to tell us he was mistaken and a young lady was to be our server.


    While we were eating, my attention was drawn to that young man as I watched him communica
    te with the peoplehe was serving. Sitting there was what appeared to be, a young father with his adorable little daughter, approximately 3 years old.


    As I
     watched and listened, I overheard the server asking the little girl questions like, “Did you see Santa?” and “Do you like the snow? As the conversation continued, I was intrigued by what he had in his hands. He was making something. Then I saw it. A flower appeared, from a napkin, and he joyfully laid it in the hands of the little girl. He had gone out of his way to show love and kindness to his customers.


    As t
    he evening continued, it got even more interesting. The father/daughter duo soon left but another young father and young daughter were seated at the table next to the first one. Guess what the server was doing? He was making another flower and asking the little girl the same questions. We finished our meal and I walked up to the server, put some dollar bills in his apron pocket, and said, “You are an amazing, caring person. Keep up the good work”. His manager agreed when I told him the server was a “keeper”.


    Sho
    wing people that we care, that’s what February is all about. That’s what AWBO is about, too, caring about one another and our community.


    What have you done or will you do to express love to those you care
     about? How will you show kindness to the ones you meet? Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and make someone feel special today!

    Best regards,
    Melony Ramsey
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

    --------------------------------------------
    Thank You...
    Thank you to Anna Kennedy, Mary Kay Independent Consultant for donating a gift to our February speaker, Kelly Rice.
    --------------------------------------------
    January New Member:
    Nadine Morgan          Morgan PEACH, LLC

    January Guest:
    Janet Collins-Cutter    Attorney at Law

    --------------------------------------------
    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.


  • February 06, 2017 6:58 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is February 14th, 2016

    The Top 5 Social Media Must-Dos for 2017

    Kelly Rice, Treefrog Marketing & Communications


    I firmly believe that small business is the backbone of America. I was raised on a 900-acre farm near Lafayette, Indiana. I learned that being a business owner was very, very hard, but rewarding work. Dad taught me to always try to do the right thing (no matter the cost), to work hard for everything, give your best (no matter if you succeed or fail) and how to successfully operate a business while raising a family.


    Since 2000, I’ve taken those values and created an environment at Treefrog where we continually challenge staff and clients to look for opportunities to make a difference.


    We know that might sound a little strange coming from a full-service advertising and marketing agency, but our mission is to simply help people. Treefrog is a Christian-based marketing agency and everything we do is centered around life-building concepts.


    Helping small business is an important part of our mission. Since 2000, we've tremendously increased our ability to service clients of all sizes. With continual additions to our professional team and ongoing industry education, our in-house production staff effectively manages client needs and exceeds expectations.


    I absolutely love helping people discover their business potential. The ah-ha moment when everything clicks, is when the magic really starts to happen.


    3 Minute Spotlights

    Susan Benedict Design Alternatives
    Susannah Hall-Justice
    Hall-Justice Law Firm
    -----------------------------------
    Job Opening
    Sarah Schwarz, from Edward Jones, is currently in the process of bringing on a new team member. If you know of anyone that is looking to move to the area, or if you have a good candidate in mind, please have the candidate go to our website at www.careers.edwardjones.com  and apply to Job Code 15091.  Candidates will then have the opportunity to create a profile, and attach their resume with salary requirements.

    Thank you, 
    Sarah Schwarz
    -----------------------------------
    Greater Lafayette Commerce
    Activities for February
    Find more information at:
    http://web.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/events

    • Economic Quarterly Series – Wednesday February 8 at 11:30am featuring “The State of the Cities and County,” at the Courtyard by Marriott - 150 Fairington Ave., Lafayette, IN 47905
    • Business Breakfast Club – Friday February 10 at 7:30am at the Long Center – 111 N. 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday February 15th from 5pm to 7pm – location TBD
    -----------------------------------
    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.


  • January 16, 2017 7:13 AM | Anonymous
    Officer Spotlight

    Isabel Hogue
    Health and Retirement Insurance

    When I moved to Lafayette and began my business in 2006, I found AWBO by searching online for networking groups. Two important AWBO things happened.

    First, the first one-to-one networking experience I ever had was with another business owner who invited me to meet for coffee. I can't overstate the value of learning to reach out to other business owners for one-to-one meetings.

    Second, she said the best way to get to know other AWBO members is by serving on the board. So I volunteered to serve on membership and later on hospitality. Both opportunities provided a vehicle for me to meet and learn from great women.

    I am an independent insurance agent who works by referral, specializing in Medicare plans. I also offer health insurance, final expense insurance, and legal expense plans. The thing I love most in my business is meeting new people and hearing their stories. I help everyone who is referred to me, whether or not a sale is made.

    Before I started my business, I home-schooled four children and took care of my mother in my home (so I'm a problem-solver). I've learned to focus not on who you are (or who you think you should be), but on who you are becoming.
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    Member Testimony
    By Flo Nydegger, New Life featuring (Melaleuca)
    As a private business owner, I heard about AWBO from a friend, and decided to check it out two years ago. I enjoy the professional atmosphere at the meetings, and the opportunity to build relationships with other business women from the community.

    The monthly meetings have been a great venue to assist me in networking with others. Each month I make an effort to reach out to guests and new members and build friendships with current members. If you are wondering how AWBO can improve your life, come check it out! We welcome visits from other women and hope you find this is a great connection for you.

    Flo Nydegger- New Life featuring (Melaleuca)
    nydeggerlarry@yahoo.com
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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. 




       
    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.


  • January 09, 2017 8:23 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is January 10, 2017

    A Note From Your President...


    It is really hard to believe we are embarking upon a new year already. It seems like it was only yesterday when we were raising money for the girls at Cary Home for Children. This event will be one of the most memorable times in my life. I stood there looking at women having so much fun together, visiting with friends, getting to know new people, bidding on silent auction donations or putting their tickets in the raffle bag of their choice. Laughter and chatter filled the air. I had so much fun and saw everyone doing the same as we worked together to give back to our community.

    It was a pleasure to listen to Rebecca Humphrey, Director of Cary home, as she talked about how our money from last year’s fundraiser replaced a dryer that had ceased working. No state funds are available for appliances! It was also alarming to hear her talk about the human trafficking problem in our county and how it affects Cary Home. AWBO desires to help in many ways. One way we can help is by becoming involved in the Big Brother-Big Sister program. There is a great need for mentors to these young ladies.

    Many thanks to everyone who made a contribution, in any way, to make the Fundraiser a very successful event, in spite of the storm that came through. We are very excited to have collected over $3,875.00 to give Cary Home.


    With the start of this new year, how do you plan to spend it? What will your priorities be? What will you learn from AWBO speakers this year that will inspire you to take new measures or changes in your life or your business? Will you help other women start a business? Will you become a Big Sister?


    Put the AWBO meetings on your 2017 schedule for every second Tuesday of the month from 11:30-1:00! Schedule yourself for an appointment with AWBO during lunch. Come! Learn! Visit! Be refreshed! Go back to work, ready to meet the challenges and look forward to a wonderful year.


    Best regards,
    Melony Ramsey
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

    --------------------------------------------
    Thank You...
    Thank you to Deb Plue and Shepherd Insurance for donating a gift to our January speaker, Anita K. Dale, PhD.
    --------------------------------------------
    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.


  • January 02, 2017 7:25 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is January 10, 2017

    The Art of Negotiation

    Anita K. Dale, PhD, comes to the Professional Sales Center with a 25 year career spanning positions in sales, sales management, marketing, and business development behind her. Dr. Dale was also part of the Operational Leadership Team for more than 10 years, actively participating in setting the strategic goals and objectives of the organization. Dr. Dale also pursued ambitious academic achievements, receiving a B. S. from Purdue University in Agricultural Communication; an M. S. from Johns Hopkins University in Marketing; an M. S. from Iowa State University in Family Financial Planning; and a PhD from Kansas State University from the School of Human Ecology.

    Dr. Dale has a strong value for experiential learning, believing the Sales Center is where many students can and should begin honing their sales skills in order to be strong contributors to their organizations upon graduation. She is also fully committed to providing the strong Sales Center partners with strong returns for their investment in the Center through current and innovative programs. Negotiation applies to most everything in our lives. Anita is a master negotiator and will speak on how this skill can be implemented in our businesses.


    3 Minute Spotlights

    Cindy Pratt
    Premier Design Jewelry
    Jenna Isch
    Isch Insurance Services
    -----------------------------------

    Workshop Alert
    Joanna Retherford, Revision ps has an upcoming workshop series: Soul Play

    • Jan. 11th 6:30-8:30 pm
    • Jan. 18th 6:30-8:30 pm
    • Jan. 25th 6:30-8:80 pm
    "Soul Play" is designed to make space for creating out of one's intuition. It will be a relaxing process of an art and wellness practice. No experience necessary. To register, click HERE.

    For more info:
    joanna@revisionps.org
    765-427-3862
    www.revisionps.org
    -----------------------------------
    Greater Lafayette Commerce
    Activities for January
    Find more information at:
    http://web.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/events

    • Business Breakfast Club – Friday January 13 at 7:30am at the Long Center – 111 N. 6th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901.
    • Small Business of the Year Award and Business After Hours – Wednesday January 18th from 5pm to 7pm at the Holiday Inn City Center – 515 South St., Lafayette, IN 47901
    -----------------------------------
    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.


  • December 19, 2016 8:07 AM | Anonymous
    Officer Spotlight

    Kathy Selvey
    Plexus Worldwide

    From 1987-2012, I was active in helping my husband, David Selvey, start and run his heating and air-conditioning businesses in Chattanooga, TN and then later in Rossville, IN. The thought of running my own business had never entered my mind. If it had, I would have come to the conclusion that I could NEVER do that! Something amazing happened though. I joined as a wholesale ambassador for Plexus Worldwide in June 2015. Little did I know that these natural plant-based supplements would take my life in a different direction, both health-wise and in the area of personal growth.


    This shy, introverted lady became passionate about sharing something that had changed and re-oriented her life! I had something of value and I wanted others to experience the health and wellness benefits. Before I knew it, I had several family members and friends become customers or join my team. A business had been born. I was making a difference and I loved it!


    As my team started growing, I began struggling. Doubts and fears settled in. Could I be a leader to this sizeable team? Could I help them become leaders of their own teams? My desire to love, serve, and add value to others led me to make the decision to continue this growth journey and become a lifelong learner and leader. I faced my fears and started walking through them.


    AWBO is part of this journey. Melony Ramsey invited me earlier this year and after visiting two times, I knew this was an organization I wanted to be a part of. The value, friendships, emphasis on giving to the community, and professionalism drew me in. I am honored to be Secretary.


    Kathy Selvey

    Independent Senior Gold Ambassador

    Plexus Worldwide #417947

    drinkpinkwithkathy@gmail.com

    www.shopmyplexus.com/drinkpinkwithkathy

    239.595.7744

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    Member Testimony
    By 
    Kerri Wagner - Bark Avenue Day Spa

    I joined AWBO in 2002, after starting a computer business. We needed to get our name out and meet other business owners. Iwas one of the greatest things I did for my career. After changing professions in 2008 and opening Bark Avenue Day Spa, a pet grooming salon, I remained active in the group and became President in 2011.
    Meeting such great ladies and learning from them has been priceless. The educational speakers that I have heard over the years have given me the confidence to be a business owner. It's also very rewarding to be able to help raise money for a charity during the year! It's great to know other women business owners in town so that we can help each other grow our businesses and make our dreams a reality. I am so grateful to be a part of AWBO!
    --------------------------------------

    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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