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  • December 12, 2016 7:16 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is December 13, 2016

    A Note From Your President...

    My heart has been with Cary Home since I was first introduced to it several years ago at an AWBO meeting. Every year AWBO has had a fundraiser, we have chosen Cary Home to give back to the community. Before new state regulations were recently put into place, I would go and make crafts with the girls who were in the house at the time. It was really a blessing to have some fun with them making Christmas decorations to decorate their Cary home with or give to a special family member. Other AWBO members also went to share their talents or professional skills with the girls. These were girls who were abruptly uprooted from their homes, sometimes through no fault of their own. They would find themselves away from family and those they love at very difficult times, like holidays, birthdays, a family member who is seriously ill, etc. They could be in need of everything that we have access to in life, like clothing, pajamas, toothbrush and paste, shampoo, comb and brush. You name it, they were often without it.

    But today I would like to share with you some history that I learned about Cary Home.

    Jessie's Kids is named for Jessie Levering Cary, a Tippecanoe County native who was dedicated to the welfare of children.  On December 11, 1929, Franklin Cary donated funds for the Jessie Levering Cary Home for Children, named in memory of his wife.  The home was dedicated on November 30, 1930.  Until 1972, Cary Home operated as an orphanage, housing boys and girls with bad home lives.  Cary Home later became a residential treatment center for adolescent boys and girls.  Today Cary Home for Children strives to prepare adolescents for successful re-entry to the community through case management and treatment, educational support, family services, and behavior modification."

    Jessie’s Kids Foundation, Inc., formerly The Friends of Cary Home for Children, was expanded in order to better serve at-risk youth all over Tippecanoe and not just at Cary Home. I previously mentioned the state changes and not being able to go and do crafting any more. I discovered another way that we can help besides having our fundraiser. There is a desperate need for Big Sisters, and of course a greater need for Big Brothers, to help those who go through the home. Some may be there for a few weeks while others, a few months, but EACH ONE needs that big sister or brother to mentor them and just be a friend, listening ear, a shoulder to cry on.


    It’s time
    for ACTION at the AUCTION and raffle tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec.13. AWBO’s fundraiser for Cary Home for girls is from 11:30am-1:00pm at MCL Restaurant & Bakery in West Lafayette! You won’t want to miss it.


    Bring a gift for the girls
    (wish list is on Jessie’s Kids website and Amazon or posted on AWBO’s Facebook), a donation, a friend, your billfold to buy. Everyone’s invited to join in the fun while giving back! See you there!

    Best regards,
    Melony Ramsey
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    Welcome New Members!
    Linda Allendorph Nothing Bundt Cakes
    Shelly Bays Edge Development Group
    Kathy Logsdon Kathy’s Kandies & Chocolate Lounge
    Stacey Shirar Awards Unlimited 
    Marietta Smith Smith’s Rustic Ranch
    Jennifer Teising
    Sitewise Digital
    Chris Brock Necessities Transportation
    Maria Medrano
    Care Cleaning
    Rhea Nowling BeautiControl
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    November Gift Thank You
    Thank you to Linda Berryman for stepping up and providing the speaker gift in November!
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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.


  • December 05, 2016 7:23 AM | Anonymous

    Next meeting is December 13, 2016

    Holiday Auction 2016 Is Here!

    December is a very special month for many reasons.  There’s time with families, gift giving, singing, school programs, parades and many other things.  However, for the Association of Women Business Owners, we take time out of our very busy schedules as business women, mothers, and grandmothers to give back to the community through a fundraiser for Cary Home and the young ladies who come and go throughout the year.  

    Here is a letter from Karah Rawlings, Program Coordinator for Tippecanoe County Youth Services and girls presently residing there.   

         “The girls who live at Cary Home come from diverse and varied backgrounds.  We never know what to expect when a girls arrives, so we have to be prepared for many contingencies.  Some arrive with nothing but the clothes they are wearing, in need of all basic items including pajamas.  Some arrive without clothes that are weather appropriate or that meet their school’s dress code, so we have to supplement their wardrobes.  Others have basic needs met, but need items to help them boost their self-esteem or dress up for court or job interviews.  The donations we receive allow us to meet all of these needs and empower the girls to choose from new items that they can then call their own.
         Regardless of whether or not the girls need basic daily items, they all need a safe, comfortable place to live while they are with us.  When our current group of girls were asked what donated items have meant the most to them this past year, they unanimously said “the dryer!”  Earlier this year, the girls’ clothes dryer began malfunctioning, causing them to have to bring clothes into the main building to dry.  Thanks to the monetary donation from AWBO, we were able to replace the dryer with a new model.  The girls wanted to share their thanks for this:

    ‘Dear nice people who donated to CHG for a new dryer:

         We wanted to say thank you for the new dryer.  It has helped out tremendously, we don’t have to take laundry back and forth from building to building.  Our laundry gets done faster as well.  All we wanted to say is thank you! 

    Sincerely,  The Cary Home for Girls Residents'’'

    PLEASE set aside Tuesday, December 13, from 11:30 to 1:00,  to enjoy the silent auction and raffle Fundraiser at MCL Restaurant and Bakery in West Lafayette.  While you’re there, you might want to treat yourself to MCL’s delicious food, made fresh daily.

    Consider donating an item for the auction and invite others to donate.

    • Give items for the raffle and buy tickets to put in the bag for a raffle item of your choice.
    • Bring a guest and receive 3 free raffle tickets. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.
    • Come and enjoy bidding on silent auction items.
    • Bring an item from theCary Home Christmas wish list, found on AWBO Facebook and Cary Home orJessie’s Kids websites.
    • Give a cash donation.
       
    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:  

    AWBO on Facebook

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

    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.


  • November 07, 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous
    A Note From Your President...


    Plan ahead and start saving money! It’s almost time to do your Christmas Shopping at the Fundraiser for Cary Home for Girls. (Tuesday, December the 13th , from 11:30-1:00 at MCL, West Lafayette). What fun it is, every year, to see the donations from AWBO members and the community as we pull together to give back! I can’t tell you how excited and thankful Cary Home was to receive the big check of $5000.00 last year that we presented them at our meeting in February, this year!


    Speaking of being thankful, November
     is the month where we are reminded to think about- and be thankful for-all that is around us: our loved ones, our companies and customers, and hopefully the “little things” we take for granted.

    Those little things, such as grabbing a drink of clean water or snack from the fridge because we’re hungry! It struck me: many people don’t have these “luxuries”. I do these things on a whim without thinking twice. But I should!

    This morning I had the indulgence of a nice, warm shower (including soap and shampoo) in my nice warm house. I ate a good breakfast and plan on having a good dinner tonight.


    Something else I often take for granted: how fortunate we are to live in the United Stated of America. Unlike many women worldwide, we have the freedom to start our businesses, run them as we see fit, and participate in our little part of the “American Dream”. And it’s all because some very brave people, hundreds of years ago, decided to strike out for freedom in tiny ships!

    I look forward to seeing you at the December Fundraiser/auction, where we can give to young women to help meet their needs and show them that someone DOES care about them and what they are going through. I am very thankful for each of you and look forward to our monthly meetings where we encourage one another.


    Have a very "Thankful" holiday,
    Melony Ramsey
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    Thank You...
    We thank Nadine Morgan, Purdue Women's Basketball. Guess what she donated?  Basketball tickets for our November speaker, Stuart Boehning, Attorney.
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    October Guests
    Thank you for attending and hope to see you soon!
    Jennifer Teising Sitewise Digital
    Maria Medrano Care Cleaning LLC
    Maria Urquiza GMC Professional Services
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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.
     


  • November 01, 2016 7:54 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is November 8, 2016

    Business Succession Planning

    Stuart Boehning has a knack for transactional matters and is passionate about the financial welfare of his clients. As a business-oriented person, Stuart is dedicated to helping his clients grow personally and fiscally.  As an attorney, he is proactive and considerate. “I always try to put myself in my client’s shoes when it comes to the recommendations I make,” he says.  Stuart is also responsive, and he encourages his clients to contact him whenever they have a question or concern, no matter the time of day. “I’m always there,” Stuart says. “That’s my job.”

    Stuart attended the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and has been practicing law for over 20 years.  At BB&C, he focuses on estate planning, transactional and corporate law.  He assists clients in creating LLCs, buying or selling businesses, and setting up living trusts.  Because he owns several companies himself, Stuart understands how to incorporate children into business and estate plans and provide a secure future.

    One of Stuart’s most memorable cases at BB&C included a nine-year, twice-appealed case that eventually received the largest verdict in the firm’s history.  “Helping my clients establish business succession plans and family needs in a way that will advance them through the next generation is what’s most rewarding,” he says.

    Outside of work, Stuart enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys fishing and working on his family’s horse farm with his wife, Ann, and their four children.


    3 Minute Spotlights

    Donna Granger
    Granger Care Services
    Ronda Walsh-Schwab
    Edward Jones

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    Clothing Drive Announcement
    Farmers Insurance, nationwide, is collecting Suits for Soldiers and my office is participating.  More than 1 million military personnel will be making the transition to the civilian workforce in the next couple of years. So to make their transition easier, we’re collecting gently worn, dry cleaned business suits for both men and women.  Suits for Soldiers can be dropped off at my office  at 11 N 3rd St in Downtown Lafayette now through November 30th.

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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:  

    AWBO on Facebook

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

    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.

     


  • October 10, 2016 7:25 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is October 11, 2016

    A Note From Your President...


    As your new president, I tell this story to challenge each of us to stay active in our organization, get to know other members and look for ways to grow AWBO and each other.  We are unlike any other group in this area!  Women’s Resource Committee of Lafayette Young Women began its journey in November, 1981 with the first meeting in May, 1982.  As we start our new year, I look back to 2009, when I joined the organization which was soon renamed, Association of Women Business Owners.  In 2010, I was invited to join the Hospitality Committee, where I continued to serve until 2015.

    I loved working on the Hospitality committee but when Susan Benedict became president in 2015, she asked me to move to Programs.  I accepted but kept asking her if she needed me somewhere else.   No, she assured me, I was where she needed me.  I wasn’t at all sure I could handle the job until she paired me with Deb Plue.  We each had our own skills and strengths so we complimented each other and have been a great team.  But little did I know that Susan put me on Programs so she could stretch me…..let me experience new challenges.  Then it happened!  In March, Susan asked me to be President-Elect as well as finish my year on Programs.


    It has been a real challenge, but also an amazing year of growth.  I have broadened my knowledge of AWBO and had a chance to see how the well-oiled machine works.
    Where will AWBO take you?  Is there a committee experience in your future?  Perhaps a Board position? Maybe working with a new member to help her  grow her business!  One thing I have learned in these past 7 years: the Association Of Women Business Owners is a great place to learn, spread our wings and grow.  Join me in the adventure!

    Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at MCL Cafeteria in West Lafayette on 52 bypass from 12:00-1:00p.m. Questions?  Contact Melony at mkramz205@gmail.com

    Best regards,
    Melony Ramsey
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    Thank You...
    A thank you goes to Linda Uerkwitz of Industrial Plating, Inc for providing a gift for October's speaker, Shelly Bays.
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    Help Whip Cancer
    Rhonda Feuer, Independent Advanced Director for Pampered Chef, is excited to announce that October is Help Whip Cancer month. The popular  Infusion Water Bottle will have the Help Whip Cancer logo in pink on it and a $1 for each one purchased will go to the America Cancer Society.

    We can have a fundraiser party and or  offer exclusive products via cooking/catalog shows. We can party for a cause, pick up quick meal ideas that get you in and out of the kitchen in no time. Let's make mealtime fun and easy!!  Or you may need help with kids in the kitchen or entertaining ideas. We will also have some new enteratinng products that start in October including an awesome "electric" wine opener. 

    Please visit www.pamperedchef.biz/rhondafeuer  to see the products, pick up a new recipe or place an order. Call Rhonda at  765-426-6061 for a catalog, host show or with referrals  for show/fundraiser/consultant.  
    --------------------------------------------
    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.
     


  • October 03, 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is October 11, 2016

    Leadership is Influence

    Shelly Bays is an entrepreneur and advocate for living a life of significance. She is an internationally certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach with the John Maxwell Team and 14 yearveteran with the Aflac insurance company. Shelly brings the leadership principles of the worlds leading expert on leadership development, John C. Maxwell, to life through her work with entrepreneurs, teams, and individuals.

    With over 30 years experience as an entrepreneur building successful businesses and teams in multiple industries; having been the leader of multiple volunteer organizations, and having served two terms as a school board member and Board President in Lansing, Kansas, she brings personal experience and lessons learned to her clients in a way that helps them engage, discover, grow and empower themselves and others.

    With a passion for empowering women, Shelly’s philosophy is to help build others up so that they can live the life that they desire. By becoming intentional about personal growth, and developing leadership and empowerment skills, she believes in the “power of multiplication” and that by helping others to reach their maximum potential, we can change the world.

    As a wife, Mom of 7, Grandmother of 5 ½, Fur Mom to 1 rescue dog, and entrepreneur, she enjoys spending her “spare” time attending her children’s sporting and school events, riding “Lola” (Harley Davidson motorcycle) with her husband Alan, traveling, camping, any kind of new adventure, enjoys a glass of wine on occasion and writing.

    For more information about ways that Shelly can help you or your organization to reach your maximum potential go to www.johncmaxwellgroup.com/shellybays or emailshellymbays@gmail.com



    3 Minute Spotlights

    Sarah Ruh Co-owner of Fireglow Creative, LLC
    Ashley Bigelow
    Shook Agency
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    Recent Guests
    Rachel Bennett
    Tamara Farr
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    Give The Ultimate Treat on Halloween...
    Ghastly. Ghoulish. Ghostly. Giving? Redefine Halloween by donating blood at The Russell Company blood drive scheduled for Halloween morning.

    During October, thoughts drift to candy, costumes and carving pumpkins. But for many patients at area hospitals, the only treat that’s sure to please is a blood donation. Forget the trick and give a treat by donating at The Russell Company Blood Drive, Monday, Oct. 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 2506 Covington St., West Lafayette, IN. Your donation could help save the life of a ghost or goblin close to you.


    The staff will also be hosting a chili cook-off from 11am-12pmin their office. Try samples from a variety of chili’s and vote for your favorite!

    Stacy Grove
    The Russell Company
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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
    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.
     


  • September 19, 2016 5:39 PM | Anonymous
    Officer Spotlight
    Melony Ramsey

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

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

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

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

    Melony Ramsey, RamZs Co-Owner
    AWBO President Elect
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    Why I Like AWBO...
    By: Susannah Hall-Justice, Hall-Justice Law Firm

    "AWBO is a great place to learn from speakers and fellow business owners while enjoying lunch.  A business can always be improved and this is a fun way of learning how to do it."

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

    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.

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

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

    Programs

    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  

    AWBO on Facebook

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

    Share Program Ideas

    Contact:

    Melony Ramsey

    or

    Deb Plue

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

    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 

    Melony Ramsey or 

    Deb Plue.  

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

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

     

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

    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.


  • September 12, 2016 8:00 AM | Anonymous
    A Note From Your President...

    What No One Will Ever Tell You

    I’m talking about “Burn-out”. This is a topic you may have never dealt with. But if you have been in business for several years I’m guessing you have had to address it.

    What can you do? How do you snap out of it? What if….. You still LOVE your job/career? You even have a viable business. What can you do when you start to get that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach every time a normal task needs addressed?

    You could:

    • Take up a new hobby to divert your attention temporarily
    • Schedule time in your calendar to take up a new activity or do community service
    • Hand off unwanted tasks to an employee or outsource them
    • Cut back your hours
    Or

    You could schedule into your calendar a longer than one week’s vacation. Studies have shown that employees who take five weeks of vacation a year, are more rested and effective at their jobs. In fact Henry Ford was probably the first in the mid-1920s to identify this phenomenon. He reduced the workweek from six days a week to five and from 48 hours to 40 after his company discovered diminished productivity returns.

    You can read more about more effective productivity at: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/08/the-case-for-vacation-why-science-says-breaks-are-good-for-productivity/260747/

    So whether you are dealing with burn-out or just looking for more ways to be effective at work-let’s get that calendar out. It’s time to go against the grain and schedule in time for your next vacation yet this year!

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    Thank You...
    A gift for this months speaker is being donated by Yvone Renz, owner of Teragraphics Ink
    --------------------------------------------
    Cary Home Update
    One of our members recently took the residents on a shopping trip to Macy’s. Each girl had a chance to be personally fitted for and received 2 new bras.

    Current Needs:
    Always in need of bras including sports bras, Hair Brushes, Good Quality disposable razors and shaving cream, Shampoo/Conditioner, body washes, Cardigan or white sweaters, Larger size pants and shirts sizes X-Large- 2X, winter coats, pull-on boots, swim suits nail polish, make-up, mascara, lip-gloss, and craft supplies.

    Bring donations to a membership meeting and we will see that they get to Cary Home.
    --------------------------------------------
    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.

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

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


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

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

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


  • September 05, 2016 9:19 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is September 13, 2016

    Information That Can Keep You Out Of Jail 102

    Coming to AWBO for a second time is Debbie Elsner, a native of Albany, New York and graduate of Maria College.  She and her husband moved to Lafayette in 1976 so he could finish his education.  The move that was initially intended to be temporary, has already lasted 40 years, giving them a chance to raise their son and now enjoy grandchildren.

    Debbie's work experience has been in Human Resources and the Non Profit sector starting in 1980.  Many years of paid and volunteer work with the American Red Cross brought her to the role of Executive Director.  Upon retiring, she formed her own organization in 2009, Personnel Matters, LLC.

    She works regularly with small businesses, non profits and organizations not large enough to have someone trained in Human Resources.  Helping others and teaching them the things they need to know to successfully manage their staff brings a smile to her face.

    And as if one business isn't enough to occupy her time, she has TWO!  Dabbling in making lovely Swarovski crystal jewelry became a business and it has gained her enough attention in other states that she makes beautiful pieces for them to sell in their stores.  Brides seek out Debbie's wedding planning skills and her Beaditude Jewelry to adorn their bridal parties.


    3 Minute Spotlights

    Kathy Selvey Plexus Distributor
    Kathie York Kathie York Proofreading

    ------------------------------------
    September 2016 Greater Lafayette Commerce Activities
    Register and/or find more information at http://web.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/events

    • Small Business of the Month – Wednesday September 7th at 5pm, Old National Bank Loan Center – 22 N 2nd St., Lafayette, IN 47901
    • Farmers Markets
      West Lafayette Market: Wednesdays 4pm to 7pm
      Purdue Market: Thursdays 11am to 2pm
      Downtown Market: Saturdays 8am to Noon
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday September 21st 4pm to 7pm Business System Solutions – 1211 Cumberland Dr., West Lafayette, IN 47906
    • Annual Gala – Wednesday September 28th at Purdue University Ross-Ade Stadium, Shively Club 850 Steven Beering Drive West Lafayette, IN 47906

    2016 Annual Events:
    Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting – Saturday December 4
    th
    ------------------------------------
    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.

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

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

    Programs

    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  

    AWBO on Facebook

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

    Share Program Ideas

    Contact:

    Melony Ramsey

    or

    Deb Plue

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

    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 

    Melony Ramsey or 

    Deb Plue.  

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

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

     

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

    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.


  • August 01, 2016 12:14 PM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    Everything You Didn't Know About Social Media

    Hear from current members and some outsourced Social Media users about how they use this tool to promote their business.

    During this panel discussion you will learn:

    *How and Why Social Media took over market share from traditional forms of advertising.

    *Which Social Media works best for different types of businesses/age demographics?

    *When is the right time to engage?

    *What do I need to know about using various platforms?

    *How can I test and measure?

    * When is it best for busy women to outsource this area-What can I expect?

    * Are my goals actually achievable on Social Media?


    Have a specific question you would like answered? Please email questions to Melony Ramsey at mkram205@gmail.com by Thursday, Aug. 4th.


    3 Minute Speaker

    Sarah Ray Sweet Revolution Bake Shop
    Lori Bauerle Co-Owner of Indoff Office Equipment

    --------------------------------
    July Guests
    Cindy Sage Jewelry in Candles
    Cherrie Forrest Star Threads
    Rhea Nowley  BeautiControl
    Andrea Veach Stir & Stitch
    --------------------------------
    Greater Lafayette Commerce Activities for August
    Find more information at:
    http://web.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/events
    • Small Business of the Month – Wednesday July 6th at 5pm at Old National Bank Loan Center
    • Farmers Markets
      West Lafayette Market: Wednesdays 
      4pm to 7pm
      Purdue Market: Thursdays 11am to 2pm
      Downtown Market: Saturdays 8am to Noon
    • Small Business of the Month – Wednesday August 3rd at 5pm at Old National Bank Mortgage Center
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday August 17, 4pm to 7pm Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health – Room TBD
    • Boiler Bridge Bash – Thursday August 18th 7pm to 10pm, Downtown Lafayette – West Lafayette
    • Football Kickoff Luncheon – Friday August 19th11:30am to 1pm at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms
    • Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival – Saturday August 27th 4pm to 11:45pm Downtown Lafayette

    2016 Annual Events:
    Annual Awards Gala – Wednesday September 28th
    Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting – Saturday December 4th

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

    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.

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

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


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

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

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


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