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  • July 18, 2016 9:07 AM | Anonymous
    Officer Spotlight
    Susan Benedict CKD, CAPS
    Design Alternatives
    Tagline: Lafayette's only Certified Kitchen Designer


    I was told by three mentors that my business mode
    l would not fly. They thought I couldn’t charge design fees since no one in this community was trying to making a living charging for the service. And that was in September 1994!

    Twenty Two years later I still get to wear my Woman Business Owner hat. This year has been exceptionally full of highs and lows. Design Alternatives was awarded the National “Dealer of the Month” award this past March. I was asked to give my Aging in Place presentation to the state chapter of NKBA and this spun-off into a paid speaking engagement for the Ohio Chapter. Also, I was honored when the local Home Builders Association asked to have their monthly meeting at my new home in May.

    My health has taken a nose dive over the last several months. My normal business routine had to drastically change. If I had not owned my own business, how could I have scheduled a slowdown of my work load for a needed surgery? Would my boss truly understand shear exhaustion and lack of ability to keep the normal pace?

    Would I trade owning my own business for anything? Absolutely not! We all have our reasons for taking our own daring leap. Times will continually change- just as our AWBO culture itself has changed since 1994 and that’s OK. Moving forward while embracing our heritage, while at the same time growing our membership, strengthening our common bond and creating community awareness for our organization is my goal for Association of Women Business Owners.


  • July 11, 2016 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    Good To Great

    If I were to make a book suggestion for an upcoming panel review it would be the book “Good to Great”- Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins.

    I have not been able to read many books the last 3 years but I have heard so much about this one, and from varying sources, that I decided it’s a must read.

    The premise of the book was when Jim Collins asked himself the question- What makes Good companies Great? He then assembled a team to help him compile data. The interesting thing is they didn’t start out with any perceived strategy or hypothesis. They let the data and many long hours of strategizing, sometimes arguing and letting the data gel for a while, unveil the patterns that started to emerge.

    If we were starting a book review I might ask the general audience what qualities they feel are characteristic of a “Good” company who went on to become “Great”? You may be quite surprised what characteristics the data actually unveils.

    I plan for this book to be my vacation read. By the way: Vacation starts at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday July 12th-right after our next monthly membership meeting! See you there!

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women


  • July 05, 2016 12:05 PM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

    Forming a Legal Entity:
    What's Right For Your Business?

    AWBO is happy to have Michael L. (Mac) McDaniel as our speaker in July to discuss legal entity formation.  As well Mac assists his clients on a wide variety of legal and business issues.  He leverages his years of professional experience in consulting, software, education, community development and as a serial entrepreneur to assist clients across a wide variety of industries.  He commonly serves as a virtual general counsel to advise clients on trademark, brand management, corporate compliance, contract, privacy, real estate, litigation, and agriculture and estate planning/administration issues.

    Mac recently transitioned his law practice, McDaniel Hamilton, LLP, to Reiling Teder & Schrier, LLC to assist in RTS' expansion efforts in the Zionsville and Indianapolis communities.  Mac serves on Ball State University's Entrepreneurship Board and, as one of the first three alumni of the program, volunteers with Purdue's Entrepreneurship certificate program in a variety of roles. Mac is active in the Zionsville community and is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Tippecanoe County Bar Association, the Boone County Bar Association, and the Indianapolis Bar Networking Executive Committee.

    Mac lives in Zionsville and enjoys skiing, scuba diving, and spending time with his wife, Erica, and son, Oliver.

    3 Minute Speaker
    Janie Peters Art of Framing
    Nancy Branyan Tastefully Simple

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    Thank you!

    A big thank you to Rhonda Feuer-Independent Advanced Sales Director for Pampered Chef for July's guest speaker.
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    Greater Lafayette Commerce Activities for July
    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, Winner: TBD
    • Farmers Markets
          Purdue Market: Thursdays 11am to 2pm
          Downtown Market: Saturdays 8am to Noon
    • 25th Anniversary for Dancing & Cruising in the Streets, featuring Kansas. Saturday July 16th 4pm to 11pm. Get your tickets early!
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday July 20 at 5pm – Rubia Flower Market: 224 E State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906

    2016 Annual Events:
    -Boiler Bridge Bash – Thursday August 18th
    -Football Kickoff Luncheon – Friday August 19th
    -Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival – Saturday August 21st
    -Annual Dinner – Wednesday September 28th
    -Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting – Saturday      December 4
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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.

     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 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.

     


  • June 06, 2016 12:33 PM | Anonymous
    Next meeting is June 14, 2016
    A Note from Your President...

    Does Your Business “Sparkle?”

    Has it become a “jewel” to be remembered in our community? What do the accessory pieces of your business (the employees, the branding, even your signage) say about the legacy your building? Is it polished and glisten when sunlight hits it? Or does it need some dusting off? Possibly it needs a toss in the “jewelry cleaner” for the shear brilliance of its light to shine through all the years of hard core wear and tear? This could mean dusting off the business plan, or re-evaluating if that five year+ branding and marketing plan is still working for you. Maybe a toss in the “jewelry cleaner” means finally getting your staffing positions in line with job requirements.

    We made some nice contacts at the Chamber Trade Show who stand out in my mind as women who need to be at our Summer Social. What Women Business Owners have you met in the last few months who could benefit from such a strong, capable organization?

    Our President Elect Melony Ramsey has put together a spectacular event- and we know it will be memorable.

    Where else but AWBO could you work with your own Swarofski Crystals all the while meeting new engaging women?

    Don’t’ forget to register on our website before June 10th! See you at the Social and bring a woman business owner colleague!

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women
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    Summer Social Announcement

    Don't forget that the Summer Social is Tuesday, June 14th. Remember, this is our only evening meeting for the month of June. Come engage in good food, good conversation and an exceptionally fun activity!  Register here today!!

    Time: 5:30pm
    Location: Mama Ines Bakery

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    What's Happening In Your Business?

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

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

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

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

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

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Susan Benedict
    President Elect 
    Melony Ramsey
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Amanda Snider
    Secretary
    Yvone Renz
    Membership
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    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 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.
     


  • June 02, 2016 12:30 PM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    2016 Summer Social is Fast Approaching

    A highlight of the evening will take place at 6:45 pm EVERY attendee will be making their own pair of Swarovski earrings under the direction of Debbie Elsner of Beaditude-Jewelry. And they are beautiful! While handcrafting your new earrings, some ideas to process within your business regimen are..."What kind of Legacy I am building?", "Does my business "sparkle" like a jewel?"  "What will I be remembered for?"

    This year we are also offering all members the opportunity to market their business with a donation, gift or marketing item for each visitor. Also, please include your business card with the donation.  These items must be dropped off at RamZs Emporoium or ready for pick-up at your business (call Melony at 765-427-2963) by Friday, June 10 to be included in the gift bag, multiple gifts of 10 recommended.  Receive some free advertising and also make our guests feel special.

    Announcement postcards are available for pickup at RamZs, 205 Farabee Dr.-North of State Road 26 at Pizza Hut and Jimmy Johns.

    ****Bring your business cards for a door prize drawing and to share with others.  Don't forget to register and pay by scrolling to the end of the page, at AWBO.org.

    Can't wait to enjoy the evening with all of you and the great food from Sovereign Caterers at Mama Ines Baker.

    Melony Ramsey, Summer Social Chairman
    Committee members:
    Becky Frash
    Cindy Pratt 

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    Thank You For Stopping By

    Marietta Smith Smith's Rustic Ranch
    Tabetha Meador Dandelion Puff 
    Aladine Morgan Purdue University Athletics 
    Rhea Nowling  BeautiControl 
    Kathy Selvy  Plexus Ambassador 

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    New Members

    Lori Bauerle  Indoff Office Interiors 
    Debbie McGregor  Sweet Revolution Bake Shop 
    Kathie York  Kathie York Proofreading 
    Joanna Retherford  ReVisionps.org 
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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.

     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 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.

     


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

    What's Your Legacy?

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

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

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

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

    3 Minute Speakers

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

    I Saw It In His Eyes

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

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

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

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

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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

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

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

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

    ------------------------------------
    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
    Janice Houston
    Anna Kennedy
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramey
    Summer Social
    Melony Ramey
    Programs
    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue


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

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

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


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

    Marketing? Define Your Position & Refine Your Message

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

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

    3-Minute Spotlight:

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

    CASH FLOW IS KING”- Or is It?

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

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

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

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

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

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ------------------------------------
    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
    Janice Houston
    Anna Kennedy
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Melony Ramey
    Summer Social
    Melony Ramey
    Programs
    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue


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

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

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


  • January 01, 2016 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, January 12, 2015

    What's Your Legacy?

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

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

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

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

    3-Minute Spotlight:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    News and Events

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

    & Bakery in

    West Lafayette. 

    (Excluding June)

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


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

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

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

    Programs

    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue


    Contact Us:  

    AWBO on Facebook

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    Share Program Ideas

    Contact:

    Melony Ramsey

    or

    Deb Plue

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    3-Minute Spotlights 

    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 

    Melony Ramsey or 

    Deb Plue.  

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

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

     

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

    You must include "AWBO" in the subject line


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

    The Annual HolidaAuction Is Here!


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    A Note from Your President...

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

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

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

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

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    News and Events

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    Thank You For Being Our Guest!

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


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

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

    Arts/ Crafts

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

     Recreation/Misc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    & Bakery in

    West Lafayette. 

    (Excluding June)

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


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

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

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

    Programs

    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue



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

    Unique Solutions For Your Business Challenges

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


    3-Minute Spotlight:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    News and Events

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    Thank You For Being Our Guest!

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


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

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

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

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

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

    -Refreshments will be served-


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

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

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

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

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

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

    Not only did Susan familiarize dealers with the concept of Aging in Place, she implored attendees to realize “all of us have to do a better job of designing and specifying products that will keep people in their homes as long as possible to bring the cost of these products down, so that American homes will be ready to handle the mass number of baby-boomers turning 65".
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    Important! 
    Members will be able to update their profile at the November member meeting. Please make sure you have your log in and password information with you if you need to update.  Amanda Snyder from Metamorphic Fitness will be available if you are having trouble logging in  to your profile.
    --------------------------------------------
    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. 

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

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

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking:

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

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


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

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

    & Bakery in

    West Lafayette. 

    (Excluding June)

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


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

     2015-16
    AWBO Board

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

    Programs

    Melony Ramsey
    Deb Plue



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