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  • October 05, 2015 9:17 AM | Anonymous

    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, October 13, 2015

    How to Have a Peaceful Holiday Season while Maintaining Your Personal & Professional Lives

    Dr. Barbara Osborn, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker Specialist at the Alpine Clinic in Lafayette, Indiana. She attended and graduated with honors from graduate school in 1985, having over 29 years of diverse experiences. She will speak about the stress and anxiety that can come with the holidays, and suggest ways to keep a peaceful presence about yourself during these times. Let's make it a season to enjoy! 

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    A Note from Your President...

    I have renewed energy.  It comes from taking stock of the harvest. Processing where we have been and where we’re headed was the topic of our “Programs Committee" brainstorming session.  Have you noticed the leaves starting to change color? Now is the time when all the local farmers are anxious to assess whether their crops will give them any ROI? Have you taken stock of your company's  harvest as we head into the last quarter? When was the last time you dusted off those New Year’s Business Goals for 2015?

    As you process this production, please consider whether your investment in AWBO has paid off for 2015?  Did you take the time or expend the energy necessary to gain networking connections? Does AWBO provide a respite from the everyday grind of doing business-attending a meeting is a prerequisite! Do you view your organization as a new source of business contacts?  If so, do you make it a point to introduce yourself to the visitors at the meetings each month?  Have you spent any time getting to know a fellow AWBO member outside of a general membership meeting?

    Now back to that investment.  When is the last time you invited a woman business owner to a membership meeting?  When is the last time you shared the value of your investment with a fellow business owner? Sharing the opportunity now, as we start our calendar year will allow your friend to gain a whole year’s worth of the value of AWBO.  Would you be willing to volunteer for a limited time sub-committee to further the awareness of our organization? We all know you get out of an organization what you put in. Are you in?

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    News and Events

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    We DID IT! 
    BBCS Payroll is truly honored to be named Small Business of the Month by Greater Lafayette Commerce. We have the best customers, friends and family and we couldn't have done this without each and every one of their support. So, a big thank you to Greater Lafayette CommerceOld National Bank and everyone who supported us all of these years.

    Please join Linda Berryman and her staff for the Small Business of the Month Award Ceremony Oct 7, 2015 at Old National Bank, Mortgage Center 22 N. 2nd St. 5-6PM.  Beverages and Hors D’oeuvres provided…
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    Congratulations!
    Linda Berryman: "RamZs Emporium” says congratulations for winning the Small Business of the Month award.  It is a delight to see a fellow member and officer be recognized for excellence.  Have a Happy Month!"
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    Look! Your Message Goes Here

    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 25th 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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    Greater Lafayette Commerce in October
    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar 

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception – Wednesday October 7, 2015 at 5pm, Old National Mortgage Center
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday October 8, 2015 at 5pm – Ivy Tech Community College, Downtown Location
    • Farmers Markets, annually May - October
      West Lafayette Market Wednesdays
      -4:00pm to 7:00pm Thursdays
      Purdue Market in Centennial Mall -1:00am to 2:00pm Thursdays
      Downtown Lafayette Market  -7:00am to 12:30pm Saturdays
    • Eggs N Issues – Tuesday October 13, 2015 at 7:30am at the Hilton Garden Inn, West Lafayette: An update from the Bicentennial Commission about what will be going on in Tippecanoe County and the surrounding area.
    • Industrial Luncheon – Friday October 16 at 11:30am – Lafayette Country Club: Mikel Berger, Owner, DelMar Software Development
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday September 23 at 5pm – Comcast Business Class hosting at the Holiday Inn City Center

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking:

    • Thursday October 8th at 11am for Teaz Hair Salon, Under New Ownership/Grand Opening: 1803 Veterans Memorial Parkway Ste H-2 Lafayette, IN 47909
    • Saturday October 10th at 10am for Gigi’s Cupcakes, Grand Opening:  170 S Creasy Ln Suite 1710 Lafayette, IN 47905
    • Monday October 12th at 11am for Honey Baked Ham & Café, Grand Opening for its Downtown Location: 116 North 3rd street Lafayette, IN 47901
    • Wednesday October 14th at 4pm for Richelle in a Hand Basket, Grand Opening new location: Market Square

    2015 Annual Events Dates:
    Christmas Capital 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

    Kerri Wagner

    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 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 01, 2015 9:14 PM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    The Flip Side-How a Personal Friendship Helped our Careers

    Debi DeBruyn and Catherine Wright-Egar of Purdue University are our guest speakers this month. Debi is the Executive Director of the YWCA and will speak about its various programs, including the Domestic Violence program. Catherine is the Leadership Advisor in the Intercollegiate Athletics Department with Purdue University, and will talk about what leadership means to her. Together, Debi and Catherine will talk about their lifelong friendship and how it has helped them in their respective careers. Please join us for this great program!


    3-minute speaker:


     Rhonda Feuer  Pampered Chef
     Melony Ramsey  RamZ's Emporium

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    A Note from Your President...

    Wow-finally someone understands what I am going through as a business owner!  How can anyone be expected to knock down a huge list of goals (WIG) in the midst of doing the day-to-day business (the whirlwind)? Especially when the day-to-day business always screams the loudest?

    Simply put, "you don’t".  What relief I felt after reading “The Four Disciplines of Execution”.  Isabel Hogue did a wonderful job of walking us through the execution of this book for our August book review. More importantly, she was able to hit the highlights and explained for us how each of the 4 disciplines should be examined within our businesses to achieve the execution.

    As a business owner, do you struggle with creating your strategy or engaging the execution of that strategy?  As Covey points out in his video and book, even executives with MBA’s struggle far more with execution than what they were taught in school-creating the strategy.  

    Kudos and thank you Isabel!  Then to drive the point home, Isabel tagged up with Shirley Pence from Stanley Steemer to explain how these four principles had impacted her business. Shirley shared with us they now have a regularly scheduled staff meeting on a weekly basis and she never misses it.  They don’t talk about the whirlwind (day-to-day business) they focus on the single most important goal for the company and they hold each other accountable. This builds comradery and a support system.  Shirley says you will even hear her team egging each other on-encouraging one another, not just themselves!

    The single most surprising comment I heard at this meeting was something I never expected to hear.  Shirley says the “4 Disciplines of Execution” has changed the culture within her company.  Think about that for a minute.

    What was the last thing you implemented within your company that affected the “culture” for the better?  If you haven’t read a good business book lately, grab a copy at Amazon.com, or better yet head to http://www.franklincovey.com/4dflv/4D_bottomvid.html where you can watch a 17 minute video, or you can listen to a 3-part discussion at http://leadershipbookclub.com/disciplines-1/.

    Best regards,
    Susan Benedict
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women

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    News and Events

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    It’s that time of year! 

    Time to consider being on the AWBO Board for the 2015-2016


    What’s involved? The board meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 11:30am to 1pm.


    What do I need to do to be considered? Just let one of the current board members know which position of the board you’d like to be considered for.


    What if I know the perfect person for a position? Please ask that person if they would like to be considered first, then, let a board member know.


    What are the positions available and what do they do? 

    Secretary: Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

    Membership (2-3 members): Membership Log, New Member Information/Recruiting, Follow up with Guests

    Hospitality (2-3 members): Meeting Set up, Welcome table including Name Tags, Business Cards, AWBO table cover and banner

    Programs (2-3 members): Monthly Programs, 3 Minute Spotlight Schedule

    Communications: Assist with Website/Facebook


    All board members assist with the Holiday and Summer Social Event with committees for each event.  Thank you for your consideration!

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    Are you selling your home or know of someone who is?
    Fall is the time to start strategizing - don't wait until the Spring, when you plan to list!  Here are some helpful tips:

    1. First, meet with your realtor(c) to determine the timeline of events, what improvements to be made (if any), how best to stage your home, and what price range to expect. 
    2. Speaking of staging-what is it? Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
    3. During the fall & winter months, give away, donate or sell items you no longer need - maximize your space by leaving at least 1/3 empty.
    4. Brighten dark rooms and hallways with a fresh coat of paint, and make sure there is adequate lighting throughout.
    5. Keep personal mementos to a minimum: Buyers want to imagine themselves living there, and cannot do that if all they see is the Seller.
    6. Not everyone is a cat or dog lover, and may not appreciate seeing food bowls, smelling litter boxes, or leaving with tufts of pet hair. Find places to tuck them easily out of sight for showings and vacuum on a regular basis. 
    7. When it is time to list, make sure you can easily show the house without requiring more than 2 hours advance notice...the easier it is to show, the easier it will be for a realtor(c) to bring Buyers!

    As an agent at Coldwell Banker Shook, I have experience with both Buyers and Sellers. I am also a Senior Real Estate Specialist, meaning I have additional training regarding the specific needs of the senior population, where buying and selling is likely to be quite different from years past. If you have any questions, call me (765.414.1517) - I would love to work with you!

    Ashley Bigelow
    Coldwell Banker Shook, Because Integrity Sells
    765.414.1517
    www.shook.com/ashleybigelow
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    Look! Your Message Goes Here

    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 25th 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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    Greater Lafayette Commerce in September
    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception –Wednesday September 2, 2015 at 5pm, Old National Mortgage Center
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday September 3, 2015 at 5pm – Ivy Tech Community College, Lily Hall 
    • Farmers Markets, annually May - October
      -West Lafayette Market Wednesdays
      4:00pm to 7:00 pm; Thursdays May, Sept, Oct
      -Purdue Market in Centennial Mall
      11:00am to 2:00 pm Thursdays
      -Downtown Lafayette Market
      7:00am to 12:30pm Saturdays
    • Eggs N Issues – Tuesday September 8, 2015 at 7:30am at the Hilton Garden Inn, West Lafayette: Gerry Dick of Inside Indiana News
    • Annual Dinner – Wednesday September 16 at 6pm – Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms
    • Industrial Luncheon – Friday September 18 at 11:30am – Lafayette Country Club: TBD
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday September 23 at 5pm – Fifth Third Bank, Downtown Branch

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking:

    • Bison Financial, Wednesday September 9 at 4pm
    • BBS Consulting Anniversary September 11th at 1pm
    • Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Tuesday September 15th at 11am
    • JX Peterbilt, Wednesday September 16th at 11am
    • Wintek Ground Breaking, TBD during September

    2015 Annual Events Dates:
    Annual Dinner September 16, 2015
    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.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Susan Benedict
    President Elect 
    Open Seat
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs

                    Ashley Bigelow



    Contact Us:  

    AWBO on Facebook

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    Share Program Ideas

    Contact:

    Ashley Bigelow

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    3-Minute Spotlights 

    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 

    Ashley Bigelow.  

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

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

    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.

           


  • August 03, 2015 12:04 PM | Anonymous

    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    The 4 Disciplines of Execution Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
    by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling

    Join us as we discuss the book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution.  Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization.  Did it go down with a loud crash?  Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities?  By the time it finally disappeared, it's likely no one even noticed.  What happened?  The "whirlwind" of urgent activity required to keep things running day-to-day devoured all the time and energy you needed to invest in executing your strategy for tomorrow! The 4 Disciplines of Execution can change all of that forever.

    The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind.  By following the 4 Disciplines –– focusing on the wildly important,acting on lead measures, keeping a compelling scoreboard, and creating a cadence of accountability –– leaders can produce breakthrough results.

    4DX is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that have been tested and refined by hundreds of organizations and thousands of teams over many years.  When a company or an individual adheres to these disciplines, they achieve superb results –– regardless of the goal. 4DX represents a new way of thinking and working that is essential to thriving in today's competitive climate.

    If you haven’t had time to read the book, here’s a link to a 17 minute summary:
    http://www.franklincovey.com/4dflv/4D_bottomvid.html

    See you for lunch and networking from 11:30am to 12pm with meeting from 12pm to 1pm.


    3-minute speaker:

     Cindy Pratt  Premier Designs Jewelry
     Susannah Hall-Justice  Hall Justice Law Firm

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    A Note from Your President...

    Dear AWBO Members,

    It is with a sad heart that I inform you that I respectfully submitted my resignation from AWBO.  

    I have made the decision to close my business, thus, no longer qualifying me for membership. Please be assured nothing bad happened, it's a matter of being at a point in my business where a lot needed to be invested vs it's best to close on a high note. I chose the high note.

    I am blessed to say from the time I joined AWBO and over the last 4 ½ years, I have made wonderful friendships, learned a lot about business and thoroughly enjoyed being educated by both our speakers and our members!

    Words can not express how awesome a group AWBO is and I will miss seeing all of you on a monthly basis. I will be unable to attend this month’s meeting, but wiil be there in September to thank all of you for your support this year.

    I am happy to say that President Elect Susan Benedict has graciously accepted to step in the role of President two months early. Thank you Susan!

    I would also like to thank all my board members Susan Benedict, Linda Berryman, Amanda Snider, Shirley Pence, Melony Ramsey, Ashley Bigelow and Rhonda Feurer for making my job as President so easy.

    Again I thank you and wish all of you many blessings!

    Jan French

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    News and Events
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    It’s that time of year! 
    Time to consider being on the AWBO Board for the 2015-2016

    What’s involved? The board meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 11:30am to 1pm.

    What do I need to do to be considered? Just let one of the current board members know which position of the board you’d like to be considered for.

    What if I know the perfect person for a position? Please ask that person if they would like to be considered first, then, let a board member know.

    What are the positions available and what do they do? 
    Secretary: Monthly Board Meeting Minutes
    Treasurer: Shirley Pence
    Membership (2-3 members): Membership Log, New Member Information/Recruiting, Follow up with Guests
    Hospitality (2-3 members): Meeting Set up, Welcome table including Name Tags, Business Cards, AWBO table cover and banner
    Programs (2-3 members): Monthly Programs, 3 Minute Spotlight Schedule
    Communications: Assist with Website/Facebook

    All board members assist with the Holiday and Summer Social Event with committees for each event.  Thank you for your consideration!
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    Summer Social "Thank You"
    Design Alternatives would like to extend a special thank you to the women who helped to make our summer social a "really special" event.   Jan French, Rhonda Feuer, Melony Ramsey, Kim Ringler and Pam Michael! All your extra efforts were really appreciated.  And an extra Thank You goes to Pam Michael fir bringing her box full of extra business books for us to exchange.   It's women like you who keep this organization thriving!!

    Susan Benedict
    Design Alternatives
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    "Shout-out's"

    A HUGE thank you to Shirley Pence of Stanley Steemers. A client of mine needed a room steam-cleaned right away, and the scheduler was super nice and managed to work my client into their already super busy day. Thank you!!

    An older client of mine, downsizing his home, took several of his belongings to Ramzey's Emporium in Lafayette. Cory, the owner's son, was very gracious and respectful with my client in sorting through his belongings. Thank you!!

    Ashley Bigelow
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    Look! Your Message Goes Here

    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 25th 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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    Greater Lafayette Commerce in August

    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception – Wednesday August 5, 2015 at 5pm, Old National Mortgage Center
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday August 6th at 5pm – Lafayette Bank & Trust, Renaissance Center 
    • Farmers Markets, annually May - October
      West Lafayette Market Wednesdays
      -4:00pm to 7:00 pm; Thursdays May, Sept, Oct
      -4:00pm to 8:00 pm; Thursdays June, July,August
      Purdue Market in Centennial Mall
      -11:00am to 2:00 pm Thursdays
      Downtown Lafayette Market
      -7:00am to 12:30pm Saturdays
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday August 19th at 5pm – Purdue Federal Credit Union, Northwestern Branch
    • Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival Saturday August 22 5pm to Midnight on 5th Street, Downtown Lafayette
    • Boiler Bridge Bash Thursday August 20th from 7:30pm to 10pm downtown Lafayette on Main Street between 6th Street and 9th Street
    • Purdue Football Kickoff Luncheon – Friday August 21st at 11:30am at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms.

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking:

    • Thursday August 6th at 4pm for Serenity Hospice, Grand Opening new Location: Navajo Dr. West Lafayette, IN 47906 (next to the BMV).
    • Thursday August 13 at 4pm for Wolf Park, Ground Breaking in honor of their new education building that includes a surgery suite: 4004 E 800 N, Battle Ground, IN 47920
    • Tuesday August 25th at 3pm for Another Broken Egg Cafe, Grand Opening: 516 Northwestern Avenue, Suite 1500, West Lafayette, IN 47906
    • Thursday August 27th at 11am for Purdue Federal Credit, Grand Re-Opening of the newly renovated Union Street Branch: 1520 Union St., Lafayette, IN 47905

    2015 Annual Events Dates:
    Annual Dinner September 16, 2015
    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.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Susan Benedict
    President Elect 
    Open Seat
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs
                    Ashley Bigelow


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

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

    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 30, 2015 10:02 PM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    PUTTING OUT FIREWORKS IN YOUR WORKPLACE

    This month Kitty Haffner from Total Solutions will be our guest speaker.  Total Solutions works with individuals and companies committed to achieving higher levels of performance and retention through the use of assessments – hiring/Job Fit assessments, honesty and integrity assessments, 360 Leadership Evaluations, Customer Service and Sales assessments. These assessment tools are used for pre-employment, succession planning, and team building --  identifying the most successful and productive work environments for employees as we focus on one’s own strengths, abilities and motivation.   


    Kitty Haffner graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a B.A. degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration.  Her work background includes working in customer service with two manufacturing 

    companies, a paralegal for a law firm for more than 10 years, and 20 years as a consultant and facilitator with her husband, Herm.  Total Solutions is a consulting firm, helping large and small companies in the areas of business and strategic planning, sales and customer service training, executive coaching and various assessment tools to help clients reach their greatest potential.


    3-minute speaker:

    Danielle Greenback Mary Kay 



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    A Note from Your President...

    Here Come the Fireworks! 

    When I was a little girl, I was terrified of thunder and lightning. I literally would grab on to whoever was closest to me and keep my eyes closed and let them lead me around. I hated when the family would open the curtains to the big window in the living room to watch the lightning. Again, eyes closed, ears covered. Why must they put me through this? Then on the 4th of July, we’d go see the fireworks! I was a tortured sole but I did overcome my fear and actually enjoy storms (to a point). 

    This confession to you made me think about our workplace fireworks. When you’re new in business or even starting your working career, you have no clue what the fireworks are in business. Some companies may have a few, some a lot with the loud ones and some are duds. 

    So what are some causes of these fireworks? The biggest one is staff. When we hire someone in our business, they are now an extension of us. They may have passed the interview with flying colors, passed the background check and even sent you a sweet thank you note. You hire them and now the other staff is complaining when things have been going so well, you have someone stealing as the numbers just are not adding up or maybe you’re being publically talked about on social media. How do we pick the right person for the right job and not lose money? 

    I am happy to welcome Kitty Haffner of Total Solutions as our guest speaker for July. Kitty is going to help us figure out what to do so there are no or very minimal fireworks in your workplace. 

    I wish you all a very Happy and Safe 4th of July!

    Jan French
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women in Business

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    News and Events

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    Thank You For a Great Summer Social
    Thank you to all who attended AWBO's Summer Social. The event was a huge success thanks to all of you! The event allowed us to take a little time out of our busy schedules to have some fun and to connect with fellow business women. We couldn't have asked for a better evening or a more gorgeous venue to enjoy our gourmet dinner.  Thank you again to President Elect, Susan Benedict of Design Alternatives for opening her home and to Chef Ben and Lee Supply of Carmel, IN for preparing the meal.  We hope everyone who attended made some great connections and picked out an awesome business book.

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    Look! Your Message Goes Here

    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 25th 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 July

    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception -Cancelled for July.  Will resume Wednesday August 5, 2015.
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday July 9th 5pm – The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette 
    • Farmers Markets, annually May - October
      -West Lafayette Market Wednesday
      -4:00pm to 7:00 pm; Thursdays May, Sept,
               Oct 
      -4:00pm to 8:00 pm; Thursdays June, July, August
      -Purdue Market  in Centennial Mall
      -11:00am to 2:00 pm Thursdays 
      -Downtown Lafayette Market
      -7:00am to 12:30pm Saturdays
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday July 15 at 5pm – Manpower
    • Dancing & Cruising in the Streets – Saturday July 18th 4p to Midnight Downtown Lafayette
    • Retail Marketing & Advertising Workshop with Jon Schallert – Tuesday July 21 from 8am to 3pm at MatchBox Co-Working Studio

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking: 
    • Thursday July 16th at 3:30pm for Adventure Station at First Assembly (Child Care Center): 6121 S 50 E Lafayette, IN 47905 (near Wyandotte Elementary School)
    2015 Annual Events Dates:

    Dancing in the Streets July 18, 2015

    Football Kickoff Luncheon August 21, 2015

    Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival August 22, 2015

    Annual Dinner September 16, 2015

    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.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Jan French
    President Elect 
    Susan Benedict
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs

                     Ashley Bigelow



    Contact Us:  

    AWBO on Facebook

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

    Share Program Ideas

    Contact:

    Ashley Bigelow

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

    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 

    Ashley Bigelow.  

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

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

    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 01, 2015 4:11 PM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, June 9, 2015

    SUMMER SOCIAL

    Have you read any good business books lately?  Come join us June 9th for the AWBO Summer Social to exchange one of your treasured business books with another business owner.  There will be a chef-prepared, gourmet meal, sponsored by Lee Supply and hosted by Design Alternatives.  Where else can you shop for a good business book, engage in stimulating conversation, see some old friends, meet new business contacts, all while consuming gourmet food? We look forward to seeing you there!

    Click here to register

    --------------------------------------------
    A Note from Your President...

    I love to meet new people.  Meeting people at a business meeting is a lot different than at a networking event.  The usual meeting is arranged seating, down to business, numbers, deals, etc.  We've all been there, we all do it.  It's ok, not a ton of fun, but ok.

    Now, switching that meeting to a networking event...what an opportunity!  It's an opportunity to meet someone new, to catch up with old friends, to talk with business associates in a non-threatening way.  Not to say we're not professional, but the atmosphere is low key.

    With that being said, I personally invite each and every one of you to join us on Tuesday, June 9th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for AWBO's Summer Social.  I am excited to see the different books that will be brought for exchanging, to try food from a private chef and visiting.

    So grab a book that you've enjoyed and would like to pass along, bring a friend or two, but most of all, have a great time!!

    Jan French
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women in Business

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


    News and Events


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

    WELCOME! NEW AWBO MEMBERS

    We would like to extend a BIG welcome to our newest members that joined in the month of May.            

    Jody Leddy    Clean Peace LLC
    Danielle Greenback    Mary Kay Sales
    Sandy Sweval      SpeedPro Imaging
    Cindy Pratt    Premiere Design Jewelry
    --------------------------------------------

    THANK YOU FOR VISITING

    It was a pleasure to have the following visitors at our May meeting:

    Becky Crash
    Renee Tilt

    To those women business owners/co-owners reading this, or that you might know, AWBO is a wonderful organization to help women business owners learn about other businesses and bring new ideas to help broaden your own business as you listen to great and informative speakers. 

    Come, get involved and enjoy the monthly luncheons while you develop friendships with other members and learn to trust businesses who might be a help to you in your business OR at home.

    Visit soon and join us!  
    Melony Ramsey, Hospitality Committee

    --------------------------------------------
    Look! Your Message Goes Here

    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 25th 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 June

    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception –Wednesday June 3 at 5m - Old National Bank Mortgage Center: 22 N 2nd St Lafayette IN 47901, Winner: Kona Ice of Tippecanoe County
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday June 4 at 5pm – Tucker Insurance
    • Farmers Markets, annually May - October -West Lafayette Market Wednesday -4:00pm to 7:00 pm; Thursdays May, Sept,
             Oct 
      -4:00pm to 8:00 pm; Thursdays June, July,  August
      -Purdue Market  in Centennial Mall-11:00am to 2:00 pm Thursdays 
      -Downtown Lafayette Market
      -7:00am to 12:30pm Saturdays
    • Annual Golf Outing – Monday June 8th at Boilermaker Birck Golf Complex
    • Tippy Connect Top 10 Under 40 Awards Luncheon– June 11th at 11am – Lafayette Country Club
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday June 17th at 5pm – Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center

    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking: 
    • June 5th at 3:30pm for Climb Lafayette
    • June 17th at 10:30am for Home Health Depot

    2015 Annual Events Dates:
     Dancing in the Streets July 18, 2015 Football Kickoff Luncheon August 21, 2015 Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival August 22, 2015 Annual Dinner September 16, 2015 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.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Jan French
    President Elect 
    Susan Benedict
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs

                     Ashley Bigelow



    Contact Us:  

    AWBO on Facebook

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

    Share Program Ideas

    Contact:

    Ashley Bigelow

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

    Make a reservation to showcase your business by contacting 

    Ashley Bigelow.  

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

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

    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 01, 2015 10:54 AM | Anonymous

    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    MAKING IT HAPPEN
    AWBO is pleased to welcome Nadine Morgan as our next guest speaker.  Nadine is the associate head basketball coach for the Boilermaker's women's team.  Her primary duties include serving as recruiting coordinator, scouting and game preparation and guard development.  Not only does Nadine have an impressive athletic vita, but she also excelled in the classroom.  In 2003, she was named first team CoSIDA/Verizon Academic All-District III and to the CAA All-Academic Team.  Morgan was a finalist for the 2002-03 James Madison University Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.  She graduated in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in health sciences.  The Stone Mountain, Ga., native is active in the Greater Lafayette community and her volunteer activities include participating as a big sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.  Please join us on Tuesday, May 12, as we listen and learn from Nadine Morgan.

    3-minute Speakers:

    Amanda Snider - Metamorphic Fitness

    Danielle Greenback - Mary Kay
    --------------------------------------------
    A Note from Your President...
    I know we have all had this thought, "How am I going to get through this?".  What motivate us to get through these problems?  All you need to do is fill in the blank of what your problem may be.  Is it financial, employee problems, communication mix ups, kids, health?  You name it, we've all been there.

    So I thought, I'm going to look up some really awesome motivational quotes and say something profound to motivate us.  There are some great quotes out there, but none of them quite hit what  I was looking for.  Most of them were about hard work, being good, working as a team...all great but still not it.  I then found it. "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." -Eleanor Roosevelt

    Bingo!  It's our inner strength and thoughts that motivate us the most!  I am blessed to be a part of such a great group of strong women.  It takes a lot of new thoughts and strength to be a business owner with things ever evolving and growing.  It makes it better to know that we are not alone in our journey's..

    So in ending, grow and bloom like the awesome women that you are.

    Jan French
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women in Business
    --------------------------------------------

    News and Events

    --------------------------------------------
    AWBO's Annual Summer Social
    Have you read any good business books lately?  Come join us June 9th for the AWBO Summer Social to exchange one of your treasured business books with another business owner.  There will be a chef-prepared, gourmet meal, sponsored by Lee Supply and hosted by Design Alternatives.  Where else can you shop for a good business book, engage in stimulating conversation, see some old friends, meet new business contacts, all while consuming gourmet food? We look forward to seeing you there!

    Click here to register
    ----------------------------------------------
    WOMEN &INVESTING
    While women have made great strides in today’s economy, you still face unique retirement challenges.  You live longer, typically earn less than men and are often less prepared for retirement.  In fact, according to a recent retirement security study, women aged 65 and older were twice as likely to struggle financially in retirement. and discover tips that can help you overcome these challenges.  Join Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Sarah Schwarz CFP Tuesday, June 2nd from 5:30-8:00 at Judi's Catering and learn 5 Strategies That Can Help You Take Control of Your Financial Future.

    Call Now and Reserve Your Space Today!
    RSVP to April or Kelbe by June 19th at 765-429-5289
    Judi's Catering
    101 Plaza Lane Lafayette, IN
    --------------------------------------------
    WELCOME TO AWBO

    We would like to extend a BIG welcome to our newest members that joined in the month of April.            

    Susan Lopez Lafayette Hearing Center 
    Janice Houston Smith Family Farm
    Vicky Ayres CommonSense QuickBooks
    Anna Kennedy Mary Kay Independent Consultant
    Sarah LaMar Rubia Flower Market
    Kristi Snyder Apollos Water
    --------------------------------------------
    Look! Your Message Goes Here

    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 25th 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 May

    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calen

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception – Wednesday May 6 at 5m - Old National Bank Mortgage Center: 22 N 2nd St. Lafayette IN 47901, Winner: Starr & Associates Inc.
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday May 7 at 5pm – IS Photographic 505 Main St. Lafayette, IN
    • Farmers Markets, annually May - October -West Lafayette Market Opening  Day: Wednesday  May 6, 2015 -4:00pm to 7:00 pm; Thursdays May, Sept, Oct 
      -4:00pm to 8:00 pm; Thursdays June, July, August
      -Purdue Market  in Centennial Mall Opening  Day:Thursday May 7, 2015
      -11:00am to 2:00 pm Thursdays 
      -Downtown Lafayette Market Opening Day: Saturday May 9, 2015 -7:00am to 12:30pm Saturdays
    • Tippy Connect Kickball Classic – Saturday May 9 at Lyboult Sports Park 
    • Eggs N Issues – Tuesday May 12th at 7:30am – Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette – “2015 General Assembly Wrap-Up Panel”
    • Industrial Luncheon – Friday May 15 at 11:30am – Walt’s Other Pub – 
    • Lemonade Day May 16, 2015 – 11am to 2pm Community Wide
      -After Part at 4p at Arni’s in Marketsquare
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday May 20th at 5pm – Dream Dinners

    2015 Annual Events Dates:
    Golf Outing June 8, 2015
    Dancing in the Streets July 18, 2015
    Football Kickoff Luncheon August 21, 2015
    Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival August 22, 2015
    Annual Dinner September 16, 2015
    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.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Jan French
    President Elect 
    Susan Benedict
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs
                     Ashley Bigelow


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

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

    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.

           
           


  • April 03, 2015 7:21 AM | Anonymous
    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    TAKING LEADERSHIP
    Kris Taylor’s passion for developing leaders is evident in her coaching, speaking, teaching, writing and consulting work. Her 30 years work experience are rich in variety – from Fortune 200 (15 years) to non-profit (10 years) to her current success in leading K. Taylor & Associates for the past 7 years. Over that time, Kris has been blessed to work in a multitude of roles, including organizational change and development, leadership, learning, and human resources, and operations. There has been one consistent outcome, no matter the role: her ability to promote, lead and implement positive change.

    Her most recent endeavor, Evergreen Leadership, is the culmination of her personal experiences and thorough leadership in transformational change. It is based on her strong belief that the world is in desperate need of leaders at all levels who are effective in times of uncertainty and unrelenting change. The combination of her focus on results and depth in adult learning and change enables her leadership development work, in any form, to be high impact, sustainable and focused on results that matter.
     Please join us at the next AWBO to welcome Kris Taylor is our guest speaker!

    3-minute Speakers:

    Ashley Bigelow - Links Resident Property Mgt, LLC

    Shirley Pence - Stanley Steemer
    --------------------------------------------
    A Note from Your President...
    It’s Spring! It hasn't quite felt that way, but the signs are there.  I've heard the birds chirping a bit more.  My tulips are starting to sprout.  I've even been able to open the doors a couple times to let the sunshine in.

    Spring is always a great time for cleaning. What are you cleaning?  Are you getting the winter’s dirt off your windows?  How about going through the closets and donating those things you haven’t used or worn in over a year or three or ten?  We all have it....the “I’ll get to it later” syndrome.

    Are you “Spring Cleaning” your business too?  Do you have that proverbial stack of business cards on your desk? Have you made contact with that person in a year or less?
    Why not? I’ll get to it later?  We all do it.  So think, why do I have that card? Did I ask them to give it to me or were they just handing out their cards? If I ask for it, I write a note on the back of it with the date, event and a couple of memory pushers. I try (note the "try"...no one’s perfect) to get a note of thanks for meeting, networking, etc., and start to
    build that relationship.

    My point?  We all start out in our businesses like newly planted seeds needing to be nurtured. As we grow and blossom, there will be elements that we need to storm and
    persevere through.  Are you weeding out the elements that are building up in your businesses or are you nurturing to grow and blossom your business?  Take leadership of your business!  Keep on track, ask for help, ask for opinions, educate and be learning always.  AWBO has many years of experience within our membership, are you taking advantage of that knowledge?

    Happy Spring and Happy Easter to all!

    Best Regards,
    Jan French
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women in Business
    --------------------------------------------

    News and Events

    --------------------------------------------
    GLC Business Expo
    Thursday, April 9, 2015
    10am to 4pm
    Four Points by Sheraton
    1600 Cumberland Ave. West Lafayette

    We are excited to be a part of the 2015 Business Expo! We have a great spot for our AWBO booth.  As part of your membership in AWBO, we showcase that you are a member of AWBO by placing our business card holders on
    our information table. Please be sure that we have your business cards.

    We are still in need of volunteers to take 60 to 90 minute time slots.  Please consider one of the times below and let Jan French know by e-mailing her atjan@cfactorpromotional.com by 4-6-15.

    9am to 10am - Jan French Set up

    10am to 11am - Jan French

    10:30am to 12pm - Shirley Pence and Sharon Shug

    12pm to 1pm - ______________ and _______________

    1pm to 2:30pm - ______________ and ______________

    2:30pm to 4pm - Jan French and ___________________

    Come early or stay late so you can visit the other businesses that day.

    Thank you!

    --------------------------------------------
    Look! Your Message Goes Here
    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 25th 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 April

    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calen

    • Business Expo – Wednesday April 9th 11am to 4pm at Four Points by Sheraton
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday April 9th at 5pm – Four Points by Sheraton, following the Business Expo
    • Eggs N Issues – Tuesday April 14th at 7:30am – Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette – “Amtrak’s Hoosier State Line Update”
    • Career Technical Awards - Thursday April 14th at 7pm at Ivy Tech Community College
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday April 15th at 5pm – Creative Inc
    • Industrial Luncheon – Friday April 17th at 11:30am – Walt’s Other Pub 3001 S 9th St Lafayette IN 47909 – “Tom Easterday, Plant Manager at SIA, Company Update.” 
    • Golden Apple Awards - April 21st at 6pmBestwestern Lafayette Executive Center

    • Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking: -Ribbon Cutting in honor of the Schamber Group, Grand Opening New Location:3526 Ozborne Ln Ste B Lafayette 47905
    2015 Annual Events Dates:
    Lemonade Day May 16, 2015
    Golf Outing June 8, 2015
    Dancing in the Streets July 18, 2015
    Football Kickoff Luncheon August 21, 2015
    Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival August 22, 2015
    Annual Dinner September 16, 2015
    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.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Jan French
    President Elect 
    Susan Benedict
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs
                     Ashley Bigelow


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

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

    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.


  • March 03, 2015 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
    INTERTWINING SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

    Resa Hodnett of the Lafayette–West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce (GLC) will be one of our guest panelists at this month's AWBO meeting. GLC has stood as the united voice for business in the Greater Lafayette community since 1927. In that time, the commercial prosperity and quality of life on both sides of the Wabash River have continually improved because of the dedication and hard work of hundreds of volunteers and Chamber members who share a belief . . . . . . a belief that a community is only as strong as the alliance it maintains between its business leaders, local government officials and the people who enjoy living and working here.
     
    Susan B. Davis of Indiana Small Business Development as well as the Regional Director of the Hoosier Heartland ISBDC, will be one of our guest panelists at this month's AWBO meeting. Having held this position since 1991, the program provides counseling and assistance for existing and start-up businesses. It also provides training programs for the small business community and a referral resource network consisting of area professionals to assist businesses. Susan coordinated the Greater Lafayette Venture Club for Greater Lafayette Commerce. Susan also served as the Vice President of Greater Lafayette Progress, Inc., in promoting workforce development and support for existing business and industry. She has owned and operated two businesses.
    --------------------------------------------
    A Note from Your President...
    “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” That’s what March always says to me.  We know there’s going to be those last few snow storms before we even see the likes of spring.  That’s ok.  It makes us appreciate getting out without shoveling, scraping windows, heavy coats, etc.  

    What does getting ready for spring mean to you?  Is it getting the house cleaned?  Planning a trip?  Hiking?  How about thinking about your Community?  Lafayette is a great community to raise a family, to get a great education, to work, to grow!

    So let’s take that a step up to what do you know about your Business Community?  Do you know we have one of the best Chamber of Commerce’s in the area?  They are active in supporting both big and small businesses that shape this community.  Do you know we have not only the Chamber of Commerce but also the Hoosier Heartland Indiana Small Business Development Center for us to utilize?  Join me next Tuesday, the 10th to learn
    more about both!

    I look forward to growing my company this year and through my involvement in the Chamber, our Community and good old hard work, I plan to do just that! How about you?  What are your growth plans within your Community for 2015? Work growth, volunteer opportunities, networking opportunities?

    So, to close this letter, I leave with these words that I live by, “You are Never too Old to Learn Something New”.

    Happy Spring!

    Jan French
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women in Business
    --------------------------------------------

    News and Events

    --------------------------------------------
    GLC Business Expo
    The Greater Lafayette Commerce’s 2015 Business Expo is on Thursday, April 9th.  We are signed up once again for the Business Expo. Last year we had a great response
    to our booth and were well received. We will be asking for your help in the form of 90 minute shifts the day of the event. This is a great networking event and a chance for you to see who is new in the area, a chance to connect with those you haven’t seen in a while and so much more. Mark your calendars.
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    New and Improved!
    We Are 
    Making Lemonade!

    The New Design Alternatives showroom is open and ready for business!  We are moved in and putting on the finishing touches.  There are lots of interesting changes and upgrades that were brought to the table to show our clients how they can optimize their kitchen and bathroom spaces. Schedule an appointment, or just stop by. Either way we will help you find how fun making “Lemonade” can be!

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    Look! Your Message Goes Here
    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 25th 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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    Greater Lafayette Commerce in March

    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception – Wednesday March 4th at 5m - Lafayette Old National Bank Mortgage Center: 22 N 2nd St Lafayette IN 47901
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday March 5th at 5pm – Mackey Arena
    • Eggs N Issues – Tuesday March 10th at 7:30am – Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette – “Stan Lambert of Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC), Update on progress of the riverfront.”
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday March 18th at 5pm – Gutwein Law 250 Main St. Ste. 590 Lafayette IN 474901
    • Industrial Luncheon – Friday March 20th at 11:30am – Walt’s Other Pub 3001 S 9th St Lafayette IN 47909 – “Tom Easterday, Plant Manager at SIA, Company Update.”
    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking:
    • Monday March 2 at 1pm in honor of Genius Phone Repair: Grand Opening, 2049 Veteran’s Memorial Parkway Ste. #12 Lafayette IN 47909
    • Thursday March 5 at 5pm in honor of Lafayette Transitional Housing Center: 25th Anniversary Celebration, Holiday Inn City Centre 515 South Street Lafayette IN 47901, The event is set from 4p to 6p with the remarks for the anniversary by GLC promptly at 5pm.
    • Friday March 6 at 10am in honor of Security Federal Savings Bank: Grand Opening New Branch, 3920 McCarty Ln Ste. A Lafayette IN 47909
    • Monday March 9 at 3:30pm in honor of Tri-N-Run: Grand Opening New Location, 350 E State St. Ste. B West Lafayette IN 47906
    • Wednesday March 11 at 3:30pm in honor of Advantage Title: 20th Anniversary 250 Main St. Ste. 550 Lafayette IN 47901
    2015 Annual Events Dates:
    Business Expo April 9, 2015
    Career Technical Awards April 14, 2015
    Golden Apple Awards April 21, 2015
    Lemonade Day May 16, 2015
    Golf Outing June 8, 2015
    Dancing in the Streets July 18, 2015
    Football Kickoff Luncheon August 21, 2015
    Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival August 22, 2015
    Annual Dinner September 16, 2015
    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.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Jan French
    President Elect 
    Susan Benedict
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs
                     Ashley Bigelow


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

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

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


  • February 02, 2015 9:10 AM | Anonymous
    The Association of Women Business Owners - Where Women in Business Meet.

    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, Februrary 10th, 2015
    TAKING THE TIME TO LAUGH

    AWBO is pleased to welcome Sally Coffman as our guest speaker.  Sara Jane "Sally" Coffman, SWF, asks the Big
    Questions, like, "If we can put a man on the moon, why can't I find a comfortable bra?" and "Is my new boyfriend's ex-wife really going to kill me, or is she just bluffing?"
     
    Sally can dish the dirt or fry it up on a pan, she can turn the simple purchase of a new writing chair into an entire room renovation, and she can tolerate almost any flaw in a man if he has tenure and benefits. Mostly, though, Sally can make you laugh.
     

    Please join us on Tuesday, February 10th for a fun time!
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    A Note from Your President...
    It must be fun to be February.  You provide us a shortened month to work.  You provide us the celebration of Valentine’s Day.  You also have the fun of throwing in an extra day every 4 years and calling it Leap Year.  So with that being said, February’s AWBO theme will be FUN!

    There are many things that we each consider fun.  My fun may not be what you would consider fun, but that’s what makes us each unique.  I have a friend who is a mountain
    climber.  Very cool, but not for me.  I love hiking and the mountains, but climbing, that is certainly something I have no desire to do.  I like my feet on the ground.

    One thing I do love to do is read.  I always say that reading a book is like a movie in your mind.  You imagine all the characters.  You get enthralled in the plot, you cry, you laugh, you try to figure out who did it.  With that being said, we are so happy to have Sara Jane Coffman as our guest speaker this month. She is going to discuss her book “There is No Such Thing as a Comfortable Bra”.  How fun is that?!

    Ladies, remember to take time to laugh.  Take time to enjoy the fellowship of other women who understand that it’s not always easy being a business owner.  Take time for
    you.  We are no good if we aren't taking care of ourselves. So share the fun, share your passions, but most of all, know that you are awesome!

    Respectfully,
    Jan French
    AWBO President
    Empowering Women in Business

    PS: I am so sorry to be missing this fun meeting, but I will be on vacation with my husband and will also be visiting my Dad.  I’ll enjoy my fun, while you enjoy fun with Sara Jane!
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    Meet our Board Member 
    Rhonda Feuer
    The Pampered Chef gives me the ability to help hosts, guests and consultants get the right tools for an efficient even fun kitchen.  I help with time saving tips and preparations for meals with budget friendly recipes. Making life easier and fun in the kitchen is a priority.  It's such a great way to bring families & friends together.  This year will be my 23rd Anniversary.  I still love it and love helping others get free tools or even a commission check!

    I started with AWBO back in 2001 and was an active member & past president. I left the group about four years ago because of children and availability.  Times have changed again and I am back.  I truly enjoy this group of hard working ladies that share their time and talents!  This
    group offers a unique opportunity to grow personally, as well as professionally.  Hospitality/Greeter is my position. Since I love to talk & meet new people it is a great fit.

    Rhonda Feuer, 
    Independent Senior Sales Director for
    The Pampered Chef
    Consultant #5890
    chefrhonda@gmail.com
    www.pamperedchef.biz/rhondafeuer

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    News and Events

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    GLC Business Expo
    The Greater Lafayette Commerce’s 2015 Business Expo is on Thursday, April 9th.  We are signed up once again for the Business Expo. Last year we had a great response
    to our booth and were well received. We will be asking for your help in the form of 90 minute shifts the day of the event. This is a great networking event and a chance for you to see who is new in the area, a chance to connect with those you haven’t seen in a while and so much more. Mark your calendars.
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    Membership to AWBO
    There was a rumor going around that AWBO is for Tippecanoe County only.  This is just a rumor. Membership is open to all Women Owned Business Owners in all counties!  The best invitation is a personal invitation.  As a reminder, we’re attached the eligibility
    reminder.

    Eligibility
    Any woman who is an owner or legal partner of a business and who is active in the day-to-day operation of that business is eligible for membership. Women who work on commission and submit a Schedule C to the IRS also qualify.  When you apply for membership, it is pending until your business status is confirmed.

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    Look! Your Message Goes Here
    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 25th 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 February

    Register at www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/calendar

    • Small Business of the Month Award Reception – Wednesday February 4th at 5pm - Lafayette Sgt Preston’s Purdue Room
    • Tippy Connect After Hours – Thursday February 5th at 5pm –
    • Eggs N Issues – Tuesday February 10th at 7:30am – Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette – “Scott Walker, New CEO/President for GLC.”
    • Business After Hours – Wednesday February 18th at 5pm – Lafayette Regional Rehabilitation Hospital,
    • Industrial Luncheon – Friday February 20th at 11:30am – The Outpost – “State of the cities and county,” Mayors John Dennis & Tony Roswarski along with County Tom Murtaugh.
    • Free Webinar Offering - Monday February 28th at 12:30pm EST: “A one-hour webinar to learn about Gravie — a whole new way for you and your employees to manage health insurance. Gravie offers an alternative to traditional group insurance by exploring the individual market. Gravie often lowers health insurance costs by 20-40% and serves as your employees’ personal health insurance concierge throughout the year. 
    Ribbon Cuttings/Ground Breaking:
    • February 3 at 10am in honor of Big Brothers Big Sisters: New Executive Director and New Location, 100 Saw Mill Rd Ste 2000 Lafayette IN 47905
    • February 5 at 4:30pm in honor of Fairfield Inn & Suites: Grand Re-Opening from Renovations, 4000 South St Lafayette IN 47905
    • February 11 at 10:30am in honor of Arni’s: 50th Anniversary, 2200 Elmwood Ave Lafayette IN 47904

    2015 Annual Events Dates:
    Washington DC Business Delegation Trip February 25th to 28th
    Business Expo April 9, 2015
    Career Technical Awards April 14, 2015
    Golden Apple Awards April 21, 2015
    Lemonade Day May 16, 2015
    Golf Outing June 8, 2015
    Dancing in the Streets July 18, 2015
    Football Kickoff Luncheon August 21, 2015
    Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival August 22, 2015
    Annual Dinner September 16, 2015
    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.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Jan French
    President Elect 
    Susan Benedict
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs
                     Ashley Bigelow


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

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

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

           
           


  • January 06, 2015 8:16 PM | Anonymous


    Next meeting topic for Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
    MOTIVATION FOR 2015

    AWBO is pleased to welcome Michele Luck of Unlimited Luck, LLC as our guest speaker. Michele Luck is an author, motivational coach, and speaker who brings her contagious enthusiasm to her workshops and events. With extensive training and experience in differentiated instruction and engagement, her inspiration motivates participants to reclaim their desire to learn and build upon their natural talents and strengths.

    Please join us for lunch and networking from 11:30am until the meeting begins at 12pm. Meeting ends by 1pm



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    A Note from Your President...
    January, 2015. Can you believe it? Where did 2014 go? Did you reach the goals you set for 2014? Did your business grow, did you get new employees, did you have your ups and downs. etc? Now, on top of that, did you get your personal bills in order, get a new house or remodel, have a health change, send a child to college, say good-bye to a loved one, welcomed a new baby, etc? When you look back, it’s amazing what we go through in a year.

    This past year I increased my social media, gave more responsibility to my assistant, made a couple of quoting mistakes (always learning) and became President of AWBO.  My husband and I celebrated our 33rd Anniversary. We went out east to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday. I lost a couple family members and a couple friends.

    How do we keep going? What motivates you to get up every morning? It’s different for all of us. No two of us are alike, so we need to find our personal motivation. I had
    to make changes to my diet and to start exercising this past year, something that I did because I had to, not because I wanted to. But I must admit, I am feeling better than I have in years. I have energy and an appreciation for feeling good for the first time in 4 years. I like feeling good and having energy and I don’t want to lose that. That’s part
    of my motivation! I also have goals for my business and with the help of my assistant Jordan, we have agreed to keep each other accountable. That’s motivation!

    So where are you going with this you ask? Everyone has a story. Everyone has been motivated or will be motivated by something or someone in their lives. Maybe it has already happened to you. Maybe this is the year. Let us motivate each other to be the best we can be for 2015!

    Happy New Year!

    Jan French
    AWBO, President
    Empowering Women in Business
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    News and Events
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    THANK YOU!!
    Thank you to all who attended and donated to our Annual Holiday Auction and Raffle!  What a wonderful event full of networking, silent auctions gifts, raffle gifts and, with much generosity, donations for two great causes.

    We were able to provide a $295 memorial to Dan Webb in honor of Joanne‘s Leadership and Friendship in AWBO.  If you would still like to submit a note for the book we will be sending to Dan, you may still do that via e-mail to Jan French or at our meeting next week.

    We will report on the monetary donation to Cary Home for Girls after our monthly board meeting. The Cary Home Reps, Julie Pressler and Maddie Riordan, left with armfuls
    of donated gifts for the girls. Cary Home is a great place to teach a skill like painting, writing, exercise, etc., just give them a call. Again we thank you for your caring for our
    community!
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    3 MINUTE SPOTLIGHT
    Calling all those who love to talk about their businesses! Would you like to give a three minute talk about your company? Are you not comfortable with that, but wouldn't mind a 3 minute interview? No problem, we've got you covered. Contact Ashley Bigelow to get your spot reserved.
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    Look! Your Message Goes Here
    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 25th 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 January

     
     
    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.

     2014-15
    AWBO Board

    President  
    Jan French
    President Elect 
    Susan Benedict
    Treasurer
    Shirley Pence
    Vice-President Communications 
    Open Seat
    Secretary
    Open Seat
    Membership
    Amanda Snider
    Linda Berryman
    Hospitality
    Melony Ramsey
    Rhonda Feuer
    Special Events
    Holiday Auction
    Jan French
    Summer Social
    Susan Benedict

    Programs
                     Ashley Bigelow


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

    Membership renewals for the 2014-2015 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Amanda Snider or Linda Berryman.

     

    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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