December 12, 2013 Christmas Celebration
We have a fun filled Christmas Party for you and we’d love you to join us!
What with the festive drink, spectacular food, entertainment and of course the wonderful women you’ve come to know, you won’t want to miss this event.
Lunch: cost is $20 members | $30 non-members & guests. Menu is spectacular! and includes a festive drink compliments of Dana LeComte, Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery
Raffle: Purchase a ticket for $10 with all proceeds going to Charity. Will you donate a gift? Please email to let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org or you can donate a gift for our other draws throughout the event!
Shoe Box Project: Linda Ferguson (Linda Ferguson Designs) is organizing the Shoe Box Project in Victoria. Decorate and fill a shoe box (we all have one!) with items a woman in need would not otherwise spend on herself. Maybe do one with a girlfriend, sister, your family or a co-worker. up to a $50 value. Boxes will be delivered to shelters just before Christmas. For more info and what to include please click here for an info sheet. Provide a shoe box and get a free raffle ticket!
Vocal talents by: Melissima
Games organized by Celeste Jacobson, Vibes Fitness Westshore..
November 28th, 2013 Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Heron, Blue Heron Art Enterprises
“How to hitch your business to a bigger wagon”
Small businesses need very high margins to offset lower volumes, so they need to offer BIG VALUE to their customers. Where does it come from? How to hitch your business to a much bigger wagon will show you how to find the big idea that will elevate what you offer to a higher level of value and price. Suzanne will show you:
- How to find your big idea
- Being the future
- Sharing a major belief with your customers
Meeting sponsored by: Daria Bunting, I Dare-ya Designs
October 24, 2013 Keynote Speaker: Anna Harvey, BOOST Communications
“Speed Reading Others for Business Success – How to make the first 150 milliseconds count!”
How accurately are others speed reading you? How accurately are you speed reading others? When it’s important to make a good first impression – initiate a sale, do a job interview, interact with a customer – you’ll have an excellent head start IF you can get a quick and accurate read of his/her personality type. This ability is equally important if you want to continue to grow a good relationship. Our keynote speaker on October 24 is Anna Harvey of BOOST. She’ll give you the clues to watch for in body language, linguistic style – even work space! You’ll also learn specific tips on how to initiate positive rapport.Anna is an experienced speaker and facilitator who inspires people to journey into the heart of their uniqueness in order to create a fulfilling, deeply satisfying life. In her entertaining presentations, her enthusiasm, humour and genuine desire to share insights and inspiration shines through. Anna works with clients privately or in workshops using two powerful self-awareness tools – The Passion Test and Lumina Spark. Her C.L.E.A.R. Program helps people discover their passion and potential. She volunteers as the President of Soroptimists International Victoria Westshore, a mentor with Community Micro Lending, and an in-school facilitator with Junior Achievement.
August 22, 2013 Keynote Speaker: Sarah Daviau, Piece of Cake Communications
“Do you have an Elevator Speech for your business?”
An Elevator Speech makes you look and feel more confident and professional. It leaves a lasting impression of you and the business you represent. Find out the number one thing people want to know about your business – and the number one mistake most people make when crafting an Elevator Speech. Learn what to put in, what to leave out, and how to say it in a memorable way.Sarah grew up in the family business where she learned many valuable lessons. Now the proud owner of her own business, Piece of Cake Communications, Sarah is devoted to showing others how to communicate with ease. Her motto is: Be confident. Communicate effectively. Sarah believes that when people are given a bit of knowledge and a lot of encouragement, all of their business and personal goals can come true. http://www.pieceofcakecommunications.net/
July 25, 2013 Keynote Speaker: Linda Ferguson, Linda Ferguson Designs
“Anyone can be well dressed with a little organization and a few simple strategies.”
Designing beautiful clothing for women is a deep passion that runs like a river through her veins. Linda believes that all women are beautiful, regardless of their age or dress size. Women just need to understand that ‘Looking Good’ is all about Line, Proportion and Balance. Once you know what your Body Type is – then you will only INVEST in clothing pieces that enhance your appearance.
Linda Ferguson Designs | Designer Clothing with ATTITUDE! www.lindafergusondesigns.com
June 27, 2013 Keynote Speaker: Kristy Martin, Farley Martin Notary Public
- You’ll learn when to consider a Corporate Power of Attorney or a Personal Power of Attorney, what they are and how to get them done.
- Wills – what clauses you should have in them to ensure your executor can deal with your business on your behalf
- Tips and tricks to get organized and ensure your family and business partners aren’t scrambling if they need to take over.
Spotlight Speaker: Deb Alcadinho. Get over yourself! Get out there and network. 5 Tips to help you succeed.
May 23, 2013 Keynote Speaker: Jill Doucette, Owner of Synergy Enterprises in Victoria
“Sustainability & Your Business: How to turn this new imperative into a successful business strategy”
We have seen companies grow and prosper through a successful sustainability program. It isn’t just a tack -on, it’s a new norm and those who get on the bandwagon now are realizing the benefits”.Jill Doucette is the owner and founder of Synergy, a progressive environmental firm working to catalyze the green economy in BC. The company, founded in 2008, has worked with dozens of local companies to help achieve sustainability solutions that positively impact the bottom line and the brand. “It is absolutely key to ingrain sustainability into the company in order to maximize the benefits to both the business and the environment. Jill works within the community to help bridge the economy and the environment as a member of the CRD Roundtable for the environment, new Co-chair of the VIATeC sustainability roundtable, Director of the Synergy Sustainability Institute, and Board member of the Lifecycles Project Society. A passion for start-ups and business planning, Jill has received the National Nicol Entrepreneurship Award and the VanCity leadership award for her endeavors in business that bridge the link between sustainability and commerce. www.synergyenterprises.ca/
Spotlight Speaker: Annette Quan, Manulife Securities “Matching your money to your values” Specializing in Ethical/Sustainable Investments and Values-based Financial Planning www.stephenwhipp.com/
Charity Spotlight: Andrea Carey, Victoria Goddess Run. The 2nd Annual Goddess Run on June 3rd, supports 3 women’s charities and this month, we will hear from Andrea about the Goddess Run and the third of the three charities: Tracy Lubick, Victoria Women’s Transition House. www.victoriagoddess.com
April 25, 2013 Keynote Speaker: Andrea Ting-Letts, SCRIBE Professional Writing
“Crafting a Killer News Release”
As small business owners, we have tough choices to make when it comes to spending our hard-earned income. Deciding where to spend our advertising and marketing dollars is perhaps the hardest – not to mention the most expensive – decision of all.
But what if you could access FREE ADVERTISING? Advertising that tells your customers what you are all about, what you stand for, and how you are contributing to your community? Quite simply, media exposure is possibly one of the most effective forms of endorsement for your business. An article about your business in the paper or magazine, or a TV or radio spot is the best WORD-of-MOUTH advertising you will ever get. And the only way to secure media exposure is by submitting: a KILLER NEWS RELEASE.
But do you know how to craft a news release that INSPIRES, INTRIGUES, or ENTICES? Andrea Ting-Letts, owner of SCRIBE Professional Writing, will lead you through a simple 11-step process to craft a killer news release that will get the buzz going for your organization or business.
Andrea Ting-Letts is a professional writer whose passion is to uncover the authentic voice of each business or organization she works with, and to transform dry technical writing into engaging storytelling. Learn more about her business at www.scribeprofessionalwriting.ca
Spotlight Speaker: Anna Harvey and Anney Ardiel The Soroptomist International, Westshore Chapter, has started “Anney’s Closet”. The project collects household goods from seniors who are downsizing and gives the goods to young at-risk teens and young moms. Many are aging out of the care system yet still trying to set up their new apartments for themselves, often with their new babies. The girls come to Anney’s Closet to ‘shop’ for free household goods, and we hope a rocking chair to help with mother/child bonding.
Charity Spotlight: Andrea Carey, Victoria Goddess Run. The 2nd Annual Goddess Run on June 3rd, supports 3 women’s charities and this month, we will hear from Andrea about the Goddess Run and the second of the three charities: Joan Wharf Higgins, ProMotion Plus.
The remaining charity, Victoria Women’s Transition House will be speaking to us next month. www.victoriagoddess.com
March 28, 2013 Keynote Speaker JUHLi Selby, JUHLi SELBy Social Media
Did you know 76% of small businesses don’t have a social media plan?
Do you have a social media plan for your small business? Have you already spent time “doing social media” but haven’t seen any results? Are you wondering if you’re wasting your time? If you don’t have a plan for your social media marketing yet – this session is for you! We will cover:
- The importance of being clear on your marketing message & your ideal target market BEFORE you start building your community online
- How to assess your current online presence & how you compare with your competition
- How to know which social networks are a fit for your ideal audience
- How to create a plan of action which will include: Goals, how you will measure success, which social platforms you will use, tactics for each platform AND a plan for content creation, curation & sharing
- Time management: How to set yourself up for success – some effort now will save you much time later!
SPOTLIGHT SPEAKER: Andrea Carey, Victoria Goddess Run. The 2nd Annual Goddess Run on June 3rd, supports 3 women’s charities and this month, we will hear from Andrea about the Goddess Run and one of the three charities: Victoria Women’s Sexual Assault Centre – Lenore Kennedy, Resource Development Manager. The two remaining charities, Victoria Women’s Transition House and ProMotion Plus will be speaking to us over the next few months. www.victoriagoddess.com | www.vwsac.com
Event Sponsor: Loreli Urquhart, Alter Ego Fitness
February 28, 2013 Keynote Speaker: Anna Harvey, Boost Communications
“4 Steps to Creating Your Competitive Edge”
Looking for ways to find ‘the edge’ in your business that will make you stand out in the crowd? It’s much closer than you may think!
Keynote speaker Anna Harvey of BOOST shares a 4-part process to help you create your ‘edge.’Anna is a speaker and a facilitator who inspires people to journey into the heart of their uniqueness in order to create a fulfilling, deeply satisfying life. In her entertaining presentations, her enthusiasm, humour and genuine desire to share insights and inspiration shines through. You’re sure to get a boost! Anna works with clients privately or in workshops using two powerful self-awareness tools – The Passion Test and Lumina Spark – to explore and discover the potential within. She volunteers as the President of Soroptimists International Victoria Westshore, a mentor with Community Micro Lending, and a facilitator with Junior Achievement.
January 24, 2013 Patricia Wade, Patricia Wade Design
Graphic Design and Branding, Do’s and Don’ts. What Every Business Owner Needs to Know!
Branding is one of the most important aspects you can do for your business. A strong brand is invaluable as the battle for customers intensifies day by day. It’s important to spend time investing in researching, defining, and building your brand. After all, your brand is the source of a promise to your consumer. It’s a foundational piece in your marketing communication and one you do not want to be without.Patricia Wade is the owner of Patricia Wade Design Inc. offering complete graphic design services. Patricia has been a graphic designer since 1984 and has owned her own business since 2002. Patricia studied art and graphic design at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Patricia Wade has a diverse clientele, from corporations to government and scores of small and medium-sized businesses. She is passionate about helping small businesses succeed and is one of the founding members of the BNI Bear Mountain Chapter and is now a BNI Director. She also believes in giving great customer service and in 2012 won the Westshore Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in the Individual/Home-based business category. In addition, being a finalist for the 2012 Vancouver Island Business Excellence Award. www.patriciawadedesign.com