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Upcoming Chapter Meetings

    • December 19, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Community Room at Shaw's, 570 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT
    Register

    #AskMeAnything - a conversation with the matriarch of WBON, Pat Heffernan   

    WBON is all about women helping women and Pat Heffernan is the epitome of this. Each conversation with Pat leaves us inspired and wanting to hear more.

    This month we will be opening the floor for questions and conversation with Pat.

    Questions will be gathered and pulled as time allows. Do you have a burning question or maybe just curious to hear from someone with so much history and knowledge? If so, come join us for conversation and inspiration. A great way to head into the new year!

    Pat Heffernan is a change strategist, business thinker, writer, president and founder of Marketing Partners, a Burlington-based firm working with mission-driven organizations to change the status quo, sustain our natural world and improve lives. Pat is the founding president of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and Women Business Owners Network.

    Pat speaks regularly on management and policy issues throughout the U.S. She has served as an expert witness on marketing communications in federal court, and testified on legislation at both the federal and state level. Pat was recognized by the S.B.A. as Vermont’s Women in Business Advocate, appointed to the Governor’s Partnership for Economic Progress, and represented Vermont at two White House Conferences for Small Business.

    • December 25, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Essex Hub for Women & Business, 9 Main Street, 2nd floor, Essex Junction, VT

    Happy Holidays from the Essex WBON Chapter!

    Our meeting time falls on Christmas Day, so we will be taking a holiday break this year. We will be back on January 22 with a reprise of our Visioning 2019 program.

    Wishing you and yours all of the blessings of this holiday season!



    • January 07, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Green Mountain Power Energy Innovation Center, 66 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 05701
    Register

    Are You Tax-Ready? Quick Tips for Success & Ease  

    Does the thought of preparing to file your taxes make you anxious or cause your heart rate to increase?

    Do the following questions cycle through your head this time of year?

    • Who should file your business taxes? (Hint, the answer is not you!)
    • What qualifies as a deductible business expense?
    • How do you best structure your business?
    • How to organize your business expenses? (Hint, the answer is not with your personal expenses)

    If you’re constantly worried about these questions and more surrounding your taxes, this is a session you will NOT want to miss! Join us as Mandy and Aida from Davis & Hodgdon Associates, CPAs provide information and answer your pressing questions as you prepare to file your 2018 business taxes.

    Do you have questions you would like Mandy and Aida to answer when they present, fill out this form to help guide the conversation.

    Mandy Bradley is a Partner at the Rutland office with expertise in audit and individual and corporate taxation with MS in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. Aida Volpone is a Tax Supervisor at the Rutland Office with BS in Accounting.

    Your Rutland Chapter Coordinators:
    Erin Anderson, Outreach Coordinator, Rutland Economic Development Corporation
    Christie Garofano, Body Essentials LLC

    • January 09, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Williston Fire Station, 645 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495
    Register

    Building Referral Networks

    You know your business doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

    You have an inflow and outflow of engagements with the community, and managing them can be a key factor in your effectiveness as a business owner.

    In this session Gwen Pokalo from CWE will explore ways you might work with the key partners surrounding your business, so that you can operate more efficiently, effectively, and enjoyably.

    We’ll take a look at:

    • best practices for building partnerships with complimentary businesses to increase your own business,
    • how to build a reputation as a good referral source,
    • and how to create networks upon which you can rely as you grow your business.

    Gwen Pokalo is the Director of the Center for Women & Enterprise Vermont which provides statewide individual business counseling, trainings, and certification to help entrepreneurs start, grow, and expand their businesses. She got started as an entrepreneur when she developed one of the first student-run retail incubators in the country featuring products from emerging Vermont entrepreneurs. She owned an artist representation and business consulting firm and has worked in rural development research and held positions directing women’s business development organizations. She teaches small business, finance, and accounting at the college level. She holds a Master’s in Applied Economics and Community Development from the University of Vermont and serves on the boards of LaunchVT, the Vermont Community Loan Fund, and the Women’s Business Owners Network (WBON).

    Note: For this month only the Williston Chapter meeting will be held on the second Wednesday of the month, January 7th, to give everyone a bit more time for re-entry after the holidays. In February, we will be back to our regular "first Wednesday of the month" schedule.

    • January 09, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • SunCommon, 442 US-2, Waterbury, VT 05676
    Register

    2018 Tax Changes Impacting Small Businesses

    Do you have questions about 2018 tax changes and how they might impact your business? Maybe you have other burning questions about how to get through your tax filing with a modicum of confidence and calm? Elizia Meskill will be joining us to share helpful information and tested wisdom to help you survive successfully navigate tax season. 

    Elizia Meskill, owner of Green Tax Services, Inc is licensed as an Enrolled Agent (EA). As a certified EA, Elizia specializes in taxation, with unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. The EA designation compliments Elizia's 20+ years of experience in small business accounting services and expertise in QuickBooks and other accounting and payroll software.

    Elizia has a passion for accounting and taxes that is only surpassed by her love of helping others. She has volunteered in many non-profits and in educating small business owners in areas of bookkeeping and taxation. She is a widow who lives in Vermont with her four lovely children, Daniel, Patrick, Michael and Kathleen, and their dog, Ruby.


    • January 16, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Community Room at Shaw's, 570 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT
    Register

    Success No Matter What You Do   

    The New Year is often a time of thinking about doing -- all those resolutions around time, exercise, money, diet, all-of-the-above. 

    We all want to be successful in our life, whether it is in our business, our community or our family. However, too often we define success by what we do. Our doing determines our value and whether we have succeeded or not.

    But don’t we want more?

    Success requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. It is about searching our hearts and minds so that we can embody those gifts that are uniquely ours. We stop doing. We get curious about how we are being in our life. It is in the being that our greatness shines and we achieve our unique version of success.

    In this presentation, we will discover three ways we can develop our hearts and minds to support our unique definition of success in order to be the best businesswoman, friend, and neighbor we can.

    Colleen Smith offers advice to corporate professionals who notice that something’s not working in their career and sense they need to do something different to get the results they want. She specializes in helping her clients see that it’s not what they are doing that needs to change, it’s how they’re being. Then together, they get curious about ways it could be different because when you know how to be different, you’ll be successful no matter what you do.

    • January 22, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Essex Hub for Women & Business, 9 Main Street, 2nd floor, Essex Junction, VT
    Register

    Envisioning 2019

    How are you going to make the most of 2019?

    Now is the time for planning and strategizing, so that you can get to work creating the year you most want to experience.

    Join us for our Vision Board Creation event!

    “Words create worlds, questions are fateful, and what we focus on expands.”

    Together, we will have appreciative dialogue helping to identify what we want to grow and build during this bright & shiny new year. After some reflection and discussion, we will begin building out our vision boards..

    Please feel free to bring old magazines, pictures, images, quotes or sayings that will help support your vision for 2019. We will supply scissors, glue sticks and poster board to help you start your creation. Light refreshments will be served.  

     

Past Chapter Meetings and Speakers

December 11, 2018 WBON 2018 Holiday Social
December 11, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting combines with WBON Holiday Gathering!
December 05, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
December 03, 2018 Rutland Chapter Meeting
November 21, 2018 No November Burlington Chapter Meeting
November 14, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
November 07, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
November 05, 2018 Rutland Chapter Meeting
October 17, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
October 10, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
October 03, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
October 01, 2018 Rutland Chapter Meeting
September 25, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
September 19, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
September 12, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
September 10, 2018 Kick-off! Rutland Chapter Meeting
September 05, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
August 28, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
August 08, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
August 06, 2018 New Rutland Chapter Meeting
August 01, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
July 24, 2018 No July Essex Chapter Meeting
July 18, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
July 11, 2018 No July Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
July 04, 2018 No July Williston Chapter Meeting
June 26, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
June 25, 2018 New Rutland Chapter Meeting
June 20, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
June 13, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
June 06, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
May 22, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
May 16, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
May 09, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
May 02, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
April 24, 2018 No Essex Chapter Meeting in April - See you at the Spring Conference
April 18, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
April 11, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
April 04, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
March 27, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
March 21, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
March 14, 2018 WEATHER CANCELLATION - Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
March 07, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
February 27, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
February 21, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
February 07, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
January 23, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
January 17, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
January 03, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
December 26, 2017 No Essex Chapter Meeting in December
December 20, 2017 No Burlington Chapter Meeting in December
December 12, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting combines with WBON Holiday Gathering!
December 06, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
November 28, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
November 15, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
November 08, 2017 No Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting in November
November 01, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
October 24, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
October 18, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
October 11, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
October 04, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
September 26, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
September 20, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
September 13, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
September 06, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
August 22, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
August 16, 2017 No Burlington Chapter Meeting in August
August 09, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
August 02, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
July 25, 2017 No Essex Chapter Meeting in July
July 19, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
July 12, 2017 No Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting in July
July 05, 2017 No Williston Chapter Meeting in July
June 27, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
June 21, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
June 14, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
June 07, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
May 23, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
May 17, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
May 10, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
May 03, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
April 25, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
April 12, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
April 05, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
March 28, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
March 15, 2017 CANCELLED: Burlington Chapter Meeting
March 08, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
March 01, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
February 23, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
February 15, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
February 08, 2017 Greater Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
February 01, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
January 18, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
December 21, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting - No December Meeting
December 13, 2016 WBON Holiday Social
December 07, 2016 Williston Chapter Meeting
November 16, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting
November 02, 2016 Williston Chapter Meeting
October 19, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting: Fall Conference in lieu of October Meeting
October 11, 2016 Greater Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting - No October Meeting
October 05, 2016 Williston Chapter Meeting
September 21, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting
September 13, 2016 Greater Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
September 07, 2016 Williston Chapter Meeting
August 17, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting
August 09, 2016 Greater Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
August 03, 2016 Williston Chapter Meeting - August 3
July 20, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting - July 20
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