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  • April 27, 2012 9:31 AM | WBON Administrator (Administrator)
    WHAT: Free workshop – “What Your Financial Reports Are Really Telling You”

    WHERE: 33 Blair Park Road, Suite 201, Williston, VT

    WHEN: Friday, May 4th; 8AM-9:30AM (light breakfast is included)

    HOW TO REGISTER: Email or call 802.878.1963

    Davis & Hodgdon Associates CPAs presents 2012 Management Seminar Series
    "What Your Financial Reports Are Really Telling You"

    Real-time information is king! Business owners need regular access to data that will uncover trends and deliver the information they need to make the best decisions. Join us and we will offer examples of key reports and how best to use them.

    Online Invitation:
  • April 23, 2012 12:23 PM | WBON Administrator (Administrator)
    It's been awhile, but we've been busy! Earlier this year we expanded to a second location at 77 College Street (the old Gallagher Flynn building) and we are loving it.

    If you haven't had a chance to see the new space, stop in for one of our new Friday morning Coffee Breaks. Check out our event on Facebook for more information. They have become very popular, thanks to those community members coming in, getting to know everyone and making new connections happen every week. Join us at 10:30am every Friday. We switch back and forth between the two locations, so be sure to 'like' our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter so you will know where to find us.

    Keep an eye out for an article in Seven Days mentioning Office Squared. They stopped by our Coffee Break last week and chatted with some of our members.

    Coming up at O2

    On Tuesday, April 24th at 77 College St, SCORE will be hosting a roundtable discussion called "Social Media! How to Manage the Ever-Evolving World of Social Media," with a presentation from Lisa Wood, Creative Director/CEO of Sprout New Media. The event lasts from 5:30-7:30 and is free to attend. Register for the event here.

    Also on Tuesday, Nan Patrick, of Mary Kay Cosmetics, will be hosting a free skin care consult to help you finally find the right foundation, at 6:15pm. For more details or to RSVP, contact Nan at 802.238.8622 or

    Connie Livingston, a consultant, coach and strategist, will be teaching a tele-course about how to connect in business as an introvert. Visit her blog to learn more.
  • April 23, 2012 12:04 PM | WBON Administrator (Administrator)

    The Entrepreneurial Equation

    This seminar presented by Rich Jacobs of Edward Jones is designed to help small business owners understand the financial strategies and tools available to help run their business more effectively.
    Topics include:
    • Various banking, retirement plan and insurance options
    • Valuable strategies that can help you create value outside your business
    • Strategies for building, creating value and protecting your business
    Rich began his career with Edward Jones in 2011. His prior work experience was in the field of education for 30 years as a school principal and school guidance counselor. Rich has a Master of Education from Springfield College, MA and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Springfield College, MA
    Rich is active with the following organizations:
    The Lamoille Region Chamber of Commerce
    The Rotary Club of Morrisville, Vermont
    The Lamoille Chamber Business Builders
    Jewish Community of Greater Stowe

    You can find Rich at Edward Jones on Main Street in Morrisville 802-888-4207.
    The seminar is on April 27th at 8am, Tegu Hall in Morrisville. Please register on the website:
  • April 20, 2012 9:20 AM | WBON Administrator (Administrator)
    How To Connect At Work And In Business As An Introvert And Actually Have Fun In The Process!
    Two-Week Lunch and Learn Tele-Course beginning April 26, 2012 with Connie Livingston
    2 weeks, 2 hours $49. Click here to register>>
    Time: Noon to 1:00 on the following dates: April 26 and May 3

    Join Connie as she provides the tools and support to help you better connect with others. She is an introvert who has been self-employed for three years and has built a thriving consulting practice despite her shyness. When people meet her at networking events and meetings, they can't believe she's an introvert. She'll show you how to have fun as you connect with others..

    In this practical, informative class, Connie shares the tools and approaches that have worked for her as she has grown her own business. Participate live from wherever you are by phone or listen to the Tele-course recording at a time that’s convenient for you.

    Connie is also available to come to your business and provide a Lunch and Learn program for you and your staff on site.

    Special bonus with this class: If you live in the Burlington, Vermont, area, you are invited to "test drive" your new-found connecting skills at a weekly networking event where Connie will be available to provide "laser coaching" and answer any questions that you have. No additional cost.

    • You walk away with confidence about networking
    • You feel relief that there’s a way to do marketing for your employer or business that’s fun and comfortable for you
    • The information supports you to really thrive in your work or business
    This confidential setting, combined with Connie’s insightful recommendations, is an ideal way to take charge of your networking and marketing and masquerade as an extravert! If you:
    • feel uncomfortable in groups
    • need to network and connect with others to grow your business
    • are responsible at work for marketing or sharing information about your company with others
    • hate the idea of marketing
    ...then NOW is your chance to take the reins, get connected, and have fun!

    Read more about Connie and her seminars>>
  • April 18, 2012 9:04 AM | WBON Administrator (Administrator)
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2012

    Productivity Vermont founding partner Porter Knight, CPO® was invited to address the National Association of Professional Organizers’ conference in Baltimore, Maryland on March 21, 2012. Over 850 individuals attended the conference. Knight has consistently been one of NAPO’s most popular presenters in the past, and has been invited to speak at the conference 10 of the last 14 years.

    Productivity Vermont specializes in teaching workplace productivity through workshops and seminars as well as one-on-one consulting and coaching. Services include Office Organizing and Time Management, Project Management, Process Documentation, Electronic Organizing, and Communications.

    Knight will be presenting locally at the Vermont Businesses for Socially Responsible Businesses conference May 15, and at the Vermont Business EXPO 7-7-7 Panel May 23. Productivity Vermont can be found online at


    Porter Knight, Certified Professional Organizer®
    (802) 453-3940
  • April 04, 2012 12:54 PM | WBON Administrator (Administrator)
    We invite you to be a vendor at our first annual Women of the Waterfront (WOW!) outdoor
    marketplace, because you are found to be a savvy woman entrepreneur!

    WOW! will be part of the landlubber activities of the 35th Mayor’s Cup event. Our outdoor marketplace is created to showcase local talented women entrepreneurs who contribute unique, creative, and useful products that touch and inspire others. WOW! is also a fundraiser for much needed financial support for the Kent-Delord House Museum.

    Your participation will give you access to not only a large local audience but also visitors from
    other states and Canada. You will be supporting the Kent-Delord House Museum and your
    community’s heritage.

    For a modest fee of $45 and a donation of a product or gift certificate for a raffle prize, we will
    provide you with a 10’ x 10’ space on our side lawn with beautiful views of Plattsburgh Bay on Lake
    Champlain. Your space will also include one 6’ table with two chairs. We will be promoting the event
    and your participation in various media (newspapers, radio, and posters). WOW! will be included in all
    Mayor’s Cup PR coverage.

    Set-up for all vendors is on Saturday from 7:30AM to 9:30AM. Please note: the show will end at
    5PM. Vendors whose products may sell out prior to 5PM are encouraged to have informational
    materials to hand out so customers can reach you later.

    Vendor understands that once your application is accepted by the Event Committee, the fee is
    non-refundable. Please include a thorough description of your products and photos of booth set-up, if
    available. Vendors do not have exclusive rights to the sale of any particular item. However, the Event
    Committee will make every effort to not award space to duplicate vendors, and this will be determined
    on a “first come” basis. The decision of the Committee is final.

    Vendor spaces are limited; we do suggest reserving your space early. Vendors may provide their
    own attractive canopy shelter with proper business signage and adequate tie-downs. (We always
    anticipate a bit of wind and tie-downs are suggested for safety purposes.) All food vendors must meet all
    local regulations and all vendors must post any required permits and licenses. The show is held rain or
    shine. A no-show from a vendor will result in no further invitations to future shows.

    For questions or more information, please contact Pat at (518) 561-6571, or email We are continuing to work on our online representation, Please provide your email for updates.

  • April 04, 2012 12:34 PM | WBON Administrator (Administrator)

    The Clothes Exchange is at it again and will be selling clothes for a cause at a pop-up shop in the old Ann Taylor space at One Church Street on May 12th from 11 am- 6 pm.

    This sale will feature the best selection of pre-loved and new apparel for men, women and kids, all priced to sell. More than 30 retailers, including Sweet Lady Jane, Stella-Mae, ECCO, Horny Toad, Ibex, April Cornell and Isabean are donating new clothing. Proceeds from this event will benefit HOPE Works, a Burlington- based nonprofit working to end sexual violence.

    The event is free and open to the public. Those wanting to Shop First, can purchase one of just 50 tickets being sold a ticket for $100 to shop on Friday, May 11 from 6 - 8 pm. Click here to purchase your ticket.

    If you are interested in donating your in-perfect condition clothing, The Clothes Exchange is accepting pre-loved, men's and women's clothing at more than 20 locations through-out April.

    Click here to view the drop-off options.

    Since 2001, The Clothes Exchange has raised $300,000 for nonprofit organizations in Vermont. If you've never been to a Clothes Exchange event, check out this video to see how much fun it really is.

    For more information visit
    Follow on twitter at @clothesexchange
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  • March 30, 2012 1:15 PM | WBON Administrator (Administrator)
    Laura Lind-Blum Hired as New VWBC Director

    March 25, 2012 – Barre, VT – Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) and the District Office of the US Small Business Administration are pleased to announce Laura Lind-Blum as the new Director of the Vermont Women’s Business Center (VWBC). Lind-Blum, known in the women’s business community as “the Idea Midwife,” brings many years of experience helping women entrepreneurs find innovative strategies for nurturing their businesses.

    “We are delighted to welcome Laura to this leadership post in the women’s business community,” states Mary Niebling, director of Community Action’s Community Economic Development programs. “Her experience in helping business owners bring new ideas to life will help bring the work of the Vermont Women’s Business Center to a new level.”

    In addition to having operated her own coaching business, Lind-Blum has served as a management and leadership trainer for Vermont businesses, has been an instructor for Vermont educational institutions and programs, and has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to women in business as an active member and former board member of WBON, the Women Business Owners Network. She lives in Waterbury Center.

    Since opening in 2002 under Community Action’s sponsorship, the SBA-supported statewide Vermont Women’s Business Center has assisted with the creation of 253 new jobs, helped launch 98 new businesses, and since 2005, has helped women business owners access more than $3.6 million in financing for their businesses. Each year, the Center assists more than 1,500 Vermonters with one-to-one business counseling, inquiries, referrals,lending library resources, and group trainings.

    The Vermont Women’s Business Center operates statewide through the five Community Action Agencies. The Center’s home office is located at 327 US Route 302 in Berlin. Interested parties can contact the Vermont Women’s Business Center at 802.479-9813 or toll-free at 877.524-1998 for referral to local services.


    About Central Vermont Community Action Council
    Founded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The organization serves over 18,000 low-income Vermonters each year in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties and offers a number of statewide programs.

    About the Vermont Women’s Business Center

    The Vermont Women’s Business Center is a statewide program of Central Vermont Community Action, providing one to one business counseling and training to women seeking to start or expand a business. The Vermont Women’s Business Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and local partners such as the Vermont Community Action Agencies, the State of Vermont, Key Bank, and Northfield Savings Bank, among others.

    Contact: Liz Schlegel, Community Outreach Director
    Central Vermont Community Action Council

    Laura Lind-Blum, VWBC


  • March 29, 2012 3:04 PM | WBON Administrator (Administrator)
    The Old North End Arts & Business Network and Women’s Festival of Crafts are pleased to sponsor a workshop series for artists and small business owners.

    “The Women’s Festival of Crafts was created to help women excel in their art and to promote women’s craft,” explained artist Moe O’Hara. “These workshops take it one step further from a craft show to help any artist or small business grow that business by bringing it into the online world,” she continued.

    All workshops will be held at North End Studios at 294 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. A fee of $5 will be charged for each workshop, cash or check only, but are free for Old North End Arts & Business Network members.

    Workshops include:

    “Tips for Selling on Etsy”
    Nicole Carey, owner of Nicole’s Threads
    Tuesday, April 10 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Studio A
    Nicole is a clothing and accessory designer who has turned her line into a fulltime business with the help of an online Etsy shop. The workshop will include the creation of a listing, what it takes to have an eye-catching shop, and how to get noticed on Etsy.

    “Web Analytics: Why Measurement Matters For Your Small Business”
    Kacey Freel Boone, Web Analyst at Burton Snowboards and Director of Queen City Craft Bazaar
    Thursday, April 12 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Studio B
    Kacey has worked in the web world for 12 years in both a large organization and through running her own craft business. Learn the basics of web analytics and how to use them to measure the success of your website.

    “Facebookin’ for Bucks”
    Sarah Spencer, owner of Got Clicks?
    Monday, April 16 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Studio A
    Sarah's mission is to create affordable solutions for small businesses to conduct their enterprise online. She is the 2012 winner of the Vermont Small Business Administration “Women in Business Champion”.

    “Ch-Ch-Changes: How Google Plus is Changing the Web Forever”
    Zack Luby, owner of Good Stuff Communications
    Wednesday, April 25 from 2:00-3:30 in Studio A
    Zack is a social media consultant…and so much more! He’s a professional in the area of social media strategy and digital marketing.

    For more info, please check or or call Megan Humphrey at 864-7528.
  • March 29, 2012 8:30 AM | WBON Administrator (Administrator)
    Starting Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7PM THE HEALTHY HOME book club!

    Join The Healthy Home book group, starting April 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in downtown Burlington at the warm and homey Lille Fine Art Salon, One Lawson Lane, Suite 15.

    In 6 sessions of illuminating exploration, this book takes the reader from room to room throughout the house, uncovering places that toxic chemicals lurk and offering solutions to detoxing your home, from the scented holiday candles on the mantle to the laundry detergent in the basement and antiperspirant in the medicine cabinet. Learn, laugh, discover, discuss, and transform your environment.

    This book will surprise you!

    Consumers in Vermont can’t trust that the products we buy are safe. There are more than 80,000 chemicals used commercially in the United States and another 1,000 more are added each year. Yet, more than 90% of these chemicals have not been adequately tested for their impacts on human health. This is alarming, especially given the scientific evidence linking chemical exposure and diseases and disorders, including cancer and fertility problems.” VPIRG 6/16/11 email.

    For more information and to register, call Sally at 802-865-8381 or email
    The Healthy Home, by Dr. Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz, is available at for $7.96 new hardcover (ISBN: 13: 978-1-59315-655-8) or Kindle for $8.99
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