• You May Be Talking, But Are Your Customers Listening?

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    As a small business owner you understand your customer's pain points, you know why they come to you, and you feel good when you help them. What if you could connect with your customers in such a way that you establish your expertise, build trust, AND watch your marketing efforts pay off? It’s possible with a customer-centric approach to marketing. Join us to learn how to: * Understand and connect with your customers to increase marketing ROI * Build trust with your customers as you guide them through the journey DOORS OPEN AT 11:30 Alexis Rago started Marketing Mana LLC to focus on customer-centric marketing strategies, help small businesses grow, and be available for her two boys. Born and raised in Hawaii, Alexis believes in mana, or the power earned from choosing righteously. In marketing terms, you earn mana when you listen to your customers and understand their experience. With 15+ years of marketing expertise in various industries, including retail, CPG, travel & leisure, financial, grocery, and internet providers, Alexis has worked with top brands on marketing projects of all sizes from multi-million email subscriber campaigns to localized yard signs and door-to-door sales team materials. Her experience includes target segments of Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers via digital and traditional advertising and marketing methods.

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  • Are you feeling stuck? Join us to make shift happen!

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    Shift Out of Winter Doldrums and Make Shift Happen! Do you feel stuck in the same groove going around in circles and not getting where you want to be? Then this is for you! Linda Herrick will help us discover what holds us back and how we can experience sudden and amazing changes with just a small shift. ** DOORS OPEN AT 11:30 ** We will be ordering from a menu selected especially for WESOS. • What to bring: Bring something to take notes, bring your calendar or planner to schedule one-on-ones, and, if it's your first time to a WESOS meeting, please bring about 50 business cards. BRING A FRIEND -- if you know other female entrepreneurs please share this Meetup with them! Linda Herrick is the owner of Alternative Soulutions. She teaches people to become Certified Hypnotists and has been a Reiki Master and teacher for over 20 years. Linda is an approved continuing education provider through NCBTMB for massage therapists. Linda is also an instructor for Continuing Education at Joliet Junior College and has taught classes at Governors State University to help others gain a deeper understanding of our energetic systems and how they work.

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  • The Fortune is in the Follow-Up and Virtual Networking

    Get your seat now! Space is limited! You must register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/c36811614ac0fd6ec5b9141539e44ee6 In business development and sales, moving from cardboard connecting to the transaction is an intricate dance with a variety of styles and requires that you navigate the fine line between being persistent and being annoying. Move from being a peddler to a professional by uncovering 3 follow-up steps from my upcoming book “Sales Growth Guaranteed”. The goal is the “Lean In” conversation: • Time is money - How to identify the true buyer • Online, on the phone and in person – How does your prospect communicate • Appointment setting - How to frame an effective one to one conversation Facilitated by internationally known speaker, author and award-winning coach Donna Smith Bellinger whose corporate experience in sales, leadership and business development has enabled her to create and implement strategies that generate “Sales Growth Guaranteed” for her clients... Which the title of her soon to be released book. You must register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/c36811614ac0fd6ec5b9141539e44ee6

  • Learn How to Make the Most of Your 30 Seconds - Craft a Great Intro!

    Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

    DOORS OPEN AT 11:30 Do you struggle with your 30-second intro? Are you not sure what to say? Learn how to engage the room, identify your business, and attract your ideal clients! Doors open at 11:30. Presentation begins promptly at noon. We will be ordering from a menu selected especially for WESOS. • What to bring: Bring something to take notes, bring your calendar or planner to schedule one-on-ones, and, if it's your first time to a WESOS meeting, please bring about 50 business cards. BRING A FRIEND -- if you know other female entrepreneurs please share this Meetup with them!

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  • Is Networking A Waste of Time? Tips to Make Networking Work For You in 2019

    DOORS OPEN AT 11:30 Do you struggle with networking? Do you leave events wondering if it was worth your time? Rhonda Lorenz-Pignato will discuss how to get the most out of networking, including: > Goals for networking that do not serve us > Behaviors and Verbage to avoid while networking > The "Casino Characters" we can be or encounter at a networking event > Setting Goals for networking that are effective and rewarding > Behaviors & Discussion topics that make networking fun and easy > The importance of Follow-Up Rhonda worked as a litigation attorney for over 20 years. Staying in a career that was not her passion and working for others became soul-sucking. Her life suffered - physically, emotionally and spiritually. After hitting a bottom, she realized she was not living her life's purpose. She came to realize her troubles were basically of her OWN making, so she worked hard at changing everything about her life and an entrepreneurial spirit was lit. She started new career paths utilizing her talents in various ways to inspire others to change - emotionally, spiritually & physically. First, she resurrected her life-long passion for acting and developed performances that were presented in churches and theaters to inspire positive change. Second, she worked as a recovery coach helping people through 1 on 1's as well as group presentations on addiction recovery and how to live their best life. Third, she expanded her work as a health advocate by becoming a professional network marketer with Purium Health Products where she presents to groups and coaches individuals on transforming their bodies through superfoods and cleansing. Doors open at 11:30. Presentation begins promptly at noon. We will be ordering from a menu selected especially for WESOS. • What to bring: Bring something to take notes, bring your calendar or planner to schedule one-on-ones, and, if it's your first time to a WESOS meeting, please bring about 50 business cards. BRING A FRIEND -- if you know other female entrepreneurs feel free to invite them to this meeting. Please be aware, we value your RSVP as a commitment. Repeat offenders will automatically be moved to the wait-list for: 1) RSVP "going" and not attending the meeting 2) Changing RSVP from "going" to "not going" less than 24 hours before the meeting begins Understandably, cars break down & people get sick which is why we run on a "3 strikes and you're wait-listed" policy. We thank you for your understanding as we do our best to accommodate everyone who wants to attend our meetings.

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  • YES, YOU CAN Have Work/Life Balance - Even During the Holidays!

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    Work-life balance can be challenging. Join us for networking, building authentic relationships, and a discussion on ways to handle our many commitments over the Holidays. Doors open at 11:30 for networking. The meeting will start promptly at 12 noon.

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  • Use Instagram to Grow Your Business!

    Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

    Instagram is more than just photos of pizza and coffee. It is a powerful platform that you can use to build your brand and attract customers. Whether your new to Instagram or already have a business profile Stacey Montgomery will give us tips on how to build our profile, increase engagement, and the best use #hashtags. If you are new to WESOS, welcome! We bring real business skills and Secrets of Success to our members. Our chapter meetings are always free to attend. We do ask that you order something to support Biaggi's, as they support us by providing the room at no cost. Please feel free to bring business cards to share with the group. We will have the opportunity to network from 11:30-12:00 (and after 1:30). The meeting will begin promptly at noon in order to respect everyone's time. Questions? My email is [masked]

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  • Learn how to Identify your ideal customer & how to reach them! PLUS Networking

    How are you finding your customers? What’s the most efficient way to increase your client base? If you are just throwing marketing ideas around like cooked spaghetti against a cupboard, hoping “something will stick”, you are wasting time and money and potentially damaging your reputation. We’ll discuss how every business owner can identify their ideal customer and then determine the best way to reach the customer - whether online advertising, expos, word of mouth, referrals or more. Also, the importance of knowing who you are marketing to, what your clients are thinking about when they select the vendor of their choice, where you should be marketing, and what kinds of partnerships make sense to grow your business. Marie Herman is the owner of MRH Enterprises LLC, helping office professionals to advance their careers through certification and education. Marie offers online study groups to prepare students for the Certified Administrative Professional and Microsoft Office Specialist exams. If you are new to WESOS, welcome! Our chapter meetings are always free to attend. We do ask that you order something to support Biaggi's, as they support us by providing the room at no cost. Please feel free to bring business cards to share with the group. We will have the opportunity to network from 11:30-12:00 (and after 1:30). The meeting will begin promptly at noon in order to respect everyone's time. Questions? My email is [masked]

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  • Are You Looking to Improve Your Public Speaking?? (Doors open at 11:30)

    Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

    Each day we have numerous opportunities to share our business with others, but we only have a few moments to make that winning first impression. We want to be professional, positive and persuasive. Maybe we share our elevator speech, go live on social media, give a formal presentation or meet one on one with potential clients. In each case, speaking professionally is a necessity for our business. Theresa Sperling, CEO and Lead Instructor for Achieve THAT Next Level, will be sharing the importance of the Power of Three in your presentations. She will teach us to think “three” throughout the whole process from conceiving our idea, developing our presentation, and finally delivering our message. If you are new to WESOS, welcome! Our chapter meetings are always free to attend. We do ask that you order something to support Biaggi's, as they support us by providing the room at no cost. Please feel free to bring business cards to share with the group. We will have the opportunity to network from 11:30-12:00 (and after 1:30). The meeting will begin promptly at noon in order to respect everyone's time. Questions? My email is [masked]

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  • What Problem Do You Solve For Your Clients?? PLUS Networking

    Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

    Do you have a clear understanding of your customers' "pain points"? Would it be helpful to learn how to craft your sales presentation to match your potential customer's needs and wants? Ellen Ruane will walk us through how to best talk to our customers. So many sales people "show up and throw up"... They talk about the features of their products, or the benefits of their services, without making the effort to understand what the customer is all about; and more specifically what she wants, needs, and is WILLING TO PAY FOR! To be truly successful, entrepreneurs needs to understand the pains that their targeted customers experience and the gains they seek. Once we understand our customer's point-of-view we can best position our own offering to align with the priorities of our target buyers. Ellen spent over 25 years in BigCo doing BigCo things – product development, marketing management, sales, leadership – but now she chooses to work for herself, from her home. She has blazed her own crooked path to her career and life. Today Ellen is a principal advisor with Forward Thinking EDU, a firm that specializes in helping businesses move along the strategic marketing continuum from idea conception to feet-on-the-street sales. They focus on the education vertical (preK-graduate school) and their clients range from mom-and-pop shops to global corporations. And in case you’re wondering, her hottest talk tracks these days are: data-driven decision making tools, teaching through gaming, and social-emotional issues facing today’s students. Doors open at 11:30. WESOS was founded on the idea of the power of collaboration rather than the stress of competition in business. We are a nationwide group of women entrepreneurs supporting women in business!

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