Greetings! It has been a busy month for WBON. Conference planning is in full swing and we are looking forward to an inspiring day at our Spring Conference on April 19! Please do join us. It just won't be the same without you.

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SPRING CONFERENCE. April 19 at Main Street Landing in Burlington, VT.

Member Early Bird Registration ends this week! Register now & save 
Make sure to sign up for the conference, coming up April 19 at Main Street Landing in Burlington. The theme is “Thriving Through Change,” and we have something for everyone. This year’s conference promises to provide practical tools and inspiring tales to help you and your business flourish, no matter where you are on the business development path.


Many thanks to our conference partners! Let's show them some love.


CALL FOR SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS! Are you interested in generating greater exposure and recognition for your business as a WBON sponsor? Do you think one of your vendors or customers would appreciate the opportunity to have their information in front of multiple business owners? If so, contact us to sign up! We are also selling exhibitor tables where you can showcase your business to conference attendees—but hurry, as these spaces area available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can find more information about both Sponsor & Exhibitor opportunities here

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR NEW MEMBERS! If you are not yet a member, now is the time to join! Or maybe you have a friend interested in joining WBON. We are offering a special conference deal: sign up for a membership and receive a discount code to attend the conference for only $75—that’s a $25 savings over the member-only early bird rate and an $80 savings over the general public rate!

PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE. Your Public Policy committee has been hard at work attending hearings in Montpelier, testifying before our legislature, and meeting with elected officials and state government leadership. Major topics include finalizing (we hope) independent contractor legislation that is more friendly to independent contractors and businesses that utilize them, and encouraging state procurement practices to consider positive business practices as an evaluation factor for bids. Thanks to Public Policy Committee chair Pat Heffernan of Marketing Partners Inc for testifying on behalf of WBON.

Upcoming Chapter & Committee Meetings

April 5th. Williston Chapter - Maximizing Your WBON Membership  
We know WBON has a lot to offer to its members - from member-only perks to business education to peer mentoring and support! Existing and potential members, please join us as WBON Board members Jill Davies of Avatar and Mary Claire Carroll of Carroll Photos lead a conversation about our organization and all the opportunities membership presents.

April 12th. Waterbury Area Chapter - Sell It by Giving It Away
You put everything into your product, your service, and your business, so why would you give it away for free? The answer is: Everyone loves free samples, and it’s much easier to buy it once you’ve tried it. Come to this month’s Waterbury Area WBON meeting to learn the ins-and-outs of “freesamples” and how to make sure that even if it’s free, people still understand its value. Presented by: Kelly Klein of Vermont Craft Mead

April 17th. Public Policy Committee - Learn How You Can Participate
The WBON Public Policy Committee meets on the 3rd Monday of each month to help address the need for the voice of women business owners in the public policy conversation in Vermont. Meetings take place at the offices of Marketing Partners, 176 Battery Street, Burlington at 4PM. Open to members and the interested public. 

April 19th. Burlington Chapter -  No Chapter Meeting. We'll see you at the Conference!

April 25th. Essex Chapter - The WRC Ethic — How to incorporate Work, Renewal, and Creativity Kristin Humbargar of KLH Coaching Studio and the Essex Hub shares her model for work vitality. 

May 3rd. Williston Chapter - A Fresh Perspective on Outsourcing your Business: Make it Systematic and Sustainable!
Solo and small business owners need to learn how to outsource many areas of their business including social media, marketing, blog writing, invoicing and workflow.  Amy Bennett of Amy Bennett Photography will show you how to take advantage of the explosion of new on-line services that will help you reclaim your life! Amy is a firm believer in fostering a close-knit business community and encouraging individual growth. 

Welcome New & Renewing Members. Why not take a moment and say hello!

Tania Batley - tmgb decorative arts & design llc
Irina Norrell - Norrell Realty at KW Vermont
Amelia Gulkis - EnSave, Inc.
Janet Cooper - Cooper Financial
Dr. Suzy Harris - Cedar Wood Natural Health Center
Marcia Hagwood - Chasworth Farm LLC
Eve Dubois - NumberWorks, LLC
John Jacob - Lendio of Northern VT
Lora Hoopes - Kneading Companions
Elizia Meskill - Green Tax Services, Inc. 

Member News

WORKING RESIDENCY FOR MOTIVATED WOMEN. Do you ever feel like you could accomplish so much, if only you could take a break from the daily grind? If so, consider applying for a Fall 2017 working residency at  Turkey Land Cove Foundation. Applications are being accepted until May 1st for one- to three-week, grant-supported residency for motivated women to pursue their professional, educational, or artistic goals away from the distractions of daily life. TLCF provides a quiet space for a woman to progress towards a defined goal, complete a project, and develop tools to propel her life in a new direction. WBON members Laura Lind-Blum and Markey Read are alums of this program and highly recommend it.

CONGRATULATIONS to WBON Member, Heather Wright of Wright Jones PLC, for being elected to the Board of Directors of the Vermont State Employees Credit Union -- one more way that WBON members are making a difference in Vermont. 

KUDOS to WBON Member, Alice Lissarrague of Lissarrague College Guidance. Alice has been accepted as a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association. To celebrate, she is offering WBON Members a 10% discount on her college counseling services.

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