Business Women’s Network
of the Rainy River District Learn, Grow, Achieve
Vol 03-09 March 2009
Business Women’s Network
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 ~ Speaker ~ Dr. George Elliott, Optometrist Eye Health 6 pm
Rainy River Future Development Corporation 608 Scott Street, Fort Frances
Dinner will be pre-ordered from Subway ~ Subs, Soup & Cookies $8 each.
Please RSVP your attendance to Angela at 274-3276.
Mission Statement “The Rainy River District Business Women’s Network is an organization for business and professional women who are committed to the growth and development of themselves, other women, their businesses and the community.” What is Networking? Networking is getting together to get ahead. It is linking up, sharing information, developing and using contacts for moral support and advice. It is recognizing each other’s achievements and offering assistance wherever possible.
Upcoming Meeting Dates ~ Mark Your Calendar Wednesday, April 15, 2009 Speaker - Jennifer L’Hirondelle, Moss Yoga Demonstration at Moss Yoga Studio on Scott Street Regular Meeting prior to speaker at the Lighthouse Restaurant across the street Wednesday, May 20, 2009 Regular Meeting at RRFDC at 6 pm Speaker - Marke Henteleff, Black Duck Pottery Wednesday, June 17, 2009 Annual Wind-up Location to be determined
Co-Chair’s Message ~ Submitted by Tonia Dolph No one has to tell you that spring is around the corner! And of course spring reminds everyone of freshness and new growth, future planning for the spring & summer. Spring is a very exciting time. I’d like to take a moment and ask you to channel that excitement and take notice of the future & growth of the Business Women’s Network. As you many or may not know, the BWN tries to hold fund raising events to benefit not only our own personal growth and the group, but to benefit of other organizations as well. I would like to see the BWN generate a fresh image, encourage more socializing for members, grow the membership and meeting attendance and let’s cultivate more purposeful learning experiences about each other. To re-affirm our BWN goals: "The Business Women’s Network of the Rainy River District is an organization for business and professional women who are committed to the growth and development of themselves, their business and the community." So let’s get together on this! Maybe someone is interested in hosting a "Business Women Network After Hours" event- and encourage a more socializing atmosphere? We welcome your thoughts, new ideas and input. Plan on attending our next dinner & meeting on March 18th and invite a friend! And mark your calendars for the annual Fashion Show on Sunday April 5th at La Place Rendezvous!! Northland Kitchen & Design Consulting Ph 807-274-6933 Fax 807-274-3999 www.NorthlandKitchen.com
March Feature Business - Vala Adult Learning Association Valley Adult Learning Association (VALA) assists adults (16 years and older) in learning basic reading, math, communications and computer skills. Just recently Workplace/Workforce Training was added to our mandate. We are that important "first step" for many adults looking to further their education, employability or personal skills. We will even go right to your home or office if you are having some challenges. We are a very flexible program designed to meet your needs and goals. VALA is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. (MTCU). We Offer: Workplace/Workforce Training Receptionist Training Customer Service Employment Readiness Information and Referral Literacy Assessment Personalized Learning Plan One to One Tutoring Small group Instruction Computer Classes ACE Training (Academic Career Entrance) Financial Subsidies for Transportation and Child Care
Our agency is always looking for individuals who wish to work with our organization by tutoring. Please give us a call if you wish to help someone achieve their goal. 274-3553. 7 Tips for Successful Communication in the Workplace 1. Personal contact is important 2. Develop a network-no one achieves success alone 3. Always be courteous in your communications 4. Be consistent and clear-this builds trust 5. Compromise decreases tension 6. Be and interesting communicator 7. Listen to others and show interest in what they say Vala has been very community involved in the past few years by: Creation of Literacy Scholarship to Fort Frances High School Donation to the Fort Frances Library Building Fund The Vala Variety Show Teddy Bears Picnic Face Painting Fort Frances Museum - David Thimpson Brigade at Pither's Point Park. Give us a call if we can help your group or organization achieve their goal. This past year we offered a Digital Media class for personal growth-call us and let us know what you would like to learn.
Scrap-A-Lot Scrapbooking SCRAPAGANZA - May 1, 2 & 3, 2009. Scrapbooking, Quilting or any other Crafting at the Emo Legion Hall, Emo, ON Friday - noon to midnight. Supper included (to be announced soon) Saturday - 9am to 10pm. Lunch and supper included (to be announced) Sunday - 9am to 3pm. Lunch included (to be announced) All meals are home-made and will be well worth it. Prizes, give-aways, and free make and takes. $90 CDN for the whole weekend, that includes all meals, your craftin' table and prizes/goodies/give-aways. $40 due upon registration to hold your spot, non-refundable after Apr. 18, unless you have a really good reason. Accommodations available at the Emo Inn. $75/night. 2 queen size beds. Crash with your friends. Please book your room and mention that you are with Scrap-A-Lot Scrapbooking. Call or e-mail Brenda to register please or for more info 482-3115 email@example.com or www.scrapalot.ca
Strongman Travel I, Penny Strongman from Strongman Travel am an independent agent for AAA/Minnesota and am a full service travel agent. I am here to make your dreams become a reality. Planning on a wedding and maybe an exotic location to get married? Get the family together and let's make it a reality. How about a honeymoon? I also plan those. Please give me a call at 866-508-6288 or 218-283-6288. Don't wait! Places are just begging for people to come and visit them! Check out the wonderful offers that come in from Minneapolis! I also have a website at www.strongmantravel.com in which hot deals are posted weekly. Surf my web page for more information. I am also reachable by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Located in International Falls, Minnesota, seasonal charters to Laughlin are also posted on my website. Thank you to one and all for your support over the years! I am proud to be your travel agent and look forward to assisting more folks in the future! Welcome aboard everyone! Call or e-mail for more information! Thanks again. Penny Strongman
Sound Advice from Debra Emes ~ B93FM/CFOB Fort Frances Choose Success “You always have two choices; your commitment versus your fear.” -Sammy Davis, Jr.-
Experiments on hypothermia at the University of Winnipeg have proven that the choices we make out of fear are often fatal. In controlled experiments at the university, two groups of students are immersed in freezing cold tanks of water to study what choices they would make to prevent hypothermia and to save their lives. Most people believe it only takes two to three minutes for hypothermia to set in. The first group of students is thrown into the freezing water with that belief. In reality, it takes 35 to 40 minutes for the devastating effects of hypothermia to take their toll. The second group of students is thrown into the freezing water with this knowledge. Invariably, the first group makes choices out of fear and panic….choices which under real life scenarios, would cost them their lives. The students who know they have time to save themselves think ahead and consistently make better plans and choices than their panicked counterparts. The absence of vision, commitment and long-term goals in business also results in panic decisions; a choice which can be fatal. Are you committed to a long-term plan for your business survival? Or are you making panic decisions that could jeopardize your future? Circuit City, the second largest electronics retailer in the U.S., filed bankruptcy less than two years after it decided to cut marketing costs. They chose to fire their highest paid sales people, those who sold the most, because they were “paid too much”. When ‘the big guys’ cut back to improve this month’s shareholder results, your commitment to a long-term vision and marketing plan can give you a higher return on your investment than when you had to attempt to ‘out shout’ your competition. It is a well documented fact that increased market share captured during an economic decline will be maintained during the next period of robust growth. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” - J. K. Rowling -
International Falls Women’s Business Network Join the Women’s Business Network meeting at the “Coffee Landing” on Thursday, March 12th, from 12:00 – 1:00. This month’s discussion topic will be information about grant funds that are available for small businesses and communities from the Koochiching Community Development Association (KCDA). The purpose of the Women’s Business Network is to connect with peers, share ideas and experiences and offer support. The Women’s Business Network is for business and professional women who are committed to the growth and development of themselves, their business and the community. There is no cost for the meeting but a light lunch will be available for $6.00. Please RSVP to Jenny Dougherty or Dixie Kalstad at the Small Business Development Center at 218.283.8585. Jenny Dougherty Business Consultant SBDC-KEDA 405 3rd Street International Falls, MN 56649 email@example.com 218.283.8585 office 218.283.4688 fax 218.324.1151 cell
Attention Entrepreneurs. Looking for energetic self-motivated people interested in starting your own home-based online travel business. No lotions, potions, pills or powders. No quotas, no auto ship, no inventory. If you’re like me, you love to travel. Why not make money while you’re doing it? Call Angela Halvorsen at 807-274-9002 or 275-9786 for more information.
Northland Kitchen & Design Consulting ~ Design Tip of the Month Design Trends for the Aging - Part 1
Now, as more than half of our country’s Baby Boomers have turned 50, including many great designers, we have all joined the aging-in-place design team. Rather than look at the basics, I’d like to comment on some of the top trends –– those being requested by clients, not just those suggested by designers. TOP CLIENT REQUESTS: 1. First off, it seems worth mentioning that people are looking at ways to create a level entry and generally more open plans with more clear floor space for easier manoeuvring, this includes avoiding a change in level from garage to home to occur without a step. The ability to live on one floor is frequently cited as a reason to move from an existing home or to remodel. People are asking for plans that include a master suite on the main floor, so ‘upstairs’ or ‘lower levels’ if any, becomes guest or other flex space. This impacts the space available for and the orientation of the kitchen and the master bath, when all of this is being fitted onto one floor. Easy maintenance is cited as a top priority, which is no surprise as we all know easy is good. After outdoor upkeep, the kitchen and the bath are the two areas most mentioned when looking for improvements. In the kitchen, fewer wall cabinets are key. Fortunately, design trends toward more open spaces and generous daylight have forced us to use fewer wall cabinets. At 5'2", I can reach no further than the front of the second shelf on a typicalheight wall cabinet. With today’s accessories for drawer storage of those items traditionally stored in wall cabinets, plus the use of furniture pieces and pantries in the kitchen, people are beginning to let go of wall cabinets in exchange for storage within easy reach.
Watch the next BWN newsletter for part 2 of Design Trends for the Aging next month! Submitted by Tonia Dolph, Northland Kitchen & Design Consulting, 807-274-6933 or visit www.northlandkitchen.com
Country Gal Ventures - Travel & Honeymoon Specialist Do you know someone that is planning a honeymoon? I have this amazing feature for brides and grooms called the Honeymoon Bridal Registry where your wedding gift can be the perfect honeymoon! For the Bride & Groom: Create your own honeymoon bridal registry. It works the same as a gift registry. Your guests give you gifts and/or portions of your dream honeymoon. It's simple and easy. ~ Create your own honeymoon bridal registry for free. ~ Get hundreds of wedding registry ideas from around the world. ~ Wedding gift photos displayed for all gift items with descriptions. ~ No set up fees. ~ Free wedding website. ~ Free wedding journal. ~ Wedding announcements and save-the-date cards. ~ Wedding shower games. ~ Post unlimited photos on your online wedding photo album. ~ You can make your own travel plans. ~ You can receive your gifts or redeem them at any time. For the Guests: Once the wedding couple has created a honeymoon bridal registry with all of the special things they would like to do on their honeymoon or destination wedding. This allows the wedding couple to pre-plan the things they really need on the most important trip of their life ~ Quick & easy-to-use gift registry. ~ We accept all major credit cards and orders by phone. ~ Give the wedding couple any part of their honeymoon or destination wedding as a gift. ~ Print out the gift announcement card to hand to the couple.
Go to www.CountryGalVentures.com and click on the picture of the bride & groom. Call me if you need any help! Angela Halvorsen, Referring Travel Affiliate Country Gal Ventures - Travel & Honeymoon Specialist 807-274-9002 home / 807-275-9786 cell ~___/> … // \\ Want to travel for less? Check out this video... www.howitravel4less.com
BWN Committees BWN Fundraiser ~ Sandra McNay, Colleen Cote, Joanne Bliss, Shirley Scofield, Heather Johnson Mix & Mingle ~ Sandra McNay, Joanne Bliss, Shirley Scofield, Tonia Dolph, Heather Johnson Membership & Registration ~ Angela Halvorsen Compassion ~ Sandra McNay, Tonia Dolph Newsletter ~ Angela Halvorsen Speaker, Research, Dinner ~ Executive Historian/Scrapbook ~ Brenda Elais, Gloria Wood Public Relations/Marketing ~ Marlene Deschamps, Patty Roy, Deb Emes, Linda Plumridge
2008 - 2009 Executive Co-Chairs 1st Vice Treasurer Secretary Past Chair Tonia Dolph, Northland Kitchen & Design Consulting (274-5733) and Shirley Scofield (274-2327) Sandra McNay, Masquerade (274-9673) Joanne Bliss, RBC Wealth Management (274-7610) Lori Elliott, Dr. George Elliott Optometrist (274-3952) Angela Halvorsen, Rainy River Future Development Corporation (274-3276) April 2, May 7, June 4
Executive Meeting Dates:
Rainy River Future Development Corporation Upcoming Events ~ Sign Up Today! Online Social & Business Networking 101 ~ Monday, March 16, 2009 ~ 2 – 4 pm So You Want to Start a Not-For-Profit ~ Tuesday, March 17, 2009 ~ 10 am – 12 pm How To: Social Enterprise ~ Wednesday, March 18, 2009 ~ 10 am – 12 pm Providing Customer Service to Customers with Disabilities ~ Thursday, March 19, 2009 ~ 10 am – 12 pm Trade Show Selling ~ Thursday, March 19, 2009 ~ 3 – 5 pm Surviving When a Big Box Store Comes to Town ~ Friday, March 20, 2009 ~ 3 – 5 pm Google Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Marketing Basics ~ Monday, March 23, 2009 ~ 9 – 11 am Canada Revenue Agency – Small Business Tax Information Workshop ~ Tuesday, March 24, 2009 ~ 10 am – 1 pm The Basics of Exporting ~ Tuesday, March 24, 2009 ~ 2 – 4 pm Growing Your Farm Profits Workshop ~ Day 1 – March 25, 2009, Day 2 – March 27, 2009 ~ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm each day Google Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Marketing Advanced ~ Monday, March 30, 2009 ~ 9 – 11 am Finding Your Competitive Advantage & Using It ~ Tuesday, March 31, 2009 ~ 3 – 5 pm Emo Spring Fever Days – Trade Shows ~ April 16-18, 2009 ~ Contact Don Foster about putting a booth in at the Boat Show (484-2134) ~ Contact the Emo Legion about putting a booth in at their Arts & Crafts Show (482-2250) Rainy River Trade Show ~ Saturday, April 25, 2009 ~ 10 am – 5 pm ~ Contact Anthony Mason at 852-3978 Fort Frances Home & Leisure Show ~ May 1 & 2, 2009 ~ Friday, May 1st – 4 – 9 pm, Saturday, May 2nd – 9 am – 4 pm ~ Contact Dawn Booth at 274-5773 Northern Networks Trade Conference & Trade Show ~ May 12 & 13, 2009 ~ For more information go to www.northernnetworks.com Rainy River Valley Agricultural Fall Fair – Trade Show ~ August 14 & 15, 2009 ~ Contact Linda Armstrong at 852-3645. For a full description of the video conferencing sessions go to www.rrfdc.on.ca or call Angela at 274-3276.
Are you interested in becoming a member of the BWN? It’s easy. You don’t have to pay right away. New members can attend up to three meetings before deciding if you would like to be a member. BWN Memberships run from September to August each year. A prorated fee is available for new members that wish to join midyear. Please call for more information. Angela Halvorsen 274-3276 Tonia Dolph 274-6933 ~ Membership Committee
2008-2009 Paid Members ~ As of March 9, 2009 Marie Allan ~ BDO Dunwoody LLP ~ 274-9848 Joanne Bliss ~ RBC Wealth Management ~ 274-7610 Susan Bodnarchuk ~ Holmlund Financial ~ 274-7115 Colleen Cote ~ Country Music Recording Artist ~ 274-7852 Lori Delbo ~ World Class Network ~ 866-235-6781 Marlene Deschamps ~ West End Weekly ~ 274-7028 Tonia Dolph ~ Northland Kitchen & Design Consulting ~ 274-6933 Barb Duguay ~ Valley Adult Learning Association ~ 274-4095 Brenda Elias ~ Scrap-A-Lot Scrapbooking ~ 482-3115 Lori Elliott ~ Dr. George Elliott Optometrist ~ 274-3952 Deb Emes ~ CFOB Radio B93FM ~ 274-5341 Lillian Gerley ~ The UPS Store ~ 274-5444 Diane Gibson ~ Enchanting Events by Gibson Design ~ 275-8448 Angela Halvorsen ~ Rainy River Future Development Corporation ~ 274-3276 Heather Johnson ~ Royal Bank of Canada ~ 274-7175 Angie Korzinski ~ Rusty Myers Flying Service ~ 274-5335 Rosalind Lockyer ~ PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise ~ 625-0328 Sandra McNay ~ Masquerade Rentals ~ 274-9673 Linda Plumridge ~ Fort Frances Times ~ 274-5373 Kim Redford ~ Valley Adult Learning Association ~ 274-4095 Ann Renaud ~ Confederation College ~ 274-5395 Patty Roy ~ KP Enterprises ~ 274-3703 Shirley Scofield ~ 274-2327 Penny Strongman ~ Strongman Travel ~ 218-283-6288 Gloria Wood ~ EWOC Enterprises Ltd. ~ 274-3146
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Business Women’s Network
Spring Fashion Show
Sunday, April 5, 2009 La Place Rendez-Vous 2:00 pm
$8.00 Admission – in advance $10.00 Admission – at the door Tickets available at Rainy River Future Development Corporation (608 Scott Street) ~ Door Prize ~ ~ Penny Table ~ ~ Featuring Local Businesses ~