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KDL offers a wealth of business reference resources – and a great event space!

 

On March 11, WISE hosted a great event at the Kentwood branch of the Kent District Library showing entrepreneurs and small businesses the amazing reference resources KDL has available. Rick from Reference USA and Linda Krombeen from KDL were terrific and the event was far beyond a typical library experience. A huge thank you to KDL for inviting us into the wonderful space and for showing us the fabulous services you provide to Grand Rapids entrepreneurs.

If you missed the event, don’t worry – resources are available online and also at KDL branches. Take a look at the resources below and stop into your local KDL branch today to learn more! http://m.kdl.org/#_home

 

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Spice up your business with a recipe for success

What does success mean to you? Is it fame, fortune, a sense of belonging, being part of a community? There are so many definitions for success, but for WISE women the common thread is a growing business. Whether your business is just starting or well on its way, the road to success is paved in gravel and there will always be little bumps along the way. It’s important to have a community of friends and colleagues you can turn to with questions – or just to bounce a few ideas around with – and WISE provides that opportunity for anyone with an entrepreneurial heart. To that end, we’re so pleased to welcome Chef Jenna from Amore for our 3rd Quarter Event, Building Success From Scratch.

Jenna Arcidiacono from Amore De Trattoria, Grand Rapids’ very own 2013 Chef of the Year, will share her recipe for success on Wednesday, August 20. Networking starts at 5PM, with beverages and specially prepared tastings from Chef Jenna, on the sky deck at Varnum. Don’t miss this outstanding summer event and your opportunity to build success from scratch with a dash of seasoning from Chef Jenna.

Register for the August 13 event here:

https://www.wiseconnections.org/events/id/?reg=26

WISE Women network. Do you?

Networking is critical for success in a business environment, and WISE always provides networking time at events. How can you utilize this time to successfully network and build relationships with other WISE women?

First, be genuine. Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to show your personality. People are more likely to trust you when they feel you’re authentic, and trust is the foundation of any good relationship.

Second, know your goals. Why are you networking? What do you hope to gain from the relationships? Having goals will help you set a plan and you can target the right groups and the right people in your networking efforts.  It’s also important to be able to articulate your goals to others. If someone asks how they can help, be able to state it in a clear and concise way.

Third, volunteer. You’re benefitting from the organization; now it’s time to give back and support a group or organization that has supported you. In addition, volunteer positions are a great way to stay visible and at the top of everyone’s mind during the event.

Fourth, spark a conversation. Open-ended questions and interjecting stories help build and foster relationships. You wouldn’t ask  potential friends yes or no questions when you get to know them; treat networking the same way and get to know people. Listen to people’s responses and show genuine interest in the conversation.

Fifth, remember that networking is a give-and-take. You’re forging relationships and making connections, and along the way someone could help you out in some way. It’s important to always give back and provide the same assistance to those that have helped you – and others! Pay it forward.

Women as Mentors

WISE provides an environment of growth and support for business women. We’re able to connect with each other and help each other take our businesses to the next stage, contributing to each other’s success as a group. We are supportive of each other and offer advice. We are a group of women mentoring other women.

But what does this mean? And why is it so important in the business community to have a mentor? WISE women help each other achieve their goals, and we support each other in difficult times. We talk about the challenges we’ve faced or are facing so that our experiences can help others overcome those same challenges. We are empowering women to be leaders in the community.

Having a mentor early in your career can help women immensely. For younger career-minded women, mentorship is an opportunity to learn from others in the workforce that are more experienced than they are. For those that have been in the workforce for a while, mentoring a new employee is a way to learn what the younger generations in the workforce are thinking. Each generation faces its own unique challenges in the workplace, and women can learn from each other.

According to Business Insider, the biggest variable that differentiates women in business who are moderately successful versus phenomenally successful, but are equally educated and qualified,  is access to a mentor1. So what do you do? Find a mentor. Network in the community. Join other WISE women at the August 20th event.

 

 

 

 

  1. “Every Woman Should Have A Mentor at Work” by Melissa Stanger, published December 17, 2012. http://www.businessinsider.com/every-woman-should-have-a-mentor-at-work-levo-league-2012-12

 

Negotiation – A skill all WISE women should have!

Being successful in business involves a lot of different skills, and negotiation is one of them. The WISE first quarter event features Penny Rosema, speaker and founder of Two Views International, who will share negotiation tips, tricks, and lessons she’s learned in her professional life as a buyer. Penny is passionate about negotiation and knows that negotiation is about two sides – the seller and the buyer. The presentation includes the following:

  • How to respond to the take it or leave it “bully”!
  • Does the one who makes the first offer really come out ahead?
  • Who has the most power in a negotiation – buyer or the seller?
  • What resources do professional buyers use?

 

Join us at WMCAT on Wednesday, March 12, from 4-7PM to network with other WISE women and learn about negotiations from Penny. Event registration is available here.