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Grand Rapids Partnerships: Reigning Women

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Holding Hands & Throwing Punches

Clear your calendar for an evening of empowerment and business opportunities. Join WISE women at Varnum downtown Grand Rapids for an in-depth inquiry of three leading Grand Rapids partnerships.

How do partnerships not only survive but thrive? How are tasks shared or divided? Learn how each panelist got where their business where it is today.  What was their encouragement? How did they find a void in the industry?

This year WISE has invited three influential women who lead local partnership entities in a panel discussion. Sue Schweim Tellier of JetCo, Michelle Landon of ATI Group, and Helen Zeerip of  Teddy’s Transport. Each member has achieved success in their career fields and will share their experience and insight to attendees.

Grand Rapids Partnerships: Meet the Panelist

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3419 Pierson Pl, Flushing, MI 48433

Michelle Landon

Michelle has had life-long exposure to ATIGROUP as the daughter of CEO, Michael Bunting. Michelle worked summer vacations. Michelle used the summer to gain the knowledge of field service operations. She learned service operations and office skills from her father. Michelle attended Northwood University, graduating with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in 2001.

As of May 2003, Michelle has been a full time employee with ATIGROUP. She began her career working as a sales person. As a sales representative, Sue educated herself on the processes and intricacies of operating a family business. She then created techniques to discover what customers expect from ATIGROUP.

Michelle became President of ATIGROUP as of June 17, 2013. Michelle accredits her achievements inside the company to her Northwood University education.

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560 5th St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

 

Sue Schweim

Tellier is a specialist in business to government (B2G) marketing. She identifies a businesses communication strategy. Using targeted bid responses and customer marketing discriminators she helps businesses secure coveted government contracts.

Sue and her husband Jon started JetCo Solutions in 2007. Since that time, Sue’s team at JetCo has helped clients win more than 275 contracts valued at more than $3 billion.

Sue is active in small business and proposal management advocacy. She is a board member for the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) and the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) Greater Midwest Chapter.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University. Later receiving a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development from Wayne State University.

 

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930 Interchange Dr, Holland, MI 49423

Helen Zeerip

Helen Zeerip is the President of Teddy’s Transport, a trucking company that specializes in nationwide expediting. Serving Grand Rapids family businesses, Teddy’s Transport
has been nominated for Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.

Helen is a Leadership Holland Graduate serving on the Curriculum Committee and Executive Committee. Helen has served on the Michigan West Coast Chamber Board, Pathways MI Board and Wings Home (Hospice) Board.

The Grand Rapids Business Journal (2012) announced Helen as one of the ‘Fifty Most Influential Women in West Michigan’. She is a triple time ‘Athena’ nominee and ‘Athena’ award winner in 2014. Helen currently serves on Davenport University’s Maine College of Business Board of Advisors. She belongs to West Michigan Policy Forum Board of Directors.

In September 2014 Helen founded ‘Grant Me Hope.’ A marketing initiative focused on getting older children in the foster care system adopted. Grant Me Hope campaign gives the children a television platform to find them an adoptive family.  She currently has foster children airing on five television stations in Michigan and Ohio.  She plans to take this initiative national.

The panel is moderated by Shelley Irwin, host and producer of WGVU Morning Show.  Shelley has twice been named one of the ’50 Most Influential Women’ by Gemini Publications. She earned the ‘Gracie Allen Award’ five consecutive years and serves on several community boards.

Recently Shelley competed in the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships representing the U.S.. WISE is proud to have Shelley as one of our cheerleaders and we are some of her largest fans and want to congratulate her on this achievement.

Interested in learning how local Grand Rapids Partnerships and their leading women have climbed the ladder of success? Bring your questions and network at Women in Successful Enterprises event at Varnum in Grand Rapids, MI.

RSVP today Reigning Women: Holding Hands & Throwing Punches

For interviews and more information contact:

WISE: Connie Sweet – 517-645-4387, or Floriza Genautis -616-855-6531

About Women in Successful Enterprises (WISE)
Women in Successful Enterprises was founded in 2009 for women-owned businesses to network and work together to build wisdom and extend support. WISE is a non-profit resource for women entrepreneurs in the second stage of business, and currently serves the West Michigan area. Co-founders Connie Sweet of Connection Graphics, and Floriza Genautis of Management Business Solutions work with member advocates to design creative and contemporary events and communications to serve women business leaders throughout the West Michigan community.

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Women in Successful Business

77 Monroe Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
(517) 645-4387
www.wiseconnections.org

Don’t Be Phish Bait!

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How Business Email Compromises Affect Your Small Business [or Organization]

Grand Rapids Women In Successful Enterprises in tandem with GROW welcomed attendees to the March 16. 2016 1st Quarter WISE Event. WISE members include women owned business leaders in the Grand Rapids area and throughout West Michigan and Lansing. All Grand Rapids women in business, and men, are welcome to attend, regardless of WISE membership or business ownership. This event attracted Grand Rapids women owned businesses and women in business who collaborate and work with with women business owners. The evening featured dedicated business networking time and an educational focused on keeping small and large businesses and corporations throughout the grand Rapids area safe from fraudulent hacks.

The event was sponsored by Comerica. We were fortunate to have a few ‘Comericans’ present. Patti Griswold, Senior Vice President, Michigan Market Manager Retail Banking Comerica Bank welcomed everyone and introduced our speaker, Nicole Rackov. Nicole is Vice President of Fraud Services at Comerica Bank. Her presentation was an eye opener for all who attended. With email and phishing scams being aware of the tricks and techniques scammers use to infiltrate private information is critical to keeping our companies and our personal finances safe.

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Don’t Be Phish Bait was Hosted by Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Kicking off the 2016 event calendar at GRCF was like coming home again. As is their norm, Jan Burns and Shaun welcomed us graciously helped organize the space for optimal networking and comfort. Many attendees enjoyed ours of the original Anheuser-Busch Icehouse after the presentation. It is a historical space and GRFC has done a beautiful job restoring the building and repurposing it for their use while extending it to groups like WISE. We’re very fortunate GRCF welcomes WISE and WISE members. And a big shout out to Jan Burns who moves tables and seating around like a pro mover!

The event couldn’t have been more successful because we had the finest food in town! Food and drinks were catered by Amore Trattoria Italiana highest quality, delicious food and first class service. Thank you Jens and Chef Jenna. The vegetarian mushroom caps are now a huge favorite – and even the most stringent and healthiest amongst us had to have a spoonful of the decadent tiramisu! Thanks Amore team! WISE women know a good thing when we find it – and we return time and time again.

Special thanks to the event planning team:
Connie Sweet – WISE C-Founder and Connection Graphics
Mary Kent – WISE Advocate and Realtor® at 5-Star Real Estate
Debbie Van Hevele – VP, West/Southwest Regional Manager | Retail Bank
Comerica Bank
Mary Hartfield – GROW

Don’t miss out next event: City of Bliss : Empowering Diversity and Inclusion with Local Businesses. Mayor Rosalyn Bliss will be presenting WISE attendees about her plans for increasing business opportunities for everyone. The GR Forward plan will also be a highlight. The event will be held at Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc in tandem with Michigan Women Enterprise Council following their Executive Leadership Institute for Women conference at Grand Valley University Downtown Grand Rapids campus.

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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KDL Business References

Thank you all for a great time!

A great time with WISE women last Wednesday at Kent District Library Kentwood Branch. Rick from Reference USA loaded the audience with research tips to use now and in the future to help grow their businesses.

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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.

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.

Girl Scout Cookies – A Treat with a Mission

As WISE celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of Girl Scouting on February 7, everyone has the opportunity to support this spirit starting February 8th with Girl Scout Cookie Day.  Read on, to learn more about the magic of these tasty treats.


(Excerpt from GSA pressGS Cookies release, Grand Rapids, Mich – January 24, 2013)
The famous Thin Mints remain, but Girl Scouts are giving their cookie boxes an overhaul to highlight the real purpose of the $790-million cookie program, which is to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. To celebrate such a monumental program, this year Girl Scouts has named February 8 National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Girls will be asking 50 million cookie fans across the nation to buy or order more boxes in honor of their success in running the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world.


When it comes to skill building, statistics show the Girl Scout Cookie Program works.   All the revenue earned from cookie activities-every penny after paying the baker-stays with the local Girl Scout council that sponsors the sale. Councils use cookie revenue to supply essential services to troops, groups, and individual girls, such as providing program resources and communication support, training adult volunteers, and conducting events. As part of their experience in any Girl Scout product activity, girls can earn official Girl Scout awards.


“We have lots of young entrepreneurs in our council who love participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. It provides these girls with opportunities to create their own businesses and work toward specific goals,” said Gloria Lara, CEO of Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. “Our girls are doing some amazing things with their cookie earnings from helping out local charities to taking trips across the globe.”


Girl Scout cookie boxes now feature a new look that highlights the skills girls learn through the program. A new Girl Scouts of the USA marketing campaign reinforces this more contemporary message with the theme, “This Is What a Girl Can Do.”


The 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Season in northern and western Michigan will run from January 18 through April 12, 2013. Girl Scout cookies are still $3.50 per box.  Join us in supporting future business women in West Michigan.

Remember to join WISE for an evening of networking and celebrating women leaders as Gloria Lara, CEO of Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore talks about the positive lessons learned by today’s Girl Scouts and how to apply them in contemporary business. Read More…


Seats are filling quickly, REGISTER TODAY!

Herman Miller Small Medium Business group will be giving away the SAYL Chair at the WISE event.  The value of the chair is $400.  Must be present to win.

Herman Miller Sayl chair

Bonus! WISE meeting sponsor, Herman Miller Small Medium Business group will be giving away the SAYL Chair at the WISE event for a lucky attendee!  The value of the chair is $400.  Must be present to win… you may just be surprised with one of these newly designed filled cookie boxes!