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Women In Successful Enterprises and Grand Rapids Funny Girls on Achieving Work Life Balance

Grand Rapids Women In Successful Enterprises and Grand Rapids Funny Girls on Achieving Work Life Balance

This evening event was created for women in business to poke fun at the ever-elusive goal of work-life balance.

Grand Rapids Women In Successful Enterprises (WISE), a collection of leading, like-minded and entrepreneurial women, has announced that it will host an innovative business event at Start Garden, Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan on the 17th of May 2017. This groundbreaking and revolutionary event will feature captivating business networking and educational get-together focused on discussing how to use humor to achieve work-life balance and feel better about chaos.

Based in Grand Rapids Women In Successful Enterprises (WISE) was established with the primary aim of providing an encouraging environment for women-owned businesses to network and work together to build wisdom and extend support for growth and business success. The activities of the non-profit resource for women entrepreneurs are focused on fostering an environment of growth and support where businesswomen connect with each other; thereby taking their businesses to the next level and contributing to each other’s successful business growth and development.

In the bid to achieve this laudable primary aim, Women In Successful Enterprises gathered a team of qualified women entrepreneurs and business veterans to organize events, seminars, and lectures designed to empower and educate women in business on ways of engaging and surviving in their businesses. “Through a perfect blend of expertise and the business experience of our noble team as well as leveraging advanced technology, we have successfully delivered the most creative and educating events to women in business within the West Michigan area”, said Connie Sweet, co-founder of Women In Successful Enterprises.

To host this creative and fascinating event, Women In Successful Enterprise is collaborating with other organizations that will contribute to making the event a memorable occasion. The organizations include SBDC, GROW and Funny Girls.
For further information about Grand Rapids Women In Successful Enterprises (WISE) and its upcoming business event visit our events section on the website.

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.

WISE

Women in Successful Business

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

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WISE women share advice

Learn with Women in Successful Enterprises

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) – Women in Successful Enterprises (WISE) unites the skills, knowledge, and resources of established women-owned companies. Join Women in Successful Enterprises (WISE) as they engage in an insightful panel discussion to elaborate on what opportunities exist and how your business can obtain consideration for them. “How Can We Serve? Strategies for Service Companies to Win The Bid” will be held July 25, just one WISE opportunity for you.

The panel consists of experienced sourcing agents including Debra Quade of Kellogg’s Corporation, Melissa Fennell, Senior Supplier and Development Manager for Herman Miller, Mansfield Matthewson of Grand Rapids Community College, and Pam Smith, Certification Director for WBENC-Great Lakes, They will all be available to answer questions about women owned business certification.

“How Can We Serve? Strategies for Service Companies to Win The Bid” will be held on July 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Varnum Law Offices. The cost is $25 to attend.

Panelists will take your questions and address:

How can your woman owned business be the service resource large companies seek?
What best practices should be adopted to engage supplier diversity decision makers?
Are large corporations continuing to encourage diversity supplier development and engagement?

Varnum
333 Bridge Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Click here to register for “How Can We Serve? Strategies for Service Companies to Win the Bid”

More upcoming WISE events:

November 6, 2013: How does domestic violence affect the workplace? Annual giving back event supports YWCA Domestic Violence Division. The Grand Rapids Community Foundation welcomes back wise to their historic building. It’s open, comfortable, and great area for networking. The event is $25 and goes from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Read Article: WISE women share advice on woodtv.com

WISE Coverage for From Girl Scout to CEO

Life Skills Learned in Girl Scouts

Take a look at this WOOD TV Eight West segment from February 5, 2013. Maureen Fitzgerald Penn of Penn and Ink joins Girls Scouts Shore to Shore Director Gloria Lara and the EightWest gals to discuss some of the many connections between teaching young girls leadership skills in Girl Scouts and how CEO are developed!

The event is going to be held at Work Squared in Grand Rapids and is sponsored by Herman Miller Small Medium Business group. Tasty cookie treats will be on hand and a special opportunity to win a Herman Miller Sayl chair ($400 value)for those of us who work hard and deserve comfy desk seating!

Life skills learned through Girl Scouts

‘Mommy Millionaire’ Kim Lavine has advice for women in business: ‘Don’t get angry, get rich’

Kim Lavine, center, talks last week with the owners of Brittanie’s Thyme, a Cedar Springs-based company that sells USDA certified organic personal care products. They were participating in the Women in Successful Enterprises event at the Pennisular Club in downtown Grand Rapids.

By The Grand Rapids Press
November 23, 2009, 6:09AM

GRAND RAPIDS – “Mommy Millionaire” author Kim Lavine said women business owners should capitalize on “perhaps the biggest entrepreneurial revolution this country has ever seen.”

Despite a struggling economy, now isn’t the time to cower in fear, said the Grand Haven Township woman who built a nearly $10 million business from her home.

“Forget all this talk about doom and gloom,” Lavine told dozens of area businesswomen at last week’s Women in Successful Enterprises expo at the Peninsular Club, 77 Monroe Center NW. “Everything is changing. Don’t confuse change with fear.”

Lavine is president of Mommy Millionaire Media and Grand Haven-based Green Daisy Inc., a company that began in 2001 with her Wuvit corn-filled therapy pillow and now licenses pajamas, pet accessories, stationery, lip balm and other products.

She is embarking on an international tour to promote her second book, “The Mommy Manifesto: How to Use Our Power to Think Big, Break Limitations and Achieve Success,” released in September and published by John Wiley & Sons Inc.

She said she is on a mission to kickstart a million new businesses in the U.S.

Lavine encourages women with solid business models to take advantage of $20 billion offered annually by affluent “angel investors,” many of whom are based in California’s Silicon Valley.

Write down an estimated start-up cost, multiply it by 10 and begin looking for cash, she advised.

“Those angels have a mandate to invest in women-owned businesses, and I want to see every one of you knocking on their doors and asking them for money,” Lavine said. “This is an historic time for women to connect with this capital.”

“Ninety percent of success is in your head. Tell yourself you are fabulous – and own it.”

According to Lavine, women are moving backward for the first time since the 1970s. While they are launching businesses at twice the rate of men, only 3 percent of the companies have revenues of $1 million or more, she said.

Women also are being downsized “disproportionately” in the recession, she said. Still, resentment isn’t a fruitful enterprise.

“Don’t get angry, get rich,” Lavine said.

Integral to Lavine’s game plan is using free, social media to promote products and services.

Resources such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter mustn’t be ignored, she said.

“You must Tweet today,” Lavine said. “The more you cast your net out, they’re more connections you’re going to make. It’s a numbers game.”

“You have to adapt your strategies.”

Organization to boost women business owners

Grand Rapids Business Journal – Elizabeth Slowik
Published: March 30, 2009

A new group is organizing to support women whose businesses are ready to take the next step.

WISE — Women In Successful Enterprises — aims to help women business owners who are past the start-up phase and are ready to grow, said Floriza Genautis.

Genautis, owner of Management Business Solutions Inc., a Grand Rapids staffing and recruiting firm with six employees, is working with Connie Sweet of Connection Graphics in Lansing to organize WISE, an outgrowth of their participation in the local group Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs.

WISE plans to sponsor events quarterly for established women-owned businesses in central and West Michigan, Genautis said. The first occurred last week, with a session on sustainability at Cascade Engineering, followed by a brewery tour and networking time at Schmohz Brewery. She said she expected about 50 to attend.

The next event will be a full-day conference on leadership May 21 in conjunction with Ann Arbor-based Michigan Women’s Marketplace, an online forum for women in business, at Davenport University’s Caledonia campus.

“It’s created to be a resource group for women in business who are already established.” said Genautis, who launched her firm less than three years ago.

“When we were looking to find a name, we really said, ‘You know, these are wise women,’” she added. “They are looking to grow their business to the next level. They’re certainly not start-ups. They are not in the entrepreneurial phase. … We want to be the vehicle to provide those opportunities as well as resources to get them to that level.”

The organization is not membership-based, she said.

Genautis said she has often attended events for women business owners on the east side of the state.

“There’s something missing here in our area in West Michigan, because there’s nothing here available. There are a lot of great, great … events, organizations available to help you get started, networking opportunities, but never focused on established companies. Really, that’s where we came in.”

More information is available at www.wiseconnections.org.

“It’s very inclusive. You don’t have to be a business owner to join in,” she added, noting that executives in larger businesses may participate in WISE events.

Among the issues that established businesses face that may be addressed by WISE are public relations and employee retention, Genautis said. “We do face different types of issues as we grow our business,” she said.