Cultivating Connections January 2019

Hello January!

Verbena Marketing is pleased to bring you the January edition of Cultivating Connections, your monthly resource for networking opportunities, business tips, and professional development tools.

It’s a new year and the perfect time to start your year off right. We hope this issue will help!

If you have an event, resource or tool you would like to share for possible inclusion in our next issue, please send it to hello@verbenamarketing.com

If you need help setting, meeting or exceeding your marketing and business development goals, we can help your business blossom!

On Your Reading List

Year of Yes

In this thought-provoking read, Hollywood writer and director Shonda Rhimes, shares how a year of saying yes changed her life.

Even with three hit shows on television, Rhimes is a born introvert and at one time, lived her life saying no more than she said yes. But then she decided to make a change. By simply saying yes, more than no, Rhimes discovered the profound impact this would have. You will be inspired as Rhimes reveals how saying yes changed – and saved – her life.

On Your Desktop

Success

If you’re looking for a life coach app, this app might be for you. Whether it’s life or career goals or both, this app can help you develop a personal roadmap to help you achieve success and gain clarity. You’ll also find various tools for staying focused including daily reminders and awareness coaching, plus a feature that identifies areas where you might need to improve in.

On Your Mind
“Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterwards.” – Tina Fey

In Your Toolbox
Five Tips for Setting and Reaching Your New Year’s Goals:
  1. Make sure your goals align with your values. If they don’t, you won’t stick with them.
  2. Set goals that follow the SMART principles:
    Specific.
    Measurable.
    Attainable.
    Relevant.
    Time bound.
  3. Write them down!
  4. Make an action plan with concrete and realistic steps you can follow.
  5. Do one thing everyday that brings you closer to your goal! No matter how small, this will keep you motivated!

In Your Calendar
Upcoming Featured Events

Verbena Marketing Networking Group
Cultivating Connections Cafe

Join like-minded female entrepreneurs for coffee to share ideas, be accountable and stay motivated.
RSVP for details including location

Boss Ladies – Fraser Valley Chapter
https://bossladiesassociation.com
With a variety of professional development and networking events happening around the Fraser Valley this month, be sure to check out the Boss Ladies events page for all of the details.
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Business in Langley
www.facebook.com/groups/businessinlangley/
Tuesdays: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Brown bag lunch at Travel Professionals in the ME Plaza

Connect Now Business Network Langley Chapter
www.connectnowbusinessnetwork.com
Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm
Poseidon Greek Restaurant

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce
www.langleychamber.com/events/catgid/3

U40 Lunch & Learn Series – Young Entrepreneurs: Road to Success featuring Dr. Natasha Smith
January 9, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Deloitte LLP

January Dinner Meeting
January 15, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cascades Casino Coast Hotel & Convention Centre

Lunch & Learn – Facilitation Skills: Learn Techniques to Strengthen Your Workplace Training
January 16, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

The Heart
www.theheartcloverdale.com
Work Together Wednesday
Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Heart, Cloverdale

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.facebook.com/VWNLangley/
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre

Cultivating Connections December 2018

Hello December!

Verbena Marketing is pleased to bring you the December edition of Cultivating Connections, your monthly resource for networking opportunities, business tips, and professional development tools.

Tis the season for holiday parties and social gatherings and festive celebrations! It’s a special time of year and the perfect time to have gratitude for all that we are blessed with in our personal and professional lives.

If you have an event, resource or tool you would like to share for possible inclusion in our next issue, please send it to hello@verbenamarketing.com

If you need help setting, meeting or exceeding your marketing and business development goals, we can help your business blossom!

On Your Reading List

The Gratitude Formula

May McCarthy is a successful entrepreneur, investor, business strategist and her enlightening yet practical read, outlines how success can feel unattainable, as though others were given a secret that we ourselves were never blessed with. But according to May McCarthy, success is a system, not a secret.

McCarthy offers a definable, practical system that can be put to use every day to achieve success in health, finances, relationships, careers, and spiritual connections. McCarthy’s experience as a business strategist and successful entrepreneur has given her the tools to create success in her life and for her clients, and now she shares those tools in this book.

Although, this is book about how changing your thinking can change your outcome, it’s pragmatic not “preachy” so a great book to add to your business bookcase.

On Your Desktop

Happier

There’s an app for that! Who can’t use a little kick-start in the morning to get your day off on the right foot? If you’re not a morning person like me, then the Happier app might be for you!

According to the Happier website, their mission is to help you find more joy in everyday moments and get through difficult ones with compassion and resilience. And they believe that happiness is a skill we can all improve through regular practice.

In Your Toolbox
One of the best ways to make a difference in your life and the lives of other is to answer the following questions each day. Some people find it helps to write it down!
  • What are you thankful for today?
  • What are you going to do to help one person today?
  • Are you using kindness as your currency? (Thank you Mamas for Mamas!)
  • Are you practicing collaboration over competition? (Thank you Fraser Valley Boss Ladies!)
  • What is one thing you can do to pay it forward today?
  • What is one thing you can do to make a difference today?

In Your Calendar
Upcoming Featured Events

Verbena Marketing Networking Group
Cultivating Connections Cafe

Join like-minded female entrepreneurs for coffee to share ideas, be accountable and stay motivated.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 9:30 am
RSVP for details including location

Boss Ladies – Fraser Valley Chapter
https://bossladiesassociation.com
With a variety of professional development and networking events happening around the Fraser Valley this month, be sure to check out the Boss Ladies events page for all of the details.
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Business in Langley
www.facebook.com/groups/businessinlangley/
Tuesdays: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Brown bag lunch at Travel Professionals in the ME Plaza

Connect Now Business Network Langley Chapter
www.connectnowbusinessnetwork.com
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm
Poseidon Greek Restaurant

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce
www.langleychamber.com/events/catgid/3

U40 Networking Social
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Trading Post Brewing

Holiday Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cascades Casino

The Heart
www.theheartcloverdale.com
Work Together Wednesday
Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Heart, Cloverdale

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.facebook.com/VWNLangley/
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre

Cultivating Connections November 2018

Hello November!

Verbena Marketing is pleased to bring you the November edition of Cultivating Connections, your monthly resource for networking opportunities, business tips, and professional development tools.

November is the transitional month between fall and winter and the calm before the crazy social season. Your holiday promotions are getting underway. So you’ve got a lull and November is the perfect time to set your sales goals and make a plan for reaching them next year! This month’s issue will help!

If you have an event, resource or tool you would like to share for possible inclusion in our next issue, please send it to hello@verbenamarketing.com

If you need help setting, meeting or exceeding your marketing and business development goals, we can help your business blossom!

On Your Reading List

Agile Selling

We are all in sales. Everyday. All the time.

At its core, selling is the ability to persuade, convince and influence people to take action. Whether you’re interviewing for a job, getting a merchant to deliver goods tomorrow instead of next week, or persuading your kids to eat their greens, it’s all “selling”.

In this month’s read, sales guru Jill Konrath offers both new and experienced salespeople a plan for rapidly absorbing new information and mastering new skills by becoming agile sellers. Readers will learn the mindsets, learning strategies and habits that they can use in crazy-busy times to start strong and stay nimble.

From time management tools to personal motivation, creativity, and gamification strategies, Konrath teaches sellers how to get more done in less time, regardless of the environment.

On Your Desktop

Linkedin

If you aren’t already using Linkedin as a sales tool, you’re missing out from a wealth of potential at your finger tips. You’re may think the social media tool is just for looking for jobs or keeping connected with former colleagues, but it offers amazing reach from your collective network of contacts. Think of it as the Facebook for business.

On Your Mind
“To win more sales, stop selling!”
― Jill Konrath

New Funding Initiative
Check out Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, to find out more about the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a new Federal Government initiative that states it will double the number of female-owned businesses by 2025.

Youtube

Website

In Your Toolbox
Three common mistakes we make in sales:
  1. We make the mistake of viewing sales as a nasty thing to do. Instead of thinking about it as closing a sale, think about it as meeting a need.
  2. We don’t ask enough questions so we don’t know what’s best for our clients.
  3. We give too much away for free or at a discount thinking it will convince our customer’s to buy!

In Your Calendar
Upcoming Featured Events

Verbena Marketing Networking Group
Cultivating Connections Cafe

Join like-minded female entrepreneurs for coffee to share ideas, be accountable and stay motivated. 
Friday, November 9, 2018, 10:30 am
RSVP for details including location

Boss Ladies – Fraser Valley Chapter
https://bossladiesassociation.com
With a variety of professional development and networking events happening around the Fraser Valley this month, be sure to check out the Boss Ladies events page for all of the details.
Wordpress Workshop
Monday, November 5, 2018, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Business Plan Workshop
Wednesday November 14, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
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Business in Langley
www.facebook.com/groups/businessinlangley/
Tuesdays: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Brown bag lunch at Travel Professionals
Last Friday of the Month:
Friday, November 30, 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

Connect Now Business Network Langley Chapter
www.connectnowbusinessnetwork.com
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm
White Spot, 19651 Fraser Highway

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce
www.langleychamber.com/events/catgid/3

Non-Profit Management Leadership Training
Wednesdsay, November 14, 2018, 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Fort Langley Golf Course

Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cascades Casino Resort

Lunch & Learn – Streamline Payroll Processes with Payworks
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

The Heart
www.theheartcloverdale.com
Work Together Wednesday
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Heart, Cloverdale

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.facebook.com/VWNLangley/
Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre

Cultivating Connections October 2018

Hello October!

Verbena Marketing is pleased to bring you the October edition of Cultivating Connections, your monthly resource for networking opportunities, business tips, and professional development tools.

October brings us into the throes of the fall holidays: Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas and with it, countless opportunities to promote our businesses.

If you have an event, resource or tool you would like to share for possible inclusion in our next issue, please send it to hello@verbenamarketing.com

If you need help setting, meeting or exceeding your marketing and business development goals, we can help your business blossom!

On Your Reading List

Girl Wash Your Face

This month’s inspiring read by Rachel Hollis exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that can hold us back from living joyfully and productively and reveals specific practical strategies to help you move past them.

Using the same candid honesty and raw humour as her website TheChicSite.comGirl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle and how to give yourself grace without giving up. The book is encouraging, entertaining, and convincing. You will leave it feeling motivated to embrace your life with new passion.

On Your Desktop

The Hustle

 There is no shortage of content available in your email and in your feed, but The Hustle is worth a subscribe. I was skeptical when I first signed up, but since then have been pleasantly surprised by their refreshing and informative business content.

I skip the odd post, but when I do click, I end up reading about something useful for my business or at the very least, interesting to bring up at my next networking coffee.

DYK: Did you know some luxury brands destroy their unsold inventory so it doesn’t end up discounted and hurting their brand?

On Your Mind
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefano
In Your Toolbox
With the holiday season upon us, there are countless opportunities to be of service. The act of volunteering will help those less fortunate and make our communities a better place. And increase your network with all the people you help and meet!

In Your Calendar
Upcoming Featured Events

Cultivating Connections Cafe
Join like-minded female entrepreneurs for coffee to share ideas, be accountable and stay motivated. And this month we’re working on our Instastories!
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 10:30 am
RSVP for details including location

Boss Ladies – Fraser Valley Chapter
https://bossladiesassociation.com

With a variety of professional development and networking events happening around the Fraser Valley this month, be sure to check out the Boss Ladies events page for all of the details. Upcoming events include a Squarespace, Making Your Instagram Jam and Small Business Accounting workshops, plus Business Besties Socials all over the Fraser Valley!
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Business in Langley
www.facebook.com/groups/businessinlangley/
Tuesdays: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Brown bag lunch at Travel Professionals
Last Friday of the Month:
Friday, October 26, 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce
www.langleychamber.com/events/catgid/3

U40 Networking Social
October 3, 2018, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Oak & Thorne

DM Tactics for Non-Profits & Businesses Workshop
October 10, 2018, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Township of Langley – Municipal Election Meet & Greet
October 10, 2018, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Redwoods Golf Course

Lunch & Learn – 5 Steps to High Converting Facebook Ads
October 17, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

22nd Annual Business Excellence Awards
October 25, 2018, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cascades Casino Resort Ballroom

The Heart
www.theheartcloverdale.com

Work Together Wednesday
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Heart, Cloverdale

Cultivating Connections September 2018

Hello September!

Verbena Marketing is pleased to bring you the September edition of Cultivating Connections, your monthly resource for networking opportunities, business tips, and professional development tools.

Fall is upon us and for many small business owners this means an end to a summer schedule and a renewed focus on business. Family holidays are done and the kids are back in school learning the foundations of academic success — reading, writing and arithmetic.

With this is mind, this issue of Cultivating Connections will focus one of the foundations of business success: writing.

If you have an event, resource or tool you would like to share for possible inclusion in our next issue, please send it to hello@verbenamarketing.com

If you need help setting, meeting or exceeding your marketing and business development goals, we can help your business blossom!

On Your Reading List

Everybody Writes

Whether you think you are or not, you are a writer. And almost nothing is more important for your brand and your business than clearly written words for your website, emails and social media posts.

In one second you can look smart or not, trustworthy or not, funny or not. Think about it. Words are everywhere and how many times have you thought to yourself, I bet that person wishes they didn’t say that.

Everybody Writes is a go-to guide to creating and publishing the kind of content that will make your business thrive and make you look like a rock-star.

With expert guidance and insight into the process and strategy of content creation, production and publishing and actionable how-to advice designed to get results, we can all benefit from improving our written words with this book on our bookshelf.

On Your Desktop

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips

Not sure of the difference between their and there or where, ware and wear, the Grammar Girl is the resource for you.

With a website, YouTube channel, podcast, app and more, you can get the answers you need in the format you want.

On Your Mind

“A word after a word after a word is power.”

– Margaret Atwood

 

In Your Toolbox

It’s a simple thing, but there is nothing like receiving a handwritten note when we are always connected.

Think about the power of this the next time you finish a client project, meet a new prospective customer or meet someone you hope to collaborate with in the future.

A New Place to Work. Shop. Learn.

The Heart

On September 15th, a new creative collaborative work space, pop-up shop and location of the The Local Space will be opening in Downtown Cloverdale. If you’re looking for a new place to hang your shingle or just want to support all things local, check it out!

In Your Calendar

Upcoming Featured Events

Cultivating Connections Cafe

Join like-minded female entrepreneurs for coffee to share ideas, be accountable and stay motivated

Thursday, September 20, 2018, 9:30 am

Tracycakes, Murrayville

Boss Ladies – Fraser Valley Chapter

https://bossladiesassociation.com

With a variety of professional development and networking events happening around the Fraser Valley this month, be sure to check out the Boss Ladies events page for all of the details.

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Business in Langley

www.facebook.com/groups/businessinlangley/

Tuesdays: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Brown bag lunch at Travel Professionals

Last Friday of the Month:

Friday, September 28, 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

Connect Now Business Network

www.connectnowbusinessnetwork.com/events/

Langley (1st Wednesday of the month):

Wednesday, September 5, 11:15 am, Coast Hotel

Abbotsford (2nd Tuesday of the month):

Tuesday, September 11, 11:15 am, Denny’s

Walnut Grove (3rd Thursday of the month):

Thursday, September 20, 11:15 am, Ricky’s

Plus many other events throughout the Lower Mainland

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce

www.langleychamber.com/events/catgid/3

Lunch & Learn – Til Death Do Us Part: Creating a WOW customer experience from prospecting to retention

September 19, 2018

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

U40 Lunch & Learn Series – Young Entrepreneurs: Road to Success featuring Megan Parker

September 20, 2018

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Deloitte LLP #600 – 8621 201 Street, Langley

Lunch & Learn – Creating Impact Through Your Health

September 27, 2018

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

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