Cultivating Connections March 2018

It’s March!

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

Are you a lamb or a lion? I recently had the privilege of seeing Michelle Obama in person. Although I’ve heard her speak countless times in the media, it was different to hear her words live. She is as formidable on stage as on TV, and no matter your political beliefs, she has great things to say about believing in the power of ourselves. As female business owners, we are our own worst critics and our own worst enemies. We question ourselves and our businesses. We need to change this and become our biggest advocates and the biggest believers in ourselves and our dreams. In Michelle Obama’s words: “Confidence is a muscle you need to exercise.” 

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

You are a Badass

By Jen Sincero

If you’re looking for an entertaining and easy-to-digest motivational business book, Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass should be added to your bookshelf.

With inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, (don’t mind the occasional swear word), this book will help you identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want and blast past your fears so you can take bigger risks.

By the end of this read, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how kick some serious ass.

Submitted by: Cynthia Dreger, Mortgage Consultant

Cynthia Mortgages

On Your Desktop

Trello

Does your project management consist of post-it-notes and notes jotted down on napkins? Do you need to visualize how you keep track of your tasks and projects? Then Trello might be the right tool for you.

Trello is a online app that organizes your projects into boards. All your projects, all your tasks, all of your team are organized, accounted for, and easily visible at a glance. Just like notes on a whiteboard, but paperless and sharable to collaborate with others. There’s a free version to try and more advanced pay-for options.

On Your Mind

“Believe in the power of your own story.”

– Michelle Obama

In Your Toolbox

Need confidence to attend a networking event? It’s always more awkward when you’re attending an event for yourself, so make it about others and you have nothing to be afraid of!

Reach out to your contacts and find out who might be in need of a product or service and take this mental list with you. Is your aunt selling her home and may need a real estate or insurance agent? Is your hair stylist opening her own salon …  Use your network as an conversation starter to master the art of connecting with others and help others at the same time.

In Your Calendar

Upcoming Featured Events

Cultivating Connections Cafe

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 9:30 am

Tracycakes, Murrayville

Unapologetically HER

A one-of-a-kind event aimed at entertaining and inspiring women and includes a exclusive shopping experience, live music, dinner, dessert, champagne and of course unapologetic girl talk featuring celebrity guest Kaitlyn Bristowe.

Friday, March 9, 2018, 3:00 pm onwards

Cascades Casino

NOTE; A few Girlfriend tables still available!

Boss Ladies – Fraser Valley Chapter

www.facebook.com/pg/bossladiesco/events/?ref=page_internal

Intro to SEO

Did you know that optimizing your website for search engines goes beyond elements on your actual website? Don’t have $500+ per month to give to a marketing agency? Join us and learn how you can kick start your SEO yourself!

Intro to the DSLR Camera

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Have a new camera? Not sure how to utilize it yet? Join us for this introductory course for the SLR Camera.

Business Bestie Brunch: Business Plan Writing

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Did you start your business without a business plan? Ready to write one now? Join us for an interactive business plan writing workshop.

Business and Professional Women Langley – BPW Langley

www.bpwlangley.com/events

Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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, March 23, 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

Connect Now Business Network

www.connectnowbusinessnetwork.com/events/

Langley (1st Wednesday of the month):

Wednesday, March 7, 11:15 am, Coast Hotel

Abbotsford (2nd Tuesday of the month):

Wednesday, March 14, 11:15 am, Denny’s

Walnut Grove (3rd Thursday of the month):

Thursday, March 15, 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 and Learn: Get More Business Value From Your Corporate Philanthropy

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Coffee & Conversation 2018 with John Aldag, MP

Monday, March 5, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

2018 Networking Open House // SOUTH LANGLEY

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Langley Golf & Banquet Centre

U40 Lunch & Learn Series – Young Entrepreneurs: Road to Success featuring Darian Kovacs

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Deloitte LLP

Lunch & Learn: 5 Steps to Creating High Converting Facebook Ads

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Coffee & Conversation 2018 with Darryl Plecas, MLA

Thursday, March 16, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Dinner Meeting

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 5:00 – 8:30 pm

Cascades Casino

Lunch & Learn – How to Make Direct Mail & Canada Post Work for You

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Thinkreferrals Business Network – Various Chapters

www.trbn.com

Various chapter events throughout the Fraser Valley

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter

www.valleywomensnetwork.com

Langley (3rd Wednesday of each month except July and August)
:

Wednesday, March, 21, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre

Plus many other Chapter events throughout the Lower Mainland

Cultivating Connections February 2018

It’s February!

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

It’s the month of love and family and doing what we’re passionate about for a living. As the second month of the year, it’s a good time to evaluate whether or not your 2018 goals are off to a good start or make a plan if you haven’t started at all!

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

BUSINESS Boutique – A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves

By Christy Wright

Business Boutique is a must read for any woman thinking about starting a business or who has a business already. Christy Wright takes you through the step-by-step process of planning your business from conception to running your business with confidence. Her personal stories and experiences are engaging and help to simplify the process. She encourages you to find your motivation, your “why” for starting your business, and really finding your passion. She is amazing at inspiring women and the book is designed to help you get past the doubts and fears you may feel.

Submitted by: Susanne Brown

Follow Their Footsteps

To continue to be inspired and motivated, listen to Christy Wright’s Business Boutique Podcast – subscribe on iTunes – www.businessboutique.com/podcast/

On Your Desktop

Buffer

Do you feel like you spend too much time “doing” your social media and not enough time on your business? You could hire a social media company to help or you can try one of the many free social media scheduler’s out there to help.

Buffer is a free app that manages the timing of your social media posts. You can connect up to three of any combination of social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. For an additional fee, you can connect more.

It’s easy to use and keeps a 30-day archive of your content. A paid upgrade is available for detailed analytics.

 

On Your Mind

“Do what you love and the money will follow.”

– Marsha Sinetar

 

In Your Toolbox

Networking doesn’t happen overnight. Patience is key. In any relationship trust is earned and rapport takes time to be established. Don’t expect to attend a networking function and gain business from it the next day. It takes an average of six months to year to build a solid relationship. So be a regular attendee, be a listener, and be ready to offer assistance however you can.

 

In Your Calendar

Upcoming Featured Events

Cultivating Connections Cafe

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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 9:30 am

Tracycakes, Murrayville

Think and Grow Rich for Women

Think And Grow Rich For Women is an experiential event for women looking to create their ideal life, on their terms with Sharon Lechter and Lisa Copeland.

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cascades Casino

NOTE: A few sponsorship tables still available!

Unapologetically HER

A one-of-a-kind event aimed at entertaining and inspiring women and includes a exclusive shopping experience, live music, dinner, dessert, champagne and of course unapologetic girl talk featuring celebrity guest Kaitlyn Bristowe.

Friday, March 9, 2018, 3:00 pm onwards

Cascades Casino

NOTE; A few Girlfriend tables still available!

Boss Ladies – Fraser Valley Chapter

www.facebook.com/pg/bossladiesco/events/?ref=page_internal

Besties Brunch: Mortgages for the Self Employed

Tuesday, February 13, 2018,10:00 – 11:30 am, The Local Space

Are you self employed? Are you wondering how to break out into the real estate market without a guaranteed income or regular pay cheque? It is possible and Jourdane Lal will teach you how to do it and how to be able to do it soon.

Networking with Influencers

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7 – 9 pm, The Local Space

Influencer Marketing is taking the business world by storm, but do you know how to network with influencers in a way that it can benefit your business? EVERY business can benefit from Influencer Marketing and Connie Peters from Modern Mama will answer all your questions.

Business and Professional Women Langley – BPW Langley

www.bpwlangley.com/event/january-17-dinner-meeting/

Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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, February 23, 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

Connect Now Business Network

www.connectnowbusinessnetwork.com/events/

Langley (1st Wednesday of the month):

Wednesday, February 7, 11:15 am, Coast Hotel

Abbotsford (2nd Tuesday of the month):

Wednesday, February 14, 11:15 am, Denny’s

Walnut Grove (3rd Thursday of the month):

Thursday, February 15, 11:15 am, Ricky’s

Plus many other events throughout the Lower Mainland

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce

www.langleychamber.com/events/catgid/3

U40 Networking Social

February 7, 2018, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Earls Kitchen + Bar Langley

Coffee & Conversation 2018 with Mary Polak, MLA

February 16, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Dinner Meeting

February 20, 2018, 5:00 – 8:30 pm

Cascades Casino

Lunch & Learn – Supercharge Your Email Marketing Efforts by Leveraging Social Media

February 21, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Coffee & Conversation 2018 with Ted Schaffer, Mayor

February 22, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Thinkreferrals Business Network – Various Chapters

www.trbn.com

Various chapter events throughout the Fraser Valley

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter

www.valleywomensnetwork.com

Langley (3rd Wednesday of each month except July and August)
:

Wednesday, February, 21, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre

Plus many other Chapter events throughout the Lower Mainland

Cultivating Connections January 2018

Happy New Year!

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

It’s a new year and a new beginning! It’s time to get started on the path to reach your goals for the year! Do you know what you want to achieve personally and professionally? Have you created a tangible strategy for 2018 yet? It’s time! You got this!

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
#GIRLBOSS

#GIRLBOSS is an entrepreneurial modern day rags to riches story featuring the autobiography of Sophia Amoruso. In this inspiring read, Sophia shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers and most recognized brands in the world.

As Nasty Gal founder and CEO of Girlboss, Sophia was never a follower. She’s written #GIRLBOSS for those who are willing to carve their path to success even when others don’t believe in them.

#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful is about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; and about always staying true to who you are.

www.girlboss.com

On Your Desktop

www.lumen5.com

Feeling behind on your social media game and not yet on the video bandwagon? Then Lumen5 is worth a try.
Lumen5 is a free and easy-to-use tool that turns blog posts into sharable social media videos. You just enter your blog post URL and use the program to match your content with images and music. The software also has features so you can customize your video to reflect  your brand.
The end result won’t be the caliber of that of a professional, but Lumen5 can help you get out of social media dark ages.

On Your Mind

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

In Your Toolbox

Do something to build your network every single day. Make it a habit. The more you do, the more comfortable you will be with it. Plus, your business will benefit. Every day is an opportunity to get better. Connect with at least one person professionally every day. Try following up with someone you already know or ask for an introduction from a mutual connection.

In Your Calendar

Upcoming Featured Events

Cultivating Connections Cafe
Join like-minded female entrepreneurs for coffee to share ideas, be accountable and stay motivated
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 9:30 am
Tracycakes, Murrayville

Think and Grow Rich for Women
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cascades Casino

Unapologetically HER
Friday, March 9, 2018, 3:00 pm onwards
Cascades Casino

Business and Professional Women Langley – BPW Langley
www.bpwlangley.com/event/january-17-dinner-meeting/

Dinner Meeting
January 17, 2018
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Business in Langley
www.facebook.com/groups/businessinlangley/

Tuesdays: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, NY Bar & Grill
Last Friday of the Month: 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

Connect Now Business Network
www.connectnowbusinessnetwork.com/events/

Langley: 1st Wednesday of the month, 11:15 am, Coast Hotel
Abbotsford: 2nd Tuesday of the month 11:15 am, Denny’s
Plus many other events throughout the Lower Mainland

Fraser Valley Boss Ladies
www.facebook.com/pg/Fvbossladies/events/?ref=page_internal 

Fraser Valley Freelancers
www.fvfreelancers.ca/events/

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

New Year New Connection  2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dinner Meeting
January 16, 2018
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Thinkreferrals Business Network – Various Chapters
www.trbn.com
Various chapter events throughout the Fraser Valley

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.valleywomensnetwork.com
Luncheon 3rd Wednesday of each month (except July and August)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cultivating Connections December 2017

Happy Holidays!

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

This is a special time of year … it’s a time to celebrate with our loved ones and our peers, show our appreciation to our clients and our contacts, and have gratitude for everything we have to be thankful for. It’s also an important time to reflect on our successes and learnings from the past year and to set goals and plan for the year ahead.

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 Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Where you work affects how you work. It’s no surprise then that a messy, cluttered, or unorganized work space will affect your bottom line. In this best-selling read, Marie shares her simple systemized way to organize your home or office once and for all, and get rid of the clutter that is holding you back from taking your business to the next level.
www.tidyingup.com

On Your Desktop

www.Canva.com

If you’re looking for a free and easy-to-use graphic design tool, Canva is worth trying on your phone or desktop. It comes preloaded with templates and fonts to help you obtain the look and feel you want for brochures, logos and more.

Canva definitely does not replace the role of a trained graphic designer as part of your marketing arsenal, but it could help you bridge the gap.

On Your Mind

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.

– Mary Kay Ash

In Your Toolbox

Failing to follow up is planning to fail.
One of the best ways to grow your network is follow up with everyone you meet. Send an email or make a phone call and make a plan to meet again to reconnect and begin building a mutually beneficial relationship. Don’t wait too long to make sure your meeting is still top of mind!

In Your Calendar

Business and Professional Women Langley – BPW Langley
www.bpwlangley.com/event/december-06-christmas-social-and-silent-auction/

Christmas Social and Silent Auction
December 6, 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Business in Langley
www.facebook.com/groups/businessinlangley/

Tuesdays: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, NY Bar & Grill
Last Friday of the Month: 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

Christmas Potluck Party
December 10, 2017
1:00 pm -3:00 pm

Connect Now Business Network
www.connectnowbusinessnetwork.com/events/

Langley: 1st Wednesday of the month, 11:15 am, Coast Hotel
Abbotsford: 2nd Tuesday of the month 11:15 am, Denny’s

Jingle Mingle Abbotsford
December 14, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Fraser Valley Boss Ladies
www.fvbl.org/events/category/fvbl-events/

Fraser Valley Freelancers
www.fvfreelancers.ca/events/

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

U40 Networking Social
December 6, 2017
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Holiday Dinner Meeting
December 12, 2017
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

New Year New Connection  2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.valleywomensnetwork.com

Luncheon 3rd Wednesday of each month (except July and August)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cultivating Connections November 2017

Hello!

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

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

On Your Reading List

She Means Business

Are you ready to turn your ideas into reality and build a wildly successful business? There has never been a better time to say yes!

With a computer and an Internet connection, you can get your ideas, messages, and business out there like never before and create so much success. In this book, Carrie Green shows you how.
www.mc.femaleentrepreneurassociation.com/fea/she-means-business-book/

On Your Desktop

www.Unsplash.com

If you’re looking for a solid array of free and royalty-free images, unsplash.com could just be the source you’re looking for.

There are actually dozens if not hundreds of websites offering free stock images. Some are better than others. A quick search online of ‘free stock images’ will pull up other sites with free stock photos, including this one from Canva.

On Your Mind

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
– Farrah Gray

In Your Toolbox

Networking is a critical part of building your business, but think about it like dating and not sales. It’s about building mutually beneficial relationships. It’s about meeting new people and learning about their hobbies, families and what they do for a living.

In Your Calendar

Business and Professional Woman Langley – BPW Langley
www.bpwlangley.com/events/

Dinner Meeting
November 15, 2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Business in Langley
www.facebook.com/groups/businessinlangley/

Tuesdays: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, NY Bar & Grill
Last Friday of the Month: 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

Connect Now Business Network
www.connectnowbusinessnetwork.com/events/

Langley: 1st Tuesday of the month, 11:15 am, Coast Hotel
Abbotsford: 2nd Tuesday of the month 11:15 am, Denny’s

7 Story Types You Should be Using in Your Business to Attract Your Ideal Audience
November 16, 2017
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Fraser Valley Boss Ladies
www.fvbl.org/events/category/fvbl-events/

WordPress Wednesday
Every Wednesday
By appointment

Pop Up Shop
Every Saturday
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Mom Boss
3rd Monday of the month
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fraser Valley Freelancers
www.fvfreelancers.ca/events/

Money Mingle: Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know
November 7, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

U40 Networking Social
November 1, 2017
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

2017 Small Business Information Expo
November 7, 2017

November 2017 Dinner Meeting
November 21, 2017
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

SHOW ME THE LIKES – Social Media Training for the Business Community
November 23, 2017
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Member Benefits 101
November 29, 2017
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.valleywomensnetwork.com

Luncheon 3rd Wednesday of each month (except July and August)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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