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

Cultivating Connections June 2018

It’s June!

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

Sunny summer days are upon us! This means less time behind a computer and more time at the beach. Less time in the office and more time at home with family. More time away from civilization and more time connecting with nature. More time slowing down and less time rushing. It’s the perfect time to reflect on what’s important! For us, it’s spending more time with family so we will see you back in the Fall.

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

Drop the Ball

Instead of another book about trying to do it all, this month’s pick is all trying not doing it all. Quite a paradigm shift for anyone trying to be the best in business while trying to be a pinterest mom.

After she had her first child, author Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go.

This is an inspiring read full of practical take-aways about how to manage the conflicting demands of work, parenthood, and marriage — by letting some of it go.

On Your Desktop

Behance

If you’re looking for design inspiration for your brand or next marketing campaign, you may want to check out Behance. Created by Adobe, it’s a site where graphic designers around the world share and showcase their work. You can spend hours poking around and it’s a nice change from Pinterest.
A New Place to Work. Shop. Learn.

The Heart

Opening June 15, 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!
On Your Mind

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”

– Mother Teresa
In Your Toolbox
We all have heard the old saying that in life, it’s not only about what you know, but who you know. And sometimes opportunities just come down to being in the right place at the right time.Because networking is about building mutually beneficial relationships, don’t forget the relationships you already have at your children’s schools, mom’s groups, book clubs, etc. You just never know who might need your services!

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, June 27, 2018, 9:30 am
Tracycakes, MurrayvilleBoss Ladies – Fraser Valley Chapter
https://bossladiesassociation.com

Join the Boss Ladies every second Tuesday (10:30 am – noon) to learn from industry experts covering a wide variety of topics to help you grow your business. In addition to brunch (mimosas included) and networking, you will walk away with ten key take-aways you can implement in your business right away!

June 12 – How to Sell without being salesy.
June 26 – SEO: It’s not just a shot in the dark.

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

Dinner Meeting – Summer Social
Wednesday, June 20, 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, June 22, 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

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

Langley (1st Wednesday of the month):
Wednesday, June 6, 11:15 am, Coast Hotel
Abbotsford (2nd Tuesday of the month):
Tuesday, June 12, 11:15 am, Denny’s
Walnut Grove (3rd Thursday of the month):
Thursday, June 21, 11:15 am, Ricky’s
Plus many other events throughout the Lower Mainland

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

2018 Chamber Golf Tournament
June 7, 2018
9:30 am – 7:00 pm
The Redwoods Golf Course, 22011 88 Avenue, Langley

Networking Open House // ALDERGROVE
June 14, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Bob’s Bar n’ Grill, 27083 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove

Coffee & Conversation 2018 with Greg Moore, Board Chair
June 15, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 pm

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
June 2018 Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
5:00 – 8:30 pm
Cascades Casino Coast Hotel & Convention Centre

Lunch & Learn – 7 Lessons to Improve Your Relationships with Success & Stress
June 20, 2018
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.valleywomensnetwork.com
Langley (3rd Wednesday of each month except July and August)
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Wednesday, June 20, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre
Plus many other Chapter events throughout the Lower Mainland

Cultivating Connections May 2018

It’s May!

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

With the flowers blossoming, May is a time to reflect upon our personal and professional goals and evaluate whether or not they are growing in direction we want them to. If they aren’t, have you asked yourself if you’ve planted the right seeds, provided the right fertilizer to make them grow, and tended to you garden enough to make it flourish?

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 Magic of Tiny Business

Learn how being smaller can make you bigger in this inspiring read about fostering your entrepreneurial spirit while staying true to yourself.

As an entrepreneur and mother, like most of us, Sharon Rowe wants to put her family first, build her business, and do something that makes an impact in the world. By telling her story about her successful eco-bags company, Stowe shares a step-by-step process of building a profitable venture that doesn’t compromise your values and balances profit and purpose.

www.sharonrowe.com

Giving Back
Do you know of a local community group who could benefit from a fresh new logo, snazzy corporate video, professional photo shoot and a marketing package?

If so, encourage them to enter this contest put together by some awesome local businesses wanting to make a difference in our community!

www.flyinghorsedesignstudio.com/designforgrowth/

On Your Desktop

Facetune

We all know Istagram remains one of the most important players in the social media game. So are you trying to up your own engagement and wonder how “everyone else” manages to make all their photos look so good?

The answer may not be professional photographs, but a nifty little app called Facetune. For a nominal fee, you can turn your mobile phone into a photo editing machine by allowing to retouch facial features, adjust lighting, change sizing, etc.

It won’t replace Photoshop know-how and hours of time, but it will give you the ability to edit photos on the go.

Social media influencer Megan Parker also recommends Smart Seed, Afterlight and Touch Retouch.

On Your Mind

“True fulfillment in life doesn’t come from what we get, it comes from what we give.”

– Marie Forleo

In Your Toolbox
You need to network before you need your network. Start by enhancing your relationships with your contacts.

Show support, offer assistance, reach out, check in, go above and beyond: GIVE SOMETHING. Set up a schedule to make this  a priority. And at the end of every connection, ask what you can do to help make a difference in something that matters to them.

Connect in-person or by phone, because no matter what, digital will never replace face-to-face.

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, May 24, 2018, 9:30 am
Tracycakes, Murrayville

Boss Ladies – Fraser Valley Chapter
https://www.facebook.com/events/162078307844191/

Join the Boss Ladies every second Tuesday (10:30 am – noon) to learn from industry experts covering a wide variety of topics to help you grow your business. In addition to brunch (mimosas included) and networking, you will walk away with ten key take-aways you can implement in your business right away!

May 1 – To incorporate or not. That is the question.
May 15 – Branding 101.
May 29 – Blogging so someone reads it.
June 12 – How to Sell without being salesy.
June 26 – SEO: It’s not just a shot in the dark.

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

Dinner Meeting
Wednesday, May 16, 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, May 25, 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

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

Langley (1st Wednesday of the month):
Wednesday, May 2, 11:15 am, Coast Hotel
Abbotsford (2nd Tuesday of the month):
Tuesday, May 8, 11:15 am, Denny’s
Walnut Grove (3rd Thursday of the month):
Thursday, May 17, 11:15 am, Ricky’s
Plus many other events throughout the Lower Mainland

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

2018 Networking Open House // NORTH LANGLEY
Thursday, May 3, 2018
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Redwoods Golf Course (22011 88 Ave, Langley)

CPTPP First Mover Advantage Workshop: Agri-Food Sector Readiness
Thursday, May 10, 2018
1:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Sandman Signature Hotel , Willoughby Room, (8828 201 Street, Langley)

Whitecaps Multi-Chamber Networking Night
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
BC Place, (777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver)

Coffee & Conversation 2018 with Jack Froese, Mayor
Thursday, May 17, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Fraser Valley Summit: Greater Things!
Thursday, May 24, 2018
7:15 am – 4:30 pm
Cascades Casino Convention Centre

Member Benefits 101
Friday, May 25, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

U40 Lunch & Learn Series – Young Entrepreneurs: Road to Success
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
1:00  pm – 2:30 pm
Deloitte LLP, (#600 – 8621 201 Street, Langley)

Lunch & Learn: Understanding Non-Profit Organization Financial Statements
Thursday, May 31, 2018
12:00 pm  – 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.valleywomensnetwork.com
Langley (3rd Wednesday of each month except July and August)
:
Wednesday, May 16, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre
Plus many other Chapter events throughout the Lower Mainland

Cultivating Connections April 2018

It’s April!

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

Spring has sprung and it’s a time for new starts and new beginnings. Whether you’re thinking about quitting your job and planting the seeds to start your dream business or focusing on growing your existing business, the transition from the dark days of winter to the flower-filled days of spring, is the perfect time. Don’t let fear hold back. April showers bring May flowers.

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 Upside of Stress
Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

In this riveting read, Stanford Psychologist and TED speaker Kelly McGonigal takes a different approach about the subject of stress. Instead of telling us the reasons why to avoid it, she shares how we can take advantage of it and use it to propel ourselves forward in our lives and our businesses by embracing it.

The Upside of Stress  brings together cutting-edge discoveries on the correlation between resilience—the human capacity for stress-related growth and mind-set – the power of beliefs to shape reality.
It’s not a guide to getting rid of stress, but a guide to getting better at stress, by understanding it, embracing it, and using it.

On Your Desktop

Pixabay

 If you’re too shy to get on the video bandwagon, you may want to consider using stock video footage for your website or social media. Pixabay is a solid choice for photos, illustrations and film footage with more than a million to choose from and it’s free and easy to use.

According to Hootsuite other good choices are: Pexles, Videvo, Life of Vids, Splitshire, Stockfootage 4 Free, Videezy, Videoblocks, and Vidsplay.

To read the full article, click here.

On Your Mind

“In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

– Margaret Atwood
In Your Toolbox
Networking is like finding the right pair of shoes. Just like there are red-soled stilettos for evening out or a pair of cork-bottomed sandals for a day at the beach, networking opportunities come in all shapes and sizes.

If you haven’t found your networking fit, make sure to try attending a variety of networking events to find what works best for you: large scale or intimate, industry specific, morning or night, community focussed, female only … the choices are endless. And don’t be afraid to be the newcomer. Most groups will welcome you with open arms once you share this. Remember, 99% of success is the result of just showing up.

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, April 24, 2018, 9:30 am
Tracycakes, Murrayville

Boss Ladies – Fraser Valley Chapter
https://www.facebook.com/events/162078307844191/

Join the Boss Ladies every second Tuesday (10:30 am – noon) to learn from industry experts covering a wide variety of topics to help you grow your business. In addition to brunch (mimosas included) and networking, you will walk away with ten key take-aways you can implement in your business right away!

April 17 – Instragram: It’s not just a pretty picture.
May 1 – To incorporate or not. That is the question.
May 15 – Branding 101.
May 29 – Blogging so someone reads it.
June 12 – How to Sell without being salesy.
June 26th – SEO: It’s not just a shot in the dark.

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

Dinner Meeting
Wednesday, April 18, 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, April 27, 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

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

Langley (1st Wednesday of the month):
Wednesday, April 4, 11:15 am, Coast Hotel
Abbotsford (2nd Tuesday of the month):
Tuesday, April 10, 11:15 am, Denny’s
Walnut Grove (3rd Thursday of the month):
Thursday, April 19, 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
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Moxie’s Grill & Bar

Coffee & Conversation 2018 with Mark Warawa, MP
Thursday, April 5, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

2018 Networking Open House
Thursday, April 12, 2018
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Match Eatery & Public House

April 2018 Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cascades Casino Coast Hotel & Convention Centre

Lunch & Learn: The Best Productivity Tools to Boost Your Business
Thursday, April 19, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Lunch & Learn: Creating Impact Through Your Health
Thursday, April 26, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.valleywomensnetwork.com
Langley (3rd Wednesday of each month except July and August)
:
Wednesday, April 18, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre
Plus many other Chapter events throughout the Lower Mainland

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

Plus many other Chapter events throughout the Lower Mainland

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