Cultivating Connections April 2019

Cultivating Connections April 2019

Hello 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.

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 Fire Starter Sessions

“Your most valuable currency is what comes most naturally to you. CASH IN.”
 
The Fire Starter Sessions is an apathy-kicking, integrity-infusing guide to defining success on your own terms. 
 
As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com-deemed “the best place online for kick-ass spirituality,” Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have been read by over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts:

  • Life balance is a myth, and the pursuit of it is causing us more stress then the craving for balance itself.
  • Being well-rounded is over-rated. When you focus on developing your true strengths, you enter your mastery zone.
  • Screw your principles (they might be holding you back). 
  • We have ambition backwards. Getting clear on how you want to feel in your life + work is more important than setting goals. It’s the most potent form of clarity that you can have, and it’s what leads to true fulfilment.

If you have a suggestion to be considered for a future issue of Cultivating Connections, get in touch!

On Your Desktop
Wondering how everyone else makes their photos look so great? Well it’s not always because they have fantastic photography skills

Snapseed is a free app available for both Android and iOS mobile devices. Take pictures on your mobile device, apply Snapseed’s filters, and share them on social media platforms. 

Snapseed is an artist’s tool with advanced features, but its easy-to-use controls make it suitable for everyone who likes to play around with their images. 

On Your Mind

The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
– Ayn Rand
 
 
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. 

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

Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce
http://business.cloverdalechamber.ca/events
Don’t miss the April Networking Luncheon featuring best-selling author and well-known speaker Peter Legge, plus the 2019 Clovie Awards Gala!

Connect Now Business Network Langley Chapter
www.connectnowbusinessnetwork.com
Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm
Poseidon Greek Restaurant

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce
www.langleychamber.com/events/catgid/3
With lunch, dinner and business after hour events, there is a networking event to fit with any schedule. 

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

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.facebook.com/VWNLangley/
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre

Cultivating Connections March 2019

Cultivating Connections March 2019

Hello March!

Verbena Marketing is pleased to bring you the March edition of Cultivating Connections, your monthly resource for networking opportunities, business tips, 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

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 Five Second Rule

This month’s read is courtesy of Cynthia Dreger, Mortgage Consultant:
 
I HIGHLY recommend this book. The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robins, I just finished it and I LOVED IT! It is changing my life, and I guarantee, if you follow it, it will change yours too. If you ever find your thoughts stopping you from just going for it, or fear getting in the way, whatever it is that is stopping you from achieving your goals. Mel will set you straight. It can have a positive impact on your health, your finances, all your goals! The effects are immediate and amazing. If you are anything like me, busy all the time, no time to read, you may find Audible.ca as awesome as I do. You can listen while you drive, cook dinner etc.…..whenever works for you. Mel Robbins narrates the book, which makes it WAY more motivating and real. As Mel says, “you are one decision away from a completely different life.” 5.4.3.2.1 GO!!!
 
If you have a suggestion to be considered for a future issue of Cultivating Connections, get in touch!

On Your Desktop

Hubdoc

Looking to for a tool to help you stay on top of your bookkeeping? Hubdoc might be the answer! Although it has a monthly fee, this handy platform fetches and stores all of your receipts and other paperwork with by simply snapping a photo  of it. How easy is that!?
 

On Your Mind

I had a boyfriend who told me I’d never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song and that he hoped I’d fail. I said to him, Someday, when we’re not together, you won’t be able to order a cup of coffee at the f—ing deli without hearing or seeing me.”
– Lady Gaga
 

In Your Toolbox
Verbena Marketing’s March Tip for a Better Brand
Do your market research. Then do it again every six months.

Make sure you know who your key competitors are and what they are doing well and not so well. Use this info to create your differentiator. Remember that your key differentiator may not be a product or service. It could be YOU.

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. 

Business Bestie Brunch: Pinterest Workshop
Monday, March 4, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
The Heart

Shopify Worskhop
Thursday, March 14, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Heart

Business Bestie Social: Cloverdale
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Heart

Instagram Workshop
Wednesday, March 27, 9:30 am – 11:00 am 
The Heart

Video Marketing
Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Heart

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, March 6, 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 Sara Hodson
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Deloitte LLP 
 
2019 Networking Open House
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Langley Golf & Banquet Centre 
 
Coffee & Conversation 2019 with MLA Mary Polak
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom
 
March 2019 Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cascades Casino Coast Hotel & Convention Centre

Lunch & Learn – Building on Brand: Better Marketing Through the Power of Branding
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom 
 
Business After Hours Mixer 
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Chartwell Langley Gardens Retirement Residence

The Heart
www.theheartcloverdale.com
Work Together Wednesday
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Heart, Cloverdale

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.facebook.com/VWNLangley/
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre

Cultivating Connections February 2019

Cultivating Connections February 2019

Hello February!

Verbena Marketing is pleased to bring you the February edition of Cultivating Connections, your monthly resource for networking opportunities, business tips, 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

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 Best Business Book in the World

Make sure to add a copy of The Best Business Book in the World by Jill Salzman to your bookshelf! Salzman is the founder of The Founding Moms, award-winning TED speaker and successful entrepreneur many times over. 

This digest of tips, thoughts, anecdotes and tools can be read cover-to-cover or a page at a time. The content is a collection of Salzman’s daily emails she sends to her 12,000 plus subscribers and like her subscribers, you will come away with a list of action items, newfound inspiration and new resources to explore. 

On Your Desktop

Wunderlist

Looking to get more organized? Wunderlist might be the answer! This free and easy-to-use app is straightforward and easy to use with lots of options to customize what works best for you: make lists, manage and organize items into folders, assign deadlines, insert more items, filter tasks, and display your schedule are just some of the things you can do.
 

On Your Mind

“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.”
– Marie Forleo
 

In Your Toolbox
6 Common Sense Time Management Tips!

1. Start your day with a clear focus.

Have a plan for what you want to accomplish each day before you get started. Spending as little as 5 minutes mapping out your day will save you hours scrambling to get it all done.

2. Have a dynamic task list.

Create a living task list that you update and revise regularly. Make sure your list gives you a quick overview of everything that’s urgent and important, but also includes big picture stuff.

3. Do the most important things first.

Sounds obvious, but it’s very easy to whittle away a day with the small stuff. 

4. Minimize interruptions.

This is a no-brainer that the more uninterrupted time you get during the day to work on important tasks, the more effective you’ll be. So PUT DOWN your phone!

5. Stop procrastinating and be accountable.

Don’t put off what you need to do or what you don’t want to do. If you can’t get it done, enlist the help of an accountability partner or group. 

6. Review your day.

Spend 5-10 minutes reviewing your task list every day before you close your computer. This will get you one step further ahead to get started tomorrow.

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. 

Business Bestie Social: Cloverdale
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Heart

Small Business Accounting
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Heart

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, February 6, 2019, 11:15 am – 1:30 pm
Poseidon Greek Restaurant

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

U40 Networking Social
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Chaberton Estate Winery

February 2019 Dinner Meeting – BC Housing
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cascades Casino Coast Hotel & Convention Centre

Lunch & Learn – The Power of Controls & Efficiency For a Strong Business 
Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Boardroom

The Heart
www.theheartcloverdale.com
Work Together Wednesday
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Heart, Cloverdale

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter
www.facebook.com/VWNLangley/
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sunrise Banquet & Conference Centre

Cultivating Connections January 2019

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.
.
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.
.
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

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