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.

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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


 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

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

Dinner Meeting
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Business in Langley

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

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

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
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

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