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

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 –

On Your Desktop


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

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

Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, February 21, 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, February 23, 9:00 am, Morning Glory Restaurant

Connect Now Business Network

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

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

Various chapter events throughout the Fraser Valley

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter

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

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