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.” 

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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


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

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

Dinner Meeting

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

Connect Now Business Network

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

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

Various chapter events throughout the Fraser Valley

Valley Women’s Network – Langley Chapter

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

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