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

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.

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!

On Your Desktop


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

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

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

Connect Now Business Network

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

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
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

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