Blog http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/index.php en twincities@metrowomandirectory.com Copyright 2014 2014-08-05T19:07:49+00:00 It’s time to start encouraging, uplifting and collaborating with more women in business! http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/its_time_to_start_encouraging_uplifting_and_collaborating_with_more_women_i/ http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/its_time_to_start_encouraging_uplifting_and_collaborating_with_more_women_i/#When:19:07:49Z --> Mark your calendar! Join us on Monday, August 18th for our Monthly Networking luncheon featuring Understand your Behavioral Profile, with Carrie Guarrero. Register this week, 8/4th - 8/10th, for the BEST pricing! (Registrations made within 7 days of the event will have an additional $5.00 fee.) Carrie shares how understanding your Behavioral Profile and that of others can be a difference maker in your business and all of your relationships! As a member of the Rewire Team, Carrie brings her discernment and broad experience to help individual producers, managers and companies to resolve challenges and realize long-term success. You will have the opportunity to hear from successful experts like Carrie, share about your business, and meet likeminded businesswomen from all walks of life. You are sure to make new connections and leave feeling encouraged and uplifted. CLICK HERE to view our latest enewsletter! CLICK HERE to view our featured monthly networking luncheons! Contact us with any questions about joining us for our monthly networking luncheons, purchasing a display table to showcase your business, or to get information regarding becoming a member of Encourage Her Network or advertising in the Twin Cities ultimate women's business resource directory! Shannon Johnson- (952) 217-6868 Visit us online at www.encouragehernetwork.com 2014-08-05T19:07:49+00:00 July Monthly Networking with Encourage Her Network; Dressing for Your Dreams… http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/july_monthly_networking_with_encourage_her_network_dressing_for_your_dreams/ http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/july_monthly_networking_with_encourage_her_network_dressing_for_your_dreams/#When:19:41:33Z We're excited to invite you to join us to learn how to Dress For Your Dreams! Our July Monthly Networking Luncheon features Finding Confidence and Success in your Wardrobe, with Lindsey Kuhn. Lindsey will share her tips and tricks for a quick fashion fix. You won't want to miss this one! Bring all your latest fashion questions for our style expert. Not only will you get some fashion tips, but this a great opportunity to jumpstart your networking too! It's time to start encouraging, uplifting and collaborating with more women in business! Tap into a whole new network that is growing quickly with trailblazing professional women. Surround yourself with positive peers and learn savvy business tips from mentors, leaders, and business oriented women, just like you. You will have the opportunity to hear from successful experts like Lindsey, share about your business, and meet likeminded businesswomen from all walks of life each month. You are sure to make new connections and leave feeling encouraged and uplifted. Our monthly networking luncheons are held on the 3rd Monday of each month. Our agenda goes from 11:30am- 1pm, with open networking until 2pm. We usually attract around 60+ "Encouragers"/attendees each month. Join the movement! Lindsey is a professional stylist who has been transforming women for over a decade. She started her career as a personal shopper for major retail brands and now is the owner and lead stylist of Fashion Fix. Her mission is to empower women and build confidence through a productive and styled wardrobe. Contact us with any questions about joining us for our monthly networking luncheons, purchasing a display table to showcase your business, or to get information regarding becoming a member of Encourage Her Network or advertising in the Twin Cities ultimate women's business resource directory! Here is the link to REGISTER! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-monthly-networking-with-encourage-her-network-dressing-for-your-dreams-finding-confidence-and-tickets-11092143901 Together, we are stronger! Think Collaboration. CONNECT-> SUPPORT-> GROW 2014-07-16T19:41:33+00:00 May Metro Woman Monthly Networking; Women, Money, and Happiness, with Nicole Middendorf http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/may/ http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/may/#When:16:37:57Z We invite you to join us for Women, Money, and Happiness, with Nicole Middendorf, CEO and LPL Financial Advisor at Prosperwell Financial. This luncheon will feature a fun and empowering workshop on investing for women! Meet active businesswomen that are full of energy, taking action, encouraging one another, building trust with business partnerships and friendships. Surround yourself with positive peers and learn savvy business tips from mentors, leaders, and business oriented women, just like you. You will have the opportunity to hear from successful experts like Nicole, share about your business and meet likeminded businesswomen from all walks of life. You are sure to make new connections and leave feeling encouraged and uplifted. Promote your business at our networking luncheon with your own display table! You will receive additional recognition as well. Here's the link the REGISTER! CLICK HERE CONNECT-> SUPPORT-> GROW 2014-04-25T16:37:57+00:00 Youthful aging with Isagenix, featuring Dawn Davis http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/youthful_aging_with_isagenix_guest_blog_by_dawn_davis/ http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/youthful_aging_with_isagenix_guest_blog_by_dawn_davis/#When:16:27:41Z This is my story and why I will always use Isagenix products: In my 20’s I took my health for granted. I was a heavy smoker, drank a lot and never ate healthy. I don’t think at that time I even knew what healthy was, and exercise….forget it! When I hit my early 30’s something clicked, and I knew it was time to turn it around. I went out and bought dumbbells and exercise DVD’s. I started exercising every day, I started studying fitness and nutrition and got certified as a personal trainer. I had a burning desire to be a healthy person and to help others become healthy as well. For years my friends would tell me that I should either be a trainer or a Consultant for a supplement company, I wanted to but never found the right opportunity. As I reached my 40’s, I still had a lot of vigor and loved working out. At age 44 my workouts started to change when I found Crossfit. Boy did I love Crossfit, it was fun and it became my passion. At the age of 45 I was in the best shape of my life. But then, a year later it all came crashing down. I injured my neck which resulted in having surgery. I now have a plate and 8 screws in my neck. Soon after that I had low back surgery, 6 months after that I had a bulging disc. Through each of these injuries, I would just start becoming active again and… boom... something else. Looking for a conservative treatment for my bulging disc, I met with a chiropractor that used decompression treatments. It looked promising and I hoped I could avoid another spinal surgery. His plan consisted of a series of treatments, which also included high quality nutrition for healing. It was at this time I was introduced to Isagenix. In the beginning I was skeptical. I researched the company and the products, and was amazingly surprised. The product B included some things I was already using, but it also included a full spectrum of natural antioxidants for protecting telomeres while targeting the source of accelerated aging, such as oxidative stress. In addition these antioxidants help protect the body from harmful free radicals that can contribute to poor health. I was really excited because I’ve never seen this kind of combination before! Since then I’ve seen national news stories that featured Isagenix and doctors who support it. When I started using the vitamins I noticed better mental clarity, and more energy. Through my years of using Isagenix, I expanded into doing a 30 day program and continued on with various products. Ionix Supreme, Cleanse for Life, Ageless Essentials with Product B and the Isalean Pro Shakes are my constants. I believe it’s helped my immunity and how my body deals with stress. I also feel, that I recover quicker from workouts and that it has helped my body in maintaining muscle mass as I’m aging. Thinking back to what my friends used to say about me working for a health and wellness company, well…. I’ve found my company! I have seen many testimonials and heard the results from my friends. As I’m growing older, my desire to stay healthy and help my body defy age becomes increasingly important to me, so now I use the Isagenix Healthy Aging System. A couple of key facts: 1. Isagenix seeks out the best ingredients for all of our products and has high standards for quality testing. 2. Our protein: Our protein comes from cows in New Zealand that are grass fed, not treated with any hormones, antibiotics or steroids. Our protein is also un-denatured. Un-denatured protein is a high quality protein that according to studies outside of Isagenix, can boost immunity and levels of the master antioxidant glutathione. There are many studies out there that will tell you the benefits of Glutathione and diseases related to deficiencies. Our proteins do not contain any gluten, soy, GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Our shakes are high quality, clean nutrition that include digestive enzymes for better absorption. 3. The cleanse for life and cleanse days: Our cleanse days consist of a cellular level cleanse for life drink that is all natural antioxidants and plant botanicals aimed at supporting the body in releasing toxins. Our cleanse days are combined with intermittent fasting. There are many studies outside of Isagenix listing the benefits, and the hormonal responses that take place during short fasts and how the increase in fat burn occurs. Isa Snacks and Isadelights are allowed on cleanse days to avoid blood sugar crashes, and there are other protocols to fit individual needs. We want cleanse days to be a good experience, with optimal results. 4. Ionic Supreme, my personal favorite, is a drink with stress adaptogen herbs. I use it faithfully every day! A lean, vibrant, balanced body starts with the powerful nutritional foundation of the core products we call the pillars of health. These pillars: Isalean Shake, Cleanse for Life, Ionix Supreme and Ageless Essentials with Product B offer complete foods, natural botanicals and proprietary blend of antioxidants that provide vital support to combat the effects of toxicity, obesity, stress and aging. That was a brief description of our core healthy aging products. We also have a brain and sleep formula that go well with these products. There are a few different packs and I can help you customize a system that will work for you. For the month of March, I am waiving the membership fee (best pricing and other perks throughout the year) and shipping! It’s a great time to get going with us and see how we can help transform your life Email or call for a customized system for you! Dawn Davis Isagenix Consultant 952-797-4176 dawn1.davis@gmail.com http://www.dawn1davis.Isagenix.com 2014-03-12T16:27:41+00:00 Do Your Customers Recognize Your Voice? By Sue Henry http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/do_your_customers_recognize_your_voice_by_sue_henry/ http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/do_your_customers_recognize_your_voice_by_sue_henry/#When:01:25:30Z On our dairy farm, we use white 5-gallon buckets to carry feed and water to some of our young livestock. Newborn calves learn quickly that when we show up with white buckets, they have milk to drink. As they are weaned, they learn that the white bucket carries grain with molasses – a very yummy treat. As we carry the white buckets, we whistle a specific tune. The livestock learn that the arrival of the white bucket is systematic and predictable. Once weaned, we move them to a different building. Herding a group of calves from a familiar place to a one they haven’t been to before can create chaos with animals running in all directions! The most effective way to move them is to have them to follow us… but that will only occur if they trust us. Using white buckets, we pour small amounts of grain along the path we want them to follow. We whistle the tune and gently hit the white buckets together. Because they trust us, they slowly make their way down the right path. A couple of years ago, our neighbor called around midnight on a crisp October night and said our dairy cattle were in his cornfield. Cattle can destroy a cornfield very quickly between what they eat and what they knock down as they walk through it. Chasing the cows would only drive them further away and cause more destruction because they wouldn’t understand what we were trying to do. Keeping them (and us) calm was critical. We filled several white buckets with grain, loaded them into the pickup and drove a mile to the edge of the cornfield. The corn was about 6 feet tall. We could hear cows munching on the corn and stomping on the stalks. We got out of the truck and whistled for our cows. Immediately there was silence. We whistled again. Within seconds, the cows started working their way out of the cornfield toward us. We poured small amounts of feed in a systematic pattern on the gravel road toward our farm. Because the cattle recognized the buckets and whistle, they trusted us. My husband walked down the road, carrying the white buckets and continued to whistle periodically. All 75 cows came out of the cornfield, walked down the road behind him and followed him right into a pasture next to the barn. How does this simple farm story relate to our business and customers or clients? Every business has “white buckets” and a sound. The question is: What have we filled our buckets with and what sound do others associate with us? Do we deliver a consistent message systematically and predictably? Is it the message we want to deliver? Do your customers or clients feel that any of these are included in your company’s “white bucket”? Do they recognize your “voice”? 1. Give a sincere, consistent message to your clients and customers that you truly care about them. 2. “How can I help you?” is more than a phrase – it’s the way you live your life and do business. You listen and respond to your customers. 3. When you share thoughts and opinions, your customers recognize and trust what you say – systematically and predictably. Do they follow you because they trust you? 4. You say thank you and mean it. 5. When you attempt to upsell a client or customer, it’s because it will truly be a good fit for them and their business… not just a boost your bottom line. If they can’t tell the difference right away, they trust you enough to follow your advice. 6. You know what message you want to deliver and it’s delivered consistently in your networking, business, and personal activities. Your “white buckets” are filled with YOUR personal values, attitudes, and actions. Do your values and habits attract others toward you – systematically and predictably? If your customers or clients stray, do they recognize your voice and come back? When you show genuine interest in helping others, your white buckets will be filled with the qualities, attitudes, and actions that will grow your business - systematically and predictably! Sue Henry lives on an organic dairy farm in southeast MN. She is a speaker and consultant for speakers who want to create multiple streams of income. You can reach Sue at sue@suehenrytalks.com or sign up for a free 30-minute consultation at http://suehenrytalks.com/free-30-minute-consultation/ 2014-01-07T01:25:30+00:00 Join us for our December Metro Woman Monthly Luncheon, Are You Ready To Laugh Yourself Happy? http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/join_us_for_our_december_metro_woman_monthly_luncheon1/ http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/join_us_for_our_december_metro_woman_monthly_luncheon1/#When:06:03:38Z Join us for our December Metro Woman Monthly Luncheon at Pinstripes in Edina from 11:30am-1pm. Get connected to our vibrant, growing, community of women helping women. This is an new exciting group that is taking action, encouraging one another, building friendships and business partnerships.! We invite you to join us- You will have the opportunity to share about your business and meet likeminded businesswomen. Laugh Yourself Happy: Humor for Reducing Stress, presented by Linda Hutchinson, CEO of Hutchinson Associates, ha! This is a practical, playful and pithy (with substance) program. (Say that five times fast.) We will explore the benefits and barriers to having more laughter and play in your life, including humor for the holidays. We will also identify various ways to reduce the impact of stress.You will walk away with ideas for increasing healthy humor in your life and the lives of those around you. Linda is a national keynote speaker, adult educator, consultant and author with over 30 years of professional experience designing and delivering educational programs for large and small corporations, non-profit organizations, and professional associations. Learn more about Linda online at http://www.haha-team.com Bring plenty of business cards to share and invite a friend to join us. Your name will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary business listing in the Twin Cities Metro Woman Directory! Register for this one online at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9100404555 Boost your professional image for 2014 with a fresh business headshot image compliments of Megan Merricks Photography at any of our Metro Woman Monthly Luncheons. All attendees will be asked to sign a photo release so we can use the photography from our Metro Woman Monthly Luncheon's in our printed business resource directory. For more information about becoming an official sponsor, exhibiting, or to become a member, please contact us directly at 952.201.6819. Connect. Support. GROW. 2013-11-02T06:03:38+00:00 Welcome to Maiden Minnesota 2013! http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/welcome_to_maiden_minnesota_2013/ http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/welcome_to_maiden_minnesota_2013/#When:20:45:55Z Welcome to Maiden Minnesota 2013! Maiden Minnesota is a fun, socializing and charitable shopping event featuring some of the best women-owned businesses in Minnesota. Spend the night with friends mingling and shopping for the wonderful products and services that keep us stylish and in love with Minnesota! Maiden Minnesota 2013 will help support and raise awareness for The Makers Coalition, a movement to restore and build the industrial sewing heritage of America. They work together to find, train and employ a proud, creative and skilled workforce for today and future generations. More than 35 "Maidens" will show you their fashion, jewelry, accessories, home decor, specialty food items and more. The event will feature exclusive sales, merchandise, and a silent auction. Learn more online at http://maidenminnesota.com 2013-11-01T20:45:55+00:00 Our Ask the Expert of the week is Sue Henry, CEO of Sue Henry Talks. She shares “Who wants you?”... http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/who_wants_you_by_sue_henry/ http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/who_wants_you_by_sue_henry/#When:14:30:15Z One of the first steps in creating a business that grows intentionally is to decide who your target market is. It doesn’t matter if YOU think they need it. It begins to matter when we find and focus on people who believe that THEY need it. But that still isn’t enough. We want to find the people who want, need, can afford, and are WILLING TO BUY what we offer. This is one of the cornerstones of building a profitable and sustainable business! Think deeply about your target market and ask yourself these questions: What do they see? What do they say and do? What do they think and feel? What do they hear? What is their pain? How is this affecting them? What do they have to gain by solving their problem? How are they motivated: Avoid pain or seek pleasure (peace, etc)? Where do they work? What does their family look like? Where were they educated? Where are they in life? (young & single; married with young kids; single parent; empty-nester, etc) Where do they hang out? What do they respond to? Yes, this is a big list. And it’s going to take some time to do some research and answer each question in depth. If you skip this exercise, you’ll end up marketing your message to the wrong market. And that will leave you frustrated and broke. If you want to reach higher success more quickly, then you’ll do the work. And you’ll learn so much about your target market that you’ll talk to them in the “voice” they respond to. You may even find a picture of the person who exemplifies your target market and create all of your messages and products with that specific person in mind. Some of you may be rolling your eyes and thinking to yourself, “Sue, I just don’t have time to go through all of this! If I throw my stuff out there, surely the right market will find it!” That’s what I used to think. And yes, I had some success. But it was “accidental” success. The internet today is different than it was in 2009 when I got started. There is a lot more “noise” and a lot more people screaming their message out to the masses, hoping their target market finds them. That’s kind of like thinking that once you fill your car with fuel, you won’t ever have to fill it again. At some point, it just won’t get you where you want to go. 15-Minute strategy: Set your timer for 15 minutes and focus on just one question. Make yourself think deeply about it for the entire time. You’ll find that after the first initial “surface” thoughts, your subconscious will come up with better answers. Just write down all the thoughts that come to you – you can sort and organize them later. It will take you about 3 1/2 hours to go through all the questions. But I promise, it will save you so much time, energy, effort, and money if you will do it! To make it easier, set aside 15 minutes early in the morning, 15 minutes over your lunch, and 15 minutes in the evening. You’ll have it done within a week! Building and growing a profitable business takes work. If you work it like a hobby, it will pay you like a hobby. If you work it like a business, it will pay you like a business. It’s your choice. But remember: the only place “success” comes before “hard work” is in the dictionary. Warmly, Sue One problem. One solution. 15 minutes. Done. Stay connected to Sue Henry by visiting http://suehenrytalks.com Connect. Support. Grow. 2013-10-26T14:30:15+00:00 “Is Certification Right For You?” http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/is_certification_right_for_you/ http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/is_certification_right_for_you/#When:22:34:36Z Have you been looking for that special something to help you “get in the door” of large corporations? If you are a woman-owned and operated business, that something could be the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification. Although not a guarantee of business, the WBE Certification has been proven to provide a competitive edge in obtaining corporate contracts. National in scope and issued by a third-party agency Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the WBE Certification is recognized by over a thousand major corporations and government agencies in the U.S. Attend our popular “Is Certification Right For You?” workshop to see if the leading woman’s business certification is right for you. Ideal participants should be a part of a business that at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by a woman or women, and whose target market includes Corporate America. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Gain an understanding of whether or not your business could qualify for women business certifications. Learn the overall benefits of WBE certification and then be able to determine if certification will actually benefit your business. All of the local, state and federal government certifications available in Minnesota will be covered. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Participants must be part of a business that at least 51% owned, actively managed and controlled by a woman or women. In addition, participants should be interested in acquiring corporate contracts. If you are already certified as a WBE through WBENC, you do not need to attend this workshop. REGISTER by contacting Natasha Fedorova at nfedorova@wbdc.org, or by calling 612.332.6332. http://www.wbdc.org/mn 2013-10-25T22:34:36+00:00 Join us for our next Metro Woman Monthly Luncheon http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/join_us_for_our_next_metro_woman_monthly_luncheon_featuring_anne_meehan/ http://metrowomandirectory.com/twincities/blog/single/join_us_for_our_next_metro_woman_monthly_luncheon_featuring_anne_meehan/#When:19:15:17Z We welcome you to join us for our November Metro Woman Monthly Luncheon. We meet on the 3rd Monday of each and every month. Get connected to our vibrant, growing, community of women helping women! This is an exciting new group that is ready to inspire, encourage one another, build friendships and business partnerships. We want to connect with you! You will have the opportunity to share about your business and meet likeminded businesswomen. Join us for Paths, Detours & Possibilities- Rewriting your Legacy, with Annie Meehan. In life there are many paths to take. Choosing the right one all the time can be challenging. We all have made a mistake or two at some point in life, afterall, no one is perfect. Annie encourages you to start from today and move forward. Detours and bumps come along the way in everyone's life. Annie inspires her audience by emphasisizing the importance of not allowing the unsuccessful choices you've made in your life define who you are as a person. Rather, see them as stepping stone throughout your journey, to create a healthier and happier life. She encourages you to look at unsuccessful choices as lessons learned. She shares her perspective in a compelling way that will leave you thinking positively. You don't have to allow anything negative about your history to define your future. Is it time to rewrite your legacy? Learn more about Mrs. Annie Meehan at http://www.NoMoreExcuses4U.com Bring plenty of business cards to share and invite a friend to join us. Your name will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary business listing in the Twin Cities Metro Woman Directory! Register online at https://metrowoman.eventbrite.com Boost your professional image for 2014 with a fresh business headshot image compliments of Megan Merricks Photography at any of our Metro Woman Monthly Luncheons. All attendees will be asked to sign a photo release so we can use the photography from our Metro Woman Monthly Luncheon's in our printed business resource directory. For more information about becoming an official sponsor, exhibiting, or to become a member, please call us directly at 952.201.6819. Connect. Support. GROW. 2013-10-24T19:15:17+00:00