1 Having trouble viewing this ?click here The Wire July 2014 In This Issue President's Message Welcome Aboard Renewing Members From the Members Get Involved In the Spotlight Calendar After Hours Wine Walk Tuesday, July 8 Note Special Time: 5-8 PM We'll start at Village Wines in Woodinville Click here for more information WBO Luncheon Thursday, July 24 Bellevue Location: Daniel's Broiler, Bellevue 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Speaker: Earl Bell, Principal and Founder, Island Crest Consulting, LLC Title: How to Increase Value in Your Business: Focus on Better Understanding the Value You Bring to Those You Serve Click here for more information Education Workshop Wednesday, July 30 SisAdmin, Bothell 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Presenter: Mary Burris, SisAdmin Topic: Should you move your office to the cloud? Click here for more information Dear Member, I hope you are all enjoying the wonderful sunshine and all the activities that go along with summer! Our June Luncheon sold out - how cool is that! There is a lot of buzz going on with our Nellie finalists, Jill Blankenship, Andrea Duffield, Niki McKay, Makaylaa Powers and Libby Wagner. As part of the June Luncheon panel discussion, each finalist shared their wisdom on money, mentoring, and the importance of having a support network when making tough business decisions. We start off our July event schedule with an After Hours Wine Walk in Woodinville. Then later in the month we'll be learning from Earl Bell who will speak at our Bellevue Luncheon on "How to Increase Value in Your Business: Focus on Better Understanding the Value You Bring to Those You Serve". WBO is growing rapidly with lots of energy and fascinating women to meet. I hope you'll come and join us at one of our upcoming events. My best, Annette Bond 2014 President, Women Business Owners Welcome Aboard Cindy Leverich Cohen Brown Management Group is an internationally recognized leader in sales-and-service cultural and behavioral change for the financial services industry.
2 Women Business Owners was founded in 1979 by a group of local women business owners seeking counsel, support and friendship from their peers. Today, WBO members share the common goal of supporting thriving women in business. Among our clients are the industry's largest and most respected financial institutions worldwide. Rebecca West Rivalee Design is an interior design company servicing "real people" and helping bring couples together on color, helping people love the homes and stuff they have, and making remodeling less stressful and more successful. Renewing Members President: Annette Bond Definitive Style Past President: Karin Frost Blakley Women Business Owners would like to thank our renewing members for their continued support! Jessica Adair Adair Business Consulting Education Chair: Mary Burris SisAdmin Event Co-Chair: Arden Clise Clise Etiquette Event Co-Chair: Kim Wesselman Windermere Real Estate Treasurer: Jessica Allen, CPA Rain City CPA, PLLC Membership Chair: Silvia Peterson SLP Consulting, LLC Secretary: Micheline Palmer Palmer Construction and Remodel Sponsorship Chair: Sheila Bryan MLO Cobalt Mortgage Dottie Adkins DPA Consulting Karin Blakley, CRPC Waddell & Reed WBO Board Member, Nellie Gala Chair Christine Bogard Bashey Hutchinson & Walter Have something to contribute?
3 Report your news here Click here to check The Wire's news reporting guidelines. Strategic Sponsor: Annette Bond Definitive Style by Annette Bond WBO President Janelle Bruland Management Services Northwest 2011 Nellie Award Winner Sheila Bryan MLO Cobalt Mortgage WBO Board Member, Sponsor Chair Arden Clise Clise Etiquette WBO Board Member, Events Co-Chair Sharon Davison Red Sky Blue Water LLC Anne-Marie Faiola Bramble Berry Inc Nellie Award Winner
4 Susan Gray 10kInfo Cheryl Gunderson HomeStreet Bank Sima D. Kahn, MD Healthcare Advocacy Partners Patricia Klingler Say It and Show It Kristi Mandt Millikin Mandt Associates, Inc. Peg Marckworth Marckworth Associates
5 Tana Materi Carney Badley Spellman, P.S. Deborah Peterson Peterson LTC, Inc. Silvia Peterson SLP Consulting, LLC WBO Board Member, Membership Chair Debbie Rosemont Simply Placed Shari Sewell Northwest Hope & Healing Kay Smith-Blum Butch Blum Inc Nellie Award Winner
6 Linda Teachout Linda M Teachout, CPA, PLLC Kim Wesselman Windermere Real Estate Co. WBO Board Member, Events Co-Chair From the Members Sheila Bryan, one of the original founders of Cobalt Mortgage Inc., the largest privately held mortgage company in Washington, has constantly been the #1 company in purchase transactions for King and Snohomish County. Sheila has also been awarded the 5 Star Mortgage Professional award for the 5th year in a row. Arden Clise of Clise Etiquette was interviewed on Q-13 Fox News for National Etiquette Week in May. You can view the interview on youtube. Yvonne Hall of the Hall Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors was recently honored with Providence Marianwood's "Spirit of Marianwood" Award for her ongoing commitment to and support of the organization and its work for the elderly in our community. For more information about Providence Marianwood and their mission click here. Kay Smith-Blum invites you to SHINE A LIGHT - The BUTCH BLUM 40th Anniversary Celebration for the benefit of Treehouse - First Place -Center for Children & Youth Justice - The Denise Louie Education Center - The Martinez Foundation. Join us for a night to remember - our August 1 sign lighting and fashion show benefit! Featuring a whirlwind of Butch Blum favorite designers as well as nibbles and cocktails from a wide variety of local bistros, this is the ultimate event in our 40th anniversary calendar. Click here for more information. Colleen Turner completed a Certificate in Nonprofit
7 Management from the University of Washington. After a career in sales and marketing in the private sector, Colleen is looking forward to transitioning to the nonprofit sector in a fundraising and donor relations role. WBO thanks board member Kim Wesselman for generously donating a door prize at our June Luncheon! Kim donated a lovely, succulent arrangement in a handcrafted ceramic pot by Pistil Design on Queen Ann. Get Involved CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Interested in volunteering to be on a committee or to help at an event? Let us know. Speak to any Board member or send an to Yvonne Gitchel. LOOKING FOR SPEAKERS The Events Committee is seeking luncheon speakers for A speaker criteria form is posted on the Women Business Owners website. If you know someone who you think would make a great luncheon speaker, please send an to Arden Clise and Kim Wesselman, Events Co-Chairs. EDUCATION COMMITTEE Are you interested in hosting an Education Workshop? This is a great way to use your area of expertise to educate fellow WBO members. We have several openings this year. If you are interested, send an to Mary Burris, our Education Committee Chair. DONATE A DOOR PRIZE FOR GREAT PR! If you donate an item or service as a door prize for one of our events, your business will be mentioned in The WIRE, at the luncheon podium, and on our website! To take advantage of this great opportunity, contact Yvonne Gitchel by the 1st of the month in which you wish to donate. TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS! Be sure to share your association with Women Business
8 Owners with your friends, acquaintances, clients and fellow business owners. Remember, if you bring a guest to one of our monthly luncheon meetings, you will be entered into a drawing at the luncheon for a great door prize. BUSINESS BUILDING GROUPS As a member, you are eligible to join an ongoing small group (BBG) that will help you find creative solutions to running your business, brainstorm strategic actions and become your greatest cheering section! Many organizations charge for these mini-master mind groups. BBGs are included as a WBO member benefit. If you are interested in joining a BBG, please contact Mary Burris. WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS ON LINKEDIN We invite you to check out our Women Business Owners group on LinkedIn. With our events listings, discussions, opportunities to post job openings, news and marketing tools, we would like to encourage you to utilize this group more in Please join us at our LinkedIn group! WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS ON FACEBOOK Click here to "Like" the Women Business Owners fan page. Also, if you have a website or blog, you can put a "Like" Women Business Owners Button on your own website/blog. Our ID# is Let us know if you have a Facebook Fan Page and WBO will "like" you too! In the Spotlight Shawna Dutton is the business relations marketing lead for Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. Before working at BBB, my husband and I ran our own small business, Aquatic Edge Expeditions, a custom tailored multi day sport fishing and sightseeing charter business in South East Alaska from 2006 to Although, I miss cruising the inland waters of South East Alaska, It was the experience of running a small business and seeing the many challenges and obstacles small business owners face every day that I developed a passion for helping businesses. At BBB, I like to describe what I do as the "fun stuff" from hosting our monthly
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