For all the women business owners – it’s time to get out there! As a self-employed entrepreneur who works alone, I don’t have the opportunity to bat ideas around, as I would if I were in an office environment. Siena is a wonderful companion, but she can’t give me business advice or tell me what she thinks of my latest creation.
Today I am attending a Membership Appreciation Tea for the Suffolk County Womens Business Enterprise Coalition (SCWBEC.) As a current member of the SCWBEC Board, I have the opportunity to meet with other women business owners twice a month. I really enjoy being a part of this group for the following reasons:
- Camaraderie of like-minded women.
- Learn how to run a better business through SCWBEC-sponsored seminars.
- Float new ideas – either jewelry or business-related – and get honest feedback from members.
- Network to help “match” businesses that might be helpful to each other.
- Build relationships to help my own business.
Business is often about relationships. Wouldn’t you rather do business with someone you know, or someone a friend recommended than with someone you picked out of the phone book? (or these days, googled!) Of course you would! I know when I need a product or service I look first to those I know, especially other women-owned businesses.
There are many Business & Professional Women organizations that would love to have you as a member – join one and increase the universe of people you know. You will learn, you will help help others, you will help yourself – and you will have fun in the process! If you are local to Suffolk County, join SCWBEC. If you can’t find a local business women’s group, contact me and I’ll help you find one.