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  • April 02, 2018 12:46 PM | Sarah Ruh (Administrator)

    Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 10 at 11:45 AM

    MCL Restaurant and Bakery, 521 Sagamore Pkwy W., West Lafayette, Indiana 47906

    The Do's & Don'ts of Employee Handbooks
    Helping you Manage your Most Valuable Asset

    In today’s fast-changing employment environment, clarity in your Employee Handbook is of paramount importance. Join AWBO at our April meeting to learn some do’s and dont’s from industry expert Debra Elsner. 

    Speaker: Debra L. Elsner, Owner, Personnel Matters

    Debbie Elsner was born and educated in Albany, NY where she attended Maria College. She met her husband Jim, in high school. They have a son, Mark, and four grandchildren.

    Elsner began her career in HR in 1981 as she went through training to fill in for someone who was on maternity leave. She continued to work directly in HR for many years including helping other United Way Agencies while she was director of the American Red Cross. Upon retirement from Red Cross, she opened up her own business, Personnel Matters, in 2009. She is currently in negotiation to sell the business and will semi-retire, but recognizing that she's not able to sit still for too long, she has also taken a job as Operations Director at Bee Hive Homes, a memory care facility in Lafayette.

    RSVP on Facebook to help spread the word!

    Thank you to Voltisa Vasili of V's Delicacies for donating our speaker gift this month.


    Three Minute Spotlights

    Kathie York, Kathie York Proofreading

    Rhea Nowling, Limelight by Alcone

    To volunteer for a 3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business contact Joanna Retherford or Shelly Bays


    Save the Date for the Summer Social!

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 5-8pm
    Thomas Duncan Hall, 619 Ferry St, Lafayette, IN 47901

    Make plans now to join us for our annual Summer Social! We'll be enjoying food, wine, and desserts from these Lafayette women-owned businesses: Bistro 501, Cellar 422, and Sweet Revolution Bake Shop.


    Connect with AWBO Online

    AWBO Facebook Page - Get invitations to AWBOevents, join in discussions, and stay connected between meetings.

    If you're a member, make sure you join the AWBO Members Only Facebook Group.

    Manage your member profile, pay dues, and search the member directory at AWBO.org.


    What's Happening In Your Business?

    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight.

    We want to hear about your business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or other achievements. Send in your Member News submissions to sarah@fireglowcreative.com and include "AWBO" in the subject line.

    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings.AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events.

    Join Us!

    AWBO meets at 11:45 am on the 2nd Tuesdayof every month at the MCL Restaurant & Bakery in West Lafayette. (Excluding June)

    Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary, and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

    Arrive early to enjoy lunch and networking time.

    2017-2018  AWBO Board

    President:
    Deb Plue

    President Elect:
    Debbie McGregor

    Secretary:
    Tammy Foley

    Treasurer:
    Shirley Pence

    Vice Presidents Programs:
    Joanna Retherford
    Shelly Bays

    Vice Presidents Membership:
    Linda Berryman
    Melony Ramsey

    Vice Presidents Hospitality:
    Julie Blacker
    Jennifer Betourne

    Vice President Communications:
    Lori Bauerle
    Sarah Ruh


  • March 19, 2018 11:00 AM | Sarah Ruh (Administrator)

    Officer Spotlight

    Deb Plue
    Shepherd Insurance
    AWBO President

    I often find myself pondering the famous Chinese proverb by Lao Tzu, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” To share the essence of who and what I am today I must acknowledge my joyful journey began with my parents, who by their daily examples instilled in me the fundamentals of love, faith, optimism, and service to others. 

    From this vantage point in my journey, I look back at my early adult years as a young wife and mother, my years operating a family retail business, and as an active community volunteer, and I can clearly see the recurring role of caregiver and nurturer emerge. In my younger days as a child of the 50s I may have resisted and resented the label, but now I joyfully embrace it. 

    Today, I am proud to be an insurance professional serving the needs of business owners. The essence of my profession is taking care of others. It is my honor to earn the trust of my clients as they look to me to protect their families and businesses. Together we identify their risk exposures, implement strategies to eliminate or reduce those risks, and transfer the risk of financial loss to the appropriate insurance product. My reward is to see my clients enjoy their life journey knowing we have planned for the unexpected twist and turns that life brings.

    Member Testimonial 

    Melanie Nemacheck, Health by Mel

    Yvone Renz invited me to visit AWBO with her and I reluctantly agreed. Of course, the day I was able to attend, she wasn't there. I was surprised by how many members I already had a relationship with. The featured speakers are always timely and applicable to women in all types of fields. They know how to relate to every person in the room. People do business with people they Know, Like and Trust, so I am eager to learn more about each member in AWBO.

    I have found something from each speaker that I could use in my daily life. Right now, I am digging more into the personality shapes/types and how they affect not only ourselves, but our relationships with other personality types.

    The most important thing I can tell other women is that AWBO is a group of like-minded women who want to see others succeed. We don't have to compete with one another. We can compliment one another. No one person or business will be a great fit 100% of the time. Some networking groups are very category focused. AWBO invites everyone to the table. What I like about AWBO is that each month I can socialize, network, learn, and build relationships with other women in the community.

    Save the Date for the Next AWBO Meeting:

    Tuesday, April 9, 2018, 11:45 am

    Meeting Attendance for 3/13/18

    Members - 19
    Guests - 6

    It was our pleasure to welcome the following guests:

    • Kris Baker, MiKri World
    • Cindy Taylor, Habitat for Humanity
    • Jennifer Thompson
    • Bri Madren, Edward Jones
    • Rhea Nowling
    • Rachel Lopez

    Connect with AWBO Online


    AWBO Facebook Page - Get invitations to AWBO events, join in discussions, and stay connected between meetings.

    If you're a member, make sure you join the AWBO Members Only Facebook Group.

    Manage your member profile, pay dues, and search the member directory at AWBO.org.

    What's Happening In Your Business?

    Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight.

    Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events.


    • March 12, 2018 9:00 AM | Sarah Ruh (Administrator)

      See You Tomorrow for our March AWBO Meeting!

      "Business Tax Update – Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2018"

      Speaker: Chris Cobbins, CPA 

      Tuesday, March 13 at 11:45 AM

      MCL Restaurant and Bakery, 521 Sagamore Pkwy W., 
      West Lafayette, Indiana 47906

      Learn more and RSVP

      Three Minute Spotlights

      Nancy Branyan, Tastefully Simple

      Jennifer Tiesing, Sitewise Digital

      To volunteer for a 3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business contact Joanna Retherford or Shelly Bays. 

      Connect with AWBO Online

      AWBO Facebook Page - Get invitations to AWBO events, join in discussions, and stay connected between meetings.

      If you're a member, make sure you join the AWBO Members Only Facebook Group.

      Manage your member profile, pay dues, and search the member directory at AWBO.org.

      What's Happening In Your Business?

      Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight.

      We want to hear about your business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or other achievements. Send in your Member News submissions to sarah@fireglowcreative.com and include "AWBO" in the subject line.

      Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events.

      Join Us!

      AWBO meets at 11:45 am on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant & Bakery in West Lafayette. (Excluding June)

      Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary, and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

      Arrive early to enjoy lunch and networking time.


      2017-2018 

      AWBO Board


      President:
      Deb Plue

      President Elect:
      Debbie McGregor

      Secretary:
      Tammy Foley

      Treasurer:
      Shirley Pence

      Vice Presidents Programs:
      Joanna Retherford
      Shelly Bays

      Vice Presidents Membership:
      Linda Berryman
      Melony Ramsey

      Vice Presidents Hospitality:
      Julie Blacker
      Jennifer Betourne

      Vice President Communications:
      Lori Bauerle
      Sarah Ruh


    • September 04, 2017 9:05 AM | Anonymous

      Next meeting is September 12th, 2017

      Innovation, Professor to Successful Entrepreneur

      Johnny Park, Spensa Technologies

      A journey of transitioning from a Purdue engineering professor to a technology startup founder, and some lessons learned along the way. Johnny Park will be sharing his innovation success story as well as helpful innovative tips for all business owners. This is a must-see presentation. Johnny is a headliner for Purdue Innovation. It is an honor to have him speak to our group.

      Speaker Bio:

      Johnny Park is the Founder and CEO of SpensaTechnologies. Spensa offers hardware and software solutions to help growers and trusted advisors better protect their crops from pests such as insects, weeds, and disease.Spensa gathers high-resolution data, models that data to reveal insights, and clearly presents the findings to help make the most informed decisions possible. Prior to Spensa, Johnny was a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. Johnny and his wife Lisa first met when they were both Freshman at Purdue, dated for 5 years, and have been married for 18 years. They have 4 children aged 16, 14, 12, and 10.
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      Thank you...
      Thank you to Lori Bauerle with Indoff Office Interiors, for donating a gift to our September speaker, Johnny Park, Spensa Technologies.
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      August Guests
      Mary Arth-employee at Art of Framing
      Carla Barnhart-employee of Stanley Steemer
      Jessica Dill-Doulas of Greater Lafayette
      Sarah Lamar-Rubia Flowers
      Melanie Nemacheck-Health by Mel
      Stephanie Sweet
      Voltisa Vasili-V's Delicacies
      Tasha Williams-Custom Forms, Inc.
      Nathalie Duval-Couetil-Speaker
      1 Additional Guest

      27 Members
      10 Guests
      -----------------------------------

      Art Journaling Workshop


      September 6th - October 11th-Five Sessions
      Art Journaling Workshop
      AWBO Members receive 50% off
      Info: http://mailchi.mp/efcd956e30d3/youre-invited?e=[UNIQID]

      Joanna Retherford, Revision PS

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      What's Happening In Your Business?
      AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

      Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

      Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

      Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 
      --------------------------------

       
      Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
         
      Join Us:                  
      AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
      & Bakery in
      West Lafayette. 
      (Excluding June)
      Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

      Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

       2016-17
      AWBO Board

      President  
      Melony Ramsey
      President Elect 
      Deb Plue
      Vice-Presidents Programs 
      Joanna Retherford
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
      Vice-Presidents Membership
      Linda Berryman
      Isabel Hogue
      Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
      Anna Kennedy
      Debbie McGregor
      Secretary 
      Kathy Selvey
      Treasurer
      Shirley Pence
      Communications 
      Amanda Snider
      Jenna Isch 
      Special Events
      Holiday Auction
      Melony Ramsey
      Summer Social
      Deb Plue


      Contact Us:  
      -------------------
      Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
      3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
      *Limit 2 per meeting*
      Contact:
      Joanna Retherford
      or
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
      -------------------Membership and Renewal
      Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
       

      The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 20th of the month to: kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
      You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.
       


    • August 14, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous

      Officer Spotlight
      Amanda Snider
      Metamorphic Fitness

      Amanda Snider is on AWBOs board for communications this year. She is a NASM certified personal trainer and the owner of Metamorphic Fitness. She graduated from Purdue with a bachelors degree in Psychology and completed her masters degree in Health and Kinesiology specializing in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She started Metamorphic Fitness, an all-womens personal training studio, in 2009.


      Metamorphic is an all-womens facility with female certified personal trainers. It is an inviting place where women need not feel self-conscious as they might at a large fitness facility. Our clients are women who want more accountability and do not want the typical gym environment. Metamorphic is about more than just working out though. I want every woman who comes in to be able to translate what she has learned into a lifestyle change where her whole family can benefit.


      I focus on proper spinal alignment and engaging the core in order to move better and with less pain in daily life. We often dont realize just how good we can feel by doing simple daily exercises that help us to move better and feel better. My style of training is accessible in that I can teach my client a workout she can do anywhere.


      I typically meet my clients when they have reached one of the lowest points in their lives. Sometimes my services are a last resort for these women after they have tried everything else without success. They are often unhappy, in pain, and ready for change. I love when I can help empower this woman to feel strong and confident through the physical and mental transformation of a healthy lifestyle. I can almost see her light up from the inside when she realizes that anything is possible.


      If you would like to know more about Metamorphic Fitness, please visit metamorphicfitness.com or contact Amanda Snider at 765-543-1259.

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      Member Testimony
      By Sarah Ruh, Co-Founder, Fireglow Creative


      From the first AWBO meeting I attended, I immediately saw the value in being a member of this group. I do most of my work online from my home office, working with clients in other states by phone, email, and video conferencing. In many cases, I’m working with people I’ve never actually met face-to-face. It might be easy for me to retreat behind my computer screen and not engage with the local business community at all – but what a mistake that would be!

      Even if you’re someone who sees your customers and staff members every day, business ownership can still be an isolating experience at times. The good news is, we don’t have to go it alone. AWBO provides an opportunity to make connections and form friendships with women who understand what it’s like to be the boss. There is a wealth of experience and knowledge within the membership, and I love how AWBO members encourage and support each other as we all grow and learn together.

      Our guest speakers have provided valuable expertise in areas like law, finance, insurance, marketing, and more. Even when I think I’m already familiar with the topic, I have never left a meeting without learning something new. I usually also have a list of things I want to research further, and several business cards from new connections. I hope to see you at the next meeting!

      Sarah Ruh
      Co-founder, Fireglow Creative
      www.fireglowcreative.com
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      What's Happening In Your Business?

      AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

      Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

      Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

      Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 




         
      Join Us:                  
      AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
      & Bakery in
      West Lafayette. 
      (Excluding June)
      Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

      Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.


      2016-17
      AWBO Board

      President  
      Melony Ramsey
      President Elect 
      Deb Plue
      Vice-Presidents Programs 
      Joanna Retherford
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
      Vice-Presidents Membership
      Linda Berryman
      Isabel Hogue
      Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
      Anna Kennedy
      Debbie McGregor
      Secretary 
      Kathy Selvey
      Treasurer
      Shirley Pence
      Communications 
      Amanda Snider
      Jenna Isch
      Special Events
      Holiday Auction
      Melony Ramsey
      Summer Social
      Deb Plue


      Contact Us:  
      -------------------
      Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
      3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
      *Limit 2 per meeting*
      Contact:
      Joanna Retherford
      or
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
      -------------------Membership and Renewal
      Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
       
      The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 25th of the month to: kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
      You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.
       


    • August 07, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous

      Next meeting is August 8th, 2017

      A Note From Your President...


      It was a warm summer day when the door opened at work. A man stepped inside with both hands raised in the air, asked, “May I come in? I promise I’ll put my hands in my pockets and I won’t touch anything.” As he placed both hands in his pockets, I replied, “Of course, you are welcome to come in.” That was the beginning of getting to know Jim. We later learned he had previously been in a serious life altering accident, which caused him, among other things, to communicate differently and sometimes with more difficulty.

      Jim came in many times, even after we moved to our new location. We never knew what mood he would be in, so we learned to proceed cautiously when he entered the store. We wanted to avoid upsetting him.

      One time he sai
      d, “Ma’am, I have a question.” I said, “Yes, sir?” He replied, “Don’t call me sir.” I said, “Well, you just called me ma’am, and I’m a woman so I called you ‘sir’ because you are a man, right?” He said, “You got me there” and our friendly conversation continued. Another time he came in and saluted us saying, “Permission to come aboard Captain?” He was saluted back and told, “Permission granted.”

      Most of the time, Jim came to buy foreign coins because he saw value in them and bought them to give to his favorite people. One day after making his purchase, I heard him say, “Just keep the change. I don’t want it back.” Even though it wasn’t much, I told the employees to put the change in a bag each time and subtract it from his following purchase.

      He passed away a few years ago and we miss him
      . When I went to the visitation I told his family how he had touched the lives of our entire staff.

      This year something very special happened. While at school one day, our young grandson was telling a teacher about his new watch. Among the questions the teacher asked him was where he had purchased it. When he told her it was from our business, she began to cry and told him, those were the people who were so kind to her brother.

      So, I believe that we, as business owners and women, should never forget to be kind and compassionate to everyone we meet. It might be a client, customer, teller, server, cashier, lawyer, preacher, nurse, doctor or police officer. We may never know what difficulty they may have experienced or what they may be facing. Bring sunshine into their day, and we can go home with a smile.


      TOUCH SOMEONE’S LIFE TODAY!

      Melony Ramsey, President
      Empowering Women

      ----------------------------------------
      Thank you...
      Thank you to Jan Nielson with Allstate Insurance Company, for donating a gift to our August speaker, Nathalie Duval-Couetil.
      --------------------------------------------
      What's Happening In Your Business?

      AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

      Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

      Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

      Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 
      --------------------------------

       
      Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
         
      Join Us:                  
      AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
      & Bakery in
      West Lafayette. 
      (Excluding June)
      Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

      Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

       2016-17
      AWBO Board

      President  
      Melony Ramsey
      President Elect 
      Deb Plue
      Vice-Presidents Programs 
      Joanna Retherford
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
      Vice-Presidents Membership
      Linda Berryman
      Isabel Hogue
      Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
      Anna Kennedy
      Debbie McGregor
      Secretary 
      Kathy Selvey
      Treasurer
      Shirley Pence
      Communications 
      Amanda Snider
      Jenna Isch
      Special Events
      Holiday Auction
      Melony Ramsey
      Summer Social
      Deb Plue


      Contact Us:  
      -------------------
      Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
      3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
      *Limit 2 per meeting*
      Contact:
      Joanna Retherford
      or
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
      -------------------Membership and Renewal
      Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.


      The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 20th of the month to: kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
      You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.
         


    • July 31, 2017 9:00 AM | Anonymous

      Next meeting is August 8th, 2017
      Eliminating Biases in Portrayals of Women Leaders & Entrepreneurs

      Nathalie Duval-Couetil, MBA, PhD

      Society is searching for ways to increase women’s involvement in leadership and entrepreneurship as a means to contribute to the growth of our economy. This involves developing programs designed to eliminate barriers and biases to make organizations and networks more inclusive. This presentation examines the role we all play in determining the best way to create “separate but equal” initiatives directed at women without reinforcing gender stereotypes while doing so.

      Speaker Bio:

      Nathalie Duval-Couetil is the Director of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, Associate Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University. She is responsible for the launch of the university’s multidisciplinary entrepreneurship program, which involves over 1800 students each year. For undergraduates, she has established courses and experiential initiatives focused on entrepreneurship fundamentals, venture development, professional development, and women and leadership. At the graduate level, she co-teaches a technology commercialization course called “Life of a Faculty Entrepreneur: Discovery, Development and Translation.”

      Nathalie’s research focuses on entrepreneurship pedagogy and assessment; entrepreneurship education and STEM; student intellectual property policy; graduate student professional development; and women and leadership. This work has been funded through grants from the National Science Foundation, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Kern Foundation and VentureWell. She has also worked on entrepreneurship capacity building projects with international partners.

      Prior to academia, Nathalie worked in the field of market research and strategy consulting in Europe and the U.S. with Booz Allen and Hamilton and Data and Strategies Group. She received a BA from UMass Amherst, an MBA from Babson College, and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. She serves on the board of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and has held leadership roles in other professional organizations.


      3 Minute Speakers

      Joanna Retherford ReVision ps
      Carol Bloom
      Bloom Ink Editorial

      -----------------------------------

      What's Happening In Your Business?
      AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

      Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

      Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

      Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 
      --------------------------------

       
      Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
         
      Join Us:                  
      AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
      & Bakery in
      West Lafayette. 
      (Excluding June)
      Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

      Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

       2016-17
      AWBO Board

      President  
      Melony Ramsey
      President Elect 
      Deb Plue
      Vice-Presidents Programs 
      Joanna Retherford
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
      Vice-Presidents Membership
      Linda Berryman
      Isabel Hogue
      Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
      Anna Kennedy
      Debbie McGregor
      Secretary 
      Kathy Selvey
      Treasurer
      Shirley Pence
      Communications 
      Amanda Snider
      Jenna Isch 
      Special Events
      Holiday Auction
      Melony Ramsey
      Summer Social
      Deb Plue


      Contact Us: 
      -------------------
      Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
      3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
      *Limit 2 per meeting*
      Contact:
      Joanna Retherford
      or
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
      ------------------- Membership and Renewal
      Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
       

      The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 20th of the month to: kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
      You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.


    • July 17, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

      Officer Spotlight

      Melony Ramsey

      RamZs Emporium


      In 1988, Ram-Z Exchange opened the doors on Elmwood Avenue. By 2007, we had outgrown that location so everything was moved, doubling the space. The name was changed to RamZs Emporium, “Where you’ll find things you didn’t know you needed but now you desperate
      ly want.”

      New things arrive daily, some that you would never expect to see in Lafayette. At RamZs, you’ll find a large selection of jewelry, coins, antiques, collectibles, guitars, electronics and firearms. Some services we provide are repairing jewelry, custom designing jewelry, notary assistance and giving loans for anything from emergencies to vacations. Tip: If you are always honest and caring, your customers will return and tell others to visit also.

      When we had our ribbon cutting ceremony and a month later, won the Small Business of the Month award, I realized that I was so out-of-the-loop! I didn’t know the people who attended either event. So when someone told me about an organization of women business owners, I visited a meeting. It was then that I realized how isolated I was, glued to the business and starving for a connection with other women in business. I quickly joined the Association of Business Women Owners (AWBO), and have been on the board since then.

      I put AWBO in my schedule, make it a priority, and try not to miss a single meeting. Each one brings new information that I can use in everyday situations. If you haven’t been to AWBO, visit soon. I hope you will want to be a part of the only local organization meeting the needs of business owners.

      Melony Ramsey

      RamZs Emporium

      205 Farabee Drive North

      Lafayette, IN 47905

      765-427-2963
      ---------------------------------------
      Member Testimony
      By Kathie York, Kathie York Proofreading, LLC

      In April, 2016, Ron and I rounded the last corner and made our way to the exit of the Business Expo. And there it was … the booth for the Association of Women Business Owners. Although many exhibitors were gone or had their packing boxes stacked and ready, there was Melony Ramsey and team: still talking with people and handing out info. Says a lot, doesn’t it?

      Within 24 hours, I was an AWBO member.


      Like many of you, I was a bit leery of AWBO at first. I’d been involved with several “women’s business groups” that weren’t about business. I was greatly encouraged when I discovered AWBO’s speaker roster is first-rate, our meetings are worth my time because I learn something each month, and the members are dedicated to the cause of furthering their own companies and mine.


      The relationship-building I find with AWBO is exactly what my business and budget need.


      A note to the AWBO Board of Directors: I love your new idea of the business card “hat,” randomly matching us with another person to set up a one-to-one outside the main meeting. Priceless! Great ice breaker. Thanks for all your time on our behalf.


      Kathie York, Chief Gaffe Eradicator

      Kathie York Proofreading

      ---------------------------------------

      What's Happening In Your Business?

      AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

      Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

      Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

      Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 




         
      Join Us:                  
      AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
      & Bakery in
      West Lafayette. 
      (Excluding June)
      Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

      Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.


      2016-17
      AWBO Board

      President  
      Melony Ramsey
      President Elect 
      Deb Plue
      Vice-Presidents Programs 
      Joanna Retherford
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
      Vice-Presidents Membership
      Linda Berryman
      Isabel Hogue
      Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
      Anna Kennedy
      Debbie McGregor
      Secretary 
      Kathy Selvey
      Treasurer
      Shirley Pence
      Communications 
      Amanda Snider
      Jenna Isch
      Special Events
      Holiday Auction
      Melony Ramsey
      Summer Social
      Deb Plue


      Contact Us:  
      -------------------
      Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
      3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
      *Limit 2 per meeting*
      Contact:
      Joanna Retherford
      or
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
      -------------------Membership and Renewal
      Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
       
      The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 25th of the month to:kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
      You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.


    • July 10, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

      Next meeting is July 11th, 2017

      A Note From Your President...


      AWBO’s Summer Social was a wonderful event, thanks to Deb Plue, President Elect. Held at Moses Fowler House Mansion, our tour guide, Barbara Huddleston, gave the most detailed and fascinating story about the mansions history. You’ll want to go there sometime if you haven’t been there yet. Sovereign Caterers had a delicious array of delicate appetizers, also presented by Barbara Huddleston.

      Deb talked about writing your story. This subject fascinated me because we have the most unusual things that arrive at our store and strange things that occur. When we moved from our former location, employees documented the things they never wanted to forget. It made me wish we had kept track of much more than those three pages of memories. When I hear about the books others have written, writing our own story pops into my mind again.

      Have you ever thought about writing “your” story? Whether you just started your business or have been open for many years, why not record things and make a book of them. Preserve your memories in your business and your life. 

      Attached please find
      the card Deb gave each of us at the social. Let it be a reminder and help to write down your memories.


      Have a wonderful summer,

      Melony Ramsey, President

      Empowering Women

      ----------------------------------------
      Thank you...
      Thank you to Cindy Pratt with Premier Design Jewelry, for donating a gift to our July speaker, Brenda Renaldo, WBAA Radio.
      --------------------------------------------
      What's Happening In Your Business?
      AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

      Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) tokimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

         
      Contact Us:  
      -------------------
      -------------------Membership and Renewal
      Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.


    • July 03, 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous

      Next meeting is July 11th, 2017
      Crafting Your Message with Public Radio


      I have been in the Greater Lafayette area for 20 years, staying in the area after attending Purdue University for Communications. For 15
      years I worked at Insight Communications in Marketing and Community Relations, developing marketing plans for 10 Indiana cable markets including Purdue University and the Greater Lafayette area. I made a career move into the nonprofit sector for about 6 years as Division Director of March of Dimes for 12 central Indiana counties. Both of our children spent time in the local NICU and children & women’s health issues have always been a passion for me. Currently I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the Tippecanoe area working as an advocate with local children whose families are navigating the court systems.

      I have been with WBAA in Corporate Support since November of 2016, although I have been an avid listener for many years! Our programming is designed to make a positive impact in the quality of life for the communities we serve. Our mission is to use the power of media to educate, entertain and inspire.

      July's AWBO topic will highlight strategies and tips on how to craft your message in a way that will engage listeners and encourage them to support what you support; how to reach more customers in more places, create messages that resonate with a loyal audience; and finally, to reach an educated audience that's ready to buy.

      Brenda Renaldo will also be explaining how public radio differs from commercial media as well as the advantages and disadvantages. If you’re looking for strategies to surround your brand with quality, you won’t want to miss this talk.


      3 Minute Speakers

      Janie Peters Art of Framing
      Jennifer Betourne
      A Step Above Appliance Repair

      -----------------------------------

      What's Happening In Your Business?
      AWBO Members are always welcome to post news about their business' special events, workshops, Open Houses, new certifications, or achievements in this newsletter.

      Submissions are due in finished form (a/k/a written concisely) to kimberlyringler@gmail.com by the 20th of every monthYou must include the words "AWBO" in the subject line.

      Want to advertise a general product special or news item of your choice? AWBO members are welcome to distribute tabletop fliers at our monthly meetings and/or register for an upcoming 3-minute spotlight. 

      Please note: We reserve the right to edit or limit any form of marketing in keeping with the integrity of our membership and our meetings. AWBO does not share, or allow the use of its email distribution list for non-AWBO sponsored events. 
      --------------------------------

       
      Hope to see you at the next meeting. Put it on your calendar today...and invite a deserving friend to join you.
         
      Join Us:                  
      AWBO meets at Noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the MCL Restaurant 
      & Bakery in
      West Lafayette. 
      (Excluding June)
      Visitors are always welcome. No registration is necessary and visitors may attend twice at no charge before becoming a member.

      Arrive at 11:30 to enjoy lunch and networking time.

       2016-17
      AWBO Board

      President  
      Melony Ramsey
      President Elect 
      Deb Plue
      Vice-Presidents Programs 
      Joanna Retherford
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass
      Vice-Presidents Membership
      Linda Berryman
      Isabel Hogue
      Vice-Presidents Hospitality 
      Anna Kennedy
      Debbie McGregor
      Secretary 
      Kathy Selvey
      Treasurer
      Shirley Pence
      Communications 
      Amanda Snider
      Jenna Isch 
      Special Events
      Holiday Auction
      Melony Ramsey
      Summer Social
      Deb Plue


      Contact Us:  
      -------------------
      Share Program Ideas or volunteer for a 
      3-Minute Spotlight to showcase your business 
      *Limit 2 per meeting*
      Contact:
      Joanna Retherford
      or
      Lisa Lambert-Snodgrass 
      -------------------Membership and Renewal
      Membership renewals for the 2016-2017 season are due October 1st.  You can renew online at www.AWBO.org or contact Linda Berryman or Isabel Hogue.
       

      The AWBO Newsletter is published monthly. All submissions are in paragraph form via email by the 20th of the month to:kimberlyringler@gmail.com 
      You must include "AWBO" in the subject line.


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