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Inspiration from a Women Entrepreneur, Bobbi Brown

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in Blog

Inspiration from a Women Entrepreneur, Bobbi Brown Thank you Guardian Small Business Network for this inspirational article on empowering women and staying true to oneself:  “Bobbi Brown on empowering women and staying true to herself”...

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Investing in Culture

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Investing in Culture WXW Forum16 Facilitator Josie Anne Lee shares lessons she’s learned on Investing in Culture. Josie’s parents owned a country store on the same property as their house. She literally grew up in a business. Her love for business was born dusting the shelves of Hickory Market. Growing up behind the counter of a family run business set off a spark in her that will never go out. Hickory Market taught her the importance of treating customers right. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1996, she moved to Chicago to study Improv at the Players Workshop of The 2nd City. Improv changed her life. It taught her to listen harder, to think faster, and to find ways to say YES! Josie returned to Ann Arbor to start her own business, Balance Massage Therapy and build on the lessons she knew, both business and Improv. Her successful business leaves a mark on over 150 people every day and her goal is to make sure that mark has a lasting and positive impact. Everyone is someone’s most important person. Her business doesn’t just recognize this, it celebrates it. Even on the most challenging days, she is grateful, hungry, and excited by the privilege to run a business....

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Create a Bigger Life

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Create a Bigger Life WXW Forum 2015, facilitator Amelia “Mimi” Brown is an award-winning speaker, trainer, author and coach specializing in the art and craft of speaking and selling.  She teaches entrepreneurs, women business owners and business leaders how to speak and sell with more power, passion and pizzazz!  Thank you Mimi for sharing your blog for business and success tips! Check out her Blog!  ...

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Summer Shebang

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Blog, Events, Past Events

June 7, 2018, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Summer Shebang is Back! Come celebrate the start of summer with old friends and new at WXW’s Summer Shebang. There’s no agenda, no program – just fun, food and drinks with cool women like you. Registration includes a Happy Hour Drink ticket and a selection of tasty appetizers:  spinach/artichoke dip with chips, roasted vegetable flatbread, verde chicken flatbread, boneless chicken wings, and calamari – Yum! Revel in Michigan’s summer days with all your favorite friends and business folks. See you there! Join WXW on Thursday, June 7, from 4pm – 6pm, Happy Hour at Bar Louie in Ann Arbor.  Unwind, reconnect with friends, and network with a warm and wonderful group of women! Agenda:           4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Open mingling and networking Cost: $25.00 if you register before June 3 $30.00 if you register after June 3 (includes a Happy Hour Drink ticket and appetizers) Address:               Bar Louie, 401 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 48104 Thank you Courtney Boatin and Outlet Creative Group, our June Event Sponsors!...

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Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Blog

INVESTING IN CULTURE Guest Blog Post by Josie Ann Lee I imagine like other small business owners, “culture” wasn’t at the top of my to do list when we first opened our business in 2008. Survival was rooted in the basics. We needed a team and we needed clients. It was as simple as that. What our business felt like wasn’t something keeping me up at night. When my number one goal was breaking even, I was longing for the day that I was able to get better problems. In October of 2014 that day presented itself. In truth, it had been a long and winding road leading up to our cultural tipping point. A lot of that journey was spent in equal parts of hope and denial. THE HOPE YEARS:​ In the early days of the business everything was exciting. It was exciting to be open, exciting to meet new teammates, exciting to set up the business, talk about the business, and work in the business. That energy carried us for about a year. As we continued to get deeper into the business our energy shifted from excitement to exhaustion. The business required all of me. Nearly every waking hour was spent at work, thinking about work, and...

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