Do you dream of opening your own business? We have some advice…

From the desk of Hannah Stenzel of Godfrey Financial Associates, Inc.

In this article by Kerry Hannon of The New Yorker, five dynamic and successful women entrepreneurs give the gift of their advice about starting your own business.

Most of these women relied upon the support of a close-knit group of peers and colleagues to help their vision come to life. They also share many valuable secrets to leadership, such as taking risks, being active, building a strong team, and having complete dedication to your vision.

These values of community and leadership are core foundations of the Women’s Business Council. Come gather with local, successful, engaging women who champion each other.

See you at the WBC Holiday Luncheon next week, on December 10th!

When women gather, the world changes

From the desk of Lauren Axford, Executive Director, Pine Hollow Arboretum

Well, I could not have found a better article to endorse all the opportunities that the Women’s Business Council of the Capital Region Chamber provides for its members! According to Pat Mitchell (a self-professed “dangerous woman, advocate and activist”) and growing body of research data, there is measurable value in women gathering to share stories and experiences, to network both professionally and personally and to exchange ideas. 

In fact, a recent Harvard Business School study has indicated that women who participate in women’s conferences and similar activities are “twice as likely to get a promotion within a year and three times as likely to get a 10 percent salary bump!” On that note, see you at the next Women’s Business Council function!!

Read the article here.

1 in 26 Faces of Epilepsy

From the desk of Katelyn Markellos Marketing, Communications and Special Events Coordinator, Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, Inc.

Meet Jeffrey Burke

Just before his 16th birthday, Jeffrey experienced his first grand mal seizure which left him unconscious and needing to be airlifted to Albany Medical Center. After several tests, he was diagnosed with a generalized seizure disorder. Since his diagnosis, Jeffrey has found a solution to control his seizures by taking a medication called Keppra twice a day. He also makes sure to get plenty of rest, eat healthy, and be physically active.

Along with medication, he has a wonderful and stable support system of family and friends. He can relax knowing his friends lookout for him when they are with him. He isn’t afraid to face fears, instead of hiding from them, he takes them head-on!

Jeffrey hopes to enroll in college and is considering becoming a physical education teacher. Jeffrey will be 10 months seizure-free in December!

Don’t forget to vote for the WBC 2019 ANP with Capital Region Gives! You can vote HERE!

Faces of Epilepsy – 1 in 26

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On the 26th of each month, our 1 in 26 feature is sent via email and on Facebook. The 1 in 26 Faces of Epilepsy signifies 1 in 26 individuals who will be diagnosed with epilepsy and highlights the unique story of someone living with epilepsy.

This feature offers the opportunity for our highlighted individual to feed hope and comfort into the 45,000 other people in the Capital Region, North County, and Upper Hudson Valley living with epilepsy.

Click here for November’s Newsletter! or follow us on Facebook!

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5 Reasons to Attend the Holiday Fundraiser

From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner, Put Another Way LLC.

The Women’s Business Council (WBC) promotes the full participation and leadership of women at all levels in the workplace, the community and government. The council develops programs that provide opportunities for women to learn and network as well as share their expertise with each other and to address the unique issues of women in business.

On December 10th, the Women’s Business Council invites you to join us and help support our 2019 Adopted Nonprofit, the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York, at our annual holiday fundraiser. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Century House, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member- 997 New Loudon Road in Latham.

Here are 5 reasons why you should attend this fantastic luncheon.

Last chance to support the Epilepsy Foundation as the WBC adopted nonprofit.

The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain, and anyone with a brain can affect epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation exists to #EndEpilepsy. C’mon out and support the Epilepsy Foundation for our last event in 2019!

It’s a great start to your holiday shopping.

Support our local businesses by helping the Epilepsy Foundation. Begin your holiday shopping! Silent auction items are abundant along with raffles, a gift card tree, and even a wine pull. Guaranteed to check at least one person from your shopping list.

Get the inside scoop on the announcement of the 2020 adopted nonprofit!

Be the first to be in the know and learn about our 2020 adopted nonprofit.

Networking is at its best.

Enjoy a wonderful environment, great food, and networking with friends old and new. This is a wonderful time to enjoy some holiday cheer and learn about new businesses from your peers in the capital region. Sit with someone you don’t know, and you will be a surprise.

Enjoy a wonderful lunch with friends and colleagues.
Special thanks to our friends at Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, Latham for their continued support. The food is certain to please so come and spend an hour or two with us!

All proceeds will benefit the WBC’s 2019 Adopted Nonprofit.

To learn more about the WBC, contact Marna Redding at mredding@capitalregionchamber.com

How Women Entrepreneurs Are Breaking Free of the Pay Gap (And The Best Cities To Be In)

From the desk of Lauren Axford, Executive Director, Pine Hollow Arboretum

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Did you know that yesterday, November 19th, was “Women’s Entrepreneurship Day”?  Established in 2014 and recognized by 144 nations, this is a day to acknowledge and appreciate the work of women entrepreneurs.  A 2018 study showed that 40% of United States businesses are women-owned, with about half of those businesses being owned by women of color.

There is still a lot of work to be done for full “executive power and representation”, especially worldwide.   However, groups like the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network are helping to boost the success of women-owned businesses by commissioning research aimed at exploring how success relates to “access to capital, technology, talent, culture, and markets”.  These findings will then help inform policy that will continue to encourage the growing momentum for support of women-owned businesses around the world. 

Read the article here.