The Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NEW) is launching its 2012 membership drive this month
In addition to a personalized introduction in front of the 80-100 NEW members attending the monthly meeting, new members signing up during the 12-week membership drive also receive a Fab Bag filled with products and certificates for services from current members.
The gifts are, well, fab. The real reason to join NEW, however, lies in the organization’s networking and growth-promoting meetings and programs. “At NEW, we believe in providing our members with business sharing opportunities, relationship building, growth and learning,” says NEW president Lisa Sloan.
On the third Wednesday of each month, NEW members gather at a meeting room in St. Charles for an hour of informal networking. Dinner follows. Members are seated at tables of eight, where they share information about the work they do and the services or products they have to offer with their fellow diners. The chatter is as lively as the membership. Of course it is. Gather 100 friendly go-getter women in a room and, well, you can only imagine.
The program usually starts just as people are getting to dessert. Subjects of recent programs have included the Law of Attraction, a health panel and an interactive session about how to identify and work with different personality types. Showcases—during which members can present their businesses—close out the evening.
Despite the organization’s name, you don’t have to be an entrepreneur to join. Indeed, the organization should probably be called the Network of Enterprising Women. So if enterprising is a word that describes you and you’re looking for an organization of women to connect to both socially and professionally, you’ve come to the right place.
NEW members support each other. They make an effort to do business with each other. When Sloan asks those who have give business to other NEW members over the last month to stand, at least a third of those present rise to their feet. They tend to remain on their feet when she asks those who have received business to stand.
NEW annual dues are $150 a year, with the option of splitting that up into three consecutive monthly payments. For more information, please call Lisa Sloan at 541-382-1456 x115, check out our website at www.networkwomen.org or come see us in person. You can attend up to two meetings without being a member. Of course, we’re pretty sure that you’ll want to join after a single visit. After all, where else are you going to find such a mix of business opportunity, networking, friendship and fun?