Adaptability, a key trait of entrepreneurial women

“All women adapted to what they were dealt and made it work.”
~ Barbara Joan Zeitz

In early October the Network of Entrepreneurial Women celebrated Crain’s Small Business Week with a lovely gathering of small business owners in Glen Ellyn.

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As we perused the menu and got to know each other, Rebecca Sturgeon (LMT, CMLDT) gave us chair massages to relax our muscles and our spirits.

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We ordered delicious sandwiches from Shannon’s Irish Pub’s special menu, which nourished us sufficiently to take in all the information disseminated that day.

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During lunch, Barbara Joan Zeitz presented several historic women who ‘leaned in’ before Sheryl (Sandberg). Relaying the stories of Rose Knox, Helena Rubinstein, Ida Rosenthal, and Olive Ann Beech, we discovered that women can start careers at any age, against all odds, and thrive.

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Rose Knox started a Gelatin business with her husband Charles. The couple refined the time consuming recipe of boiling, straining and clarifying the ingredients for gelatin, and Rose gave away recipes with each purchase. When she was 50, her husband died and Rose took over the business, causing the departure of a male manager. Rose supported work equality by closing the back door so women and men would both enter and exit via the front door of the manufacturing plant. She was  a pioneer in nutrition, test kitchens, labor relations and creating the gel tab.

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Helena Rubinstein brought 12 jars of face cream to Australia from Poland at age 24. She settled in a small sheep grazing village but set about selling style and fashion to the local population. Her cream incorporated lanolin that had an awful aroma for which Helena experimented with scents. 6 years later she had a viable business in Melbourne. Helena pioneered the concept that beauty was a new power. She also established professional standards for beauticians, developed luxurious packaging, garnered celebrity endorsements. After the stock market crash she refocused on establishing salons and developed a financial empire that made her one of the richest women in the world.

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Ida Rosenthal did not buy into the flapper look, which failed to address more buxom women. Her husband, a sculptor, helped her design a bandeau that would offer support within a dress. When the dresses with these built-in bandeaus became popular, the Rosenthal’s developed the first brassiere by joining the two cups together with elastic. Ida’s husband died in 1966, and Ida ran the multimillion dollar company herself until her death in 1973. Maidenform continues to be a popular brand.

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Olive Ann Beech partnered with her husband to establish Beech Aircraft during the era of cross-country air races. World War II called for an expansion to support wartime production, and Beechcrafts became the standard training vehicle for military aviators. In 1950, her husband died. She secured a $16 million loan during the Korean war and expanded her employee base from 2800 to 13,000 that year.  Post-war, Olive Ann focused on space age production in partnership with NASA.

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Barbara recounts the stories of numerous other real life heroines in A Thesaurus of Women and her online column: “CountHerhistory”. Her second book should be coming out by the holidays, and will be a perfect gift for your leading ladies.

“Love is what is selling business”
~ Larvetta Loftin

Janice M Faris, Accountant and Principal/Owner of Janice M Faris, EA, helped us to think about how we pay ourselves as entrepreneurs. It shouldn’t just be about covering costs, but also about the lifestyle we want to establish for ourselves and support in perpetuity. She pointed out that even a not-for-profit pays their employees (and some very well), so that being a non-profit has nothing to do with giving yourself a salary.

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Jan pointed out that it is very important to make retirement part of that income equation, and to take inflation into account as well. Jan can help solopreneurs determine whether to set up as a a sole proprietorship, whether to incorporate or whether to establish an S-Corp and what the tax implications of each are. She and her partner Peggy Goddeau also take a comprehensive look at all your financial inflows, outflows and help project what you will need in the future to sustain your lifestyle.

“We tend to flock.
We have to make our own path and learn from other women.
Just because there is a path doesn’t mean we all fit onto it.”
~ Jan Faris

We discussed how we can improve our brands with marketing strategist Larvetta Loftin. Larvetta’s L3 Eventeurs provides lifestyle marketing, advertising, public relations, and live engagement events to a broad array of clients. Larvetta had us identify our favorite brands, and made the profound statement that the brands we admire share our customers and clients.

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She said that brands that stick to their passion and purpose do better than those who change their business model. It is easy to leave loyalists and brand influencers behind if you do not keep reinforcing your promise to them. Larvetta also emphasized that collaboration is key. Partnering with businesses who share your vision can strengthen both brands. Key questions to ask when developing your brand are:

1. What is our promise?
2. What is our why?
3. What is our influence?

She also stated that branding is not just a logo, and social media is not a strategy, it is a tactic. Branding is a part of marketing and establishes your perceived value. Larvetta enjoys working one-on-one with small business owners to determine their brand and create a strategy with them.

“You can be a small business but a big brand.”
~ Larvetta Loftin

Karen McCormack covered the new guidelines and brackets for health care.  One key change Karen noted is that being a woman is no longer considered a “pre-existing condition”—when previously there was a large discrepancy between health care costs based on sex. Reproductive and preventive care should be free under the new insurance plans. Ageism has also been addressed with Obamacare, no longer penalizing older people for their age.

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Health insurance is now standardized into tiered plans: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum that vary by the ratio of payments to benefits. This standardization does impact some of the networks insurance providers recognize, so it is important to check with your doctor on what network they are in when making decisions. Penalties for not having health insurance are going up, so it is important to take advantage of the current open enrollment period through Januray 31. As an independent insurance broker, Karen can assist anyone with navigating Obamacare 3.0, whether switching from group insurance to personal insurance, setting seniors up with medicaid and assisting small business owners with group plans. Karen is licensed in 13 states.

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All attendees went home with goodie bags. NEW will be on hiatus through the holidays, but stay tuned for our charity fundraiser in February 2016.

NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with fun and creative events that inspire attendees to work together, refer each other and most of all cheer each other on as the membership succeeds. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis, usually the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP for our upcoming events at Meetup, or like us on Facebook and check up on the calendar there.

Some photos courtesy NetworkHoncho.com.

Ghosts, Spiders and Witches abound

I’ve been spooking up the studio with some wax and wire Halloween pendants.

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I picked out purple and orange papers to embellish with rubber stamps.

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Then I wrangled some wire to fit the images

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I fired up the griddle and covered the paper in encaustic medium.

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Now they’re ready to be worn by new owners!

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I have three at the Blue Buddha Boutique Carpe Diem! Pop-up and two pendants are hanging out at The Collage Cafe.

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The neighborhoods are getting spooky too.

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It’s fun to see the variety of decorations on my strolls.

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Lots of skeletal animals are popping up.

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This one’s been tied to a post for too long.

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Hangman takes on a different meaning.

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Creepy Crawlies on trees.

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In Edgewater the Framing shop has shop windows dedicated to The Raven.

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They clearly had fun with this Poe boy from a Poe family.

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The other side of the shop has a different scene.

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You should definitely take a stroll along the corner of Granville and Clark.

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Further along Granville more ravens are present.

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Some skeletons are enjoying a party on the porch.

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They seem to be a little light-headed.

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Were they poisoned?

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We’ll be having a costume party at Blue Buddha Boutique on Saturday.

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In addition to flappers, witches and ghosts, our Edgewater Artists in Motion pop-up will have some other Kharakters ready for snapshots in a photo booth.

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Come on by between 11 and 4 on October 31 and treat yourself to some lovely gifts and inspiration.

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Here’s to fun trick or treating, celebrating the harvest, and easing into the Thanksgiving season. Dragonfly Boutique has lots of fun decorations along with other awesome fall items.

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Of course you can also buy Halloween Jewelry from Etsy.

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Inspirational Women at Blue Buddha Boutique

At last week’s pop-up opening we had a lovely tour of the Blue Buddha Boutique facility and got to meet some fabulous entrepreneurial ladies.

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Rebeca Mojica started making chain maille jewelry 12 years ago when she saw a cool belt that she wanted to recreate. She purchased 1000 jump rings that turned out to be 16 gauge galvanized steel, but she persevered and made a belt.

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Then she started playing with her remaining rings. At Caravan Beads she learned how to make clasps, and when that teacher left she began teaching classes. On her first day she sold $300 of supplies and felt she was on to something.

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She started a web site to let students place orders in February 2003 with the values of creativity, empowerment, community, kindness and chocolate. In 2007 she opened her first storefront, which in 2013 moved to the Granville location.

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The storefront now houses 73 artists and ships 30 to 80 chainmaille packages a day from the warehouse in the back to 50 states and 40 countries. We were given a tour of the vast back area of the boutique, where a variety of colors, metals and sizes of jump rings are stored for shipping. Employees gather supplies from pick lists, ranging from bulk orders to project kits that are then shipped.

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In the back is also where niobium is colored. The precious metal is placed in a bath that is linked up to cathodes.

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As the voltage increases, the color of the niobium changes, creating a rainbow of colored rings.

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During our tour we were introduced to Kathmandu Yogi, which sources meditation cushions, malas and clothing from Nepal. Natasha Casanova’s vision was to bring meditation cushions to retail stores for people to try in person rather than ordering them online.

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Natasha’s suppliers who hand brocade the fabrics used in the products didn’t lose their homes in the recent earthquakes but their neighbors did, and the purchase made from Kathmandu Yogi directly support the residents in the disaster area.

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Next to Blue Buddha Boutique is AVP Beads, founded by Ana Pizarro. Ana worked at Caravan Beads for more than a decade until they closed.

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In need of a livelihood, she and her sister used a tax refund and credit cards to start a bead store on Elston and Irving Park (3960 N Elston Ave). In July, the second location next to Blue Buddha Boutique was opened. AVP beads is a family business supporting a niece and brother-in-law, who each have roots in Ecuador.

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AVP offers project tables where you can get help on a beading project you are working on. Ana loves bead weaving but does a variety of beading projects.

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Ana’s Wonderwoman Cuff was featured in Creative Beading.

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The beads come from all over the world, including nuts and seeds from the Amazon, African glass, precious stones and more.

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Blue Buddha Boutique was hosting another pop-up on opening night: Tulia’s Artisan Gallery. Karen Torres named her business after her grandmother. Her mission is to bring Colombian art to the Chicago area.

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She sources her statement pieces for the home from a Wounaan family forced out of the Darien rainforest into Bogota 13 years ago (due to territorial conflicts). That family has since built a larger home to support additional migrants and help them get started in a new city.

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The refugee community comprises an extended family of weavers, carpenters, and silversmiths.  The family creates baskets and bracelets from palm leaves. They do the hand dye-ing and thread making themselves and it takes one day to do one turn of a basket.

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Another women’s artisan group preserves ancestral techniques of the Guane indians of central Colombia. Growing cotton, cleaning, dyeing and handspinning are all done according to tradition and a museum has been established by this group to ensure this art form isn’t lost. Scarves are available via Tulia’s Artisan Gallery.

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I couldn’t resist picking up a butterfly clip made from “fique,” a relative of the agave plant.  These are hand made by women in central Colombia who work from home.

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We also met the founder of LiftUpLift, an online marketplace for women. Corielle Heath crowd funded her business after realizing there was no marketplace for women owned by a woman. She carefully selects the businesses reflected on the online shopping site to ensure that the work is authentic and matches her mission and vision. We had a lovely time chatting and I am exploring the online shopping interface.

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I did a little make and take during the evening and made this lovely keychain pull in 20 minutes.

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It looks nice on my purse from the Geneva Swedish Days.

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Pop in to Blue Buddha Boutique and view our Edgewater Artists In Motion pop-up through December. A variety of artists are on display with gift items the whole family will love.

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Fall Colors

It is Fall!

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I love the beautiful jewel tones of the season.

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Summer is still holding on here and there.

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We had a few chilly days that got the radiators going.

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But now we have warmer weather to where strolls in the park are enjoyable again.

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Soon there will be piles to toss around.

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The earthy scents are lovely too.

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The beachfront has lots of color.

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Golden hues abound.

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Fuzzy flowers add their brightness.

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Radiance is everywhere.

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Seasons are a beautiful thing (as much as we gripe about the weather at times).

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What’s your favorite season?

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Popping up at Blue Buddha Boutique

So earlier this year I set a goal of being a vendor in Blue Buddha Boutique. I went to introduce myself and my pieces, but then failed to follow up as life took on a schedule of its own.

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Enter the Edgewater Artists In Motion, which put out a call for artists in late summer. As I inquired, the dream boutique was named as a pop-up location. So of course I had to say yes!

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Located in Chicago, the Blue Buddha retail store is the largest dedicated chainmaille supply store in the world. They carry jump rings in nine metals, tools for making chainmaille jewelry and a large selection of ready-to-weave kits and project instruction.  In addition, the store houses a variety of giftwares by local artisans.

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I scoped out the space on a busy Saturday.

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A few days later I set up my pieces, and learned I was neighbors to Jelene Britten Designs, with whom I had shared a cold weekend at the 2014 Ravenswood ArtWalk.

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I’m also sharing space with Weenerware.

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Additional jewelry is provided by Flight Feather Studio, Sheronna Williamson, and Handcrafted by Hedda.

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There is pottery by a mystery artist.

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The walls are adorned with art work by Rob Hogan, Jessica Lucas, Laura Luisa Cowell and others.

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Karen Heuter creates lovely dolls with twists on old and recent folk tales.

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Henia Flynn offers prints and greeting cards.

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The regular retail hours of Blue Buddha Boutique are Thursday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

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You will find us taking turns booth sitting, and you will catch me there this coming Saturday, October 17 from 11 to 3.

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This is what you’ll find from me this month, but I plan on swapping items out in November, so if something strikes your fancy, claim it now.

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Edgewater Artists in Motion (EAIM) started in 2009 with the goal of placing original art work in vacant properties and other vacant locations, fueled by the mission to enhance Edgewater’s appeal as a vibrant, pedestrian friendly, commercial district while assisting existing businesses and attracting new business.

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In giving artists the opportunity to show their creations and contribute to the development of the community, EAIM hopes to establish Edgewater as one of the premier artistic destinations in Chicago.

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Blue Buddha Boutique is located at 1127 W Granville Ave in Chicago. We learned the story of its inception during our grand opening, but that is a blog post for another day…

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Stay tuned for additional events in conjunction with this three-month pop-up!

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Sparkles at Ayla’s Bead Bazaar

September closed out with a pop-up at Ayla’s Fall Bead Bazaar.

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I had perused the bazaar last year and was thrilled to be one of the vendors this year.

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What’s not to like about being surrounded by sparkles and beauty?

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Last year’s Pyrite strand made it into a set.

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I paired it with my Desigual dress for the day.

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I also combined it with the ring I bought from Ayla’s booth last year, which matched the sparkly Noktivo nails nicely.

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The set also marked a tagging milestone (when I hadn’t properly identified the beads).

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Before the fair, I had to tally up my cash and business cards to make sure I was set.

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My satin necklace cords had dwindled as well, so I spent one afternoon tediously cutting and crimping.

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It is always fun to see the bare bones of a fair.

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My table was set up with time to spare.

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So I perused the other booths before the public came in.

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Elka’s Designs has so many treasures.

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I had picked up strands from her trunk show recently at Ayla’s Originals Evanston store.

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Elka hand-picked the colors for this Hematite bangle.

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I felt the need for some orange and she had this Hollowite Turquoise on hand. The coppery acrylic beads are lightweight in spite of their size.

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This Pink Agate set lights up my life and wardrobe.

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I played with Fall notes for the round hematite beaded bangle (and I have plenty of beads for monochromatic versions as well).

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Ayla’s had a variety of tables to peruse, including pearls and silver strands of gorgeousness:

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Leather:

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Two Charming Chicx’ Trunk Show pendants:

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Glass beads I will eventually work into a design:

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There were gorgeous handmade beads and pendants:

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Organic jewelry and jewelry components:

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The Pastels Chicago show at the Art Center – Highland Park was not as pastell-y as anticipated. I was surprised by the earth tones in many pieces.

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My neighbor sold chainmaille kits:

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So much sparkle!

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I was worried I might not be able to find the strands of this chunky bead bangle that has been requested by two customers already.

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Thankfully Dakota Stones was right in front of me.

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Hooray, two strands for me (and more goodies)!

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I wasn’t the only one browsing the $5 and $10 strands.

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I was tempted by so many other beads, but had to restrain myself.

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After all, one has to turn a profit first!

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My pen-person from the last NEW meeting did its job.

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All these embellishments spark so many ideas!

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The ornaments drew admiration, so I hope some holiday orders come my way.

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It was a lovely day filled with inspiration, and I look forward to showing the new creations from my new stash.

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Ravenswood ArtWalk, the third

September was a whirlwind of weekend fairs and pop-up applications. The Ravenswood ArtWalk was moved to mid-September as well, which proved to be a great idea weather wise.

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I had secured an indoor spot, which meant that the weather was lovely on both days.

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Had I been outside, the outcome would have been different, with my luck. Social Media was abuzz with the event.

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Setting up was fun and easy after navigating the three doors. Tony Nuccio set up his digital art next to me.

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I met encaustic artist Flora Calabrese who has a love for vintage illustrations and insects.

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Gwyndolyn Siebert also showcased Insect Art on her hand-painted greeting cards.

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Apparently my booth area used to be the home of District Chicago’s workshop space, but the company has moved to a store on Damen.

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I couldn’t resist playing with their metal letters but couldn’t come up with a good reason to buy the little man and woman.

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Platform Coworking has open non-dedicated spaces for occasional members, and designated areas for more regular business people. They also offer phone booths with discreet lights to show if they are occupied or not.

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The lounge area proved to be cozy (with furniture provided by District) which was great for my friends stopping by.

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I had fun chatting with Erin Rossi Designs and admiring her aluminum wire wrapped jewelry, along with some enameled copper pieces.

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There was time to take the Day 1 Selfie.

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Packing up the first evening was easy, and I enjoyed not having to dismantle everything.

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On day two I was the first to arrive to the sleepy booths.

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I put all my pendants out again.

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Soon traffic was flowing again, though I had mostly looky-loos on this day. They were all drawn to my keychains.

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Between breaks the Day 2 combination was documented. You can view my weekly jewelry combinations and works in progress on Instagram.

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By the end of the weekend I had recouped my booth fee and earned enough to make my coveted purchases.

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For further affirmation, my Geology Rocks wax and wire pendant found a new home via Etsy.

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It was a fun weekend of new connections and new admirers. Here’s hoping for some holiday sales from the business cards that flew away.

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Pampering at Avalon Day Spa

We are prepping for tomorrow’s Meet & Munch in Glen Ellyn, held in conjunction with Crain’s Small Business Week. Our ad was featured in last week’s issue, and Shannon’s Irish Pub will host us as in past years.

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Our last Meet & Munch at Avalon Day Spa was a blast.

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Several new members attended and we gathered to discuss how to take care of ourselves amidst being focused on growing our businesses.

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Chief Inspiration Officer Bonnie Conte gave us a tour of the lovely spa, which incited me to book a massage for later that day. The spa offers hair services, nail services, and waxing.

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Bonnie and her partner opened Avalon Day Spa June 2, 2010. Charlotte trains all the hair stylists and Bonnie focuses on brand building.

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Avalon Salon & Spa continues to be among the top 200 salons listed in Salon Today since 2004.

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The massage rooms are an oasis of calm and silence with the guest being asked to pick from 3 essential oils by scent, starting a lovely sensory experience.

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The locker rooms (there is one for men too, with men-sized robes and slippers) are fully stocked with 93-97% organically derived products Aveda products to use after a treatment.

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We discussed skin care and had our hands and neck pampered.

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We sipped wine while learning more about each other’s businesses.

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A raffle resulted in me getting a personal consultation on what brush to choose, and I also was gifted a lovely nail polish.

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So many choices!

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It got so comfortable people took their shoes off.

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Everyone left with a little goodie bag.

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This included a cute little guy who will help my customers sign their square transactions going forward.

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Of course I couldn’t just let the tissue paper gather dust, and it promptly got converted into new pendants.

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Avalon Day Spa is located in Deer Park Town Mail at 20530 N Rand Road Suite 346 , Deer Park, IL.

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Join us tomorrow for more massage treatments, lots of insightful speakers, and delicious food!

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NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with fun and creative events that inspire attendees to work together, refer each other and most of all cheer each other on as the membership succeeds. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis, usually the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP for our upcoming events at Meetup, or like us on Facebook and check up on the calendar there.

Crain’s Small Business Week Meet, Munch & Mastermind

Next week is Crain’s 6th annual Small Business Week and the Network of Entrepreneurial Women is eagerly anticipating our third event in partnership with Crain’s Chicago Business. We are looking forward to an afternoon of delicious food, gentle pampering and significant inspiration and business brainstorming.

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The largest educational and business development event in the region for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and those who want to join this world will host 30 programs from Monday, October 5 – Saturday, October 10, 2015. We will gather for a casual lunch at Shannon’s Irish Pub, 428 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, on Wednesday, October 7 from noon to 5 p.m., during which we will learn about pioneering women during a keynote address.

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Crain’s goal is to introduce you to organizations whose mission includes helping small businesses around the city and suburbs to choose from. NEW’s event: Meet, Munch & Mastermind: Inspiring Women to Reach Their Highest Potential is a dynamic Networking Luncheon featuring a keynote address by Barbara Joan Zeitz, followed by mastermind roundtable sessions and optional chair massages. Throughout invigorating roundtable talks designed specifically for women entrepreneurs, participants will spend time learning from experts at each table.

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Author Barbara Joan Zeitz will host our keynote address: Leaning In Before Sheryl!

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Barbara earned her master’s in women’s studies (Roosevelt University, Chicago) in 2003 as an adult/grandmother and launched her ‘final career’ speaking on women’s amazing historic achievements via Powerpoint programs and writing her monthly online “CountHerhistory” column. She self-published her first book in 2012 with her second to be released this year.

Roundtable Talks will include:

Obamacare 3.0 … Everything You Need to Know About Health Insurance for 2016; by Karen McCormack, Independent Insurance Broker.

Karen has been in business for more than 30 years. She started her first company in 1985 and over time transformed her small business expertise, extensive organizational knowledge and exceptional ability to develop long term business relationships into McCormack Consulting Group, Inc.

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Her specialties include health insurance for the self employed, small business owners, individuals, families and seniors. She is dedicated to helping individuals and small business owners through the complex maze when making decisions. Karen partners with her clients, guiding them through the initial decision process and providing continuous service so that they are always up to date as their health insurance needs change over time.

Business Videos and How They Can Increase Your Reach & Wealth; by Chris Pierucci, Owner, Final Draft Business Support Services, Inc.

Chris  is the owner of Final Draft Business Support Services, Inc., a leading business support service specializing in Court Reporting, Legal Videography, Legal and Medical Transcription, General Transcription and Word Processing.

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Final Draft Business Support Services, Inc. also offers their own in-house graphic design team, and virtual offices in their Lincoln Park location for the at-home professional. Chris is the Director of the Ruth McBride Memorial Scholarship, and on the Board of Directors for Girls in the Game. She is also a former Managing Director of eWomenNetwork Chicago, and a current Designer for KEEP Collective.

Chris is certified as a Woman-Owned Small Business with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, as a Certified Electronic Court Transcriber by the American Association of Electronic Reporters & Transcribers and as a Certified Legal Videography Specialist by NCRA.

“PAYING YOURSELF?” The What, Why and How; by Janice M Faris, Accountant, Principal/Owner, Janice M Faris, EA.

Linking Individuals and Businesses to financial goals is achieved with solid planning. Jan’s experience as an accountant for 36 years taught her that listening is the key to finding appropriate solutions unique to each Individual or Business. Her goal is to provide education as to available options. She believes that a clear understanding is the foundation to a sound decision.

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Jan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University, an Enrolled Agent Certification with the I.R.S., holds FINRA Securities Registration: Series 6, Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65, completed training in Collaborative Law and regularly attends ongoing Continuing Professional Education programs required to maintain and develop professional knowledge and skills.

She is a Member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents, served for 20 years as a Member of the Board of directors and Executive Board of the Downtown Wheaton Association , is a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for the Downtown Wheaton Association, and co-chaired the Downtown Wheaton Association Annual Gala and Fine Art Fair for 10 years. She also received the Outstanding Service Award from the DWA from 1988-2009 and was among the 1986 Who’s Who of American Women.

Attendees will each have the opportunity to eat, learn, network and connect with women business owners from diverse backgrounds, experience and industries. They will also receive chair massages by Rebecca Sturgeon, LMT, CMLDT.

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Rebecca is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute – Chicago School of Massage Therapy and holds a certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. She currently practices at the Heartwood Center in Evanston.

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