Monthly Coffee Connections Workshop & Networking Opportunity – Montgomery County

  Join MWBC for our monthly Coffee Connections workshop where you have the opportunity to learn from and build connections with other Maryland female entrepreneurs. You will have a chance to give a 30 second elevator pitch of your business or business idea (if you like). This month’s topic: Mindfulness These days, we are always rushing from one thing to the next. We work and live in complex, challenging, constantly changing environments. We juggle constant streams of information, and we attempt frantically to multitask. We are stressed and overwhelmed. We are so busy looking ahead and worrying about the future that we sometimes miss what is right in front of us. In this interactive session, you will experience the power of slowing down as you practice some simple activities to increase your mindfulness. Agenda: 8:00-8:15: Introductions and elevator pitches 8:15-9:00: Workshop 9:00-9:30: Networking About Our Facilitator: Hilarie Gaylin is a…

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Monthly Coffee Connections Workshop & Networking Opportunity – Montgomery County

  Join MWBC for our monthly Coffee Connections workshop where you have the opportunity to learn from and build connections with other Maryland female entrepreneurs. You will have a chance to give a 30 second elevator pitch of your business or business idea (if you like). This month’s topic: Goal Setting New Years Resolutions are the perfect opportunity to reflect on your business goals. Except studies show that 92% of people who set New Year’s Resolutions never actually achieve them. During this workshop we’ll explore the S.M.A.R.T. framework for goal setting so that you can set business goals that are realistic and measurable. Agenda: 8:00-8:15: Introductions and elevator pitches 8:15-9:00: Workshop 9:00-9:30: Networking Please make every effort to arrive on time so that you don’t interrupt your fellow businesswoman’s elevator pitch. *Intended Audience: Start-Up, Growth   Note Our Policies: Refunds or comps are available for classes cancelled by MWBC. All…

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Networking Event: Meet Your Legislators – Montgomery County

  The City of Gaithersburg Office of Economic Development, City of Rockville, and the Maryland Women’s Business Center invite you to attend a training and networking event with Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and other local legislators on September 19 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Kentlands Mansion in Gaithersburg. The event starts with a roundtable discussion facilitated by local legislative experts who will provide guidance on how to craft your ask and share best practices on working with legislators to advocate for your business needs. As a female business owner, this is your opportunity to share your message about your business successes, needs and concerns while advocating for increased funding and support of women-owned small businesses in the cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville, Montgomery County ,and within the state of Maryland. Agenda: 5:30-6:10: Roundtable discussion 6:10-6:30: Remarks from Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and other local legislators 6:30-7:30: Networking reception Special…

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Networking and Facilitated Discussion: Starting Where You Are – Montgomery County

  Join us for an interactive discussion dedicated to recognizing your strengths, identifying your weaknesses, and discovering how to begin gathering help to make certain you succeed in business. Through conversation, we dig in deep to your business model, find out where your passion is, and help you identify your struggles and how to solve them. Come to network with and learn from like-minded businesswomen. This is heavily discussion based, so please be prepared to share your experiences. Coffee and tea will be available. In order to facilitate a fruitful discussion, this workshop will be limited to 15 attendees. *Intended Audience: Startup, Growth About Our Facilitator: Kay Mesia is a small business coach and former Executive Vice President for a Fortune 10 company. Her past roles include audit and compliance, enterprise risk management, mentoring, and training.   Note Our Policies: Refunds or comps are available for classes cancelled by MWBC.…

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Networking & Coaching Event: Empower The Woman, Empower The Business – Frederick County

  Networking & Coaching Event: Empower The Woman, Empower The Business A special networking, training, and coaching event for women business owners in Frederick County. Join us for an activity filled afternoon to empower yourself so that you can get re-charged and re-focused on your business. Event Agenda:  1:00pm-1:40pm – Open and informal networking 1:40pm-2:00pm – Formal 60 second introductions 2:00pm-3:00pm – Empowerment Coaching led by Tonya Chubb, owner of Empowerment Consulting Services, LLC. Tonya will lead us through a coaching session designed to help us get tips and information so that we can feed ourselves with positive energy, care, and confidence. 3:00pm-4:00pm – Business Road Blocks Conversation Q&As with Maria McElhenny, Business Counselor for Maryland Women’s Business Center, Maria will host a Q&A session to give you tips, ideas, and strategies for getting past your current business road blocks. Special thanks to Country Inn & Suites by Radisson for…

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Confidence in Business Relationships – Montgomery County

  One of the most distinguishing characteristics between people who succeed in business and those who struggle has surprisingly little to do with their products, services, or even pricing. Many entrepreneurs are passionate, resilient, focused, and comfortable with risks, qualities that are vital for starting and growing a business. But two stand out that have a lot more influence over their success: one is confidence and the other is relationships. Relationships matter, and when you possess confidence – a true understanding of yourself and your product – you’re more likely to approach a stranger about your business idea or effectively pitch a new client. Most of the activities an entrepreneur participates in every day -critical business decisions, meetings, etc. require some level of confidence and negotiation, and this workshop teaches that both confidence and building relationships, are skills that can be developed with awareness and practice. No talent or experience…

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SOLD OUT! Resilient Leadership: Panel Discussion & Networking Event

This event is sold out. Please check out our website for our upcoming events and workshops.     Join the City of Gaithersburg Office of Economic Development, Launch Workplaces, and the Maryland Women’s Business Center to celebrate and honor Women’s History Month! Get inspired and empowered as our dynamic panel of Maryland-based female entrepreneurs gets candid about the triumphs and struggles of running a business. Our panelists will address their diverse career paths, shared gender struggles, and lessons they’ve learned along the way to become the resilient leaders that they are today! Agenda: 5:30-6:00 Networking 6:00-7:00 Panel 7:00-7:30 Additional Networking Opportunities *Pre-event registration is required for event entry. Special thanks to the City of Gaithersburg Office of Economic Development for sponsoring this event and to Launch Workplaces for providing the event location. Please note that there is free parking at Launch Workplaces. Light refreshments will be served.   Inclement Weather Policy: This event…

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Working the Room: Networking Tips for Successful Female Entrepreneurs – Montgomery County

  Do you feel intimidated walking into an event full of strangers? Are you unsure which networking events are worth your time and money? Do you need to expand your business or client network but don’t know how or where to start? Good news! Networking is a skill that anyone can learn. It has been proven that there is a direct correlation between the time spent on networking and the success of a business. Get out of your comfort zone and learn to work the room in this experiential networking workshop held at Launch Workplaces Gaithersburg (free parking available). You’ll leave with the confidence and skill to develop a lasting network that will help to build your business for years to come. During this workshop you will: Discuss the importance of having a strong network and how to effectively build those relationships Learn how to comfortably walk into a room…

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Three Tips to Overcome the Fear of Networking

Guest Post by Lori Saitz of The Quiet Girl’s Guide There you are, standing at the doorway of the event, looking around nervously. Should you go in? Run away? Everyone looks like they’re already involved in a conversation, and you don’t want to intrude. Maybe you’ll go call your dentist and schedule a root canal; it’ll be more fun than this! If attending networking events is painful for you, understand that NOT developing connections can be even MORE excruciating.  It’s easy to think (or hope) you can skip in-person events and simply build your business through online relationships. But in reality, you live in a world with other humans. And humans are still wired to connect interpersonally. Which means your business success depends on you managing your fear of networking, going out and having face-to-face conversations as you develop relationships with those other humans. Here are three tips to make…

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