It’s TNT time! This-N-That Thursday!
This-N-That Thursday is the day that I dedicate time to report on some type of creative aspect. This post is about a creative EVENT.
In my community, we are lucky enough to have interesting business people who are networking and staying in contact with one another for support and other business opportunities. The first gathering I attended that was formed for Women Business Owners was called: Women In Business Unite (W.I.B.U.). The founder and organizer: N. Arnold Thompson is an active Independent Beauty Consultant in my community. Each month, she invited other dynamic professional women in a variety of businesses to come together to share in support of each other. We would have a guest speaker, also from the community, food, and spirited opportunities to network with others. Sorry, (NO MEN ALLOWED). The monthly venues would take us to a different meeting location each month. It was a time to gain that extra feeling of “You Go Girl!” from listening to other successful business owner’s around us.
As time passed, the expectations of planning each month became more involved and time-consuming so the reigns extended outward to be passed along to anyone else willing to dedicate time to the same cause. At first, many were concerned that the group would fade into the horizon. However, after a few months when women business owners in attendance of the past events were missing the usual monthly gatherings, a handful of persons met to “brainstorm” how the group could continue on without adding additional time consuming planning efforts. Ms. Arnold Thompson, (www.marykay.com/njarnold), was the first to be contacted to gain her perspective. It is because of the initiative of creative persons that the group continues to florish in new and exciting future directions. Also along for the “‘master-mind ride” is our logo designer: K. Robinson- KRDesign, (www.KristenRDesign.com), S. Thompson- Events By Sandy, (www.iplan4u-sandy.com), and additional fantastic business owner not forgotten, and myself V. Campos-Hallstrom- Club Creative Studio, (www.clubcreativestudio.com).
With a few changes, we developed a “new” group of sorts with the same over-all focus, but with a slightly different approach. Our first meeting with the group called: U.K.N.O.W. (Uniting Knowledge, Networking, Opportunities, and Women) was held on April 12, 2011.
Our Mission Statement: U.K.N.O.W. provides a forum for women business owners and professionals to unite, gain knowledge, and network. By offering support and exchanging ideas with one another, education is shared, trust is gained, and opportunities are created.
Why am I in the KNOW?
U.K.N.O.W. was created because our community had a need to supply women business owners and professionals with an opportunity to come together to learn from one another and gain support. We changed the forum to be a Round Table discussion group that interacts the members to share business problems and offer solutions from an array of experiences of those in attendance. We will have our own website at: www.UKnowNC.org
We meet at the The Book Exchange- www.JaxBookExchange.com
So far, I can say this is a very creative and innovative group of business-minded women, meeting in a creative and innovative way!