eWomen: Fab resource for you to grow your business

by Chrystal Bougon on June 2, 2010

I “found my tribe.” I attended my first eWomen Network event 3 years ago this month!I remember when I came home from the meeting I was all keyed up and excited. I walked in the door and just started going on and on and on about it. My “husband/partner/s.o.” said it best.  He said “I think you finally found your tribe, Chrystal.”  He was so right!

http://www.EWNSJ.com is the local Silicon Valley chapter’s website which has all of the information you need to know about the local events that are hosted by our Managing Director, Kristy Rogers. There are 3 events per month every month so you should be able to find one that works for your schedule.

eWomen is a fantastic resource for local business owners who want to GROW their businesses. It’s been instrumental in the growth of my ONLINE business and my HOME PARTY business. My favorite thing about the eWomen philosophy of Accelerated Networking is that it’s their policy to “GIVE FIRST.” I think that is what really got me all psyched the first time I attended. It was the first networking meeting where I actually felt like the other people in the room REALLY HEARD me. They weren’t all just trying to force their business or service on me.  They weren’t all trying to FORCE their business cards on me. They truly wanted to know how they could help me! WHOA! This room of total strangers want to help me? Why?Well, the WHY is because that is Kristy’s way. She created this group with the GIVE FIRST method herself and it translated all the way down to even the newest newbies like me that day 3 years ago.

And, the cool thing about it is, the more you GIVE and the more you SHARE and HELP the other members, the better it is for your business. It’s like the GOOD KARMA method of networking. Brilliant, right?  I just love going to the meetings and when I can’t make it due to scheduling issues, I MISS my eWomen friends and the energy and excitement of the meetings.

Fantastic speakers, smart and savvy business owners, fab new friends, yummy meals, accelerated networking and a SUPER powerful Yahoo Group to go along with it all. If you are in business and you are looking for ways to connect and grow your business, please come check us out.

If you are a first time guest, you can attend for $45. Just call Kristy at 408-288-8484 to get registered and tell her you read this blog! She will give you the FIRST TIME GUEST discount and if you email me or call me ahead of time, I can try to be there the same day you attend your first meeting so we can sit together and I can make some introductions for you. But, MOST OF ALL, be sure to bring your best “How Can I Help You” attitude as I promise it will come back to you and your business in the form of GOOD BUSINESS KARMA.

You can also email our Fearless Leader at KristyRogers@eWomenNetwork.com for more information or check out the list of upcoming events at  http://www.EWNSJ.com and check out the 3 local events in June or July!


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Kathy Sturr June 3, 2010 at 11:28 am

Great shout out for eWN, Chrystal! I felt the exact same way after my first meeting, and owe BIG thanks to you for telling me about it. My connections with other members have branched out into other networking groups, and my business has grown exponentially in the year-and-a-half since I’ve joined. I’ve learned so many great business tools, gained fabulous connections and resources, and made some wonderful friends as well! It’s an amazing resource!

Chrystal Bougon June 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

Thanks Kathy, for the comment. I am so happy you are a member! Love eWomen. Now we gotta tell the world about this amazing resource for local businesses.

Vicki June 3, 2010 at 11:48 am

You are right-on, Chrystal! eWomenNetwork rocks!
The first eWN meeting I attended was my first networking event ever. I was afraid and had no idea what I was doing. Everyone made me feel welcome and took me under their wing. I have been a member for about a year and a half. I have learned so much about business and networking from these fabulous women. I have gained clients, made friends and found power partners for my business. If you own a business, you MUST check out eWomenNetwork. You’re really missing out if you don’t.

Marlene Fales June 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Thanks for Sharing Chrystal! I have made many connections at eWomen that have moved me on to bigger and better things. Business IS about Networking and what better way to get to know and trust people, so that your reputation is protected, by helping others first!

Kim Tucker June 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I joined eWomen several years ago. I liked the philosophy of give first and NOT dealing cards.

Having been in business over 18 years I am established and have done a lot of different types of network. eWomen has helped expand my network and I can honestly say I’ve made some wonderful friends in the process. This group is not just for new businesses but is a good resource for those of us that have been in business for a long time.
I’d highly recommend checking it out.

Betty Kaufman June 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Chrystal, thanks for spreading the word. I couldn’t agree with you more. eWomen Network has played, and continues to play, a critical role in the growth and success of my business.

Chrystal Bougon June 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Thanks Betty. I agree – it will play a role in my growth, too.

Jen Jaciw June 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Great blog, Chrystal. I learned HOW to network in eWomen Network (over 3 yrs ago) and the business has come as members have gotten to know me. The key is SHOWING UP! Let everyone get to know you and how you conduct business. I use eWMN as a resource whenever I need something- you can find just about ANYTHING in this group! I’ve learned a lot from Kristy and the various speakers throughout the years. I’ve also made some of my best friends thru this group, and for that, I will be eternally grateful!

Chrystal June 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Thanks Kim, Vicki and Jen… and everyone else that commented.

We need to share with our networks so we can teach all bay area small business owners about this fab resource.

Vena Dorn June 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Chrystal, you couldn’t have said it better. I am going on my second year with eWomen and it has always been about giving first. It is the best thing I could have done for me and my business. We can all learn new things everytime we attend a networking session. Kristy is the best and she always has excellent presenters. If you are thinking about coming to a eWomen network luncheon or dinner, don’t hestitate. You will feel very welcomed. Thanks Chrystal for putting this on your blog.

Ana Maria Sanchez June 6, 2010 at 10:25 am

I just joined Ewomen back in December. I KNEW from the very first meeting i attended that i was going to join. It was due to Kristy’s professionalism and go getter attitude. I had been in the counseling/social work arena for several years with a few years break in between for personal development so the business skills i am acquiring through Ewomen have been extremely essential. I have learned soooo much in just the few short months of membership. Thank you, Kristy and thank you Chrystal for this blog.

Chrystal Bougon June 6, 2010 at 10:39 am

Thanks Ana. I agree. It’s a fab group and there is lots to learn at every event. SO many smart and savvy women in one room!

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