Here are some of our fabulous member benefits!
Your membership in NEW will bring many benefits to you. You are now part of an enthusiastic group of women who are potential customers, mentors, cheerleaders and friends. Expect to gain enthusiasm, visibility, business development, and leadership training.
Boost Your Energy: 10 months out of each year, you are invited to the general membership meeting. This is better than a java jolt. The energy in the room is palpable and will boost your own energy and leave you feeling pumped for success.
See and Be Seen
: At each meeting you will have the opportunity to make your business visible to as many as 100 members and guests through a variety of means. Your business will be highlighted to the entire room when you join as a new member, when you give a showcase presentation, and when you donate to the Pot of Gold raffle. Even though you won’t always have the spotlight on you, at every meeting you will have the opportunity to talk to 7 other women at your table about your business and learn about theirs as well as to participate in discussions related to the program that are designed to help you get to know each other as well as share ideas. In the early part of the meeting you can circulate freely and meet as many women as you have the energy to meet, letting them know about your business.
Your visibility doesn’t end with the meeting. You get to toot your horn through placement on our website (which has been attracting 518 unique visitors each month!); advertising on our website, quarterly newsletter and monthly E-zine; and participating in our Speakers’ Bureau. Once you join NEW you are invited to a new member orientation luncheon where you will be given tips on how to make your membership work for you while getting to know other new members in a small group setting. You can enhance your visibility by joining a leadership team and, of course, you can always invite one or more members for coffee or lunch each month and get acquainted. We also create various events throughout the year and draw on NEW members to be the presenters and showcasers so there is added visibility for you when the event is something your business fits into.Grow Your Business
: Businesses grow through exposure to customers, and you will definitely get that exposure through your membership, but they also grow because the businesswoman tries new approaches and expands her skill set. Every meeting that you attend will include specific tips for enhancing your professional skills. Many of the programs will be focused directly on business skills such as marketing or networking. Sometimes, programs are led by our own members (potentially you?); other times by professional speakers who bring value to our members. Additionally, we will periodically offer trainings in certain areas with experts in business. Discounts/Prizes
: As a member of NEW, you are eligible for discounts that are offered by members for members. You can also win fabulous prizes at the meeting through NEW Swag. Once a month we feature one of our members in our spotlight. This include an article describing their business and services in the e-newsletter and their profile placed on our website homepage.You’re Not Alone
: Perhaps one of the biggest pitfalls of self-employment is the isolation you can experience, if you work from home. Whether you’re missing face to face social experiences or trying to solve the host of challenges that come your way, like figuring out how to solve a computer issue or finding out whether a problem requires an attorney, it can be daunting to know where to turn. NEW will help you solve that problem because our membership includes such a wide range of experts to rely on as well as all these business owners who may have already figured out the answer to whatever issue you’re facing. Whether you log on to our website, or turn to the people at your table at the membership meeting, or pick up the phone and call someone you met there, you’ll probably find the help you need through your NEW contacts.
Lead the Way:
As a business proprietor, you have to be a leader. Yet many of us have not received any training in leadership. NEW offers you that training. A Board of Directors leads NEW. Each of those directors has a team of people who help to set the course of our organization and do the work necessary to deliver all these benefits. Every member is welcomed, though never required, to join a team. There are positions that have quite a bit of involvement and others that take minimal commitment each month. You could choose a team where you have expertise to share or pick one in an area that you’d like to grow your skills. After being on the team, you may decide you’d like to be part of the Board and have even more experience with leadership. You are welcome to run for a position and we will provide the training you need to do a good job. Leadership in NEW is an exciting opportunity because we are a group of women that are committed to empowering and supporting one another. We genuinely like each other and have fun being together. Although there are occasional bumps in the process as we learn to work with disparate styles, we learn a lot about leading through eliminating conflict. Synergy
: While there are the many specific benefits described so far, perhaps the greatest benefit cannot be measured. There is a synergy that comes when people link together that benefits them individually and collectively. Even our world becomes a better place in ways that we can’t necessarily predict in advance. Margaret Mead once said, “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” As we join together as members of NEW, we create a powerful feminine force to influence our business community, our cities and our world.