Archive for September, 2009

Calling All Women Business Owners!

In celebration of our seventh anniversary,
West Suburban Women Entrepreneurs presents

Thursday, October 15, 2009
8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Holiday Inn Countryside, William Tell Banquet
6201 W. Joliet Road, Countryside, Illinois

How do you as a small business entrepreneur take your passion and
make it profitable during these challenging economic times? Building
a business is hard work and if you are not driven by some level of
passion, success is difficult if not impossible to achieve. Our distinguished
moderator will lead a panel of three accomplished women entrepreneurs to
explore passion as a critical attribute of success. They will share their
inspiring and amusing stories of launching and growing their businesses,
sometimes in the face of what seemed like insurmountable odds.

Join us for an event that will inspire you to take your business to the next
level, and offer you the opportunity to connect with a diverse network of
women entrepreneurs.

Ellen Rogin, CPA, CFP®

  • Featured speaker before nationwide audiences and has appeared on
    panel discussions for PBS show Chicago Tonight as an expert in the
    field of life and wealth planning.
  • Spent over 20 years in the financial profession, educating her clients
    and audiences on wise financial practices and the options available to
    them in achieving their goals.
  • Often quoted as a financial expert in such national and local
    publications such as: Money Magazine, Business Week, the Chicago
    Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Co-Author of “Be Great with Money”
  • Serves on the Board of Directors of Metropolitan Capital Bank

Maureen O’Brien, Founder and CEO, O’Brien & Son, Inc.

  • Created an exterior remodeling company in 1982 and built the
    company into a formidable establishment.
  • With her degree in Education and the equivalent of a “doctorate” in
    hard knocks and life experience, she created programs and
    curriculums in sales and customer service that audiences have
    appreciated both nationally and internationally.
  • Been honored as “One of the Most Influential Women in Business”
    by the Chicago Business Ledger and the National
  • Association of Women Business Owners and been named
    “Humanitarian of the Year” by the National Speakers Association.

Catherine Riddick, CPA, JD, Founder and CEO, XPonent Group, Ltd.

  • Been helping clients through transitions since 1994 when she founded
    XPonent Group, Ltd.
  • Currently serves a broad range of individuals and small business owners
    specializing in assisting entrepreneurs with financial coaching, and tax
    and accounting advice.
  • Current instructor with the University of Illinois Tax School and past
    instructor for the Women’s
    Business Development Center.
  • A licensed trainer on “Secrets of Successful High Earners” created by
    Barbara Stanny,
  • An active member of National Association of Women Business Owners,
    WSWE, and Vistage.

Nancy Sharp, Founder and President, Food for Thought, Chicago, IL

  • Celebrating 24 years of providing premier food services in the city of
  • Since she co-founded the company in 1983, Nancy has been an essential
    part of its success. In her role as managing partner, she leads the sales
    and marketing department while shaping the company’s brand image
    and growth strategy.
  • Serves on the Advisory Board for the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center
    at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and recently
    inducted into the University of Illinois at Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall
    of Fame.

Click here for a PDF flyer for the event.

TICKETS: $70 each

TO REGISTER: Click here for online registration.

MEMBERS ONLY: Click here to register online.

Promote Your Business: Become a WSWE Anniversary Event Sponsor

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Take the Car-Free Day pledge!

Ditch the car and grab your bike helmet on Sept. 22nd!

On Tuesday Sept. 22, Active Trans will partner with RTA, Pace, Metra, CTA and communities around the region for Chicagoland Car-free Day. The event is part of World Car-free Day, the one moment when people around the world pledge to go sans auto.
The day will only work if we get everyone involved. The more people we get to pledge to go car-free, the more fun the day will be! Plus, when you take the pledge on our website, you get a coupon for $1 off a large drink at Caribou Coffee on Sept. 22 (We’re not that crazy to ask you to go caffeine-free)

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FREE Fall Perennial and Houseplant Exchange

FREE Fall Perennial and Houseplant Exchange

WHAT: It’s that time of year again for the Fall Perennial and Houseplant Exchange.  Divide and share! This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON).

WHEN: Saturday, September 12. Garden Perennials: Drop off between 9:30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.; swap from noon to 12:30 p.m. Houseplant Exchange from noon to 2:00 p.m.  Call (708) 725-2460 for more details.

WHERE: Oak Park Conservatory

615 Garfield Street in Oak Park

DETAILS: Drop off your perennial plants at the alley gate south of the Oak Park Conservatory. Coupons will be given for each donation. Bring houseplants to the main entrance of the conservatory between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Then from noon to 2 p.m., the west gate of the Conservatory will open and you can redeem your coupons for new houseplants. If possible, please label the plants you donate with the plant name and color and pot them in plastic pots.
Take this opportunity to share your perennials with others, and discover new plants for your home and garden.

FOPCON is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide educational programs, community events and other support for the Oak Park Conservatory, an historic property built in 1929 and recently named to the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Wait Is Over

After several months of anticipation, our 60 watt-equivalent LED light bulbs are coming at the end of September!  These energy-efficient animals use just 6 watts of energy.  Simply amazing.

Our 40 watt-equivalent LEDs were very popular last year, so we’re taking pre-orders of the 60’s to ensure we have enough stock for everyone.  Usually priced at $69.95, we’re taking pre-orders for $59.95 or $110 for two.

Call or come in to get yours while they’re–uh–hot.

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