Happy New Year 2017

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HAPPY NEW YEAR to the women who keep me motivated and inspired! I mean that most sincerely. You incredible women are my Tribe, my Community and watching you interact with one another and support each other’s businesses and passions is exactly what I want Northern Colorado Women in Business to do for its members and Greeley/Evans/Windsor – Weld County and beyond!
The friendships and business associations that have evolved from our monthly meetings mean a great deal professionally and personally to so many of you. I watch, facilitate and witness the magic every month and feel like a proud mother hen! THANK YOU! Your caring hearts and professional behavior rub off on each other and that is incredible to watch. We believe in the law of abundance and when you show-up you build trust and turn contacts into connections. I hope you are budgeting to include NorCoWIB in your 2017 marketing plan. The following are the women who breathe life into our group and I want to again THANK my Leadership team:
Ashley Fusco-Raven Sign Studio and Teri Segelke-J&T Feeds attended all twelve 2016 Workshops.
The following 15 members attended 9 to 11 sessions, devoting as much time to our members as their schedules would allow:
Brooke Gardner-Connecting Signs
June Lemmings-Sears Real Estate
Verniece Thomas-United Way of Weld County
Mary Lu Walton-Envision, Creative Support for People with
Developmental Disabilities
Donna Upton- Karat Bars (Gold by the Gram)
Flo Mikkelson-Guaranty Bank & Trust
Irish Martin-Danhoff-FirstLight Home Care
Glenda Haines-Eves & Haines Wealth Management, Inc.
Pam Groeger-Five Rings Financial
Janet Bedingfield-Senior Resource Services
Michele Jones-Evans Area Chamber of Commerce
Jean Daviet-Small Business Consultant & NorCoWIB Web Guru
Jaymi Nickell-State Farm Insurance
Anisha Gutierrez-Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic
Kathy Baxley-Arbonne International
Thank you for growing with our Networking group, I appreciate YOU and YOUR support! I also want to thank Sue Helfrich, Allstate Insurance for providing a scholarship to help a variety of women attend our workshops this year. Sue’s life got so busy – she couldn’t attend very often in 2016, but her support remained solid by gifting others with a FREE registration!
Thank you Sue.
It’s time for our next Workshop!
I ask you to kindly register (online, by mail or drop off your check to me @ 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., in College Greeley 80634 – before or by noon Saturday, New Year’s Eve) for our Northern Colorado Women in Business January 4th workshop, from 8-10 a.m. at the Greeley Ice Haus, 900 8th Ave. 2nd floor downtown Greeley 80631. I am surprised at how few of you have ever been in the Ice Haus! If you have time, Ice Haus/ City Recreation employee, Amanda Gustafson, will give us a tour at the end of our Workshop.
Wednesday we will welcome one of our favorite presenters, Becky Safarik, Assistant Manager of our terrific City of Greeley, and President of Greeley Creative District Board who will get 2017 off to a wonderfully informed start when she bring us up to speed on local construction projects and the happenings in the ARTS in Greeley with her program titled: Creativity & Construction in the Heart of the City.
Catering will feature breakfast burritos from Santiago’s (yum, my family’s favorite) . Our Check-in Hostesses will be: Barbara Wasung – Marcia Siebring CPAs & Colette Pitcher – the Art Department & Body by Vi / Sister-to-Sister/Pay it Forward will be coordinated by Kathy Baxley – Arbonne International to benefit the Community Grief Center, NEW Children’s Programs. Clean-up help after our gathering will be lead by: June Lemmings – Sears Real Estate, Ashley Fusco – Raven Sign Studio, and Samantha Zishka – Westridge Accounting Services, plus whoever can stay to help. This Co-op is always a TEAM effort!
Thank you ladies – for signing up to help during our December Speed Networking Workshop at Zoe’s on Dec. 7th. I have heard positive feedback from 14 attendees about how much they enjoyed the December format. I wish we hadn’t of ran out of time, but at least you got one-on-one face time with most of our attendees, it just got a little complicated when people had to start leaving early to get to work. I will continue to share the sign-up sheets, so look for them at each first Wednesday Networking, Breakfast, Workshop and sign-up to help as a hostess, with our Pay it Forward Charitable monthly focus or with clean-up at future Workshops. I can often use set-up help the afternoon/evening before too – if you want to help on a Tuesday.

Becky Safarik is one of my heroes! When I think of women in this community who have made a difference in a leadership role, Becky is someone I respect and admire. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet her or hear her speak, YOU are in for a treat. She will offer attendees an overview of key new City construction activities in Downtown Greeley. In addition, she’ll include a brief summary of accomplishments and planned activities associated with the Greeley Creative District, which also encompasses this area.
As an interested business member of this community you will take away:
1. Awareness of City Government Construction activities
2. An understanding of the new Downtown Hotel Project
3. An appreciation of the role of the Greeley Creative District as a stimulator of area economic development.
Becky has worked at the City since 1978 in a variety of positions. Her City Government responsibilities are those functions related to “Community Building,” and she has added the guidance of the 17-member non-profit Creative District Board. This means she works with a team to Promote area Creatives as a part of the Greeley Sense of Place and Culture. She is also serving on the United Way of Weld County Board of Directors. She is an entertaining speaker and is a cherished wife, mother and a great boss! YOU won’t want to miss this program!
Learn more at: www.greeleygov.com; www.discovergreeleycreativedistrict.com; www.greeleycreativedistrict.org
Please register now to join us Jan 4th. Cost is only $25 when pre-paid or $30 at the door – and I still need to know you are coming for catering count and the room set-up and seating. I will cut-off registration at 48 women due to limited space at the Ice Haus – so don’t dilly dally, register today.
You can pay online on the Payment Page at http://norcowib.org/payments/ of our Web Site – just copy and paste this link into your browser or go to NorCoWIB.org and click on the Payment tab at the top right of each page that will take you to the top Pay Pal button where you have two options $25 for Workshops and the lower Pay Pal button for a one-time fee of $95 to post your profile where we can link to YOUR Web Site and easily give you referrals. That price is going up to $100 in 2017!
Or you can mail or drop off your check made out to either: Kristi’s Kreations, LLC or Northern Colorado Women in Business to Kristi at: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80634 by Saturday. Just tuck it in the flower can on the inside of my front door if no one is there to answer.
Pre-registration is required by Saturday, 12/31/16. All checks are held and deposited the day of our Workshop. PLEASE BE PROACTIVE AND REGISTER NOW before the New Year’s holiday weekend so I can prepare for this exciting session!
Need a great way to ring in the New Year? Here you go…
Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra New Year’s Eve Bash – Saturday, December 31st Starting @ 8 p.m. the UCCC, 701 10th Ave. Downtown Greeley

Join the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra on New Year’s Eve for their New Year’s Eve Bash! Walk the Red Carpet with papparazzi welcoming you and enjoy the concert beginning at 8 and watch the ball drop in New York city on the big screens at 10 p.m. Join them in the lobby for a champagne and chocolate reception, concluding at 11 p.m. then on to other celebrations to ring in the New Year. For tickets go to ucstars.com or call 356-5000 and get yours for $35, $28 or $10.
Sponsored by the Tointon Family Foundation.

Dr. Alexia Peake, Chiropractor and Owner of Peake Wellness & new December bride of Realtor Brad Inhulsen, shown “kissing under Brad’s Mistletoe” at their wedding! Co darn cute! Congrats Alexia and Brad!
Dr. Peake is hinting that former graduates of Leadership Weld County have worked their tails off with Young Professionals to bring back Leanna’s Closet, which will be located in the back (south side) of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore @ 2400 29th St. Greeley, CO 80631.
Stay tuned for more information about how you can help volunteer or donate your gently worn professional women’s clothing (you can’t fit into any longer) to help another woman joining the work force who needs clothes for a job interviews or to start work.
Playing Santa with a BIG delivery on Thursday evening, Dec 22nd to A Woman’s Place (AWP) through a Collaboration by Northern Colorado Women in Business with help from Sarah Traut, Pam McBee, Karen & Keri Andre.
Members who assembled incredients or cooked dropped off their contributions all week. Those who wanted to help gathered at Kristi’s at 3 p.m. loaded-up and delivered to the SafeHouse by 4 p.m. following the AWP staff meeting.
We provided enough food to feed all the residents through the three-day weekend. I’m so proud of all who pitched-in and helped these survivors of domestic violence! Thank you! Here’s what we gifted this nonprofit organization for Christmas:

We bought a ham to feed 20
Brooke Gardner – scalloped potatoes to feed 20
Kristi Helzer-cinnamon applesauce salad, teas, cornbread, & honey, tortillas – plus tray of assorted home baked Christmas cookies and bars
Patricia Sorbo –4 gallons milk for all weekend
Marla DeJohn – 2 dozen white decorated cupcakes
Bought: vanilla bean ice cream and Cool Whip

Stacey Morris – turkey all prepared for AWP to cook
Sarah Traut – mashed potatoes for 2 dozen
Kathy Baxley – green bean casserole cooking 16 cans of green beans (enough for several meals)
Glenda Haines –turkey gravy (jars & pkg mixes to use with drippings)
Pam McBee – dinner rolls & butter
Jean Daviet – 2 big bags of garden tossed salad, cucumbers & tomatoes (enough for several meals)
Jaymi Nickell –4 assorted salad dressings, chicken breasts, egg nog, sour cream, & green chilis
Maureen Walker – 3 jello-type salad – one with nuts (enough for several meals)
Bought: cranberries
Holly Smith – 4 assorted pies

Sarah Traut – egg muffin quiches for Christmas morning
Jaymi Nickell -orange juice
Bought: ham & bread (for toast) cuties, apples, candy canes

Lynn Keber – 4 rolls of sugar cookie dough plus green & red frosting & sprinkles

Pam Groeger – hamburger soup hot and ready to eat Friday night
bought: oyster crackers (for all soup meals), baby carrots
Margie Martinez – Taco Soup mix, rotell tomatoes, corn, tortilla chips
bought: hamburger & green chilis, shredded cheese
Kristi Helzer – turkey noodle (frozen)
chicken tortilla mix + chicken pieces + tomatoes
Suzanne Sereff – white chicken chili mix
Jaymi bought: 2 chicken breasts, green chilis, sour cream

Cash donations from: Flo Mikkelson, Colette Pitcher, Barb Wasung, Cyndi Kurtz, Donna Upton, June Lemmings, Linda Zeller, Teri Segelke, Linda Moore helped with a variety of groceries to round-out our meal menus. We gave them the remaining cash.

Sarah Traut bought $100 in toys for the 16 kids in resident for Christmas.

We also, delivered nearly $2,000 in assorted Mary Kay products from Karen & Keri Andre for the women in the shelter for Christmas. We have been doing this for nearly a decade at Christmas time.

Playing Santa to these women and children holds its own rewards! A Woman’s Place Executive Director, Karol Patch, said no one else had stepped forward to help this year. We gave these 20+ Mom’s and their children a Christmas! God Bless you one and all for your help in making this happen!

Tell your husbands and sons Father-Daughter Dance Tickets NOW on Sale!
Spend some time with your little princess; take her to the Father-Daughter Dance Jan 27 or 28 at the Greeley Recreation Center. Tickets are just $30 in advance.

Lisa Hudson has been promoted! Here’s the SBDC Dec. 19th press release:
SBDC Network Announces New Director of East Colorado SBDC and
UNC Biz Hub in Greeley
Denver – December 19, 2016 – The Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network today announced that Lisa Hudson has been selected as the new director of the East Colorado SBDC in Greeley. She will be responsible for helping existing and new businesses grow through her leadership of the center and UNC Biz Hub.

“Lisa is a true SBDC success story. She came to us as a student intern and had such a passion to help small businesses; she decided to stay with the SBDC. Since then, she has been promoted through the ranks from intern to consultant, to associate center director,” said Kelly Manning director of the SBDC Network and deputy director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). “She brings passion, dedication and experience in helping our small businesses in East Colorado. We are proud and thrilled for Lisa.”

Hudson joined the East Colorado SBDC in 2010 as a marketing specialist and business consultant, responsible for promotions and communications as well as guiding local companies through the startup and growth phases. Starting in 2012, she was promoted to associate director and assisted with budgeting, fundraising, sponsor relationship building, staff education, staff meetings, attending all state director meetings, and the annual ASBDC Conference.

“With about 600 clients during her career as a certified small business consultant and over 3200 hours consulting with small businesses, Lisa has developed great relationships and successful businesses within the East Colorado SBDC area,” Manning said. “She connects with the people that live and thrive in this region and has helped her community develop and grow.”

Hudson is the only certified GrowthWheel consultant in the state of Colorado. She is bilingual and provides consulting in Spanish and English. She was the chair of the SBDC Network marketing committee that created the branding for the network as a whole and has played an active role in the technology committee for the upcoming new T designation.

Hudson grew up in rural Colorado in the home of an entrepreneur. She graduated in 2010 from the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Spanish.

“I have always had a passion for small businesses and I am looking forward to continuing on this path of helping my community in my new role,” Hudson said.

Hudson is replacing Richard “Dick” Pickett who is retiring after almost 9 years as the executive director of the center.

The East Colorado SBDC office spans over 13 counties and has 29 satellite offices. The office specializes in oil and gas, health and wellness, and agriculture. The center was designated as a Technology Smart Zone specializing in agriculture technology. For more information about the East Colorado SBDC, visit http://www.eastcoloradosbdc.com/unc-bizhub-collaborative.

I’m excited to let you know that Lisa will be our NorCoWIB program speaker Feb. 1st when she guides us through learning to Write a Manageable Business Plan / Updating Your Current One! This is a topic many of you have requested and we are blessed to have Lisa available ton share her wisdom with us!

We also need to cheer for Janet Bedingfield who transitioned into the Director’s position for Senior Resource Services! People are living longer and need more help to remain relatively independent, so Janet has her hands full working with a staff of three to facilitate fundraising, recruit volunteers, raise awareness about this organization through increased community visibility, and coordinate quality customer service to aging adults. We know she will continue to do a wonderful job she has grown so passionate about! Thank you to those of you who have joined her SRS Board and who help by volunteering!

Michele Jones, Executive Director of the Evans Area Chamber of Commerce notified me that her board has selected Irish Martin-Danhoff as their “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” for their Annual Inaugural Dinner and Awards on Saturday, March 4th. This is the first time they’ve given this award to anyone in several years, but thought she deserved it, especially given her long history with the Chamber. Irish recently celebrated a ribbon cutting and Open House at her new office for FirstLight Home Care, where she is the Regional Director of Operations serving Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins and the surrounding areas.
Our family has enjoyed using FirstLight services to help with Ben’s care since he came home following the fire. We salute Irish and her competent and caring staff. I can hardly wait to cheer for her when the Evans Chamber presents her with her award in March!
Whenever you become aware of an important accomplishment or special moment in one of our member’s lives, please let me know so we can celebrate with those special moments with them!
A Quote to ponder as you set goals for 2017:
“Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them– that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Your Life is an Occasion…rise to it!
Kristi Helzer – Kristi’s Kreations LLC & Northern Colorado Women in Business
(970) 506-1882 / 381-8905
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