Topic: Leading Change: Relationships, Vision, Accountability, and Sustainability; YES on 3A

Speaker: Dr. Deirdre Pilch, Superintendent – Greeley/Evans School District 6

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Fat Alberts, 1717 23rd Ave., Greeley 80634, owner: Sue Albert Catering

Check-in Hostesses: Barbara Wasung, Marcia Siebring CPA and Mary Roberts, Lincoln Park Emporium
Sister-to-Sister/Pay it Forward – we donate $5 + Business Cards for drawing coordinated by Verniece Thomas, to benefit United Way of Weld County
Clean-up volunteers include: Jessica Barczewski, Aflac & CCC; Megan Slusser, Meadowview; Carolyn Winters, Mary Kay; ** (call Kristi if you can help) ________________________
Call me if you can assist with clean-up or help with it in November.

Dr. Deirdre Pilch wants citizens to understand why District 6 needs additional funding. She will share the District’s Update to the Community, as well as, their Strategic Plan: Innovation2020.
Did you know?
• The student growth rate in D-6 has more than doubled over the past 5 years.
• D-6 is the 14th largest school district in Colorado, but ranks 168th out of 178 in funding.
• To establish a STRONG community, citizens and businesses need to invest in our local schools – including charter schools.
• As business women, we want students to have job training and be “workforce ready” by graduation, participating in student internships and summer school programs.
• The $$ from this ballot measure will ensure quality teachers, support staff and resources for our children!
• It will help manage growth in class size.
• It will improve student access to technology and digital content.
• The proposal gives $$ directly to students in the classroom – NOT to BUREAUCRACY.

We invite you to sign up by Friday, Sept. 29th -or sooner- to come learn from Dr. Pilch about investing in the students of Greeley and Evans on Wednesday, Oct. 4th. Cost is only $25 when pre-paid or $30 at the door. We need to know you are coming for catering count and room set-up and seating by the 29th deadline.
You can pay here online right now using the Payment Page: NorCoWIB.org/payment , which takes you to Pay Pal – just click on the Payment tab at the top right of each page to navigate to the Pay Pal button where you have two options $25 for Workshops and a one-time fee of $100 to post your profile where anyone can link NorCoWIB.org to YOUR Web Site and easily give you referrals.
You can mail or drop off your check made out to either: Northern Colorado Women in Business or Kristi’s Kreations, LLC at: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80634 by noon Saturday, Sept. 30th. Just tuck it inside the flower can hanging on the inside of my front door, if no one answers.
Pre-registration is required of all members by Friday, September 29th and from first time attendees by noon Monday, October 2nd after the Tribune runs our press release. All checks are held and deposited the day of our Workshop.
When we moved back to Greeley, Ben was in 2nd grade and the first thing I did was visit elementary schools and do research to find the best school and staff for my children. Quality education draws people and businesses, so please do your homework.
How can YOU support something YOU don’t understand?
A Mill Levy Override of 10 mills will raise $14 million for D-6 students annually and be collected until the override ends, or sunsets, in 2023.
This investment in our children’s futures will cost approximately $72 a year for every $100,000 in assessed valuation of your residential property. So if your home is assessed at $200,000, as a homeowner you would pay about $12/month.
Come learn more about 3A and how Deirdre’s journey in education has shaped her leadership. She will share with us what has worked and how change in multiple settings has taught her to adapt and use her experiences to continue leading and learning.
She will provide an update on her current work in the Greeley-Evans School District and the community.
Dr. Deirdre Pilch was hired in July 2015 as Superintendent of Greeley-Evans School District 6 after the Board of Education conducted a national search for the position.
With 30 years of experience in public education, Dr. Pilch has served in a variety of roles. Before coming to Greeley, she served as the Deputy Superintendent in the Boulder Valley School District, where she had worked for 12 years. She has also worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum and instruction director and assistant superintendent in school districts in Wyoming, Missouri and Boulder, Colorado. She’s been in the trenches and she has worked education from all angles.
Dr. Pilch completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wyoming. She holds a Master’s degree and an Educational Specialist degree in secondary school administration from the University of Central Missouri. Her Doctorate of Education is in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Kansas.
She enjoys working collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, dministrators, support staff and community members to improve educational opportunities for all children.
She and her husband, Jeff, have made their home in Greeley. Dr. Pilch currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greeley Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Weld County and is a member of the Downtown Greeley Rotary Club.

You can reach Dr. Deirdre Pilch at 970-348-6012 or dpilch@greeleyschools.org
Learn more at: http://www.D6GrowingGreatSchools.comor visit their Web Site at: www.greeleyschools.org You can also connect to news at www.facebook.com/D6GreatSchools



Topic: Sharing Ideas to Develop a Strong Local Workforce

Speaker: Susan Walker, Walker Education Consulting, Inc. – Currently working to deliver initiatives for the Achieving Community Excellence (ACE) program for our community.

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Flood & Peterson, 4687 W. 18th St., Greeley 80634

Your check-in hostesses will be: Celeste Ewert, Envision; Laura Twogood, Greeley County Club

Sister-to-Sister / Pay it Forward effort will be coordinated by: Jean Morrell, ACS & Morrell & Associates this month. Jean will gather $5 + Business Cards for our monthly drawing to benefit the Friends of A Woman’s Place – 2017 Celebrating Women Gala.  A Woman’s Place provides a safe haven, resources and assistance to women and their children who have escaped domestic violence.

Clean-up volunteers include: Verniece Thomas, United Way of Weld County; Annette Jaehn, Mile High Stucco; Jeanie Foster-Ballen, Brain Balance Center; Celeste Ewert, Envision

ACE initiatives include the G Town Promise program and workforce development. The overall mission of ACE is to build relational excellence. Susan explains: “For ACE, relational excellence means that we seek, develop, and multiply for the purpose of bringing people together to address issues bigger than themselves. Leadership and workforce development have been key focus areas for 2017.”

We invite you to sign up to participate on Wednesday, Sept. 6th by Friday, Sept. 1 -or sooner- and come learn how you can support, align, and connect education to your workforce needs.

Cost is only $25 when pre-paid or $30 at the door. We need to know you are coming for catering count and room set-up and seating by the 1st.
You can pay right now here online on the Payment Page of the NorCoWIB.org/payment Web Site using Pay Pal – just click on the Payment tab at the top right of each page to navigate to the Pay Pal button where you have two options $25 for Workshops and a one-time fee of $100 to post your profile where we can link NorCoWIB.org to YOUR Web Site and easily give you referrals. …Or you can mail or drop off your check made out to either: Kristi’s Kreations, LLC or Northern Colorado Women in Business to: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80634 by noon Saturday, Sept. 2nd. Just tuck it in the flower can on the inside of my front door, if no one answers.
Pre-registration is required by members by Friday, September 1st and from first time attendees by noon Monday, Sept. 4 after the Tribune runs our release. All checks are held and deposited the day of our Workshop.

Susan’s background is in Education with an emphasis in mathematics. When she was young, mathematics was her chosen field of study because she found it interesting and there were few females that selected that area of study.

As a teacher, her goal was to make mathematics interesting and applicable for her students. Later in her career as an educator, she decided to earn a doctorate in educational leadership. Her new goal was to help quality education become accessible for all students.

Currently her work focuses on the alignment of education with the needs of regional business and industries. She connects secondary and post-secondary schools with local and regional industry partners to assist in workforce development. She helps coordinate a lot of career development work with internships and is moving towards an apprenticeship model. Any businesses that are interested in hosting a college or high school intern or an apprentice should contact Susan. Grant funds could be available to pay for the student to work in your business.

You can reach Susan Walker at 970-302-5933 or walkersusan56@gmail.com. In addition, visit the ACE Website for more detailed information at: http://greeleygov.com/government/ace/home

Susan will provide an overview of ACE and ACE initiatives; share a video and a brief perspective of local workforce trends with our group. You will learn about opportunities to participate in the Career Explore internship program, which the West Greeley Conservation District is wrapping up with a Greeley West High School incoming senior who spent the summer with us. Susan will explain their upcoming pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, distribute ACE brochures that share some examples of the work accomplished by Achieving Community Excellence partnerships, and flyers for the pending ACE leadership and workforce development event.

She is also bringing Audrey Herbison from the City of Greeley’s Economic Development Department. Audrey joined NorCoWIB in August when Aims hosted our Workshop. We are delighted to have both these dynamic women in our ranks.

Attendees will take away knowledge that will allow them to discuss in their circles…
1. What ACE is bout
2. How these initiatives are building relationships and what the key components are for success.
3. And, how together we can help develop a pipeline of quality workers in our community to fill a variety of workforce needs.

For the past 3 years Dr. Susan Walker has worked with ACE to deliver the initiatives of the G Town Promise program. Prior to that, she spent 26 years as an educator, administrator, and consultant for Greeley-Evans School District 6. As a former educator and administrator, her focus was to assure that all students received opportunities to earn a quality education.

Currently she supports the City of Greeley’s ACE program and work with the City of Greeley’s Economic Development team, Greeley Evans School District 6, Aims, UNC, the Greeley Chamber, and Weld County to help create alignment for workforce development. Susan also serves on the Aims Foundation Board.
Fun facts about her – she claims are probably pretty slim, which I don’t believe for a minute!! She’s done some crazy and challenging things like jump from an airplane, climb fourteeners, and run a marathon. Gardening is a fun hobby of hers and recently she has started enjoying creating miniature gardens. She says her small craft room is her favorite escape. Repurposing old things also brings her deep joy!
Susan’s wonderful husband is Tom Walker and they have three amazing daughters and son-in-laws, who have blessed them with three fantastic grand kids!

 


Topic: The Changing Role of Education / Continuing Education for the Life Long Learner

Speaker: Jody Margheim, Executive Director of Admissions Advising and Recruitment

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Aims Community College-Ed Beatty Hall, Theatre, 5401 W. 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80632

Parking info to follow upon registration.

What perfect timing for us to visit – Aims Community College! It is one of the most progressive two-year colleges in Colorado. Founded 50 years ago in Greeley, Aims has since established locations in Fort Lupton, Loveland and Windsor. Curriculum now includes 4,000 day, evening, weekend and online courses annually in more than 200 degree and certificate programs. Now that’s a great way to celebrate a 50th Anniversary!!

We invite you to sign up by Friday, July 28 -or sooner- and come learn how you can reinvent your career at Aims. Cost is only $25 when pre-paid or $30 at the door. I still need to know you are coming for catering count and the room set-up and seating.

You can pay right now here online on the Payment Page of the NorCoWIB.org Web Site using Pay Pal – just click on the Payment tab at the top right of each page that will take you to the Pay Pal button where you have two options $25 for Workshops and a one-time fee of $100 to post your profile where we can link NorCoWIB.org to YOUR Web Site and easily give you referrals. Or you can mail or drop off your check made out to either: Kristi’s Kreations, LLC or Northern Colorado Women in Business to: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80634 by Saturday, July 29. Just tuck it in the flower can on the inside of my front door, if no one answers.

Pre-registration is required by members on Friday the 28th and from first time attendees by noon Monday, July 31st. All checks are held and deposited the day of our Workshop.

At Aims, students can complete their first two years (general education requirements) and then transfer to a public university in Colorado to work on their bachelor’s degree, or they can complete one of our Associate of Applied Science/Career and Technical Education degree or certificate programs to prepare to enter the workforce. Aims Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Aims also offers professional development opportunities and customized training for individuals and companies through our Community Partnerships and Workforce Development office, as well as GED preparation, and English as a second language classes, and concurrent enrollment opportunities.

Through fundraising and sponsorships the Aims Community College Foundation supports student success with scholarships and program support.

Jody will share folders with Aims brochures, financial aid information, a quiz for all of us to take, free resources you can access, and a checklist on how to get started at Aims. She’s also bringing some give away items.

Over the past few years, the news has focused on the staggering debt that students have accumulated by going to college. The good news is that not everyone needs a Ph.D. or Master’s degree, and Aims provides opportunities for high school graduates to attain an affordable education or job skill to prepare them to continue their education or enter the job market. Aims also provides opportunities for the lifelong learner to retool and stay up-to-date in the newest technologies or to prepare for a second or third career. Just want to stay in shape? Aims offers physical recreation opportunities, too! We have an opportunity for almost everyone.

Jody will help you discover…
• Why Aims is the smart choice.
• The many opportunities available through Aims.
• and, how to take advantage of those opportunities.

Jody was born in Greeley, grew up in Loveland and graduated from Loveland High School. She attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., but moved back to Greeley and finished her associate’s degree requirements at Aims Community College. She did this because it was where her high-school sweetheart lived. Jody married her high-school sweetheart and raised twin girls while she worked in K-12 education from 1998-2013 for both Thompson and Poudre School Districts.

She has twin granddaughters and is expecting another grandchild in December. She loves camping, traveling, and spending time with all of her family. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a focus in Marketing from Regis University in 2005.

Jody has been at Aims since January of 2014. She knew when the position was posted that it was the position for her. She loves that her work impacts the entire community. It brings her great joy to work with students to provide them with information to make smart, educated decisions about their future.

Jody is a Greeley Dream Team board member and belongs to the National Association for College Admissions Counseling; Colorado Council on High School/College Relations; Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling; and the Colorado Educational Services and Development Association.
Jody was awarded the 2017 Aims Aardvark Award this spring. It is a great honor to be nominated by teammates and selected by the college president for the award.

You can reach Jody at:
Jody Margheim
jody.margheim@aims.edu
970-339-6292
Web Site: www.aims.edu

Kristi Helzer is the facilitator, who gave birth to Northern Colorado Women In Business in January of 2009…a Co-op to help business women – support each other in achieving our goals! NorCoWIB promotes learning from each other and experts in their field to gain knowledge, skills and confidence to perfect our business practices to become the best at what we do. We believe in doing business locally to support a healthy economy and a healthy community.
We endorse giving back to worthy efforts that impact community members. When you attend your first NorCoWIB Workshop, you become a member where your participation is valued. By “showing up” you can turn contacts into powerful connections to build your business. Members suggest the topics and speakers that we showcase each month. We invite you to introduce other savvy business women to our group. Thank you for contributing to our growing SUCCESS!

 


Topic: Topic: West Greeley Conservation District shares George M. Houston Gardens

                 – a hidden treasure for you to discover, right in the heart of Greeley!

Speaker: Kristi Helzer, Community Outreach and Education Coordinator

Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Houston Gardens, 515 23rd Ave., Greeley 80634
Parking in the Boys & Girls Club west parking lot, 2400 W. 4th St.

Catering by: Garden Elves and Gnomes

My life has gone from heels and pantyhose to tennis shoes and jeans!

Our check-in hostesses: Stacey Morris, Coaching for Success/Mutual of Omaha &
Margie Martinez, United Way of Weld County will graciously welcome you upon your arrival to the patio!
Our Sister-to-Sister/Pay it Forward will be coordinated by Terri Pappas, SEVA & School District 6 Board member, who will gather your $5 + Business Cards for a drawing to benefit SEVA Community promoting childhood literacy located just across the street to the east of Houston Garden’s front gate on 23rd Avenue.
Our wonderful clean-up team will be: Janet Bedingfield, Senior Resource Services;
Margie Martinez, United Way of Weld County; Pam Groeger, Five Rings Financial; and Donna Upton, Karat Bars (Gold by the Gram)
You are always welcome to pitch-in and help…we network while we work!

Once upon a time there was a girl who was pretty darn spunky. When she enrolled at UNC she told her advisor she wanted to make a difference in the world but not via a traditional female career – such as being a secretary, nurse or teacher (all of which she has done over the past 30 years – jokes on her!). During her freshman year her Dad collapsed at work and died of a massive coronary. She knew that if she wanted an education she would have to work while going to school and apply for as many scholarships and grants as she could find. She worked a variety of jobs and studied hard and earned a degree in Mass Communications /Journalism with minors in Marketing and Anthropology in 4 years.

She worked at KMGH-TV Channel 7 in Denver, but soon fell in love with a farm boy named Richard from Eaton. This meant many of her big city aspirations were shifted and she was determined to build a career back in Weld County while raising a bunch of little Helzers. She always wanted to be a Mom and G’ma…ever since her younger brother and sister (twins) were born when she was 4.
While at UNC she worked at Spudnut Donut shop, Ehrlich motors, The Gondolier, UNC Food Services, The Conditioning Spa, and UNC Placement Center and Alumni Services. Then in her senior year she went to work for Joe Tennessen at KFKA Radio-1310 AM as their copywriter and eventually promotions director, where she was also blessed to work with/for Gail Holmes at sister Christian music station KFKZ-FM.

Rich and Kristi married and bought a farm SE of Kersey and started a hog farrowing operation (raising baby pigs). This city girl became a country gal. After their move to the Kersey area farm, Kristi went to work at the Monfort Kuner Feedlot with a 4 days on (10-hrs/day) 4 days off rotation – so she could help with the farming sows, boars and piglets.

They soon added Ben to the family and the country life suited them quite well. Kristi taught exercise classes two nights a week at the Kersey H.S. gym and then started doing daycare when pregnant with Joey, so she could stay home. There were lots of families with young kiddos who needed help since the bus only ran mornings and afternoons, but not mid-day so half-day kindergarten was tough on working parents. In no time Kristi was Mother Hen to 6 kids plus Ben and Joey. She ran their home babysitting service like a preschool and loved her little chicks. She firmly believes every parent should be a daycare provider for a month. It will shift your thinking about this responsibility.

When Ben was in school full days, Kristi started teaching media related classes and tutoring at Aims Community College where Joey went to preschool. Then one day after Bonnie Dean came and spoke to Kristi’s Sales and Advertising class – Bonnie offered her a job as an Account assistant helping Bonnie serve her wide array of clients in any manner she could. It was a wonderful adventure learning marketing from Ms. Dean – the best in the business!

During those nearly seven years Kristi was asked to serve as a volunteer on the United Way of Weld County Marketing/ Communications committee, as Bonnie was too busy. Then about a year later, Jeannine Truswell offered her the newly approved position as the organizations first Director of Marketing/ Communications. Kristi said yes and jumped in with both feet to develop this new position while in service to the community that she loved for the next seven years (it was difficult to leave Bonnie Dean Associates but UWWC had gotten into her heart). There was so much to do and the organization kept growing to meet the needs of the community. Kristi was working day and night and getting Rich and the kids involved constantly.

Then another opportunity popped up with a similar position at the Weld Library District seven years later and with Ben starting college, the change (and more $) was attractive. Being surrounded by books, information, and technology – while sharing an office with Maggie Witwer – and getting to work with Rita Kadavy, Sharon Flohr, Cindy Welsh, and dozens of other amazing professionals was too enticing to not pursue. This opportunity filled my soul. Collaboratively writing the grant that brought High Plains Chautauqua to Greeley is one of my fondest memories. I know it is poor grammar to move from third person to first person – but ya’ll know this is my journey I am sharing.

Life kept happening and soon Kristi started her own Marketing/Communications business, Kristi’s Kreations, where she got to stretch her wings and help a variety of local businesses and organizations with branding and all the marketing tools that went with it! Being a workaholic to the max and one who enjoys pro bono work (probably a little too much) had me working 50-60 hours/week, which is hard on family life.
When a volunteer colleague I was working with on the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra Century Season Celebration asked me to come work for him – Richard pushed hard because he felt it would be a 40 hr/wk position with benefits that would make family life a bit more sane. I gave it a shot. Reality check – working in the financial world was not something that made my heart pump, I stuck it out for a while out of loyalty. All the while I continued nurturing Northern Colorado Women in Business on the side, which I launched January of 2009. Helping connect women to one another and success-building opportunities was much more fulfilling.
Shortly thereafter, I was hired as the first (and only) Northern Colorado Community Relations Representative for Noble Energy. This was delightful – a NEW adventure in a NEW position for a unique industry with my responsibilities focused on building community awareness and helping my employer to get to know the community while supporting the great goings on in Greeley and Weld County! After years of fundraising (Richard says I’m always on the begging committee for the things I am passionate about), I was now in a position to help distribute funds to worthy causes. Plus, educate people about the way Noble did business and all the care and precautions they took with their focus on safety and respect for neighbors.

During this time our youngest son died unexpectedly from a blood clot stopping his heart. I was numb with grief – but kept on going that busy summer with all the outreach events we had scheduled that I was responsible for facilitating – there was no one to hand-off to. This was daunting and overwhelming. I would paste a smile on my face do my job throughout the county where few knew what was going on in my life and then I would come home and collapse. I didn’t want to jeopardize my job, yet in less than 2 years, I was a casualty of the decline in oil & natural gas production around the world and the 188th person laid off by Noble Energy worldwide.
So the next project was working to help my mother-in-law sell her home and move to assisted living while applying for jobs. I had decided I wanted to do something related to education and taking care of Mother Earth. You see, even though Noble used best practices, not all those extracting O & G had the respect of the land that Noble did.

Then Ben, our first born son, was in a tank fire out near Platteville and was airlifted on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 to the Western States Burn Center at NCMC. With over 40% of his body burned, plus inhalation damage to his mouth, jaw, teeth, sinus and airway passages, I became his nurse and primary caregiver. This was another life altering event. It was a great relief once we realized he would live-thank the Good Lord. It has been a long 19 month healing journey that at times has been nearly unbearable to witness and it is still in progress.

Some people have told me I’m a real badass Mama Bear, I beg to differ. Life just takes lots of twists and turns and you have to hang on tight, keep your faith, not give up and do the best you can. My sons were/are the biggest blessing of my life and after losing Joey, I fought like crazy for Ben and pray every day that he keeps improving.

So as this “fairy tale” continues, I went to work in March for the West Greeley Conservation District. I just want to give testimony that you should never give up when you want something to happen in your life. Rev. Barbara Bue told me when I was job searching to relax and let the job come to me. My life coach, Christine Thomas, would often have me write out my vision and weigh pros and cons when opportunities would arise.
I applied for this job before Ben was injured and didn’t even get an interview, and yet here I am. It was the wrong time in the Fall of 2015, I started this position a couple months earlier than my life and body were prepared for it – but I am loving this opportunity and they are being very understanding about the time I have taken off while caring for Ben! Ben is an adult and he needs more independence, so now he is in his Father’s hands and I am stepping back to focus on my career again.
I can hardly wait to share my new passion with you! “I am so blessed, I’m feel just like Alice going through the looking glass into a magical wonderland of mystical beauty!” …while working with all ages at Houston Gardens. It truly is a hidden treasure in Greeley and I love introducing it to community members. It is an outdoor classroom, a historical site with a lovely history worth exploring. Please join me for a dose of nature, fresh air and beauty Wednesday, July 5th guaranteed to deplete your stress level significantly in this lovely environment! Working to educate people to be good stewards of the land and our natural resources is a privilege I am enjoying!
I’m eager to share information on the services provided to those living within the District’s boundaries, both urban and rural, offered by the West Greeley Conservation District (WGCD) to 66% of Weld County residents.

Please arrive by 7:45 a.m. and park in the west lot of the Boys & Girls Club, 2400 W. 4th St. (more of the ground donated by the Houston family) and enter through the west gate and wander up the paved sidewalk into the gardens enjoying the morning dew on the plants, shrubs and flowers separating the garden path from the B&G Club. Please wear sneakers or closed-toe sensible shoes for your walking comfort, as we will be using our “7th Inning Stretch” (to get up and move) for a brief walking tour of four Colorado ecosystems, as part of my program. If you have any mobility issues, please call me 970-506-1882 and we will make arrangements for you to park closer.

Since the 4th of July is the day before our Workshop, I urge you to act now and block off the morning of July 5th on your calendar and go to our payment tab at the top of each page to register and pay online using our Pay Pal button for just $25. If you pay onsite your cost is $30 – preregistration is still required for catering and to be included on the participation attendance sheet your complimentary networking tool. Holidays always cause confusion, so please don’t delay registering.

If you prefer, you can drop off a check to: Northern Colorado Women in Business to my home by noon, Saturday, July 1st my address: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, 80634. There is a decorative canister with flowers hanging between my doors where you can leave a check in an envelope – but please email or text me if you leave a payment there.

After this workshop you will gain knowledge of how…
1. WGCD came to own and manage Houston Gardens and its history
2. The Gardens serve as an Event Center and how you can use it
3. WGCD provides services to landowners who are taxpayers within the District’s boundaries

You can reach Kristi Helzer at:

4302 W. 9th St. Rd.
Greeley, CO 80634
970-356-8097 x:143
kristi.helzer@wgcd.org
Web: www.wgcd.org


Topic: Create, Expand, and MONETIZE a Business you Love!

                   “A Simple System to Turn Your Knowledge Into A Profitable Business”

Speaker: KellyAnne Zielinski, CEO & Founder: Climate & Culture Connection Inc

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley 80634

Catering: Sue, Fat Albert’s

Ck-in Hostesses: Kelly Jackson, Aims Foundation & Shantell Sallee, Pure Romance!

Sister-to-Sister Pay it Forward – Alexia Peake, Peake Wellness will coordinate this month’s focus to benefit: Leanna’s Closet, a place where women entering or re-entering the workforce can find professional clothing. Participate by giving $5 + your business card, which enters you in our drawing.
Did you know Leanna’s Closet is a collaboration between Alexia’s Leanna’s Re-Launch Committee, Women2Women and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (where they are located)? Now you do!

Clean-up following the Workshop:
Anisha Gutierrez, Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic
Allison Dunning, Balloon Art by Merry Makers
LaLoni Magnuson, Stoddard Funeral Home/Sunset Memorial Gardens
Celeste Ewert, Envision…additional help always welcome.
We network while we work! Thank you ladies!

Climate & Culture Connection Inc. is best known for its Leadership Consulting-Their signature Unabridged Leadership Methodology is designed to support individuals in living lives of Self Leadership so as to develop deeper connections with self and others, to live with absolute clarity, and lead a life of meaning and purpose.

Are you feeling overwhelmed, confused, and/or stuck on how to expand and monetize a business you love? We invite you to sign up by June 2nd – or sooner – and come learn more. Cost is only $25 when pre-paid or $30 at the door – I need to know you are coming for catering count and room set-up and seating.
You can pay right now here online on the Payment Page of our NorCoWIB.org Web Site – just click on the Payment tab at the top right of each page that will take you to the Pay Pal button where you have two options $25 for Workshops and a one-time fee of $100 to post your profile where we can link NorCoWIB.org to YOUR Web Site and easily pass along referrals to you. Or, you can mail or drop off your check made out to either: Kristi’s Kreations, LLC or Northern Colorado Women in Business to: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80634 by Saturday, June 3rd. Just tuck it in the flower can inside my front door, if no one answers.
Pre-registration is required by members on Friday June 2nd and from first time attendees by noon Monday, June 5th. All checks are held and deposited the day of our Workshop.

Their signature Business Mastery Program supports business owners in developing a framework for your business, packaging and pricing multiple products from that framework, building your relationship funnel, clarifying your ideal collaborators, tightening up your marketing messages, and launching/relaunching… all within a 6 week time frame!
Join Self Leadership Expert and Entrepreneurial mentor, KellyAnne Zielinski for an interactive, inspiring and informative gathering where you will learn a simple step-by-step technique on how to turn your knowledge into highly profitable products, programs, and services.

After this workshop you will gain:
1. Three secrets to creating a money-making mindset
2. A detailed step-by-step outline of HOW to transform your knowledge into products, programs and/or services …and then your profitably launch
3. Ways to leverage networks/communities to expand your business reach

KellyAnne Zielinski is the CEO of Climate & Culture Connection, as well as, an author, Self Leadership expert, entrepreneurial mentor, and former elementary school teacher for seven years. She is incredibly passionate about sharing easily applicable strategies, tips and techniques to ignite others to create lives of influence and freedom for the betterment of the world.

KellyAnne is the catalyst for the current and next generation of individuals making a difference in the world through Self Leadership. Her purpose is to inspire, educate and empower individuals to collaborate and work harmoniously towards a greater cause of mankind.

KellyAnne says: “When an individual becomes empowered, they tap into their full potential, and connect with others on a deeper, more heart-centered level. It is then that they become magnetic to all things great, and create lives of influence and freedom to not only self-serve, but serve the WORLD in a great way.”

You can visit or reach-out to KellyAnne at:
Climate & Culture Connection Inc
1975 19th St. Unit 5021
Denver, CO 80202
www.ClimateCultureConnection.com
CEO@ClimateCultureConnection.com
720-507-7972


Topic: It’s about…having CLASS…having SASS…having FLAIR!
Fashion Show, Colors & Skin Care for Spring! While Honoring Moms with a Mother’s Day Vendor Fair

with 20 booths featuring Local Business Women

Speaker: Linda Winter salon owner for 47 years and boutique owner for 20 years
Accessories with a Flair!…and Hair

Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Time: 7 – 11 a.m.

Location: Zoe’s, 715 10th St., Greeley 80631  –  Belair Room with Stage

Catering: Ben Fusco @ Zoe’s

Ck-in Hostesses arrive at 6:40 a.m.: Linda Zeller, Bravo Carpet Cleaning and Care & Linda Brainard, On-Site Plant Care & Design

Mother’s Day Vendor Boutique Celebrating Moms – bring your gift-giving list
Schedule: 7 – 8 a.m. Shopping & coffee!
Member’s Name – Items to be sold/shared
1) Shantell Sallee, Pure Romance products & party sign-ups
2) Kathy Baxley, Arbonne International products
3) Allison Dunning, Balloon Art by Merry Makers – Handmade pottery batter bowls
4) Colette Pitcher, Showcase Art Center – Watercolor cards & books
5) Celeste Ewert & Mary Lu Walton, Envision Artwork & cards
6) Fidelia Muniz, Organo Gourmet Beverages: Coffee, Teas, Chocolate – hot or iced
7) Fidelia Muniz, Wooden Handcrafted Clocks
8) Kelly Strnad, NuSkin – Personal Care Products
9) Lynn Keber, Creative Memories
10) Stacey Morris, Mutual of Omaha – Coaching for Success
11) Sue Sutton, Picket Pals, Goddess Ornaments, Jewelry, & Wall Art
12) Anisha Gutierrez, Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic service sampling
13) Teri Segelke, J & T Feeds Gift Boutique – many critter-themed items
14) Irish Martin Danhoff, FirstLight Home Care & Housekeeping Services
15) Ashley Fusco, Raven Sign Studio – LulaRoe Clothing
16) Annette Jaehn, Mile High Stucco – Handmade Jewelry
17) Raquel Jandreau, Sassy Bagz Purses & More & LipSense
18) Shawnae Blandford, Thrive by Le-Vel
19) Carol Chittenden, All is Well-Spa for the Soul – Chair Massage
20) Jean Daviet, NorCoWIB Post your Profile assistance $90 TODAY ONLY / Cyndi & Georgie’s Cookbooks

      Gift items from Nonie Sheel’s store / Fun Odds n’ Ends
21) Linda Winter, Accessories with a Flair…and Hair! Fashions, private label Star Natural Skin Care products,

       Bling Jewelry, Hats (just in time for the Kentucky Derby),  Raquel Welch Wigs, Salon products, Make-up, Gifts,

       Color Analysis. Linda is offering 15% off your purchase at the Boutique

8-10 a.m. Our NetWORKing, Breakfast, WORKshop
Linda will show our participants how to change their look in minutes from old to bold. No matter what your age…your size…or your style we all want you to look HOT!!!
We invite you to sign up by April 28th or sooner if you can and come learn great ways to extend your wardrobe, select colors that give your skin and hair a healthy and flattering glow, while learn Linda’s secrets to make the most of your body type and shape so you look and feel HOT!!!

10 – 11 a.m. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
SUPPORT LOCAL Businesses – Invite your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, downtown business associates, employees, etc. to stop by and shop for an hour.
Clean-up 11:10-11:30 a.m. after Workshop:
Ashley Fusco, Raven Sign Studio; Robin Chew, Arbonne International; LaLoni Magnuson, Stoddard Funeral Home/Sunset Memorial Gardens; Verniece Thomas, United Way of Weld County …additional help always welcome. We network while we work!
Thank you ladies!

Register now: Cost is only $25 when pre-paid or $30 at the door –I need to know you are coming for our catering count, the handout list of attendees and seating.
You can pay here on our Web Site at the Payment Page just click on the Payment tab at the top right of each page. That will take you to the Pay Pal button where you have two options, select the $25 for Workshops.

You can also elect to pay the one-time fee of $100 to post your profile on our site where we can link NorCoWIB.org to YOUR Web Site and easily give you referrals. Or you can mail or drop off your check made out to either: Kristi’s Kreations, LLC or Northern Colorado Women in Business to: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80634 by Saturday, April 29th. Just tuck it in the flower can on the inside my front door, if no one answers and email me that you left it there.

Pre-registration is required from members by Friday the 28th or from first time attendees, by noon Monday, May 1st. Why? Because, The Tribune publishes our press release on Sunday’s Business page and those reading it need time to sign-up. All checks are held and deposited the day of our Workshop.

Show up and experience this exciting morning of NetWORKing with your girlfriends and Linda will instruct us about:
1. Our complimentary colors, those that can take years off your face, flatter your figure and elevate your attitude to make you feel like your personal best.
2. Accessories and how they can maximize your wardrobe and give you versatility. Learn how to shop in your own closet for treasures you probably forgot you have!
3. Hair styles that are just right for your hair type. Discover what works and how it can make all the difference in getting satisfying results when styling your hair. Or, maybe it’s time to buy a fun wig that gets you ready and out of the house in minutes looking like you primped for hours!

With Linda’s creativity and a lifetime of fabulous fashion experience – you will be dazzled and capture plenty of ideas to welcome Spring to your wardrobe and personal STYLE!!
She will have: Fashions, Bling Jewelry, Hats, Raquel Welch wigs, Salon products, Make-up, Private label Star Natural Skin Care products, Gifts, Color Analysis …AND Linda is offering 15% off your purchase at this event!

If you would like to be a model contact Linda now! 970-351-6448 You can doll up in her outfits, wear a wig or have your make-up done and skin care demonstrated. Due to limited time, only a few women can participate.

Linda says, “I have been lucky enough to present 30 fashion shows a year for 20 years!” She has even been part of a fashion panel in Las Vegas and featured in a national publication.
“I enjoy sponsoring Miss Rodeo Colorado and continue to do clinics for queen candidates,” she explained how rewarding it is to work with these young women.
Currently, Linda volunteers for the American Cancer Society, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and loves the various community networking groups. She also has a long list of other philanthropic causes she has supported over the years.

The Winter Family farms 800 acres northeast of Greeley. Along with Dick, her husband of 40+ years, and their son, Tony, you will often find our stunningly attractive Ms. Linda out on the ditch setting tubes to irrigate a field of crops. She is independent and manages to do it all! Dick and Linda have two adult children with spouses who have given them 5 grandkids. The oldest will be a freshman at UNC this Fall.
“I believe you have to be a part of the community,” Winter said, “and pay it forward while always remembering…it’s never wrong to do the right thing!”

You can stop by and see Linda at Accessories with a Flair! Boutique & Salon located at:
801 8th Ave., Ste. 4, Greeley 80631 / 970-351-6448
or explore more at: www.accessorieswithaflairandhair.com

 

 



Topic: Money Matters for Women

Speaker: Kerri Farren, TransAmerica Financial Advisors
Attended Aims as a CIS major, then earned her Finance degree and an MBA from UNC

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location:  Flood & Peterson, 4687 W. 18th St., Greeley 80634

Catering: Terri Martin, Bonell

Ck-in Hostesses: Irish Martin Danhoff, FirstLight Home Care & Linda Winter, Accessories with a Flair…and Hair!

Sister-to-Sister Pay it Forward – Jaymi Nickell, B.E.~Better Everyday/Life Leading Legacy will coordinate this month’s focus to benefit: Envision, Creative Support for People with Developmental Disabilities. $5 + your business card enters you in our drawing.
Remember, Northern Colorado Women in Business supports Envision’s 4th Annual 5K In My Shoes, Walk. Run. Roll, fundraising event on Sunday, April 23rd. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and registration is only $30 if you get it done before April 1st online at: EnvisionCO.org/5Kinmyshoes the race is an effort to promote inclusiveness, diversity and awareness about intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Clean-up following the Workshop:
Ashley Fusco, Raven Sign Studio;
Irish Martin Danhoff, FirstLight Home Care;
Jean Morrell, Morrell & Associates;
Robin Chew, Arbonne International…additional help always welcome.
We network while we work! Thank you ladies!

Every woman should want financial education to empower them in their individual situation – both personal and professional. Kerri will talk about the differences in saving between men and women and why women need to take charge of understanding and learning how money actually works, along with finding what fits their individual needs.
She will start her presentation by having us do a questionnaire and discuss different concerns that fit our daily challenges.

We invite you to sign before Friday, March 31st to come learn more about women and money management. 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.
You can pay right now here online on the Payment Page at http://norcowib.org/payments/ – which will take you to the Pay Pal button where you have two options $25 for Workshops and a one-time fee of $100 to post your profile where we can link NorCoWIB.org to YOUR Web Site and easily give you referrals. Or you can mail or drop off your check made out to either: Kristi’s Kreations, LLC or Northern Colorado Women in Business to: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80634 by Saturday, April 1st. Just tuck it in the flower can on the inside my front door, if no one answers.
Pre-registration is required by members on Friday the 31st and from first time attendees by noon Monday April 3rd. All checks are held and deposited the day of our Workshop.

At Transamerica Financial Advisors they focus on education and training in the financial industry, finding client’s big concerns and figuring out how they can work on fixing them using certain tools unique to each person. They basically are the broker dealer to all clients. Their name is Transamerica, but they offer products from 100s of different companies to best serve YOU. Their service provides active management, individual planning with different options, 401Ks for businesses, 403Bs for nonprofits. They also can help you with other options such as mutual funds, IRAs, annuities, and types of life insurance.
Three key points you will gain and take away following Kerri’s presentation will include:
1. Answers from a quick questionnaire to see where you are as far as satisfaction in different areas of your life.
2. Understanding why we need to take charge of our financial future.
3. Knowing your pain points and what is really important to each individual, then helping you realize that there are ways to work on fixing, and learning from them.

Kerri worked at HP for 11 years before, she realized that the corporate world just wasn’t for her! So then she weighed her options and looked for something that meant something to her personally. She realized she had a passion for helping others, which guided her in a positive direction that meant more than just being in the black and pleasing the stockholders.
She’s been working with Transamerica for 12 years in an office with about 200 others based out of Denver. She has coached and trained many during those years. Her focus has included working with different non-profit organizations not only for their group plans, but also each individual personally. Her second niche is women! She says, “We are taking over and we need to be 100% in charge of our financial decisions.”
For fun, she gives a lot of time to non-profit organizations – her favorite is being a Special Olympics track and field coach. She explains that through volunteering she is inspired and she gets more back than she gives! She runs marathons all over the U.S. It all started when she sponsored a young girl in Team in Training for the Leukemia Society many years ago. She’s been running ever since (1984), so she’s decided that’s her hobby, plus she just loves doing anything outdoors.

You can reach-out to Kerri at:
http://tfaconnects.com/kerrifarren/ kerri.farren@tfaconnect.com 970-227-7862
She is working towards opening an office here in Northern Colorado along the Front Range (north of Denver).



Topic: The Tribune is More Than Just a Newspaper

Speaker: Stephanie Mighell, The Tribune Sales Manager
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Location: ReMax, 1275 58th Ave., Suite A, Greeley 80634

Catering: Carter’s Creative Catering
NOTE: Please keep Holly Carter and her two children in your hearts and prayers as her husband Eric just passed away at age 43 on Monday, 2/6. We are sending her tons of love and condolences. We will miss Eric and his great smile! He was a joy to work with.

Sister-to-Sister / Pay it Forward:

This month we will benefit the School District 6 Success Foundation. Debby Baker, Community Grief Center will be collecting business cards accompanying your $5 donations from anyone who would like to help. We still have 3 open seats at one of the NorCoWIB tables for the Success for Our Kids Breakfast 7-8:30 a.m. on Tues, April 11th at Northridge H.S. Call Kristi, 970-506-1882, if you would like to attend. The gym is packed with caring community members each year. We already filled one table, help us wrap-up this one!

Wed., 3/1/17 Check-in Hostesses to Welcome YOU:
Sue Sutton, Picket Pals and Local Radio DJ
Margie Martinez, United Way of Weld County
Clean-up crew after the Workshop:
Stacey Morris, Mutual of Omaha
Donna Upton, Karat Bars (Gold by the Gram)
June Lemmings, The Lemmings Team – Sears Real Estate
Sarah Heber, Lutheran Family Services
…additional help always welcome. We network while we work! Thank you ladies!

Did you know that our local daily newspaper, The Tribune is a full multi-media marketing company? Now you do! Swift Communications out of Carson City, Nevada is the Hub of the group that owns these print vehicles here in Weld County (and more around the country). They have three Newspapers: The Greeley Tribune, Tribune Extra & Windsor Now going to over 50,000 homes. Plus they print an array of other informational and advertising vehicles. Here’s an overview:

Niche Publications (Over 165,000 distributed + targeted digital versions) include:
Prime                         Premier                              Business Connect
Parents                      Energy Pipeline                  Explore Weld County
Greeley Stampede    Greeley Unexpected          Greeley/Windsor Chamber Directory

Special sections & Vendor Tabs
Babies                       Farm Show                          GBJ
Made in Weld            Arts Picnic                           Weld County Fair
Hospice Tab              others

Digital Media
Display                      Targeted E-blasts                 Targeted Audience Intent
Websites                   Social Media                         Video
Reputation Mgmt.      Steal Today’s Deal               SEO & SEM
Native Advertising      Contests

Events
Home & Garden Show               Best Preps Award Banquet            3 Craft & Gift Shows
Truck & Tractor Pull                    Agriculture                                     HIRE Job Fair
HOME First Time Home Buyers Event

Graphic Design & Print Jobs
Brochures                       Direct Mail                       Delivery Services
Advertising for pubs

Steph will bring samples of many of the publications listed above as well as some flyers. Be an active listener and think about using these tools for your business advancement. She will go over the products & services offered by their multi-media marketing company and share ways Northern Colorado Women in Business members might want to join forces and collaborate to participate cost efficiently. Some of you might remember when we jointly hosted a booth at the Home and Garden Show several years ago. Attendees will leave understanding that:
1. The Tribune is more than just a newspaper
2. They strive to keep their business local
3. Stephanie and her staff are consultants to help your business gain visibility

Stephanie has worked for The Greeley Tribune for nine years come April. She started as a business development manager; then four years ago she was promoted to a Sales Manager. She says she LOVES her job.
“Working with people is my passion and the fact that I get the opportunity to partner, grow and work with people in my community every day is a joy,” Steph explains. “Working together to find ways to improve and help facilitate their business is an honor.”

I believe Stephanie is the real deal, she cares about her customers. She has passion and has an adventuresome spirit. When she was 20-years-old she bought a one-way ticket to Maui – that took guts. This proved to be a great move as she ended up meeting the love of her life, Marc, while she was there. They’ve been together nearly 20 years now and have a son, Kaden who’s 17 and a daughter, Siani (Shawnee) who is 15.
Their family spends a lot of time at the kids hockey games and dance competitions.
She shared that they still enjoy vacationing in Maui when they can and love to spend time with friends and family.

You can reach Stephanie Mighell and her team at The Greeley Tribune
501 8th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631
970-392-4443 / mailto:smighell@greeleytribune.com/ www.greeleytribune.com

NOTE: NorCoWIB is hosting two volunteer sessions at the Weld Food Bank, 1108 H Street, Greeley 80631    and we could use your help.Call Kristi to register 970-506-1882 and select your two hour shift for some fabulous networking while PAYING IT FORWARD!

Monday, 2/13 10 a.m. – Noon            or            Thursday, 2/16 1-3 p.m.

Thank you!!

 


Topic:  10 Reasons Why You Need to Burn Your Old Business Plan & Start a New

Speaker:  Lisa Hudson, Director of the East Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC) & UNC BizHub

Date:  Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Time:  8-10 a.m.

Location:  Community Grief Center, 4650 W. 20th St., Suite B, Greeley 80634

Partnering for Breakfast and Sister-to-Sister Pay it Forward Focus: Weld Food Bank
Please bring a non-perishable canned food item to donate on Wed., Feb. 1st to the Weld Food Bank. June Lemmings, Sears Real Estate will coordinate
Northern Colorado Women in Business will also be hosting two volunteer work/ networking sessions at the Weld Food Bank, 1108 H Street, Greeley, 80631 on
Monday, February 13th from 10 a.m. – noon and
Thursday, February 16th 1-3 p.m.
Please seek out the sign-up sheet at our Wednesday Workshop to sign-up. Your family (teens and older) and co-workers and friends are invited to help and experience the joy of giving back to this amazing organization while doing some awesome networking with our members. If you can’t join us Wednesday the 1st, but would like to come help at the Food Bank, please call 970-506-1882 or email me Kristi@KristiHelzer.com ASAP. We need 12 people minimum for each 2 hour work session (but I’m hoping for 20). Thank you!
Check-in Hostesses: Linda Winter, Accessories with a Flair…and Hair!
Anisha Gutierrez, Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic
Clean-up crew: Stacey Morris, Mutual of Omaha; Anisha Gutierrez, Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic; Betzy Valdez, Currently developing her Translation Services with the SBDC; Margaret M. Kelley, Mary Kay Cosmetics; Annette Jaehn, Mile High Stucco; additional help always welcome. Work and visit! Thank you ladies!

When so many of you requested a Workshop on writing a business plan I immediately thought of Lisa. She’s a firecracker with a passion for helping small businesses get on the right track to success. She was just promoted to Director of the East Colorado SBDC at the conclusion of 2016.

What is the SBDC? Each of you should know about this resource and help build awareness about the services they provide!
The University of Northern Colorado and the East Colorado Small Business Development Center have partnered to offer a unique and innovative model for an incubator, that started by collaborating with education, businesses and local communities in the region.

The UNC Biz Hub Collaborative provides a range of virtual-based services from the satellite locations of its partners in higher education, business and communities they serve. The Collaborative teams-up with those partners to leverage expertise in assisting new small business owners and entrepreneurs in the region from where clients reside.

The incubator, is entirely virtual in scope, and has been fully operational since early 2015. Entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in receiving consulting services should contact the East Colorado SBDC.
Lisa will use her experience to explain what your business plan should have in it. Have you ever gone through the painful process of writing a plan and then just letting it go to a file to die on your computer? It’s time to free your plan and make it work for you. Stop doing things that waste time, resources, and don’t give you a return on your investment (ROI). Learn how to write a plan that will help you. During the presentation Lisa will use Peace Mitchell’s 10 reasons to update your business plan.
Three key points you will gain and take away following Lisa’s presentation will include:
1. Why you should update or write a plan
2. Why you should then rewrite your plan
3. What to do once you are done

Overview of University of Northern Colorado Biz Hub and the East Colorado Small Business Development Center Products & Services provide:
At no charge, you can meet with a business consultant who understands your situation and can devise an action plan to progress your company. Areas of consulting can include but are not limited to: business plan development, marketing strategy, registration and licensing, start-up and financing preparation. In addition to consulting we offer business training and access to resources.

STARTING YOUR BUSINESS
• Business Planning
• Demographic and Industry Data
• Licensing and Registration

SUSTAINING YOUR BUSINESS
• Disaster preparedness
• Strategic planning
• Lean manufacturing
• Capital formation

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS
• Financial Analysis
• Marketing, advertising and sales
• Social media Web Sites
• Pricing products and services

HELPING YOU PROSPER
• Expanding locations and products
• Business valuations
• Rebranding and retooling
• Exit strategies

NorCoWIB member Lisa Hudson is very involved in her community and she sits on the board of directors for the Boy Scouts of America where she is the chair of their marketing committee. Over the years she has helped our community develop and grow and is looking forward to continuing on that same path through her new role as the Director of the East Colorado SBDC & UNC BizHub. She took over for the retiring Dick Picket the end of 2016.

Lisa 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. During her education, she participated in a study abroad program at the Universidad de Guadalajara and studied Marketing and Spanish.
She is bilingual and provides consulting in Spanish and English. She joined the East Colorado SBDC in 2010 as a Marketing Specialist and Business Consultant, responsible for promotions and communication of the Center; as well as guiding local companies through start-up and growth phases. Starting in 2012 she was promoted to the Associate Director of the East Colorado SBDC.
Lisa is proud to share she grew up in rural Colorado in the home of an entrepreneur and she has always had a passion for small business.
Lisa has a gift for connecting with the people that live and thrive in this region and she want to continue to help in developing the local economy. She has been with the organization for over six years and has contributed to building the center alongside Richard (Dick) Pickett.

She tallies up approximately 600 clients she’s helped during her career as a certified small business consultant and has accumulated over 3,200 hours consulting with small businesses. She has developed great relationships and successful businesses with in the East Colorado area.

Lisa was the chair of the marketing committee for the Colorado SBDC that branded the network as a whole and she has played an active role in the technology committee for the upcoming new T designation, which she will have to explain to us.

Lisa and her new husband, Brian, love to travel. They started traveling early in their relationship and ended up having a destination wedding in Paris. They live in Fort Collins with their two dogs. Lisa is a total animal lover and has rescued two French bulldogs who are the most entertaining and sweet pups. She likes hiking as a true Colorado native and shopping at her local boutiques to find interesting unique items.

You can reach-out to this delightfully knowledgeable member,
Lisa Hudson, Director of the East Colorado SBDC & UNC BizHub Collaborative
Hosted by the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado
at: 807 17th Street | Greeley, CO 80631 | PH 970-351-4274 | Direct 970-351-4487
Lisa.Hudson@EastColoradoSBDC.com | www.EastColoradoSBDC.com |
www.UNCBizHub.org http://www.eastcoloradosbdc.com/
The Colorado SBDC is a Nationally Accredited Program

 

 

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Topic: Creativity & Construction in the Heart of the City

Speaker: Becky Safarik, Greeley Assistant City Manager; President of the Greeley Creative District Board

Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Greeley Ice Haus, 900 8th Ave. 2nd floor

Becky’s Greeley City Government responsibilities are those functions related to “Community Building,” and she has added the guidance of the Creative District, which means she works with a team to Promote of area Creatives as a part of the Greeley Sense of Place and Culture

Becky’s presentation will offer an overview of key new City construction activities in Downtown. In addition, she’ll include a brief overview of the 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. Understanding of the new Downtown Hotel Project
3. Appreciation of the role of the Greeley Creative District as a stimulator of area economic development.

Becky Safarik has worked at the City since 1978 in a variety of positions ranging from redevelopment planner, Urban Renewal Secretary, Interim Parks and Recreation Director, Poudre Trail staff support, to Community Development Director, and Assistant City Manager over Community Building operations.

She is also the President of the Greeley Creative District, a 17-member non-profit organization and she is currently serving on the United Way Board of Directors.
She is a wife, mother and a great boss!

 

Her office is to: City of Greeley
1000 10th Street, Ste. 107
Greeley CO 80631
www.greeleygov.com; www.discovergreeleycreativedistrict.com; www.greeleycreativedistrict.org

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Topic: Fire-up for 2017 with Speed Networking…

Sprinkled with Networking Tips from Kristi Helzer.
Throw in a voluntary $5-$8 Ornament Exchange
(bring one, you’ll take one home)!
Plus a NorCoWIB spin on the “Ugly Christmas Sweater
contest,” which simply means wear your favorite green & red
holiday attire – and win something special from Accessories
with a Flair…and Hair!
How’s that for the longest title ever?!

Date: Wednesday, December 7th

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Zoe’s, 715 10th St., Greeley, CO 80631

Invite your GirlFriends, the last time we hosted a Holiday Speed Networking was in 2010 and 90 women participated! It was spectacular!

Template to Prep for your 1 minute Networking:
Your Name / Name of your Business / What you do / Tell your Favorite aspect of the Season / How can we help YOU in 2016?

Register to come have a delightful morning learning more about our amazing members – while sharing what’s important to you about you and your business! Our goal is one-to-one face time with everyone attending!

Cost: 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 so this will flow smoothly.
You can pay right now by clicking the Payment tab at the top right of each page here on our Web Site. The Pay Pal page gives two options $25 for Workshops and a second option for a one-time fee of $95 to post your profile on our site where we can link to YOUR Web Site. This provides our members with a convenient way to give you business referrals when we meet someone who needs your product or services.
Or you can mail or drop off your check made out to either: Kristi’s Kreations, LLC or Northern Colorado Women in Business to: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80634 by Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Just tuck it in the flower can on my interior front door behind the screen door if I’m not home. If you learned about us in the Tribune – and this is your first time attending, you have until noon Monday, Dec. 5th to register and pay.
Pre-registration is required by 12/3/16, but suggested member registration is the Wednesday prior (11/30) to our Workshop – it makes planning much easier! . All checks are held and deposited the day of our event.

Wishing you and yours a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We are so blessed by family and friends and THANK GOD for looking out for Ben and allowing him to LIVE and keep working to get his LIFE back! We have drawn strength from your support and prayers. Thank you!

Member opinions and life circumstance – told me it was time to take a break from our wonderful Holiday Boutique this year. Let me know if you’d like to have a Mother’s Day Shopping Spree with vendor tables and a fashion show in May! We have a great program scheduled so we might have to go from 7:30-10:30 a.m. and you would need to be in a mind-set of supporting our ladies who go to the added work of hosting a table for YOUR shopping pleasure.

Also, would you be interested in attending an evening NorCoWIB Networking event in November next year? …With or without a date? Just considering some special activities and I want your feedback. Thank you!

 

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Topic: Open Enrollment Confusion? Let’s Chat!

Speakers: Kristi Rankin, Leading Edge Financial Group a licensed insurance producer/broker

Date: Wednesday, November 2nd

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Flood & Peterson, 4687 W. 18th St., Greeley 80634

Please park on the street or in the parking area south of 18th Street so F&P employees have room to park. Thank you!

I can’t tell you how often I hear people tell me they changed jobs because of the benefit package they were offered. As employers, there is nothing worse than investing time interviewing, hiring, training and then losing a quality employee because your small business cannot find affordable insurance to offer your small staff.

I myself changed jobs twice because of better bennies, not just a bigger pay check. When we farmed our family counted on my job to insure, not just myself – but Rich and the boys too!

While operating my own business I was added to Richard’s small group policy, but with changing times, the cost grew to over $1,000/month and so decided to go back to corporate America.

This Workshop with be a great Open Forum to ask questions of a highly knowledgeable woman and get informed answers.

We invite you to sign up and come learn more and share your concerns. 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.

You can pay right now here online on the Payment Page of the NorCoWIB.org Web Site – just click on the Payment tab at the top right of each page that will take you to the Pay Pal button where you have two options $25 for Workshops and a one-time fee of $95 to post your profile where we can link to YOUR Web Site and easily give you referrals.
Or you can mail or drop off your check made out to either: Kristi’s Kreations, LLC or Northern Colorado Women in Business to: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80634 by Saturday. Just tuck it in the flower can on the inside my front door.

Pre-registration is required by 10/29/16. All checks are held and deposited the day of our Workshop.

This Workshop and topic are very timely, as we are heading into an Open Enrollment period for Obamacare and Medicare over the next few weeks. So, I am bringing you a wonderful resource to answer your questions. We would like each of you to think about your insurance needs and what your company offers its employees.
How many of you have individual insurance policies? Have you received a 20 percent + rate increase in the mail yet for January 2017?

– How many of you have a hard time attracting and retaining employees for your small business?
– Have any of you ever left a job…or are considering leaving one to find better insurance coverage?
– What can YOU do to improve our situations?

Kristi Rankin wants to hear about your concerns. Please bring your questions to stimulate a great discussion.

Some options she can present include high deductible plans, narrow network plans, direct pay practices, getting politically involved, etc.

Northern Colorado Women in Business is Non Partisan. We respect and honor diverse opinions. AND we have wonderful, thoughtful discussions. We want to hear your questions, thoughts, and ideas.

Leading Edge Financial Group is comprised of a professional husband and wife TEAM, Scott and Kristi Rankin plus Jeff Weber. They manage a holistic insurance and financial products brokerage. You can count on them to assist you with health, life, auto, home, commercial, disability, dental, supplemental, and employee benefits insurance in addition to retirement planning, asset allocation, and Medicare products.

During this open forum you will learn more about:
1. Why Kristi’s team believes Amendment 69 is not a good fit for Colorado.
2. What insurance options are available this fall for a January 2017 effective date based on your circumstances.
3. What small businesses are doing to meet their employee’s insurance needs and attract and retain quality talent.

Kristi Rankin is a Colorado native who graduated from The University of Northern Colorado with her Bachelor’s Degree in 1997.

Having always had a desire to be self-employed, and greatly enjoying meeting new people, she ventured in to the world of insurance and financial advisement in 1999 and intends to be a broker/advisor until retirement.

Kristi has spent many years serving on the board of Northern Colorado Association of Health Underwriters as a legislative chair and has worked closely with various lobbyists and elected officials to educate and inform regarding the health insurance industry, healthcare costs, and solutions to today’s problems.

Kristi currently serves on the board of Freemarket Healthcare Advocates a local non-profit whose mission is to influence healthcare policy in order to restore and preserve free markets, to promote quality care, to reduce costs, and to limit bureaucratic intervention.

Kristi goes home to 5 gentlemen each night, her husband, and 4 large cats. She has a grown daughter, Crystal, who is married and lives in Hawaii with her 2 grand dogs.
Kristi enjoys biking, hiking, theatre, yoga, reading and most any kind of music. Her current daydream for spring 2017 is to add a bulldog to the family mix.

You can reach Kristi Rankin at: 970-356-8162 or kristi@leadingedgefinancialgroup.com
or visit her at:

Leading Edge Financial Group
4673 W. 20th Street Suite E
Greeley, CO 80634
You can also learn more about the services they offer through the Leading Edge Web Site: www.leadingedgefinancialgroup.com

 


Cyndi&Georgie

Topic: Building a Business with your Best Friend!

Speakers: Cyndi Duncan and Georgie Patrick, C & G Publishing, Inc
(C & G for Cyndi and Georgie – the ‘Inc.’. we did to protect our personal assets)
These two women were in the business of self-publishing and writing cookbooks for 20 years.

Date: Wednesday, October 5th

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley 80634

Building a successful and satisfying career with a best friend sounds like a television sit-com. But it has been Cyndi Duncan and Georgie Patrick’s reality. They’ve shared each other’s lives and friendship since meeting at Greeley Newcomers in 1976.

They both grew up in small communities, graduated from Colorado State University, their husbands are highway engineers, each raised two daughters and a son while actively volunteering, and they learned to cook from their Moms who seemed to work 24/7. Having all of that in common may have contributed to the lasting friendship they developed.

This was the opening paragraph I wrote for The Best of Greeley magazine’s December 2015 issue about our October speakers.

The history these two women have built has seen them through many ups and downs. They really are a couple treasures full of wisdom!

Have you started a business? Are you contemplating a change to feel more fulfilled? Would you like to work with a family member or friend? Georgie and Cyndi will share pearls of wisdom that will prove quite valuable when launching your business.

Don’t miss this Workshop on Oct. 5th! Register TODAY! Pre-payment and pre-registration is required by Saturday, October 1, 2016 (my son Ben’s Birthday – boy are we going to celebrate his LIFE!)

Cost: 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.

You can pay right here online on the Payment Page of the NorCoWIB.org Web Site – just click on the Payment tab at the top right of each page that will take you to the Pay Pal button where you have two options $25 for Workshops and a one-time fee of $95 to post your profile where we can link to YOUR Web Site and easily give you referrals.

Or you can mail or drop off your check made out to either: Kristi’s Kreations, LLC or Northern Colorado Women in Business to: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80634 by Sunday. Just tuck it in the flower can on the inside my front door.

Pre-registration is required, all checks are held and deposited the day of our Workshop.

Cyndi and Georgie wrote and published 10 cookbooks starting in 1989. Then they published one cookbook for Toni, Georgie’s daughter. Maybe you’ve heard of it: 101 Ways to Make Ramen Noodles. I used to give that book along with a small crockpot as a high school graduation gift quite often.

They went on to publish another book for Jerry AND THEN they published a beautiful poetry book for their dear friend, Donna Jackson’s father.

Their popular One foot in the Kitchen “Quick’ meal series was comprised of six books that they published annually, starting with Quick Crockery in 1997.

Their Nothin’ but Muffins cookbook has now been published as a lovely hardback coffee table Book. The rights to many of their books were purchased by a Utah publisher. The same Publisher also published their Zucchini cookbook, a “must have” for anyone with a garden growing Zucchini. YOU WILL LOVE IT!

Georgie’s daughter Toni has written six other cookbooks, following in her Mother’s footsteps, including another popular Ramen cookbook. The original Ramen cookbooks have been printed in several formats.

The Food Network discovered Cyndi & Georgie’s talents and included them in an “Unwrapped” segment on Holiday cookies. Hopefully they will share some insight about that claim to fame filmed in Cyndi’s kitchen! The stories I’ve heard about that hot August day dressed in wool holiday attire had me belly laughing and tears running down my face.

Georgie and Cyndi have warned me that we’d better set a timer—because when they start telling stories they have so much fun feeding off each other, that they get the giggles and lose track of time. I’ve been with them enough to witness them finishing each other’s sentences and cracking up over shared memories.

They will talk about organizations they founded with other publishers, others that they joined to become more informed about the matters of writing and publishing.

 

During their program you will gather insight about…

  1. Working with a friend and how it makes business ‘easier’ when…
  2. creating markets for your product,
  3. sharing the ups and downs of the business.
  4. Using caution when hiring friends.
  5. Starting slow and not going into an ‘overload’ mode. Cyndi Duncan and Georgie Patrick moved to Greeley about 40 years ago and still live in the same homes, and their combined 6 children have provided grandchildren to bless their lives. They both love beautiful Colorado, camping, playing bridge, watching the Denver Broncos and spending time with their families. A love of good friends and good food led to their first Christmas Cookie Exchange in 1979, which proved to be the inspiration to the formation of C & G Publishing, Inc., and their first cookbook, Colorado Cookie Collection, in 1989.
  6. During this time they volunteered for local and state organizations and were visible pests at their kids’ schools. They will relate to you the joys of working with a best friend for 20 years AND admitting that they still share time together as often as possible.
  7. Cyndi gets a great deal of satisfaction working in her garden and Georgie says there is nothing better than settling down with a good book whenever possible.
  8. For this to have been successful for 20+ years, Cyndi and Georgie said they always put family and their friendship first

Georgie and Cyndi have officially retired, so there is no Web Site to review, but we do invite you to buy one of their cookbooks to help with our Sister-to-Sister / Pay it forward, nonprofit focus for October.

Kristi Helzer is the Developer and Facilitator, who gave birth to Northern Colorado Women In Business…a Co-op that helps business women – support each other in achieving our goals! We promote learning from each other and experts in their field to gain knowledge, skills and confidence to perfect our business practices to become the best at what we do. We believe in doing business locally to support a healthy economy and a healthy community and each other.
Our members endorse giving back to worthy efforts that impact community members through our Sister-to-Sister / Pay it Forward monthly program assisting area nonprofit organizations. If you choose to participate and lend your support, just bring a business card and $5.
When you attend your first NorCoWIB Workshop, you become a member where your participation is valued, there is no annual membership fee. By “showing up” you can turn contacts into powerful connections to build your business. Members suggest the topics and speakers that we showcase each month. Thank you for contributing to our growing SUCCESS!
Please feel free to invite a friend or colleague to join us, it’s a $25 monthly investment in her success! To further enhance your participation we offer you a chance to post your profile for a one-time fee of $95 for life. This is a tool to make it easier for us to provide you with referrals by linking to your Web Site. Hope to see you on the first Wednesday of each month!



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Topic: United Way of Weld County – It’s Not Your Grandmother’s United Way

Speaker: Jeannine Truswell, Executive Director, United Way of Weld County

Date: Wednesday, September 7th

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Bonell Good Samaritan Society-Walz Hall, 708 22nd St., Greeley, CO 80631
Senior Living, Retirement Community, Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center
Park on 7th Street, in front, across the street in the neighborhood or around on the south side of the building.

Have you ever wondered why supporting United Way is important? Here are some solid reasons to consider. Your United Way of Weld County is leading coordinated and collaborative efforts that are cutting edge in nonprofit management and in community impact. This overview will share some of the highlights and give you an opportunity to share your concerns, aspirations and ideas for improving the lives of people in our community. United Way of Weld County is like any dynamic business that has had to change and evolve to be relevant in today’s environment. You’re guaranteed to learn about some exciting results and real impact being achieved thanks to the work of our local United Way.
Jeannine’s program will provide an opportunity to learn more about the vast services available to families in Weld County. Don’t miss it! Register TODAY! Pre-payment and pre-registration is required by Saturday, September 3, 2016 and yes that’s during the coming Labor Day holiday weekend.
Cost: only $25 when pre-paid or $30 at the door – and I still need to know you are coming for catering and the room set-up and seating.
You can pay right here online on the Payment Page here at NorCoWIB.org – just click on the Payment tab at the top of each page that will take you to the Pay Pal button where you have two options $25 for Workshops and a one-time fee of $95 to post your profile where we can link to YOUR Web Site.
Or you can mail or drop off your check made out to either: Kristi’s Kreations, LLC or Northern Colorado Women in Business to: 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley, CO 80634 by Sunday. Just tuck it in the flower can on the inside front door.
Pre-registration is required, all checks are held and deposited the day of our Workshop.

United Way of Weld County accomplishes community impact in four distinct ways through a variety of initiatives:
A. Funds and Supports a Robust Partner Agency Network: United Way of Weld County invests in nearly 100 Weld County agency programs using a number of strategies that assure decision-making is accountable and involves community volunteers and civic representation.

B. Provides and Manages Direct Service Programs:

2-1-1 is a comprehensive phone and web based information and referral service that connects users to an exhaustive listing of human service resources in eight Northern Colorado counties.
Promises for Children is a suite of programs/initiatives for childhood health and school readiness and Weld County’s Early Childhood Council.
The Volunteer Resource Center connects individuals and organizations to volunteer opportunities throughout Weld County.

C. Collaborates on County-wide Solutions: United Way of Weld County advances county-wide solutions by leading and participating in efforts that bring the community together for collaborative work including:
 Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
 Disaster Preparedness and Response
 Emergency Food and Shelter Program
 FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card Program
 Greeley/Evans Bus Pass Program
 The Piton Foundation Earned Income Tax Credit Initiative
 Promises for Children: Weld County’s Early Childhood Council
 Thriving Weld Dashboard
 Weld Foster Youth Nutrition Program
 Weld Homeless Coalition
 Weld Refugee Collaboration, and
 Weld Together

D. Catalyzes Innovative/Responsive/Resource-Maximizing Partnerships:
Including RITE, the United Way of Weld County AmeriCorps VISTA Project and Weld Project Connect.

Jeannine Truswell has over 30 years’ experience in non-profit management. She has been the President & CEO of United Way of Weld County since 1986. She leads a successful $4 million non-profit organization employing over 30 people. She is responsible for overall supervision including:
• resource development
• resource investment
• financial management
• volunteer management
• marketing and communications
• program development and delivery, and
• community building.
Prior to this Ms. Truswell was the Executive Director for Weld County Partners and owned and operated a private business.
She was a part-time instructor at Aims Community College in the Early Childhood and Child Care Department. She has a Bachelor’s degree in education/special education and hundreds of hours of course work and training in business and non-profit management.
Ms. Truswell is an active volunteer and has served on several local, regional and statewide community boards and committees. She was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to serve on the Colorado Victims Assistance Board for several years and currently sits on the Colorado Non-Profit Association Board of Directors and will soon join the Colorado Children’s Campaign Board of Directors.

She has received several awards recognizing her accomplishments and leadership including:
 Colorado Non-Profit Association’s Steve Graham Award for Building Non- Profit Capacity
 Partners Volunteer of the Year
 Colorado Department of Youth Services Administrator of the Year
 Biz West “Woman of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award,”
 Friends of A Woman’s Place Outstanding Woman of Weld County
 Greeley Board of Realtors Citizen of the Year

Jeannine and her husband Bob enjoy time with their adult son Michael and his wife Lindsey, family and friends. She loves community work, to read, work on home improvements, spend time in the mountains in Colorado and on the beaches in Florida, she loves the water!

You can reach Jeannine at United Way of Weld County, 814 9th Street, Greeley, CO 80631
mailto:Jeannine@unitedway-weld.org970-353-4300 / 970-304-6161
or visit the UWWC Web Site at: www.unitedway-weld.org

Kristi Helzer is the Developer and Facilitator, who gave birth to Northern Colorado Women In Business in 2009…a Co-op that helps business women – support each other in achieving our goals! We promote learning from each other and experts in their field to gain knowledge, skills and confidence to perfect our business practices to become the best at what we do. We believe in doing business locally to support a healthy economy and a healthy community and each other.
Our members endorse giving back to worthy efforts that impact community members through our Sister-to-Sister / Pay it Forward monthly program assisting area nonprofit organizations. If you choose to participate and lend your support, just bring a business card and $5.
When you attend your first NorCoWIB Workshop, you become a member where your participation is valued, there is no annual membership fee. By “showing up” you can turn contacts into powerful connections to build your business. Members suggest the topics and speakers that we showcase each month. Thank you for contributing to our growing SUCCESS!
Please feel free to invite a friend or colleague to join us, it’s a $25 monthly investment in her success! To further enhance your participation we offer you a chance to post your profile for a one-time fee of $95 for life. This is a tool to make it easier for us to provide you with referrals by linking to your Web Site. Hope to see you on the first Wednesday of each month!


 


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Topic: :*Light up Your Life*

The Medicine of the Future is Here

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: ArtWerx Gallery

926 8th Ave., Greeley

Catering: Zoe’s Catering

Speaker: Melody Masters, C.N. -Certified Nutritionist owns Halcyon Health, LLC in Fort Collins, CO. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science focus on Nutrition-NIRA, and is a Certified Iridologist and Certified Light Therapist.

Melody will teach us about LED and Frequencies and how LIGHTS hold healing properties. She will demonstrate the Elan Light System, and how she uses it as a treatment modality in her health and wellness practice. She will share the well documented science behind this system, and how even NASA has used this technology on the space station.This is one of the treatments being used to help my son, Ben, heal from the catastrophic injuries he acquired in the Tank Farm work flash fire in December that burned 40% of his skin and is wreaking havoc with his airway, trachea and larynx and infecting the gums and bones in his mouth causing him to loose teeth due to the chemical inhalation burns he suffered. We are big fans of this healing process.

Through this presentation you will discover:

  1. How important Light is to all living things.
  2. How frequencies work at the cellular level in our bodies.
  3. That our bodies have the ability to heal when given the correct support.

Melody has enjoyed an interesting and successful 40 year career in the health and healing industry. She has owned a health food store at which time she added to her responsibilities serving as both the vice president and then executive president of the Rocky Mountain Nutritional Foods Association.
She has assisted many people on their wellness journey through her private practice Halcyon Health since 1990. In the past she also owned a metaphysical gift and book store; as well as published a health and healing magazine, known as the Halcyon Connection.

Melody was one of many who lost her home and most of her worldly possessions in the 2012 High Park Fire. She says that tragedy brought about changes and blessings beyond anything she could have imagined.
After settling in her rental home, she threw a Gratitude & Renewal Party for all the people whose kindness and support got her through this highly stressful time. As part of the celebration Melody put her creativity to work using branches from the burnt out property. This party favor/craft project was the birth of her Earth Spirit Dolls. She had created a number of them as part of her personal healing process.
She says, “The dolls remind us of the many blessings and grace that come from the process of death and rebirth – truly representing the energy of the ‘phoenix rising from the ashes.’ These unique Earth Spirit Dolls carry a special energy that lighten up any space.

Melody loves working in her vegetable garden, taking Thor, her Bernese Mountain dog, for walks and spending time with her son, Justin Burdick, who is the amazing executive chef at MainLine.

Melody sees clients by appointment only. You can reach out to her at:
halcyonhealth@q.com, or call: 970-484-2411 (o) or 970-690-7449 (c)

Visit her Web Site at: www.halcyonhealth.net

Kristi Helzer is the developer and Facilitator, who gave birth to Northern Colorado Women In Business…a Co-op to help business women – support each other in achieving our goals! We promote learning from each other and experts in their field to gain knowledge, skills and confidence to perfect our business practices to become the best at what we do. We believe in doing business locally to support a healthy economy and a healthy community.
We endorse giving back to worthy efforts that impact community members through our Sister-to-Sister Pay it Forward monthly program assisting area nonprofit organizations. When you attend your first NorCoWIB Workshop, you become a member where your participation is valued. By “showing up” you can turn contacts into powerful connections to build your business. Members suggest the topics and speakers that we showcase each month. Thank you for contributing to our growing SUCCESS! Please feel free to invite a friend or colleague to join us, it’s a $25 investment in her success!


Topic: Weld County Government – Update on Big County Projects and the Bright Futures Grant Program

Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley 80634

Speaker: Julie Cozad, Weld County Commissioner, District 2

Attend this workshop and walk away better informed about what your elected officials are doing in Weld County!

We invite you to register TODAY for yourself and you might want to invite a girlfriend who could benefit from this presentation. Your pre-registration is due by Friday, July 1st. Cost is $25/person. You can pay online using the payment button at the top right of this NorCoWIB.org Web Site or drop off or mail a check to Northern Colorado Women in Business c/o Kristi Helzer, 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley 80634. If you have not succeeded in getting your payment in by Saturday, July 2nd, your cost will be $30 at the door but Kristi will still need to hear from you in advance to be included in the attendance handout and catering count. We look forward to helping you become better informed about Weld County.

Weld County Government provides services to the public, including:
• Law Enforcement
• Justice Services
o work release, community corrections, pre-trial services
• Planning Department
o land development and building inspection, flood plain, drainage engineering
• Health Department
• Clerk and Recorder
• Assessor
• Treasurer
o taxes!
• Human Services, and
• Public Works

Julie is a member of Northern Colorado Women in Business. She has regular Wednesday morning meetings with the other Commissioners and Weld leadership on Wednesday mornings now, so we rarely get to see her at NorCoWIB. We miss her but admire all her hard work for us throughout Weld County.
Julie will open with a Commissioner’s overview update on the “State of Weld County.” She will include her responsibilities and experiences over the last 18 months. She will then give a brief summary of some large projects being focused on that we are all curious about, like…
• Weld County Road 49 and other transportation related projects.
• She will fill us in on the progress regarding:
o Fix I25
o Highway 34 and
o Highway 85 Coalitions

And you will finally understand the ambitious details of the Commissioners outstanding Weld County Bright Futures program that will help Weld graduating seniors get tuition assistance when heading off to higher education following high school.

You will leave this workshop more knowledgeable than your co-workers and neighbors.
You will:
1. Have a better understanding of what a County Commissioner actually does (roles and responsibilities).
2. Know where our tax dollars go and how the downturn in oil and gas is affecting County Government large projects (especially transportation related ones).
3. Gain an understanding of the Weld County Bright Futures program and the status. And you will learn what YOU can do to help?

Julie Cozad is the current Weld County Commissioner for District 2, elected in November of 2014. Her current term is January 2015 through the end of 2018.
Julie serves on several other Boards and Commissions including, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Weld County, the Women’s Fund Board. She is a member of Johnstown-Milliken Rotary Club and she was appointed by the Governor in December of 2015 to serve on the Colorado Commission on Aging.
As a Commissioner, she represents the Board on the Poudre Trail Board, Poudre Heritage Alliance, Prevention Partners, and is the alternate to the North Front Range MPO.
During her professional career, she worked as a Land Use Planner for 20 years, in both the public and private sectors. She worked for the Weld County Planning Department from 1995 to 2001, Hall-Irwin from 2001-2005 and Tetra Tech from 2006-2014.
Cozad served as Mayor Pro Tem for the Town of Milliken and represented Milliken on many different boards and commissions.
Cozad and her husband, Larry, live in Milliken where they enjoy riding their motorcycles, gardening, hiking, camping and spending time with their family. Julie has two wonderful daughters and three darling grandsons that she loves to spoil.

You can reach Julie at:

Weld County Government
1150 O Street, Greeley, CO 80631
Email: jcozad@weldgov.com

Cell phone: 970-515-2424
or visit the Weld Web Site at: www.co.weld.co.us

Kristi Helzer is the developer and Facilitator, who gave birth to Northern Colorado Women In Business…a Co-op to help business women – support each other in achieving our goals! We promote learning from each other and experts in their field to gain knowledge, skills and confidence to perfect our business practices to become the best at what we do. We believe in doing business locally to support a healthy economy and a healthy community.

We endorse giving back to worthy efforts that impact community members through our Sister-to-Sister Pay it Forward monthly program assisting area nonprofit organizations. When you attend your first NorCoWIB Workshop, you become a member where your participation is valued. By “showing up” you can turn contacts into powerful connections to build your business. Members suggest the topics and speakers that we showcase each month. Thank you for contributing to our growing SUCCESS! Please feel free to invite a friend or colleague to join us, it’s a $25 investment in her success!

 


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Topic: Setting Your Social (Media) Stage

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Flood & Peterson Insurance, 4687 W. 18th St., Greeley 80634

Speaker: Kyla Benson, East CO SBDC Director of Events and Business Consultant for the East Colorado Small Business Development Center

Social Media is ever changing, growing, and populating the business sphere. With so many tools to use and platforms available it can be difficult to determine what is best for your small business.
We invite you to register yourself and a friend who might benefit from this presentation. Your pre-registration is due by Friday, May 27. Cost is $25/person. You can pay online using the payment button at the top right of this NorCoWIB.org Web Site or drop off or mail a check to Northern Colorado Women in Business c/o Kristi Helzer, 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley 80634. If you have not succeeded in getting your payment in by Saturday, April 30, your cost will be $30 at the door but Kristi will still need to hear from you in advance to be included in the attendance handout and catering count. We look forward to sharing this interesting topic with you!

In Setting Your Social Stage, Kyla Benson of the East Colorado SBDC, will discuss Five STAGE practices for any small business to begin or reevaluate their social media presence.
• Segment
• Target
• Acknowledge
• Generate, and
• Engage

She will also introduce Three P’s to consider when creating content for blogs, posts, feeds, or pins.
You will leave this Workshop knowing more about the:
1. Five stages to addressing Social Media
2. Elements of a Social Media Arsenal
3. Three P’s

Kyla Benson is a Colorado native. She joined the East Colorado SBDC in June 2014. As a Business Consultant, she is responsible for aiding small businesses from start-up plan development and throughout various growth stages.
Jean Daviet sings her praises for the assistance she has provided the Colorado Therapy Horses nonprofit program and she is also working with Eddie & Melissa Maxwell to help make Happy Life more viable!
As the Director of Events, Kyla is responsible for organizing and scheduling workshops and seminars. They always host a variety of interesting and helpful topics of interest at a variety of NE Colorado locations. Learn more at: www.eastcoloradosbdc.com

Kyla graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho in 2014 and holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies with an emphasis in Business Management and a minor in Russian. Kyla has participated in multiple international activities from teaching in the Gorki Captain School near Moscow, Russia …to a study abroad program in Kiev, Ukraine where she attended the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (МАУП). While in Ukraine, she helped to coordinate activities in the marketing office at the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup competition at Bukovel.
During her last semester in school, she helped establish, operate, and close a small business (The Four Corners, Navajo Tacos and Scones).

You’ll discover ways Kyla and the SBDC can help your business via online marketing and other resources. You can reach Kyla at:
East Colorado Small Business Development Center.
807 17th Street Greeley, CO 80631
Kyla.Benson@eastcoloradosbdc.com 970-351-4498 direct 970-351-4274 office

www.eastcoloradosbdc.com

 



Topic: Green Thumb Therapy

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Evans City Complex, 1100 37th St., Evans CO 80620

Speaker: Melissa Maxwell Co-Owner/Vice President of Happy Life Gardens
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We invite you to register yourself and a friend who might benefit from this presentation. Your pre-registration is due by Friday, April 29. Cost is $25/person. You can pay online using the payment button at the top right of this NorCoWIB.org Web Site or drop off or mail a check to Northern Colorado Women in Business c/o Kristi Helzer, 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley 80634. If you have not succeeded in getting your payment in by Saturday, April 30, your cost will be $30 at the door but Kristi will still need to hear from you in advance to be included in the attendance handout and catering count.

Melissa will share valuable tips on how to plant in containers, what plants to choose for full sun and/or shaded areas.
She will provide information for just about any situation. Studies show that having plants is calming to any environment; thus resulting in a healthier home or workplace. Added beauty outdoors also makes your location more inviting.
Melissa will share handouts with information on: lawn care, plant pests, what plants are cold hardy, what plants repel pests. She will even bring some of the plants so that we have a visual about what plants to use for the topics she is addressing.
She will also clue us in so we are more savvy about what we can compost.
Participants in our May Workshop will leave with…
1. More confidence on how to make your outside areas look beautiful.
2. Knowledge to help with growing vegetables, and herbs.
3. Knowledge on how to enjoy and relax in your own back/front yards.

The Maxwells have done the trial and error exploration to find out what plants work where and what care they need. Melissa has spent time doing extensive research on Annuals, and Perennials, as well as hands-on production for the last 3 years so she can help her customers avoid mistakes.
Melissa says, “I eat, sleep and breathe plants, they are my life and source of income, so it is in my best interest to make sure I know what I am teaching my customers so that they are successful in their own projects.

When visiting Happy Life Gardens you will enjoy a landscape where their valued customers can come walk through the gardens, or just take a break and sit and enjoy the beauty of the foliage that blooms everywhere you look.
Their inventory includes:
– Annuals
– Vegetable and herb starts
– Trees, shrubs and perennials
– They offer vegetable, herb, flower and grass seed
– Indoor plants for your home or business
– Gardening tools
– Pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
– You will also find a broad range of beautiful, unique pottery planters, fountains and garden statuary
– Plus a large selection of fairy garden plants and accessories.
Have fun exploring their fully stocked landscape yard offering:
soils, mulch and a variety of rock, landscape fabrics, edging, and flagstone.

In the fall they are also becoming the “go to location” for home grown mums, rudbeckia and hibiscus as customers appreciate their quality and want to support LOCAL.

Eddie and Melissa Maxwell bought Happy Life Gardens in March of 2013 – they were searching for a way to make a more meaningful living and they believe God put them here to make a difference in peoples’ lives. The Maxwells lived on a small acreage outside of Eaton while Eddie worked fulltime in the IT department at UNC and Melissa stayed home, homeschooling their sons. They had a couple large gardens and Melissa sold Avon on the side to supplement their income, but other than that they had no experience as business owners, or any real schooling in horticulture. Everything that we have learned was self-taught, and involved a lot of hours of research. As every small business owner knows, it’s a struggle to make ends meet, so they always go the extra mile to gain return customers and build loyalty with the folks they serve. Their customer service is remarkable! You will want to learn more about the Happy Life Rewards program Melissa and Eddie started two years ago. They offer special rewards to their repeat customers, because “we love to see their smiling faces when they return to shop at our store,” Melissa explained.

The Maxwells will celebrate 14 years of marriage this summer. They are the proud parents of two delightful son’s David, who will be a teenager in August and Daniel, 10 years old. The boys are active in 4H and very involved in “customer service” at Happy Life! Melissa says her “Proudest Moments” occur when watching their boys help out with the business and having customers come in to the store and specifically ask to have our boys help them!
You will also want to meet Piper their mini blue healer. Customers love her and the staff adopts her as their own. She is their spoiled little girl!

Melissa said: “We treat our customers with respect and go that extra mile to make sure they are satisfied. Being a small, locally owned business, we can’t match the prices of the “big box” stores, but we can offer a higher quality product, a broader selection and personal customer service. We want to grow Happy Life to be financially viable, so we can add grow houses to grow our own plants to retail and to also grow produce to supply an inexpensive, healthy food source.

You can reach Melissa and Eddie Maxwell at:
Happy Life Gardens 2000 37th Street Evans, CO 80620
maxwell@happylifegardens.com
970-330-9530
www.HappyLifeGardens.com/
Facebook.com/happy life gardens

 

 


Topic: ADHD, Multi-Tasking or ADD? – Time to Understand the Differences

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Time: 8-10 a.m.

Location: Crepes & Creams, Karla Miller – Westlake Shopping Center 35th Avenue & 20th Street

Speakers:
Lynn M. Keber-Osentoski, MA (2), NCC, LPC – Counseling and Creative Memories Lynn M. Keber-Osentoski, MA, NCC, LPC
Dr. Alexia Peake, DC, Peake Wellness Center Dr. Alexia Peake, DC
Dr. Patricia Sorbo, DC, DiCCP Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic Dr. Patricia Sorbo, DC, DiCCP

 

We invite you to register yourself and a friend who might benefit from this presentation from three NorCoWIB active members. Your pre-registration is due by Friday, April 1. Cost is $25/person. You can pay online using the payment button at the top right of this NorCoWIB.org Web Site or drop off or mail a check to Northern Colorado Women in Business c/o Kristi Helzer, 4113 W. 16th St. Rd., Greeley 80634. If you have not succeeded in getting your payment in by Saturday, April 2, your cost will be $30 at the door but Kristi will still need to hear from you in advance to be included in the attendance handout and catering count.

Lynn Keber is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Private Counseling Practice in Loveland, where her specialty areas include working with grief, adolescents, empowering women, and abuse issues.

Dr. Alexia Peake owns Peake Wellness Center, a collaborative with other professionals that offers chiropractic care, massage, dry needling, nutrition planning, foot detox and Essential Oils

Dr. Patricia Sorbo practices with her husband Dr. Erik Sorbo at Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic where they provide chiropractic care for all ages, massage, laser light therapy, acupuncture, supplements, and Orthotics.
Dr. Patricia is bringing staff members Anisha, Yvette and their acupuncturist, Amy.

Almost everyone has heard the acronyms ADD/ADHD, but how many of us really have a grasp of what Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder mean? How are they different? With help from these gifted professional women, we will learn the definition of these terms along with some common misconceptions that these professionals have become familiar with while helping their, patients/clients and family members cope with the challenges of these issues.
This team of three each has differing experiences and knowledge of this subject and how to help youth and adults coping with the challenges and pressures they can cause. You will benefit from their different points of view and perspectives, which will offer some mainstream along with alternative treatment and management options.
As NorCoWIB members stated when requesting this topic – No two people will respond identically to a single protocol. We need choices to best serve an individual’s needs. These women will provide information from their frame of reference and you can evaluate which will best fit your situation and have the greatest impact on whatever you personally are dealing with at home or in the workplace.

Have you been told you have ADHD? Do you have a family member who has been labeled ADD? Do you work with someone whom you suspect could be struggling with one of these conditions? Lynn, Alexia and Patricia will share their:
• Definitions of ADD/ADHD along with characteristics they have identified
• Diagnosis of ADD/ADHD and misdiagnosis of ADHD/ADD and why this occurs
• Methods of management of ADD/ADHD so you will be able to compare mainstream to alternative treatments

Lynn M. Keber-Osentoski, earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Education, then continued her education completing her Master’s Degree in Special Education and added another Master’s Degree in School and Community Counseling.

Lynn is a Licensed Professional Counselor #4176. She has taught many levels of education: K-12 plus College Level Courses. She took part as a National Consultant for Staff Development Training from 1996-2002. Currently, she is working at Knowledge Quest Academy as a part time school counselor in addition to owning a private counseling practice in Loveland.
She says, “I love what I do and believe I am doing what God has chosen for me. I have worked with all ages of children and adults.” She is specialized in adolescents.

Lynn is married and often serves as a worship leader at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. She loves scrapbooking so much that she started a scrapbooking business and hosts a well-stocked store in her home for convenient shopping.

 

Dr. Alexia Peake, has been practicing in Greeley since 2010. She grew up in the Merino Sterling area one of three sisters. Her passion is helping the sick get well and stay that way! She loves working with prenatal, pediatric, and lower back pain patients. Her best known chiropractic technique, flexion distraction, is effectively used for the treatment of lower back pain, and can be helpful for bulging or herniated discs. This is also especially helpful for the back pain often endured during pregnancy.

Dr. Peake is also one of only a few certified Webster practitioners in the northern Colorado area. This is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment delivered in order to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.

Dr. Peake admits she likes working on large framed individuals, this might surprise some, but being a female in chiropractic practice has never hindered her ability to provide relief to patients of any size or body type.

Her Wellness Center offers a wide range of services to help her patients be proactive in their wellness journey.

Dr. Peake has held a leadership role with the Greeley Chamber’s Young Professionals and has served on the Women’s Fund Board as well as being active in her church.

Dr. Alexia is engaged to Sears Realtor, Brad Inhulsen and they will be getting married at the end of the year. They are closing on their new home this month here in Greeley.

 

Dr. Patricia Sorbo earned her Bachelor’s Degree in biology at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She attended the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Dr. Patricia graduated with honors including Summa Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar, and was inducted into the international chiropractic honor society and received a Clinical Excellence award for her outstanding patient care.

Dr. Patricia studied multiple techniques to enable her to provide a wide variety of chiropractic care options. She believes in continuing her education to provide quality care to her patients. Dr. Patricia went on to earn her Diplomate in Pre-natal and Pediatric Chiropractic, through the International Chiropractic Association. This makes her one of only four Chiropractors in the state of Colorado with a Diplomate in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics.

Dr. Patricia Sorbo, along with her husband, Dr. Erik Sorbo, own Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic at 1713 61st Ave., Suite 102. Drs. Patricia and Erik have 4 children; Sophia, Zachary, Emma, and Hannah. Dr. Patricia spends her free time volunteering at the children’s schools, assisting in Tiny Tots at church and serves on the Greeley Children’s Chorale Board.

Dr. Patricia is passionate about educating parents and the public on chiropractic care for the entire family. She started “Band of Mothers,” which she describes as a tribe of Moms who support each other’s choices and are always there to offer help without judgment.

Patricia donates her time sharing her knowledge with civic organizations, church groups, child care centers, schools, businesses committed to a healthy work force, as well as to other health care providers. She is available to speak on a wide variety of health related topics and wants people to be consciously involved in their own health care decisions.

 

You can reach members of our presentation team at:
Lynn M. Keber-Osentoski, Counselor – Private Practice: 1905 W. 8th St, Suite 203, Loveland, CO 80537 970-396-5593, koconsultinglpc@comcast.net, Lynn’s Scrapbook Business, 2145-36th Ave., Greeley 970.353.4207 lynnkeber@comcast.net www.my90forlife.com/lynnkeber www.creativememories.com/user/lynnkeber www.heritagemakers.com/6552

Dr. Alexia Peake, Peake Wellness Center – 3705 W. 12th St, Greeley CO 80634 970-373-4475, drpeake@peakewellness.com, www.greeleychiropractor.com

Dr. Patricia Sorbo, Weld Family Clinic of Chiropractic – 1713 61st Ave, Suite 102 Greeley 80634 970-356-5255, drpatricia@weldfamilyclinic.com, www.weldfamilyclinic.com