Get ready for the holidays in style with Mary Kay

Although the holidays are a bit over two months away, Mary Kay consultants are already busy adding new fall and holiday products to their inventories.  

You'll be able to see many of these products when Chris Hansen does her "show and tell" presentation on Thursday, Sept. 21, at noon as part of our WWN meeting. She'll be featuring our Special Edition body care sets (the first such products in the Mary Kay line in quite some time). With names like "Chase A Rainbow," "Sail to the Moon" and "Paint the Sky," our new shower gels and body lotions have floral, fruity and/or citrus scents. The matching fragrance mists are yummy, too!

So if you'd like to be "ahead of the game" for holiday shopping – or to find a little something for yourself, be sure to attend this meeting and Chris's tour of the latest products.

Be ready for prize drawing or two as well! 

Work on your business, not in it – here's how

Audrey Burrell, new WWN member and the local representative for Paychex in Whatcom/Skagit counties, is our Sept. 14 speaker. 

Most small business owners wear all the hats in their business: HR, compliance, hiring, growing the business, taxes and more. Audrey helps business owners learn how to stop working in their business and work on their business instead by growing revenue. She will outline the benefits this can have for a small business of just 10 employees in our local market.

Audrey works with businesses from 1-50 employees, including cross-border clients. Paychex provides a solution from the time of hiring to retiring or the unfortunate firing of employees.

What does your Realtor do all day?

WWN member and RE/MAX broker Julie Carpenter presents "The real estate transaction in 180 steps: What your Realtor does for you" at our Aug. 3 meeting.

The critical role of the Realtor includes pre-lisitng activities, listing appointment and agreement preparation, Multiple Listing Service, marketing, contracts and negotiation, transaction management, coordinating among allied professionals, lenders, inspectors, appraisers, contractors, closing coordination,  and helping you with your Happily Ever After ...

Julie Carpenter has been a real estate broker for 22+ years and has experience with a wide range of properties and markets.

What is the Rafinery?

Guest speaker Shan Sparling shares the Ragfinery story with WWN members on July 27.

Ragfinery opened in April 2014 as the second “jobs from waste” business of ReUse Works. The organization diverts unwanted textiles from the waste stream and upcycles them in a training business that provides transitional jobs for low income clients of our partner social service agencies and schools.

Ragfinery collaborates with local artisans and community volunteers to repurpose unwanted garments and textiles into a variety of upcycled goods that showcase the skills and talent of our collective.

We also teach our worker trainees and community members the traditional skills of identifying fabric values, cutting, sewing, weaving, and creatively re-purposing post-consumer textiles into products of value.

Shan brings a wealth of management experience to Ragfinery and has built a great staff team of employees, volunteers and worker trainees. She loves her job because it brings together her creative interests, her business skills, and her concern for the environment. Shan most enjoys the product development process at Ragfinery and serving the variety of customers she meets daily. 

Best practices for print and web design

WWN member Sarah Benn of Benn Design will discuss how graphic design best practices for print design also apply to website design at our July 13 meeting. Website designers use the same principles of managing white space, color and type to make a strong emotional first impression and draw attention to the website’s primary message. Sarah will also discuss design challenges unique to web design, including scrolling and designing for mobile devices.

Think local! How Sustainable Connections benefits the community

Becca Weathers, WWN member and  Membership & Think Local First coordinator of Sustainable Connections, a local a Northwest Washington non-profit membership organization working to make our place a better one to live, work and play in, is our July 6 speaker. 

Sustainable Connections celebrates local and independent businesses and ask our community to be local in support of them. Becca will give attendees a brief overview of all the benefits Sustainable Connections offers to local businesses as members and to individuals in our community. Learn about all the ways you can be a "local lover" by choosing local businesses, supporting local jobs, keeping our place unique and money in our community, and reducing environmental impacts.

What each person can do to help protect reproductive rights in this challenging time

Linda McCarthy, executive director of Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood serving Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties, is the guest speaker at the Whatcom Women’s Network June 22 meeting, noon at the Gateway Centre.

Learn about the challenges facing Planned Parenthood under a hostile administration; what it means when you hear “defund Planned Parenthood;” what ACA repeal/reform means for women’s health care; and what community members can do to defend reproductive rights for all.

Guests are invited to join WWN for Ms. McCarthy’s talk; sack lunches are welcomed.