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.

Don't fear the semi-colon and other copy editing tips

Just as kids are preparing for summer break, it's back to school for this week's Whatcom Women's Network presentation. Hilary Parker, writer, editor and content marketing specialist at Storied Creative Services, presents a quick quiz on grammar, punctuation and word usage, then explains the "whys" of the correct answers. She'll even tread into the murky depths of the semi-colon and the Oxford comma. 

Hilary aims to make writing fun, not frightening, so join her on June 1 for her presentation designed to make everyone a better editor of their own copy.

Using Your Eyes

“Photography is a craft, and a matter of using your eyes. It’s quicker and easier than painting. You’re a mechanic using a machine. A lot of taking photographs is moving furniture.”  
– Lord Snowdon

Much of what a professional photographer cultivates is the ability to see both the big picture and the finer details to compose a dynamic, artful photograph. This week, WWN member and professional photographer Diane Padys explains some of the finer points of "seeing" the shot.

Learning the Difference Between Doing a Diet and Working with a Weight Loss Coach

A food plan or an exercise plan is easy to find. Go to any check-out line magazine rack, hop on Google, visit to the library or just about anywhere else, and you can get a diet or exercise plan that sounds doable, and you are off to the races.

Or are you? The vast majority of people who start one of these plans gives up within just a few days or, if they are tough, within a month.  And when the end comes, or the weight comes back, the dieter is left with the thoughts in their head. The ones that say you are lazy, undisciplined, have no self-control.

Dani offers a way to help cleaning up your thinking by using a tool she refers to as "The Model." In her May 18 talk to WWN,  she introduces The Model and demonstrate the power that you already have available at your fingertips.

Dani Bates has spent the past 24 years as a physical therapist in Whatcom County. She was the co-owner of Mountain View Physical Therapy for nearly 18 years, and continues to work part-time in the rehab field. Dani has had a lifelong passion for eating, real food, cooking and feeding people. Along with that came weight gain and the inevitable yo-yo cycle.

In September 2016 she shifted gears and spent a month in California doing an intense Life/Weight Loss Coach training. She now makes it her mission to free women from the shackles of the diet industry and the feelings of never being enough (thin enough, pretty enough, fit enough). With all the time and power women could reclaim for themselves if they got off this useless bandwagon, we could make some real positive changes for our country and our planet. So let’s get to work.

Spring Fling Social May 11

Whatcom Women’s Network (WWN) invites the business community to its sixth annual Spring Fling Social on Thursday, May 11, from 5-7 p.m., at Sustainable Connections, 1701 Ellis St., Suite 221, in Bellingham.

The social is an informal event meant to introduce visitors to the professional women of WWN and their businesses, as well as for WWN members to network with visitors. Guests also can learn more about membership in the networking group.

“We are actively recruiting more members to our group,” said WWN Director Virginia Malmquist, “but, more importantly, we think it’s beneficial to step outside the boundaries of our group to connect with the larger community.”

Appetizers and refreshments will be available at this free event, which will also include door prizes.

Fifteen women, each with a different profession, are members of the organization. Some of the business categories represented by WWN members include weight loss coaching, counseling, photography, real estate, mortgages, insurance, financial planning, accounting and legal services.

WWN will not meet for its regular noon meeting May 11, the day of the social.

Sole proprietor, LLC, Corporation, Partnership...?

These are just a few of the structures available for a business venture. but which one is right for you?  There are both legal and income tax implications for your business structure. It's important to know pros and cons, and which is the right fit for you.

Siobhan Murphy, CPA and consulting director at Thrive Business Group, will explain the basics of business structures and their tax implications at our May 4 meeting. Where to start, if and when to change, what to look out for, and more.