Monday, December 22, 2008

Chic Tips

Below are some Chic Tips of the week! For more tips go to

1. Start the Day with a Positive Affirmation: During a time when many of the pillars we have come to rely on in the outside world are crumbling around us, our own inner strength becomes even more important. Beginning your day with a focused intention, an attitude of gratitude, and a positive outlook helps you create a positive outcome. Proactively deciding on and committing to your Chic Attitude is your best defense against letting a downturn get you down.

Here are a few to try:
Thank you for this beautiful new day full of possibilities.
I'm so grateful for all that I have and for all that I am receiving.
I have faith that things will work out for the greatest good.
A lot of people get rich in a recession, and I'm going to be one of them.

2. Tis the Season for Strategic Planning: With the conclusion of 2008 upon us it is time to start laying the ground work Chic Success in '09. Each year brings new opportunity for growth, challenge and achievement. You'll be more likely to make the most of it if you put your objectives and your plan on paper. Smile a lot easier on New Years Eve knowing you have a clear strategy in mind of where you are going to take your company in the new year, instead of wondering where the new year is going to take you.

3. Inform Clients of Holiday Hours for Your Own Peace of Mind: Most customers understand and even expect businesses to have limited hours during the holidays, if the seasonality of their business allows for it. And if yours does, take advantage of this time to refresh, but don't keep others in the dark of your plans. Post holiday hours where customers will find them: on your website, your retail store front door or include them in the voice mail message and/or email auto responder. ... And Have a Happy Holiday Season.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

GLOW in the news!

GLOW is an awesome program and group here in Gwinnett County. And we apparently aren't the only ones that think so. Our story was told in the Gwinnett Business Journal this past month!

Click HERE to read the article.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Punnet Squares

Hello Everyone!

I know I've been away for a little while but I wanted to say thank you for all the get well emails and cards--you are all absolutely wonderful!!!

As we hit the holiday season and get ready to enter into a new year it's important that as businesswomen we continue to look forward to see what trends we need to get on board with and some that we need to jump off of before they hit the wall.

Abby Wilkerson with redpepper sent me a letter that I wanted to share with everyone. I think it's a wonderful way to remind us about not getting stuck in a rut and to continue to embrace and look for new improvements for our businesses and jobs.

Punnet Squares

I was in the sixth grade when we first began studying Punnet squares in science class. For those who have mercifully blocked out all memories of science class, Punnet squares are diagrams used by geneticists to determine the likelihood of an offspring having a particular gene by comparing the alleles of the two parents.

I never quite got the hang of Punnet squares. They seem deceptively simple, until you try to draw conclusions and ratios for acquiring green eyes (math is my other downfall – combining it with science was brutal). Luckily, Punnet squares were a very small portion of the test, so I never bothered really learning it. They reappeared almost every year after that, but again were a small portion of the test that I could make up for in the other sections. It took the fear of college biology before I sat down and figured them out.

Like me, organizations tend to believe that science is an option. It’s not. If you run ineffective ads, it doesn’t matter how you spin them – they don’t work. If your industry is changing because of a technological breakthrough, it doesn’t matter whether or not you believe in the breakthrough – it’s still there.

Kodak spent years ignoring the invention of the digital camera. The company ended up laying off 1/5 of its workforce, presumably because they believed that the digital camera wouldn’t catch on. I knew someone who refused to learn how to properly use a computer – she’d already learned to use a fax machine right before it went the way of the dodo bird. Why learn another skill that she was sure would be debunk?

Denying reality (and Punnet squares) rarely leads to a positive outcome.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Chic Entrepreneur

Elizabeth Gordon the author of "The Chic Entrepreneur: Put Your Business in Higher Heels" will be our speaker for the October 17th GLOW meeting.

The very first sentence of Elizabeth's book says "Any woman can be an entrepreneur . . . However, if you want to be a Chic Entrepreneur . . ." I couldn't wait to hear what she had to say because when I first saw the book my very first thought was "Exactly what is a Chic Entrepreneur?"

Elizabeth goes on to define qualities, actions and other characteristics that make a Chic Entrepreneur . . . . well, Chic.

I have met hundreds of women in Gwinnett and the surrounding areas each with different businesses and different roles within their businesses. As varied as the women who live, work and play here are, I know that the answer to the question "What defines a Chic Entrepreneur?" will be just as diverse.

So with all of that being said, I want all of you to go to town on this one -- tell me what you think makes a Chic Entrepreneur chic. Make sure to check this blog regularly to read the view points of your peers and pick up Elizabeth's book to read what she has to say!!!

I'll be the first to make a quick comment . . . a Chic Entrepreneur is one that I'll see at GLOW's October 17th meeting. Visit to register. See you soon!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The 2008 Big Expo & Job Fair

The 2008 Big Expo & Job Fair was held on Thursday, August 21st and was a wonderful success.

The Expo was a jam-packed day full of business seminars such as "Dress for Success to Land Your Dream Job" by Sara Hathorne of Illustra Image Consulting and "Creating A Culture to Support and Encourage Peak Performance" by Dr. Gloria Wright of Wright & Associates . There were tons of give-aways provided by exhibitors and a fabulous Fashion Show with our very own Lovely Diva--Kelly Greer of Gwinnett Magazine as the spokesperson. The night was completed with our largest Business After Hours of the year which included live jazz music, food, drinks and networking.

Click HERE to view interviews of the different exhibitors at the Big Expo, compliments of Gwinnett Magazine TV!

Below is an excerpt from Ann LaFavor about the event. To read her full remarks please view her post listed under the "Welcome" blog.

". . . Hi Ladies, The Big Expo is behind us. I was so proud of the female companies and women run businesses."

If you have any success stories about the Big Expo & Job Fair, please post your comments to this blog. We would love to use them in the future to show what a great county Gwinnett truly is!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

A Successful Kick-Off

The kick-off of the Gwinnett Chamber's newly re-vamped women's program -- affectionately known as GLOW was a wonderful success!

An article about GLOW was written in the Gwinnett Daily Post as well. Follow the link provided to view the article:

Thank you to our wonderful speaker Emily Sanders of Sanders Financial Management, our purse give-away sponsor Montage, our Presenting Sponsor Gwinnett Medical Center and our venue host Parc of Duluth.

And congrats again to our give-away winners:

Montrice Robinson of BB&T -- Purse provided by Montage
Ann La Favor of LaFavor Etc. -- Purse provided by Montage
Wendy Frank of Rocket IT -- Purse provided by Montage
and Edible Arrangements Gift Card

I always tell people that when any GLOW event ends I want them to have learned, laughed, networked and most importantly leave GLOWING! I hope that happened for all of my fabulously savvy and sassy attendees.

To register for our next meeting on October 17th visit the "upcoming events" section on our website --

Monday, August 11, 2008


Welcome to Glow's own personal Blog! I am excited that you have taken an interest in this amazing program.

Glow is a program created by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce for the women in our community. At Glow events, business women are able to network and connect with one another as well as grow personally and professionally from the various topics covered at our quarterly seminars.

Our very first event will be on August 15th from 7:45am-9:15am at the Parc at Duluth. The topic will be "Financial Management: An Investment to Match Each Purse" presented by president and CEO Emily Sanders of Sanders Financial Management.

This blog, in particular, will contain articles about events in the news that affect us as business women, upcoming events in the community that you just don't want to miss and so much more!

For more information about GLOW please view our main website at or you can contact me at

I can't wait to see you at our next event where you'll learn, laugh, network & leave glowing --See you soon!