WBON of Cary Scholarship Program

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Scholarship Program for WBON of Cary 2014-2015

Becca Smith & Steve Hand

Becca Smith & Steve Hand

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the WBON of Cary monthly May luncheon.  I was thrilled to hear my good friend and client of Smith & Smith, CPA, Steve Hand, speak on none other then NETWORKING!!!!!!  Steve is the MASTER of Networking in this area and is the proud owner of Business Network International (BNI) for a good majority of the state of North Carolina.  I have learned so much from Steve over the years about networking etiquette, the Do’s and Don’ts and so much more.   Steve gave an excellent presentation and covered such topics like “You need to build deeper relationships and put systems in place in order to generate and predict your referrals, Join a networking group and work it hard, get your target market identified and work from there.”  He also said that having people who like, care and respect you is NOT ENOUGH for them when it comes to sending referrals.  You have to make sure they KNOW what you do and HOW to refer to you.

WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

He covered a 5-Step Referral Process and took a few questions at the end.   Steve is a dynamic speaker and kept the group of women engaged through his entire talk by asking different people to help read questions and using real-life example.  Great job Steve!   Yesterday was also the day that the WBON of Cary awarded their 2014-2015 Scholarship Fund Recipients.  Each year WBON of Cary gives 2-3 scholarships to women business owners and professional working women in the Cary Community.   I had applied this year and was THRILLED to have been awarded one of the scholarships!!!!   Such an exciting surprise!  WBON of Cary had been a large part of my networking and marketing focus over the past 10 years and to receive this scholarship is such an honor!

Congrats to Lois!!

Congrats to Lois!!

The scholarship is to be used for any type of educational training, classes, certifications, and to improve skills and knowledge in your focused area of business.  You have two years to use the scholarship. I plan to attend another marketing & blog conference and use that knowledge to further develop my blog into some new and exciting areas…so stay tuned!!!!!  The other scholarship was awarded to my dear friend, Lois Cozart, Owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet!!!!!!!   Lois and I were thrilled for each other!  I’ve been working with Lois for about 3-years now in a clothing-marketing relationship.

Winners for WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

Winners for WBON Scholarship 2014-2015

I am proud to wear clothing from My Girlfriend’s Closet and Lois and her team do a FANTASTIC job pulling together outfits and accessories for all of my networking and marketing events.   In return I promote and market her stores everywhere I go!    I know Lois has bee working hard for this scholarship too and to receive it with her is simply perfect.  Congrats LOIS!!!  And yes, my yellow top is from the racks of My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary!   Thank you to WBON of Cary for the Scholarship Opportunity, to Lisa Cotter of Doctor’s Express of Cary for her leadership with the Scholarship Committee.

Becca with Liz Cantino, WBON President 2015-2016

Becca with Liz Cantino, WBON President 2015-2016

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