WOMEN!!!! Protect Your Identity and Your Business


Be Smart Out There Ladies!


Karen, Caroline and Becca

Karen, Caroline and Becca

Women Busienss Owners Network of Cary had their May meeting last week at the lovely Prestonwood Country Club.  Our speaker was Caroline Farmer from the Victims and Citizens Services Department of the NC Department of Justice.  Her topic was “Protecting Your Identity and Your Business”, which has quickly become a HOT TOPIC for many lately.  Seems like every time you turn around we are being warned about another scam or virus that is attacking our personal information.   The main areas that Carolina Farmer covered included: identity theft, financial exploitation and other public policy initiatives on behalf of NC Attorney General Roy Cooper.  Some of the simple (yet most intriguing) things she talked about included putting a security freeze on your credit, protecting your social security number, shredding documents and keeping an eye on your credit reports.

Susan Stanhope of  Move Elders with Ease

Susan Stanhope of Move Elders with Ease

The crowd was very engaged with her presentation and we had lots of questions and audience participation. One of my favorite things she mentioned was the list of passwords and the most common passwords out there!  Her list included the “Top 25 Passwords” which included: password1, 12345, football, basketball and JesusSusan Stanhope of Move Elders with Ease was the featured Lunch Sponsor and she had lots of “WOW!!!” comments from the group as she showed how helpful her service is to those who are experiencing or expecting a move in the near future.  Thanks Susan!

Rita Sellers of Outside Raleigh

Rita Sellers of Outside Raleigh

The door prizes at the end of the meeting featured lots of cool gifts and our office, Smith & Smith, CPA ,gave away a lovely flower plant, bottle of wine and box of chocolate…just in time for Mother’s Day! Congrats to Rita Sellers of Outside Raleigh for winning our door prize!  She’s a busy mom and she KNOWS it takes all three of those goodies to survive motherhood!  The WBON May meeting was really fun, had lots of energy and exciting events!  We gave out THREE $2,000 checks to our THREE scholarship winners, voted for our new WBON Executive Board for 2013-2014 and, of course, networked like crazy!

Nancy and Becca dressed by MGC!

Nancy and Becca dressed by MGC!


I’d also like to say “HELLO YELLOW” to My Girlfriend’s Closet!  Here is a fun picture of me with WBON Sponsor, Nancy Cole, as we are both sporting FUN YELLOW SUNNY BRIGHT outfits right from My Girlfriend’s Closet (downtown Cary and downtown Apex).  It’s great day to go shopping!  And remember to keep your self protected…there are people out there waiting to trick you into all kinds of identity theft scandals!  Be sure to join us on June 12th for our WBON Annual Spring MEGA Networking!  This event draws a SOLD-OUT crowd and it is a wonderful way to meet lots of business ladies, network, make friends, find new business leads and best of all…HAVE FUN!  Hope to see you there!


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