Each month the SSWBN Membership Team recognizes a member who exemplifies the qualities of a Networking Nova, a person who embodies the Network’s core values of coaching, contacts and collaboration; someone who is visible at many SSWBN events and who treats others with respect and dignity. In addition, this person utilizes the Network to build his/her business and helps others do the same.
Gretchen Gold – Wish List Consignment
I joined the SSWBN just over a year ago, when member Courtney Newcomb from Arrange South Shore urged me to join the Network. She is in my industry and she really helped me to feel comfortable going to the New Members’ Breakfast.
Joining the SSWBN and going to the first few meetings was a huge step for me. When I was still very new, then President Janet LaBerge of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap reached out to me and selected a vintage item from my store to wear for her Celebration! speech – giving what amounted to a personal (and fun) testimonial to my business. Janet also referred one of my best vintage clothes consignors, SSWBN member Laura Willis, to my store.
Both Courtney and Janet brought attention to my business, and helped me feel comfortable. I was overwhelmed by their generosity, and I know I can make the most out of the Network by going to the meetings and reaching out to others.
I think that everyone knows that when you go to the meetings it is always a benefit — always. I would urge anyone to join and urge every member to push him- or herself to attend the meetings.
And yet, I can’t imagine that anyone likes networking. It is work — at least for me — to push myself to do something that is against my nature. You realize once you attend that this is a very sophisticated group of women (and men) who are there because they need support and they want to give support to other women. That is a gift.
Wish List Consignment
The Hanover Mall