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A great place to learn more about what's going on with WESO and WESO members' businesses!

Members Only - post news about your business, such as new products, sales, or special events. Also, give testimonials about other WESO members' businesses and how they have helped you.

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  • April 04, 2019 3:54 PM | Diahana Barnes (Administrator)

    It was a January afternoon in 2018, I was sitting on the couch, birds chirping, sun shining, and I was deep in thought. iPad on my lap, dog at my side snoozing, and I was contemplating what to do. I had basically no discovery calls on the calendar and I’d exhausted all options.

    I knew I couldn’t post yet another post, or send another email to my very small list. I needed to meet new people. Set up new calls. But how?

    Then I got this niggling in the back of my mind. I’d had this same niggling before, but ignored it. Now, it was back,whispering in my ear...”LinkedIn”. “Use LinkedIn”

    My gremlin mind started making excuses...”You can’t use LinkedIn”. “LinkedIn is for corporate, ideal clients aren’t on LinkedIn”

    Truth was, I was terrified. Terrified of coming across as sales-y and pushy. Terrified of reaching out to strangers.

    But I knew one thing: I needed to book some calls, fast.

    And I knew if I could get past my fear, that my intuition would be right, and I’d get them from LinkedIn. When I was in corporate, leading a $40M sales team and training hundred of sales reps, we started with relationship building. We had a simple process that worked over and over.

    I knew there had to be a way to recreate this that I could repeat with the same results.

    I went through the big mistakes I and wrote down what to AVOID.

    I thought about the mindset strategies that worked to remove the FEAR

    I went back to what I KNEW worked in how to get calls.

    I wrote everything down and created a system. Then I followed it and was blown away by my results. I was easily booking 3-5 calls with amazing potential clients. I built relationships, I got referrals.

    I put it all in what is now my, “Heart-Centered Networking on LinkedIn” workshop. I pulled it all together and actually booked 7 call for the following week in less than 1 hour because that was all the time I had that day. I proved it works.

    Are you lacking consistency in your business? Are you ready to make heart-centered connections that can lead to sales, new relationships and referrals?

    In this live workshop I’ll be revealing...

    >>The #1 Thing that is holding you back in your business
    >>My 3-Part Sales Formula for Attracting Clients & Consistency
    >>How to Book Calls with Ideal Clients using a Heart-Centered Model (3 Core Steps) on LinkedIn

    AND...how to have fun, fulfilling your mission, while you dance in your Divine Mojo! Confident & clear in a way that attracts clients and makes money

    Space is limited to 20 people. Register today!

    This is the secret to getting 3, 5, or even 7 calls immediately....like next week. It's worked for me every time.

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heart-centered-networking-on-linkedin-tickets-58825211792

  • February 15, 2019 12:26 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Here's another excellent article on WESO in the Medford Chamber Business Review:

    https://businessreview.medfordchamber.com/business-profile---weso-xtkc4

  • February 12, 2019 2:31 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    We have wonderful coverage on us here: https://www.southernoregonbusiness.com/february-2019/

    Go to the article on pp. 26-28 in this issue.

    Lots of information, photos, etc.


  • February 07, 2019 12:25 PM | Joyce Crain

    Hi, don't miss out on the business spotlight opportunities at our dinner meetings. 

    The spots available next calendar year are October, November, December and

    2020 Jan, Feb, Apr, May, June.

    It is $20.00 for 10 minute spot  to speak at 6:50p  before our speaker and you get a table to display your business.

    Just email me at joycecrain14@gmail.com to reserve a month and pay on line in Misc payments the month before to be on the website. 

  • January 11, 2019 4:29 PM | Joyce Crain

    Hello, last night at the meeting we filled the April 2019 spot. So, we have May and June this calendar year and starting after September 2019 networking kick off meeting: Oct, Nov, Dec are available. 

    2020 Jan, Feb Apr, May and June just let me know what month you want and I'll reserve for you. Go on line to Misc payments and pay your $20 for the 10 minute spot. You also get a table to display your business and can put something to advertise at each place setting at the dinner. 

    Looking forward to this year.

    Joyce Crain, VP

  • January 10, 2019 8:19 AM | Joyce Crain

    We have a business spotlight at each dinner meeting. I have April, May and June left for our current year 2019. The cost is $20.00 for 10 minutes. You get your own 6 ft table to display your business, you can put items on each place setting to advertise, and you speak for 10 minutes before the educational speaker. Contact me to reserve the month you want then go online to Misc payments and pay your $10 to reserve your spot. Your business is advertised on the website and the emails that go out to hundreds of members and past members.

  • November 27, 2018 11:40 AM | Christine (Tina) Matiyow-Hoff

    Hi All!

    I am a new member of this organization!  I opened my business on October 27!  

    I wanted to share that I am running a Christmas Special - purchase 4 Blu Room sessions for $100 (must be used within 30 days).  This is a $260 value!

    You may be asking...What is the Blu Room?

    The Blu Room is an octagon-shaped room with a totally mirrored (reflective) surface - top to bottom and all sides!  We incorporate soft narrow-band ultra violet blue light, music, the octagon shape and the reflective surface to place the user in a a specific atmosphere.  This atmosphere is a creative vortex of frequency and vibration, which promotes detachment and oneness.  Time ceases to exist within this atmosphere.  This allows your brain to rest and your body to heal!  You get to relax, rejuvenate and regenerate!  Try it today!  458-226-2026

    Merry Christmas!

  • November 27, 2018 10:00 AM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Check out this free workshop from the SOU Small Business Development Center to make sure you've got all your bases covered.

    Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    12/18 - 10:00 to 11:00 AM


    1/11 - 3:00 to 4:00 PM

    1/22 - 10:00 to 11:00 AM

    2/8 - 3:00 to 4:00 PM


    Get the important information you need to know before you start or grow your business. This 1-hour
     free orientation provides the "nuts and bolts" and more to help you succeed. All materials will be provided. The only thing you need to bring are your questions! Space is limited! Click here for more information or to register!

    Topics include:

    • SBDC Services - Tools, resources and services.
    • Feasibility - Evaluating your business idea and doing the research.
    • Legal Structures - Which one is right for you and your business?
    • Registration & Licensing - State and Local Rules, Regulations and Licensing Requirements.
    • Business Plan Basics - Where to start with writing your business plan. 

    All meetings are held in room 130A at RCC/SOU HEC 101 S Bartlett Street in Medford (cross streets are 8th and Riverside)

    You must pre-register as class size is limited.

  • October 01, 2018 12:27 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)


    October's Domestic Violence Awareness month is a way to educate and connect in our community around the efforts to end domestic violence.

    For more information on local events, find Jackson County Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence on Facebook at facebook.com/JCoDVAM.

    Also, WESO supports our local Community Works - Dunn House Shelter which provides a safe refuge and support services for women and children to help them escape from domestic or sexual abuse, stalking, trafficking and date violence.  Adults with or without children who are in fear from their intimate partner or family member may need to stay in a safe place while figuring out a longer term plan for safety, or have time to rest and learn about options.

    Dunn House Shelter is a large home where several families reside. Food, clothing, and personal care items are provided and the services are free and confidential. Children at Dunn House Shelter have a safe place to play, to spend time with their mothers and to be involved in age appropriate activities. Advocates work with families to provide information, referrals to community services, and needed support.

    To find out more and make a donation, go to Community Works - Dunn House Shelter.

  • August 31, 2018 2:42 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Come to the sixteenth annual Rogue Valley Business Resource Forum, a free information event for small business owners and those thinking about becoming entrepreneurs. This is a special opportunity to get free consultations and attend seminars on topics critical to small businesses. Information booths will be staffed by representatives from banking, insurance, and government as well as local trade organizations. WESO will be there!

    Get more information or register HERE.

    Volunteers are also needed to help before and during the event.

    They need help with:

    • Assembling packets of information for attendees   
    • Decorating
    • Guiding Exhibitors to their tables for setup
    • Monitoring rooms and gathering presentation evaluations
    • Helping presenters
    • Greeting attendees at the welcome/registration table
    If you are interested, contact the Small Business Development Center at sbdc@sou.edu

    Include "Volunteer Interest - Forum 2018" in the subject line and your preferred task(s) and a little about you, with any relevant skills or previous volunteer work.


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