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Learn more about what's going on with WESO and WESO members' businesses!

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  • April 07, 2024 4:20 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    On April 27th, Crater Drama is hosting a Renaissance Faire, and they are looking for vendors to join the market square! If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of this event, please share this or sign up.

    If you are interested, please be sure to read the royal invitation at .

    If you have questions, email

  • April 01, 2024 4:29 PM | Jenai May (Administrator)

    Do you know someone who has been a salesperson for gourmet cookware AND a nuclear medicine technician? Now you do! Becky Esquibel has worked variously in retail, as a full time homemaker, and in medical technology. Becky is adding another line to her resume: travel agent.

    With Experience Joy Travel Company, Becky is serving those who desire stress-free travel planning featuring extraordinary experiences and unique learning opportunities. Becky loves being able to assisting others in responsibly touring all the beautiful places of the world.

    Becky says, “With our travel-planning services you can put yourself in the captain’s seat of planning your vacation without doing all the work. You can also enjoy exclusive perks and savings you would not otherwise have access to, --all while saving precious time! This is not your basic 'cookie-cutter travel plan.' These plans are made just for you, and we are there with you every step of the way.”

    She enjoys being a WESO member because WESO is made up of wonderful, friendly women who are sincerely interested in supporting women entrepreneurs.

    When Becky is not working, she loves to read, do puzzles, garden, cooking, traveling to new places, and gardening.



  • March 19, 2024 5:30 PM | Cheri Lasota
    Hi all, just a quick note that I'm reprising the presentation I gave to WESO previously on how to navigate issues surrounding generative-AI tonight at the Jackson County Library in Medford.

    You can see more information and register here:

    If you missed my WESO talk a few months ago, feel free to attend this one. Thank you!
  • March 02, 2024 11:30 PM | Jenai May (Administrator)

    Rani Tedsen of TekManagement loves to help others.  TekManagement provides IT management services  to small businesses of all sizes.  Rani helps these small businesses get the most out of their investment in technology and to ensure their equipment aligns with larger business goals.  Her ideal client is a small business in the accounting, medical, dental, transportation or construction; she likes meeting with clients face-to-face to meet their business needs.

    Rani enjoys the networking opportunities found through WESO, and it has enhanced her social life.   To relax, she takes tropical vacations, but she enjoys time with family and friends anywhere.


  • February 20, 2024 3:20 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Check out this workshop from the SOU Small Business Development Center to make sure you've got all your bases covered. Even if you've been in business for awhile, you may learn about something you've missed in your plans.

    Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    3/5 - 10:00 to 11:30 AM (Zoom)

    4/2 - 10:00 to 11:30 AM (Zoom)

    5/3 - 3:00 to 4:30 PM (Zoom)

    Get the important information you need to know before you start or grow your business. This 1 1/2 hour orientation provides the "nuts and bolts" and more to help you succeed. Bring your questions!

    Classes are offered virtually via Zoom. You must pre-register as class size 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. 

    Fee is $25

  • February 14, 2024 5:00 PM | Melanie Bonk

    Join Love, Sex & Relationship Coach Melanie Bonk for a guided sensual date night.  She will guide you in communication practices that promote the highest level of intimacy and connection along with tantric breathwork to activate your sensuality.  This class is designed for ALL couples!


    L&E Magazine calls her a “Sexpert” and Women Making Moves Podcast refers to her as a “Tantric Mystic” but Melanie Bonk is also a wife, mama, CrossFit™ coach, & absolute nature junkie.  She specializes in helping individuals and couples create more PLAY, PASSION & PLEASURE in their lives.

    Learn more at
    IG @bonkbetter

  • February 01, 2024 7:43 PM | Jenai May (Administrator)

    Sasha Meretzky’s past career includes running a women’s wellness center and a glamping site, but so far her current position as an agent for New York Life is the best for work-life balance.  She works with small businesses, families, and people thinking about retirement, working closely with clients to build relationships that last a lifetime.  “I love my work because financial well-being isn’t just about numbers, it’s about giving clients the peace of mind to live their ideal lives and enjoy what they love.

    In her time off Sasha likes to paddle board, dance and is active in her spiritual congregation. She also likes reading, crafting and watching Hot Ones on YouTube.

    Meeting other entrepreneurial women through WESO programs and networking opportunities has been inspiring.  She looks to WESO to help her grow her trusted circle of friends so she can help them protect the family’s future, prepare for retirement, grow wealth, preserve assets for future generations, and protect and grow the business.


    Cell: (612) 735-6890

    Text only: (541) 577-5646



  • January 11, 2024 12:07 PM | Mary Fitzsimmons (Administrator)

    Imagine crushing your 2024 goals all in the first quarter of the year!

    I have a couple of spots left in my Elite Business Mastermind, and I challenge you to consider investing time and money into your personal and business development. Our group is for motivated entrepreneurs who are ready to put the work in!

    You can use code WESO to save 20% or message me to register via Venmo and save on fees. Learn more: Details Here

    We meet in person every other Tuesday (12:30-2:30) for 9 weeks and have optional in between online sessions. Expect weekly (or more often) check-ins, homework and accountability.

    I'd love to partner with you.

    Mary Fitzsimmons

    Go Rogue Business Consulting

  • January 08, 2024 6:03 PM | Jenai May (Administrator)

    Anita Bicskei is a magazine publisher and professional photographer. Best Version Media publishes her magazine, Ashland Living. This magazine highlights local families and connects local businesses to consumers. The magazine offers digital as well as print advertising.

    Anita has found WESO to be useful both personally and professionally. “I made some friends and had many meetings with WESO members in the past. I also love to learn from other business owners.”

    In the past Anita has worked as an event and school photographer. She has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years! Future plans include starting new local magazines for east Medford and Jacksonville.

    In her free time, Anita loves to cook and bake. She also travels back to her home country of Hungary whenever she can.

    Contact Anita at 541-414-5495 if you’re interested in advertising in Ashland Living or want to find out more information about local publishing.

  • December 04, 2023 9:09 PM | Jenai May (Administrator)

    Tennelle Nickel
    SilverTree Wealth Partners

    Tennelle is a financial advisor, who works with individuals and families to organize, grow and transfer wealth. She enjoys helping people plan for a work optional lifestyle sometime in the future.

    Her typical client needs more than an individual to support them in their financial goals, they need a team! She is part of an amazing team and also collaborates with your CPA and Attorney to keep you on track.

    Tennelle has a Psychology degree in addition to her financial credentials. She has worked with youth in crisis in residential and hospital facilities. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and Kayaking with my husband and two teenage kids.

    "I have been a part of WESO for over three years. I appreciate the positive support and encouragement from the other members."

    Tennelle Nickel - SilverTree Wealth Partners



    Phone: 541-227-2947

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