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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. You can also alert others to events of importance to women in business.

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  • March 10, 2022 3:30 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Sandy Abell, Inside Jobs Coach, has started a new podcast to find your power and change your life.

    Is your life unfolding the way you want? Can you see where you want to go but not the path to get there? 

    Then, check out her free podcasts at Your Personal Power Pod.

    She covers topics from communication, inner child and self-talk, stress and anxiety, boundaries, relationships, and much more.

    Sandy is a long-time WESO member who provides insightful and life-changing coaching. I highly recommend her!

    Cathie Izor

  • March 01, 2022 7:47 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    March is Women's History Month and we celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The month also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

    To learn more, check out these links:

    Streaming videos about historic and amazing women

    Events, resources and articles from the Library of Congress

  • November 10, 2021 9:54 PM | Lisa Frank

    Thank you for inviting me to present on December 9. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone and appreciated the engagement.

    As a thank you, I am offering a 10% DISCount for WESO members (in addition to special holiday pricing). Holiday pricing extends through January 1. Just send me a message or contact me through my website: www.caminocoachingconsulting.com.

  • October 28, 2021 6:22 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Here's a great way to support Soroptimist International of Medford, a local nonprofit. All proceeds go back to the local community to help women and girls.

  • October 15, 2021 12:40 PM | Leah Halpert (Administrator)

    Federal trademark registrations are a necessity for every business owner in order to protect your brands, logos, trademarks, and the overall goodwill of your company.  The purpose of trademark registration is to help prevent infringement and theft of your intellectual property, and to provide owners with remedies should infringement happen.  Without a federal registration, stopping an infringer becomes a very arduous, difficult, and expensive task.

    On December 27, 2020, Congress provided even more benefits to federal trademark registration holders by enacting the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA2020). The TMA2020 adds the following new brand protection methods to the federal trademark registration owner's arsenal:

    1. Trademark registration holders may now file petitions to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to have trademarks expunged or re-examined when there is evidence of no use.  This helps clear the trademark register of problematic and potentially fraudulent registrations without having to go through a lengthy, expensive cancellation proceeding.

    2. Registration holders can now submit evidence directly to the USPTO in support of refusing a potentially infringing trademark application.  This expands the previous Letter of Protest procedure and helps stop problematic trademark registration applications at the start (and avoids lengthy, costly opposition proceedings).

    3. Plaintiffs who hold federal trademark registrations are now presumed to have "suffered irreparable harm" in federal lawsuits seeking injunctions against the use of an infringing mark.  In short, the plaintiff will not have to prove irreparable harm in addition to proving infringement, as was necessary in the past; rather, the defendant will need to prove that there was no irreparable harm in order to succeed.

    Finally, the registration process itself will be streamlined by shortening the traditional 6 month deadline to respond to Examining Attorneys, meaning you can get your registration much more quickly.

    This article provides more details about these changes: https://www.natlawreview.com/article/us-trademark-modernization-act-provides-new-relief-to-trademark-owners

    The USPTO has 1 year to implement all of these changes.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about your trademarks and trademark protection, please contact me, Leah Halpert, Halpert Trademark Law.

  • April 05, 2021 4:13 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    I recently attended an introductory session of Lisa Frank's DISC personality reports and analysis. It was eye-opening and helped me easily understand the concepts and ways to use them in my communication with others. It was also engaging, interactive, and fun! Lisa did a great job of leading the session and helping me get the most from it. I highly recommend checking out her sessions and finding out more about how she can help you with her coaching skills.

    She has some excellent videos at: https://www.facebook.com/caminocoachingconsulting

    For the Communicate to Connect sessions, registration is through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/125079828133

  • April 05, 2021 2:51 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    2021 WLC Conference Theme: Embracing Change

    On May 7th, join (virtually) with other women for a dynamic day of learning how to embrace inevitable change and positively manage these changes in our lives, organizations, communities, and society.

    The Mission of the annual Women's Leadership Conference (WLC) is to foster leadership in business, government and nonprofit organizations that more fully reflects our community.

    An impressive roster of speakers and leaders of breakout sessions head up the conference. Diahana Barnes, WESO member, is one of the speakers!

    Registration includes access to recorded sessions afterwards.

    Find out more and register at:


  • March 11, 2021 12:55 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    March is Women's History Month so learn more about the courage, strength and resilience of these Oregon women.

    Find out about Oregon women achievers in athletics: Oregon Female Athletes

    Check out Stories of Southern Oregon Women Making History (JPR Jefferson Exchange radio program - March 2021)

    Read selections from the Southern Oregon Historical Society's "As It Was" Series (2 min. reads):

    "Woman Becomes Fire Chief in Butte Falls, Oregon"

    "Ranch Women Survive in Difficult Circumstances"

    "Kathryn Clarke Becomes Oregon's First Female State Senator"

    "Meet Mary Adams Peacock: Dressmaker, Muleskinner and Hotelier"

    "Oregon Widow Claims Her Share of Husband's Saloon"

    "Anna and Ida Hargrove Record Ashland, Ore., in Pictures"

    "Effie Birdseye Retains 'Unconquered American Spirit'"

  • January 09, 2021 12:15 PM | Joyce Crain

    New snap together brochure holders.

    Text 541.890.4043 for address to pick up.

  • January 09, 2021 12:11 PM | Joyce Crain

    Cleaning out office 28  free purple twin pocket, 3 hole fastener, business card holder. 

    541.890.4043 text for address to pick up.

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