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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.

First, login to your WESO account. Then, select the "About Us" tab and select "WESO News Blog" to add your post. It's easy and posting is only available to WESO members.

(Outdated or inappropriate posts will be removed.)
  • March 07, 2018 1:00 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)




    MARCH 16, 1-4PM

    ROOM 129


    Come to this informative, 3-hour workshop and learn:

    • What is franchising?

    • The advantages vs disadvantages of a franchise model

    • What are the challenges?

    • Franchise law and rules

    • How do royalties work?

    And more! Get your franchising questions answered!

    Pre-Registration: $50

    At the Door: $75

    Info and Registration

    541-552-8300 | 101 S. Bartlett St., Medford | sou.edu/sbdc

  • February 25, 2018 11:27 AM | Jenai May (Administrator)

    - Advertise Your Business at the Expo -

    Tables are filling up fast!
    Sign up NOW

    We Need Your Prizes and Gift Bag Items, too!

    We will be giving away many fun and useful prizes at the Entrepreneur Expo on March 8th. Many vendors have drawings for their products/services. And WESO will be giving away prize baskets over the course of the evening.

    In addition, the first 100 attendees will receive a gift bag of goodies, samples, coupons, treats, and information about our vendors.

    But we need your help to create these prize baskets and gift bags of goodies..

    How Prize Donations Benefit You and Your Business

    If you donate a prize for the event, you'll be a winner, too.

    • Your name and business will be announced at the event on a "Thank You" sign.
    • We'll send a follow-up e-mail to our Members and Friends list announcing our donors (about 400 businesswomen in the Rogue Valley).
    • Your name as a donor will be listed on our web site on our Entrepreneur Expo page for the the rest of this YEAR!
    • And the people who receive your prizes/gifts will be much more likely to patronize your business.

    Prize/Gift Donation Ideas

    Prize Baskets: Obviously, an item, gift certificate or coupon from your business is an excellent choice. Or, you can give a gift certificate for another business and put YOUR business card on it. Also, donations can be large or small. How about a car wash card or coffee shop card?

    Gift Bags: Want to have a big impact with small items? At no extra cost, vendors/exhibitors can donate "goodies," coupons/flyers, or other small items/samples for gift bags that attendees will receive at the door (100 items/coupons are needed for the bags). Easy choices are pens, magnets, post-it notes, candy bags or other small items with your logo or business name on them. Attach your brochure or business card if the items are not preprinted with your business name.

    Can't fit a vendor/exhibitor table into your schedule? For the nominal fee of $20, you can donate items/coupons/flyers for the gift bags, even if you are unable to make it to the event. You'll get business advertising to the first 100 people who come to the event! 

    Questions about prize or gift donations? Contact Danielle Rose at 541-531-4249 or danielle@silver-rockets.com to arrange where to drop it off in Medford. Just make sure you include your business information with your donation. Deadline for prize or gift bag donations is March 2.

    The event is a great way to get new clients/customers and network with other local businesses. To get information or apply to be a vendor, go to Vendor Info and Sign-up.

    Questions about vendor tables that the website doesn't answer? Contact Joyce Crain at events@wesoweb.org.

    See you at the Expo!
  • February 15, 2018 5:30 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Dr. Robin Miller will share simple steps you can immediately apply to enhance your well-being and happiness — tips for keeping your heart, brain, and gut healthy, and suggestions for using food to improve your mood. She’ll also share tools to spice up your sex life, make exercise fun, and find and maintain your optimal weight.

    Sponsored by the Women's Leadership Conference

    Feb. 15 - 5:30 PM – 7:30PM

    5:30 – 6:00 Networking
    6:00 – 6:45 Program
    6:45 – 7:30 Mixer

    Grants Pass Museum of Art
    229 SW G St., Grants Pass


    (includes appetizers and wine)

    Seating is limited. Cash only walk-ins are welcome as space allows.


  • February 15, 2018 12:00 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Presenter: Russ Schweikert

    In this free, one-hour program, from the SOU Small Business Development Center, learn some basic risk management takeaways to consider and manage when opening or growing a small business in Southern Oregon.

    This tailored presentation will help owner/operators become more savvy when establishing policies and procedures for small business operations, will teach some basics of absorbing claims, financial management, and cash flow, and will leave you with questions to increase the likelihood of your success as your company develops.

    With a well-established problem-solving pattern most any surprise can be overcome to your advantage!

    February 15th, 12-1PM

    RCC/SOU Higher Education Ctr


    ROOM 132


  • December 14, 2017 1:45 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Stumped for a gift for someone on your list? Check out WESO members to see if they offer the perfect item. Member businesses include purses, organizers, jewelry, food, essential oils, health and wellness products, makeup, flower essences and many more. You can also get a gift certificate from some businesses.

    Plus, many of our members offer discounts to WESO members.

    Check out the choices at WESO Member Directory and discounts at WESO Member Discounts.

  • December 03, 2017 9:45 PM | Joyce Crain

    Hi, it's a little drive but the best bazaar in the valley is in Wimer, just drive to Rogue River turn left at the very first light,and continue out to the Community Center. Santa will be there on a beautifully decorated stage for pictures with the kiddos. they serve hot soups for  lunch and goodies served, music all day. It is an old fashioned Christmas my FAVORITE bazaar of the year. 

  • November 08, 2017 3:45 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    How to Start an eCommerce Business

    SPEAKER: Brandon Kirkland, Founder of EpicShops.com

    Wizard of Light Bulb Moments & eCommerce

    Wednesday, Nov 8th


    3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

    Doors open at 3:30PM

    ROOM 132 

    RCC/SOU Higher Education Center

    101 S. Bartlett St., Medford

    In this presentation, learn:

    * How eCommerce has shaped business

    * How to start an eCommerce business

    * The Three Principles of a successful eCommerce business



    Phone: 541-552-8300

    Email: sbdc@sou.edu

  • October 25, 2017 9:21 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    I'm a little late to the party but let's celebrate National Women's Small Business Month!

    More info at https://www.smartbizloans.com/blog/womens-small-business-month/

  • October 19, 2017 5:00 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Is it time to take the next step in building your business?
    Are you ready to dedicate yourself to growth?

    If the answer is YES, then the time is right to join us.

    This nine-month program, taught by Jack Vitacco and guest speakers, will combine classroom instruction, in order to bring you the latest in management instruction, and on-site business advising in order to improve your business operations.

    In this class, you will learn:
    How to Manage Your Finances Using Your Own Information
    How to Motivate and Retain Your Employees
    How to Build Profits into Your Daily Operations
    How to Use Technology to Build Profitability
    and much more!

    Please note: This class is geared towards businesses that have been in operation for more than a year, and that are working upon growing and improving their profitability. Class size will be limited in order to provide the necessary individual attention to each business.
    We can accommodate a maximum of two attendees per business.

    Class begins on October 19th, 2017, 5:00 to 8:00 pm, and will continue through June 2018.
    The total fee for this course is $449.00.
    The first 8 businesses to register will receive a $50.00 discount.
    Participants will be contacted for final approval after initial registration.

    To learn more or submit a registration for approval, click HERE.

    Questions? Feel free to contact us by email at sbdc@sou.edu, or by phone at 541-552-8300.

    Visit us on the web at sou.edu/sbdc
  • September 27, 2017 5:30 PM | Cathie Izor (Administrator)

    Is it possible to strike a balance between work and regular life?

    Join us on Wednesday, September 27th at the University Club in Medford and hear Dr. Robin Miller share simple steps you can apply immediately to enhance your well-being and happiness. Dr. Miller will share tips on effective ways to keep your heart, brain, and gut healthy as well as how you can use food to improve your mood. She’ll also share tools spicing up your sex life, making exercise fun, and optimizing your healthy weight.

    The Women’s Leadership Conference is proud to sponsor quarterly events to promote more equitable representation of leadership by women in our community—at every career level and all stages of personal growth.

    WHEN: Wed. Sept 27, 2017
    TIME: 5:30 PM - 7:30PM

                  5:30 - 6:15 Networking
                  6:15 - 7:00 Dr. Robin Miller
                  7:00 - 7:30 Mixer

    Walk-ins (cash/check only) are welcome as space allows.
    WHERE: The Rogue River Valley University Club
    218 West 6th St., Medford (next door to the Holly Theatre)

    EVENT: $10 per Person
    Seating Limited.

    (includes appetizers and one glass of wine)

    Robin Miller, M.D., M.H.S. practices internal medicine and serves as the medical director for Triune Integrative Medicine in Medford, OR. She is a medical reporter for KOBI-5 and produced the award-winning health series, "Is There a Doctor in the House?," which airs on the Wellness Channel nationwide. Her medical column can be read in The Daily Courier in Grants Pass, OR and she is the host of a teen health podcast sponsored by Nature's Cure.
    Robin is the author of several books including Kids Ask the Doctor and Confessions of the Soul Straight from the Heart and most recently Healed: Health and Wellness for the 21st Century and The Smart Woman's Guide to Midlife and Beyond: A No-Nonsense Approach to Staying Healthy After 50. Robin lives in the Rogue River Valley with her husband, a gastroenterologist physician.
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