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Women TIES creates, hosts, sponsors and supports a variety of local, regional and state-wide entrepreneurial events. The website is updated frequently with important strategic networking and educational programs. You'll find event details, speaker profiles and registration information. Bookmark this page, so you can visit it easily to learn more about valuable entrepreneurial events to help you grow your business. Women TIES believes attending our strategic sales, networking and educational events is a valuable investment in your business.


BEING MOVED TO JUNE: Women TIES Annual Movement to Millions Event

Janet Lutz Featuring:
Janet Lutz
Founder & Owner
Calico Gals

Thursday, May 28, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Maplewood Inn, 7th North Street, Liverpool, New York

Reservations due:  May 26

$30.00  (Member Price includes: Lunch, Program, Promotion and Networking )
$35.00  (Non-Member Price: Lunch, Program, Promotion and Networking)

Due to some renovation work being conducted at the hotel we have booked for our event, we will be moving this event into June to a new venue. We hope to have the venue and June date chosen as soon as possible. Anyone who has a current reservation or payment for this event can have it refunded at any time or it can be used for the June program. We are sorry for this inconvenience.

Every May Women TIES produces a special program aimed at inspiring women to higher level of financial success. Our annual “Movement to Millions” luncheon features a Central New York woman entrepreneur who has reached the million dollar sales mark which only 4.2% of women business owners in the United States achieve. We hope this program shares success strategies to help, motivate and propel more women like you to this important milestone.

At the 2015 Women TIES Movement to Millions Event, Janet Lutz, Founder of Calico Gals and Row by Row Experience™ based in Syracuse, will share her company’s success strategies which launched her company pass the million dollar sales mark. Learn how your creativity in business can be your most valuable asset, how to turn a failure into a large win, and how “going the distance” really does pay off.

Any of our members will also receive their 32 PR Tool Booklet at this event to use the rest of the year to market your company.

You do not want to miss this valuable and motivational business program meant to encourage you to think beyond your current status to a larger growth perspective and goal.

If you would like major marketing exposure prior to and at this event to increase your own corporate visibility and sales, contact our office for our sponsorship package. We promise a high level of publicity to help you and your company.

We are looking for one or two sponsors for this program. Contact our office at info@womenties.com for information to promote your business, services or products.

About the Presenter

Janet Lutz is the owner of Calico Gals Inc, a retail fabric and sewing center located in Syracuse, NY. Since 2001, the store has grown to include classes, retreats, an extensive inventory of sewing products, a contemporary selection of beautiful fabrics and the latest in sewing machine technology. In 2011, Janet created Row by Row Experience™, a shopping experience designed for quilters who travel. Today, Row by Row Experience™ includes participation of over 2400 stores throughout the US and Canada.

Janet is the recipient of the 2011 Key Achieve Award and a graduate of the SBA Emerging Leaders Class of 2012. She travels and speaks to entrepreneurs within the sewing industry and enjoys working with others in creative endeavors. She is the mother of four grown children and lives in the Eastwood section of Syracuse.



Annual SBDC Lender MatchMaker Event - Media Sponsored by Women TIES

Joan Powers Featuring:
Joan Powers
Onondaga Small Business Development Center

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Onondaga Community College, SRC Arena, Syracuse, NY

Reservations due:  June 1

Cost: Free

Women TIES is proud to be a media sponsor for this special Lender Matchmaker program.

Small business owners and startup entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to meet with participating lenders to discuss financing options for their existing or startup small business.

Lenders will have business relationship representatives available to answer questions on how to finance to start or grow your small business.

There is not cost but you need to register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lender-matchmaker-tickets-15895468775

Contact Tania Hanouille at 315.498.6076 or hanouilt@sunyocc.edu with any questions.

About the Presenter

Joan Powers is the Director of the Onondaga Small Business Development Center which serves Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca Counties

Since their start in 1986, the expert advisors of the Onondaga SBDC have worked directly with 20,381 businesses, helping them to invest $165,275,525 in the area's economy, and create or save 9,802 jobs.

If you or your business reside in New York, the SBDC can maneuver you around the obstacles to success. Among other things, they help businesses
understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods & services, develop marketing plans, assess an inventions viability,comply with licensing & regulations. Their services are free of charge.



Paige's Butterfly Run - One of Women TIES Women's Athletic Network Sponsored Events

Paige's Butterfly Run Featuring:
Ellen Yeomans and Chris Arnold
Pagie's Butterfly Run

Reservations due:  June 3

$25.00  (Registration price prior to 5/26; $30 after 5/28; $40 event day sign-up)
$30.00  (To register, click on the location link to get to the Run's Registration Page )

Women TIES has been a media sponsor of Paige's Butterfly Run, an annual event to raise funds to fight pediatric cancer, for four years.

Paige's Butterfly Run is an annual fundraising event (5K race; individual and our Centipede division! 3K fun run\walk, 40 yard "Caterpillar Crawl" for kids), which funds pediatric oncology research and patient programs at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. The organizing body, Paige's Butterfly Run Inc., is a not-for-profit New York corporation that has been granted 501c3 status by the IRS.

The first event was held in 1997 and they have been a Children's Miracle Network (CMN) affiliated event since 2000. In 1997 they raised $2,200 and attracted 250 people. In 2012 they raised $253,000 and over 2600 people participated.

Women entrepreneurs with a "running spirit" and an interest in fighting pediatric cancer are encouraged to run or become sponsors.

To make a reservation, please go to http://www.pbrun.org/registration

About the Presenter

Ellen Yeomans and Chris Arnold are parents of Paige Yeomans Arnold, the child whose memory is honored each year with Paige's Butterfly Run. In 2010, they donated $160,000 to the Golisano Children’s Hospital from the proceeds raised at the run.

The proceeds will benefit Upstate's Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders by funding pediatric cancer research and providing special services for children treated at the center.



Women TIES Mohawk Valley Luncheon “Blogging Success Tips - Increasing Traffic and Improving Reach” Sponsored by the Women's Business Center of NYS

Ann Sageer Featuring:
Ann Sageer

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Chesterfield's Restaurant, 1714 Bleeker Street, Utica, NY

Reservations due:  June 22

$28.00  (Member Price includes: Lunch, Program, Promotion and Networking )
$32.00  (Non-Member Price: Lunch, Program, Promotion and Networking)

The blog was independently invented by Ian Ring, in 1997 and became more popular around 2001. Fourteen years later women entrepreneurs still struggle with understanding how to market a blog successfully to make it a beneficial marketing tool for their companies. Blogging has become an essential part of running a business today although there is no ‘cookie cutter blueprint’ for what works leaving many companies frustrated.

At the Women TIES Mohawk Valley Luncheon: “Blogging Success Tips: Increasing Traffic and Improving Reach” sponsored by the Women’s Business Center of New York State, Ann Sageer, Founder of CiaoChowBambina.com, a creative blog about family, food and fun from an Italian Kitchen, will share her secret recipe for increasing blog traffic and improving reach.

At this program learn how to develop your own voice to produce quality posts on a regular basis, how photographs can enhance your blog, ways to build blog traffic through social media, and tips on helping your blog’s search engine optimization by using hash tags, unique titles for your posts and more. Don't miss this mouth watering presentation full of tasty tidbits of success to make you a better blogger this year.

The event is sponsored by the Women’s Business Center of New York State.

About the Presenter

Ann was an educator for a number of years and recently retired to pursue other avenues that also speak to her heart, namely, writing, cooking, and photography.

Born and raised in an Italian-American family, Ann has lived her entire life in Central New York. She married her best friend 27 years ago and together they treasure three awesome kids who are now making their way in the world. To experience their launch and to navigate the powerful swells of emotion that come from watching them grow and go is quite a feat, so Ann created meaningful activities that will fill the empty spaces they leave behind.

You could call Ann a foodie. Inspired by her fondest, most vivid memories of childhood including the gorgeous food, the amazing aromas and the gifts of laughter that were created in the kitchens and around the tables of her Italian grandmothers, her blog conveys, through both words and photography, the warm feelings she has experienced and continues to experience to help others through their own lives.



Women TIES Greater Albany Luncheon "Becoming a Financially Stronger Businesswoman" Co-sponsored by the Women's Business Center of NYS

Linda Fake Featuring:
Linda Fake
Founder & President
Uniquely Yours - Interior Design

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Century House, Route 9, Latham, New York

Reservations due:  July 20

$28.00  (Member Price includes: Lunch, Program, Promotion and Networking )
$33.00  (Non-Member Price: Lunch, Program, Promotion and Networking)

Women entrepreneurs start their businesses with little experience. After two, five, ten years or more in business, they can look back with hindsight to see how they have grown as entrepreneurs and how that growth has led to more monetary business success. Many of the lessons learned at different milestone moments in business can be valuable lessons for every woman in business.

At the quarterly Women TIES Greater Albany Event "Becoming a Financially Stronger Businesswoman," Linda Fake, Founder of Uniquely Yours, a ten year old business based in Little Falls, will share major business lessons to motivate and assist other women entrepreneurs. Learn how protecting your time and talent, getting the right continuing education, hiring other professional women, having 60 seconds of courage, and increasing rates can lead to more corporate revenue.

This is an excellent program for women in any stage of business. Walk away with some secrets of the surviving and thriving in entrepreneurship from the speaker. We'll open the event up for discussion on the subject as well. This is meant to be both an educational and inspirational program.

The event is co-sponsored by the New York Women's Business Center. Learn more about them at www.nywbc.org. They offer free business services to women entrepreneurs across New York State.

We are looking for another co-sponsor of this program. Please contact our office at 315-7080-4288 or info@womenties.com for more information on the outstanding marketing benefits a sponsorship offers to a woman owned business.

About the Presenter

Linda Fake is the Founder of Uniquely Yours, LLC. She attained her LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accreditation so that she could assist her clients in creating sustainable work & home environments.

Linda is a member of the Home Builders Association of Mohawk Valley and sits on the board of directors of that organization. Her status as a Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) from the National Association of Home Builders allows her to design spaces for her clients that will work for them for a lifetime.

Her business specialties include: residential & commercial interior design; space planning, "green" design, barrier-free design, furniture/fixture & finish selection, residential construction coaching, kitchen/bath design, project management, and pre-lease/build space evaluation.



Mark Your Calendar: 7th Annual "Inspiring Success: The Women TIES Retreat"

Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham Featuring:
Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham

Thursday, October 1, 2015
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Lodge at Welch Allyn, Skaneateles, New York

Reservations due:  September 25

$99.00  (Early Bird Special)

Mark Your Calendars Now for this year's popular "Inspiring Success: The Women TIES Retreat."

This very popular annual event is designed to gather our regional members and other New York State women entrepreneurs together once a year in an relaxing and inspirational environment to create stronger economic ties with each other, to infuse inspiration into their lives from powerful presenters, to enlighten them on vital business topics, and to ignite powerful strategic and financial connections to grow their companies.

Our last six annual retreats received a 95% approval rating from the attendees because we are very selective in choosing the right presenters who will educate and inspire women on the most important entrepreneurial topics of the year. The Retreat also allows time for important networking and marketing opportunities all day long to encourage and foster sale connections between women.

This is an annual event you won't want to miss because it will open your business up to endless economic possibilities, connect you with other successful women entrepreneurs, and train you in timely topics to take your company to the next level. Be a part of this powerful program and propel yourself into a place where strong, successful women gather to motivate, inspire and empower each other.

The Retreat mini-website with full details and speakers will be online by July. Check back here to get the link.

Valuable sponsorship opportunities are available NOW including the naming sponsorship with exceptional PR! Contact Tracy Higginbotham at 315-708-4288 for a packet and more information.

About the Presenter

Tracy Higginbotham is the Founder and President of Women TIES (Women Together Inspiring Entrepreneurial Success) a company dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs expand their local, state and regional marketplace in New York State. Tracy believes very strongly in the buying and selling power of women.

In 1995, Tracy created her first company – Five Star Events – an events management company which she ran for 15 years. In 2005, Tracy embraced her passion for supporting other women entrepreneurs and created her second company, Women TIES, LLC, in order to create a larger and stronger geographic buying network for women business owners across New York.

Higginbotham is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and post graduate studies in Business Management.

Tracy’s dedication to supporting women entrepreneurship was recognized by the Small Business Administration twice – once in 2005 and again in 2011 when she received the Region II "Women Owned Business Champion Award."

Higginbotham has received numerous awards including: the 2015 WCNY “Women Who Make America Award,” 2015 Beta Gamma Sigma Award from SUNY Oswego, 2013 Zonta Crystal Ball Award, Women in Business Award, 25 Women in Leadership Award, the Girl Scouts "The 100" who Inspire Girls to Achieve and Lead, 40 Under 40 Award, and the SUNY Oswego Alumni Association Community Service Award.

Higginbotham is an Advisory Board Member of the State University of New York at Oswego School of Business; Board Member of the Upstate Women's Business Center in Utica; Advisory Board Member of Maureen's Hope Foundation; Chair of the Women’s Group for Franciscan Northside Ministries and Past Board President of Khoros Performing Arts for Children.

She was the columnist of the Syracuse Post Standard’s “Ask the Entrepreneur” column for 11 years from 2001-2012. She is also the Past Chairwoman of the 40 Below Emerging Entrepreneurs Program; and Past Public Relations Co-Chair of the Women's Fund of New York.

Higginbotham is also a published writer whose inspirational short stories and articles appear in several national publications and books, including the 2009 “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms.”




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