March 2011

Issue: 3

Message from our President



This month is March Membership Madness for EWN!   Anne Wilkins


For all new or returning members, a one-year membership purchased this month will come with 5 extra months of membership - all for the great price of $100.


Why bother joining, you might ask?  Yes, it costs less to attend our events if you're a Member.  And maybe you have done the math (like I do) and are wondering if it's worth it given the number of events you attend and other budget priorities.  But did you know:

  • We are revamping our sponsorship opportunities for Members to include a wider array of choices at more affordable price points.  Promote your business to EWN audiences - in person or online.
  • You can have the opportunity to be featured as a Member-of-the-Month in our EWN Newsletter which goes out to nearly 1,000 recipients.
  • We are launching our new "Membership Madness" events, the first being held this month on March 21st, giving Members the spotlight to talk about their businesses and how EWN has helped them grow.
  • You can demonstrate your skills and talents and win clients by leading one of our "Hands-On" workshops, a new event series scheduled to launch in May and available to Members only. 
  • Members can create and update personalized business profiles on EWN's website, accessible to all members and website visitors alike, and achieve broader reach than ever before via EWN's LinkedIn and Facebook communities.
  • And only Members can participate in our new and improved MasterMind Program free-of-charge.  These business mentoring groups are now led by facilitators - and we do the organizing for you!

If you have been a Visitor until now, please consider joining our great community - and pass the word along too!  The price of a membership has never been more worth it. 


See you on March 15 for our Panel Discussion Luncheon on "Setting, Managing & Exceeding Client Expectations...Every Time!"   Hopefully you'll walk away with some new strategies for dealing with your clients.


Happy March! 


Anne Wilkins

EWN President


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The value of an EWN membership cannot
be overstated.  If you are looking for a great
way to promote, build and explode your business, we invite you to consider the benefits and the privileges of
sponsoring an EWN Event. 
Official Unveiling at the March Luncheon - Don't Miss it!

Upcoming Events in March You Don't Want to Miss!


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Luncheon at The Norwalk Inn
A PANEL DISCUSSION - "Setting, Managing & Exceeding Client Expectations . . . Every Time!
Join three successful EWN Entrepreneurs for a dynamic and informative panel discussion on setting, managing and exceeding client expectations.  The panel discussion will be moderated by EWN President Anne Wilkins. Anne is an Investment Adviser with Anderson Wealth Management & Founder of SmartWomen, SeriousMoney.  The Panel members include Liz Ball of TFI Envision; Nancy Collamer of Collamer Career Consulting and Kristen Hallett Rzasa of Interplay Health.  Come out and find out why some businesses flourish in difficult economic times while others struggle.
This Luncheon is being sponsored by Red Poppy Marketing.

Red Poppy Marketing works with small business clients in a number of different ways - serving as a client's virtual marketing agency to craft strategy and execute each marketing project; working with clients on a project-by-project basis; providing consulting services for the do-it-yourself business owner; and offering workshops on marketing plans and specific marketing strategies.


Services include: Advertising, Branding, Brochures, Copywriting, Consulting, Direct Mail, E-Mail Marketing & E-Newsletters, Graphic Design, Logos/Taglines, Marketing Plans, Media Training, Newsletters/Annual Reports, Photography, Promotional Items, Printing & Mailing, Public Relations, Social Media, Special Events and Websites/Search Engine Optimization.


Visit RedPoppyMarketing.com to learn more.


For more information about this event and how to register click here  



MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011
5:30 pm - 8:00pm
Light Dinner at The Norwalk Inn
Join us on Monday, March 21st at the Norwalk Inn for an exciting evening showcasing the businesses of 5 EWN members.  The evening will be profiling Jennifer Covello of Frittabello Baby Gifts; Lisa Bruggemann, an independent fashion designer, Sandy Lamarre of Alexandra's Gardens, Peggy Garbus, Professional Photographer; and Diane Schroeder from Seed Design Jewelry.  Each vendor will have fabulous displays showcasing their products and will be offering valuable and desirable gifts as door prizes!  You don't want to miss out on what will be a very fun and exciting networking event.  A lite dinner will be served.
For more information about this event and how to register click here

2011-2012 Board & Committee Nomination Process


EWN is in the process of creating the slate of

candidates to fill Board and Committee positions

for the 2011-2012 EWN year.  Several positions

on the Board of Directors as well as Committee

Chair positions are available.  If you, or someone

you know, would like to get more involved with

EWN please contact Rita Smircich by April 15th

at info@ewn-ct.org or at 203-216-0704. 


EWN has been in existence for 29 years simply

because of the dedication and hard work of our

volunteers.  Won't you consider helping us make

it to our 30th anniversary? 



In This Issue
The Value of Sponsoring an EWN Event
Upcoming Events You Don't Want to Miss
2011-2012 Board of Directors & Committee Member Nominations
If so, we can use a hand!  EWN currently has several volunteer opportunities available.   We invite you to become one of the dedicated volunteers who make EWN the dynamic place it is. Please put your talents, creativity, and ideas to work by joining one of our committees. 
For more information on how you can get involved click here


Eva Greenwald from Best Cruises and Travel Now is pleased to announce that they have teamed up with two wonderful local entrepeneurs, artist/teacher/life coach Carmen Lund and Master Chef and owner of DaPietro's Restaurant, Westport, to offer two exciting trips:


Navigate in the Direction of Your Dreams with Carmen Lund, MFA, on the Cunard Queen Mary 2, leaving NY on May 17, 2011, arriving in London on May 24.


Culinary Travel Adventures with Chef Pietro Scotti: Experience the Mediterranean through a Master Chef's Eyes, on the Holland America Noordam, roundtrip from Rome, August 6-16, 2011.


If anyone would like more information, they can contact Eva at: 203- 221-3171.







Thursday, April 21

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


at the Norwalk Inn


Wednesday, April 27

5:30pm - 7:30pm


Hosted by Paula Csengo

Assistant Vice President/Store Manager

TD Bank

55 Post Road, Darien CT


Thursday, May 5

12:00 pm - 2:00pm


at the Norwalk Inn


Monday, May 16


Google AdWords & Analytics

8:15am - 11:15am

at the Norwalk Inn


Monday, June 6


6:00pm to 9:00pm 

at the Norwalk Inn


  • Develop the business talents, capabilities, leadership, and skills of entrepreneurial women.
  • Provide information, activities, and support that will help EWN members grow their businesses and run their businesses more effectively.
  • Provide a network that fosters the willing exchange of information with other entrepreneurial women who share similar experiences.