June 2013
SSWBN Newsletter:
The Compass 



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From the Executive Director
Katie Howard
Katie Howard

 Dear Members and Colleagues:


Come sail away ... join us for fun on our Summer Harbor Cruise out of Hingham, this week, compliments of Bonnie and Jay Spence of the Mass Bay Cruise Lines! 


Register now! Enjoy a summer night out on the water with appetizers, music (singing and dancing encouraged), cocktails from the cash bar, and good cheer. Enjoy the fare provided by cruise Sponsor Lori Murphy Cook, A Fork in the Road.


We have lots to offer through our SSWBN Calendar of Events as we kick off the summer of 2013.  Participate in a Getaway Package Raffle:  a two-night stay at The Inn of Onset Bay which includes a $75 gift card to the Stonebridge Bistro.  Only 300 tickets will be sold, so get yours before they are gone:  $10/each or three for $25.  Get your tickets from your Board Members, or SSWBN staff, or online at the SSWBN home page.


The drawing takes place at SSWBN's Celebration! on June 27th.   Although you will not want to miss this annual milestone event, you do not need to be present to win the Getaway raffle. 


Every year, I look forward to Celebration! like nothing else.  It is a formal "changing of the guard," inaugurating a new president and some new Board members.  This year we do it at The Lantana.


Come celebrate you! with your professional accomplishments, your personal growth and the connections you've made.

Come celebrate leadership! as SSWBN welcomes in its new Board of Directors and awards those who have made exemplary contributions to the Network.

Come celebrate new beginnings! with Vital Impact (the former Massachusetts Educational Foundation) awarding its 2013 scholarships to the courageous women expanding their opportunities through continuing education.


It's your Network - Come CELEBRATE!


Finally we host an Open House/ New Member Meeting, a free event, on Wednesday June 12, from 9am-10:30am.  If you are new to SSWBN or interested in joining, this is a fun and informative way to hear an informal presentation by SSWBN Executive Director, Katie Howard on how to make the most  of your membership while enjoying some coffee and a light snack!


If you'd like to discuss membership with me, contact me at khoward@sswbn.org or 781-696-9901.  You may also contact the Chair of our membership team, Diane Sargent, at sargentscit@comcast.net; or you may contact any member of our Board of Directors.  We all believe in and support the Network's mission of providing our members with Contacts, Coaching, Collaboration, and Community.  Join us!


Thank you!



781-696-9901 * khoward@sswbn.org


Dedicated to the success of our members through Contacts, Coaching and Collaboration - our mission.



Message from the President
Terri Martini 2012
Terri Martini 



Twelve months went by in the blink of an eye!  Being President of this incredible organization has been such an experience.  I have had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful professional people.  And how great is it that the membership has increased by more than 30 percent in the last 12 months?


Being part of this organization has been such an important part of my life since 2008.  Meeting people who have done so many things to help me grow my business, and who stood by my side when I thought I was going under, are what has helped me turn Front 

Street Gourmet into such a well known name on the South Shore.


SSWBN members respond to those in the Network.  They support fellow members in the Network.  It is part of what made being President such a wonderful experience.  I got to see more and more of it!  I got to see other members receiving the same kind of support I had been getting!


I am not one for writing, as our 'Enforcer-Editor' will tell you.  What I want my last official President's Message to say to people is that anyone can take nothing and make it into something if they love what they do and find the great support system as I have found within the South Shore Women's Business Network.  


Support the Network!  Find a committee you would like to be part of, work with the Board to assist in their endeavors to grow the Network, become a Partner, attend meetings, reach out to those in your sphere of 

influence, become involved.  That is what has made me a better member and a better business person -- and made me love being your 2012-2013 SSWBN President.


As they say in Bartles and Jaymes 

country ... thank you for your support!






Featured Business


Your Name:  Jean Donohue

Business name:  Jean Donohue Photography

Your title/role:  Owner/Artist/Photographer

Website: http://www.donohuephotography.com/

Address:  10 Michael Road  Hingham, MA 02043


Every picture tells a story .... What's yours?

The New Glamour Photography

How did you come to be in this line of work?

I am an artist, and I have consistently won awards and garnered recognition for my work since kindergarten, having created art literally since I could hold a crayon.  I got into photography when shortly after graduating with a BFA in Painting and Art History from Boston University, I began using a camera as a sketch book to create images for painting.  Soon the photographs became the Art.  In the early '90s I began working with a professional photographer who also became an outstanding mentor and a very close friend to this day.  In 1996 I started my own business, a full service photography studio, doing weddings, families, babies, high school seniors, and some commercial work. 


As I learned to use lighting and developed a method of "directing" my clients to their most advantageous poses, people began to see that I could create a beautiful, flattering photograph of just about everyone!  Prospective clients began expressing a desire for a glamorous, sexy, sophisticated photograph of themselves - and many said that they had NEVER photographed well, or that they were well beyond the "boudoir" photos that flatter only the young, shapely and already pretty women.


What are the top three things that separate you from your competition?

The short answer is, "quality, quality and quality."  There are many good photographers out there who can and will do a decent business shot of you.  I focus on delivering way beyond the head shot ... so the three distinctions in my work center on:

  • My artistic-based ability to use lighting and shadow to bring out the best in each individual, and minimize or even hide the flaws;
  • My process before the shoot, which comes down to really listening to what my model wants -- the story, really, that she or he has to tell through the portrait.  I sketch as they talk, and make them feel at ease so that the shoot becomes fun;
  • The technical knowledge and skill that I have developed through years of practice and continuing education, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Radcliffe seminars, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Post Graduate courses in Digital Art. 

I have developed a deep love and skill for digitally "editing," or improving each photograph to bring out the most flattering look for my clients.


Describe your dream/perfect/best customer.

If you want to have fun and produce an artistic, flattering image of yourself that you will be proud to hang over your mantel (or elsewhere), then you represent my best customer!


What changes are happening, or can you predict happening soon, within your industry?

The profession evolves rapidly, with increasingly sophisticated software and cameras.  Although the average person can take a nice picture with even the new mobile devices, the highly trained and experienced professional should be able to tell a story through technically and artistically superior portraits.


What do you regard as your greatest achievement in business to date?

Just recently I collaborated with renowned Irish oil painter Vincent Crotty and a lighting specialist to produce wonderful backdrops for the Irish Dance troupe, The Atlantic Steps, and the Berklee Performance Center production of their national tourThe project went so well that Vincent's wife, famed Irish dancer and choreographer, Kieran Jordan and her troupe, the Kieran Jordan Dancers hired us to use the technique to produce the backdrops for her production of "An Tirdhreach Beo" (translation: The Living Landscape)coming to Boston University on June 6th. 


Where do you want you and your business to be in five years?

Everyone deserves to see him- or herself as a work of art -- as I see them!  In five years I want to have provided every woman and man on the South Shore with a flattering, alluring, glamorous, sophisticated portrait that makes them smile every time they look at it.



About the Law - Barry Gordon, GMO
Barry Gordon 

Buying or Refinancing a House


Whether you want to refinance or buy a house, or your mortgage is underwater, there is a very good chance that there is hope and a program to help you.


Do not despair, do not fret, don't think you need to be miserable and by yourself.  This is nothing to be embarrassed by.


There are programs that you may utilize and you should certainly look at them.  One program is called HARP.  Really, the government does want to help. They do not want foreclosures.


We, at Gordon, Mond & Ott are attorneys who work with lenders, financial consultants and accountants.  There is a very good chance we can assist in making things better for you.


While you are at it, think about the rest of your finances, including your estate plan, investments and business.  This is a good time to reassess your assets and your life.



Barry Gordon

Gordon, Mond & Ott

(617) 786-0800. 



SSWBN Connections

Kristen Ford Hernandez 2012
Kristen Ford Hernandez

Hello  Members,


Dr. Lisa Lewis of Cohasset Family Chiropractic submitted a heart-felt thank you to Rosemarie Lanchester of Everything You Wish For, who "very generously gave her time and expertise to present a workshop at my chiropractic office as part of my ongoing FREE Expert Speaker Series.  The topic was 'From Funky to Fantastic,' a stress-buster workshop.  Rosemarie taught us how to use Emotional Freedom Technique to deal with stress, pain, negative self-talk, etc.," said Dr. Lewis.  "I also participated in a workshop that Rosemarie offered a few weeks ago where I got my first introduction to this very unique, effective  and easy technique.  Rosemarie is a great presenter.  She is knowledgeable in the topic as well as very funny and engaging."


Lauren Cloutier of Cloutier Photography would like to thank Stacy (Mafera) Doherty  of Errands Etcetera and Theresa Barbadoro of Inspiring Windowsfor hiring them as their wedding photographers.  "It has been wonderful getting to know them and their husbands over the past year as they planned their weddings," said Lauren.  "Each wedding was beautiful and unique and I am so happy to have been a part of their celebrations!  Lauren also thanked Lois Wood of LW Creative Group for connecting them to a client for whom they provided images for their new website.

Sally Monroe of Silly Sally's Entertainment would like to thank member Sandy Monroe of Youforia for inviting her to the lunch at Gourmet Gardens.  "SSWBN is such a wonderful group, and I am so grateful for the invitation," said Sally.


Joe Hernandez of Premiere Pros thanks Janet LaBerge of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap for a recent referral for painting.  "As always, Janet has been a great referral source for Premiere as well as a good friend.  Thank you, Janet!"  Joe also thanks Stacy Doherty of Errands Etcetera letting Premiere know that she referred someone to them.  "We don't always hear from the referral, but we very much appreciate that Stacey is out there passing along the Premiere Pros name," said Joe.


Lois Wood of LW Creative Group would like to acknowledge Nadine Pfautz of  C.H.A.R.T. Consulting, whom Lois said really "gets" the value of having a professional, consistent company "look" on everything that she does. "Nadine recently wanted to get into the world of blogging, and it was great to see how fast she jumped right in, and what good, informative information she presents!" said Lois.  Lois also acknowledges Lee Dixon of Lee's Fabric Creations for the opportunity to help her develop a new website that shows off her creative fabric designs.  "I just love her purses that are made out of beautiful old books!" said Lois.


Some of you may know that Patty Funder's (LaserLight for Men and Women) 90-year-old mom recently underwent emergency major surgery, and that it requires a long and involved recuperation.  Patty called Caregiver/Senior Consultant Diane Sargent, who in turn consulted with Lynda Chuckran of Welch Health Care and Nancy Zappalo, Director, Referral & Case Management from WHCR.  "This had to be a quick decision, and it would have taken me days to sort throught all the healthcare service options in the area," said Patty.  "Diane responded immediately, and stayed in touch with me until we completed the process.  Just for good measure, she asked Nancy to call me to further educate me in our choices, and my family is completely confident that we found the right facility for my mother.  I can't thank Diane enough," she said.


Patty also thanks seamstress Lisa Marie Williams of Lisa Marie's Boutique, for custom-designing and producing washable seatback covers for Patty's new car.  "I have three little girls riding in car seats whose feet just naturally rest on the backs of the front seats.  With the snowy and muddy boots and shoes from last winter and early spring, I would have been shampooing my car's upholstery every week.  Lisa Marie's covers just Velcro on and off, and pop right into the washing machine," Patty said.


Anna Linzi of Light Heart Enterpriseswould like to thank Rosemarie Lanchester of Everything You Wish For.  Rosemarie helped counsel Anna's son long distance -- via telephone to Florida!  Anna said that "he had a painful shoulder and was in a difficult situation - now he feels much better and is sleeping better too!"


Tina Sousa-Vieira of Inspiring Windows sends in a sincere thank you to Alison Schirone of Yarn's End for opening her store, and "for being a great neighbor and for bringing creativity back!"


For myself, I would like to thank Judy Rizzo of Rizzo Plumbing and Heating for their quick response to our hot water heater issue! 


Keep 'em coming folks!  Thank you as always.  Have a wonderful month!




Kristen Ford-Hernandez

Enterprise Marketing


Above and Beyond


lynn Feingold
Lynn Feingold 


 Our SSWBN garden is blooming with wonderful achievements this month!


The Quincy Lions Club recently honored Jennifer McCauley Logue of McCauley Logue Communications with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.  This is the Lion's highest honor, granted by fellow Lions to one of their own for outstanding charitable work.  Congratulations, Jennifer!


Maureen Elliott raised nearly $30,000 in her campaign for Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and some of us attended her events and supported her campaign.  At the grand finale she was named Runner-Up for the honor, but in our eyes she is truly Woman of the Year for this remarkable achievement. Well done, Maureen!

Janet LaBerge of
Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap is happy to announce the opening of Good Deeds thrift store at 209 Water Street in Pembroke in mid-June.  For the past eight years, she has been giving away items as well as raising money for local charities through online auctions of the better quality items.  Janet said, "The store will feature great deals on all the items that come in through clean-outs at DDDDC.  We will still be donating all the proceeds from the store to a different charity every month.  Watch for news of the Grand Opening on Facebook.  Way to Pay It Forward, Janet!


Congratulations to Alison Charello Schirone of Yarn's End on the First Anniversary of the shop!  The Anniversary Party will be taking place on Sunday, June 9 from 12 - 4 p.m. at 1112 Washington Street, Hanover.  Expect cake and punch, hourly raffles, and a big sale! RSVP to mailto:myarnsend@gmail.com.


Accomplishments like this are not built overnight.  They are built from small things that add up to big things, just as many small stones can be put together over time to build a tower.  What small thing can you do today, or this week, or this month?  Challenge yourself.




Lynn Feingold





Networking Nova

Each month the SSWBN Membership Team recognizes a member who exemplifies the qualities of a Networking Nova, a person who embodies the Network's core values of coaching, contacts and collaboration; someone who is visible at many SSWBN events and who treats others with respect and dignity.


In addition, this person utilizes the Network to build his/her business and helps others do the same.



Gretchen Gold - Wish List Consignment


I joined the SSWBN just over a year ago, when member Courtney Newcomb from Arrange SouthShore urged me to join the Network.  She is in my industry and she really helped me to feel comfortable going to the New Members' Breakfast. 


Joining the SSWBN and going to the first few meetings was a huge step for me.  When I was still very new, then President Janet LaBerge of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap reached out to me and selected a vintage item from my store to wear for her Celebration! speech - giving what amounted to a personal (and fun) testimonial to my business.  Janet also referred one of my best vintage clothes consignors, SSWBN member Laura Willis, to my store. 


Both Courtney and Janet brought attention to my business, and helped me feel comfortable. I was overwhelmed by their generosity, and I know I can make the most out of the Network by going to the meetings and reaching out to others. 


I think that everyone knows that when you go to the meetings it is always a benefit -- always.  I would urge anyone to join and urge every member to push him- or herself to attend the meetings.


And yet, I can't imagine that anyone likes networking.  It is work -- at least for me -- to push myself to do something that is against my nature.  You realize once you attend that this is a very sophisticated group of women (and men) who are there because they need support and they want to give support to other women.  That is a gift.



Gretchen Gold

Wish List Consignment

The Hanover Mall

781-829-9474 (WISH) 



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Executive Director's Column
A Message from the President
Featured Business
About the Law - Barry Gordon
SSWBN Connections
Above and Beyond


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