After I took the very scary plunge and dove head first into my custom cookie business, one of the first things I did was sign up for the New York Chapter of Ladies who Launch (LWL), an amazing organization that provides women business owners (or those just thinking of starting a business) a network and services opportunities.
While I HEART the freedom of having my own gig, I so so so so so so miss the camaraderie of my old teammates (shout out DVPR!) so I felt a networking group would give me the opportunity to fill the work-from-home-void – and it certainly did the trick. Through LWL I’ve been able to meet other small business owners, attend interesting speaker events & workshops, share ideas, and be part of a forum to throw out questions when I wanted to pull my hair out over the many small biz challenges that seem to (poof!) spring up weekly out of thin air.
Our NY leaders, Stella and Karla are so fab and are consistently putting together irresistible offers and events for members (and non-members too!). On that note, you don’t have to be a member to be part of events, but if you get an oh-so-worth-it-discount if you are a member (or Strata members as we are called). Plus, they have a GREAT incubator program that can help get you started on the right foot when you are in the beginning stages of your biz. I so wish I knew about the LWL incubator program when I first started my business as I’m sure it would have saved me a whole lotta Excedrin and a whole lotta money and a whole lotta tears (oh hello you scary little trademark).
Best of all, you might actually win the friendship jackpot and get a pal or two out of the deal like I did. SO, if you have the tiniest little seed of an idea about your own business, you best take those little fingers and click on this LINK pronto and get yourself a membership. It’s OK, you can thank me later. Or you if you are in the NYC area, you can come on by to the event on May 25th and thank me in person. I hope to see you then!