Thursday, September 7, 2017

Business Lunch & Learn Networking Event Series


Westchester Networking for Professionals (WNFP) Business Lunch & Learn Networking Event Series is an awesome opportunities for local professionals to get out of the office and enjoy lunch with other like minded professionals during their lunch hour then head back to work for an inspired and productive day.  

Attendees will have an opportunity to communicate and collaborate with those interested in their business during the networking period and local business experts will provide sessions of learning and training to help develop your business.

WNFP's Business Lunch & Learn Networking Event Series begins on Thursday, September 21, 2017 welcoming guest speaker Chad Pavel of The Pavel Group as he share his expertise on "How to Use Facebook Video Ads to Generate Leads" from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm in Elmsford, NY.

Professionals who are interested in attending should visit WNFP's website and register online, the cost to attend this event is $25.00 which include lunch, networking and learning session. Registrations will be accepted at the door at $30.00 per person.

Visit www.wnfp.org for event information and registration.








ABOUT WNFP
Westchester Networking for Professionals (WNFP) is a business organization focused on providing our members and guests with an extraordinary networking experience, bringing business professionals together for the sole purpose of generating new relationships and developing new business opportunities. Not a member, learn how you can become a member and join this awesome group of professionals to connect and grow your business.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Westchester Networking for Professionals Introduces New Member Orientation Meetings


Members can attend a Member Orientation Meeting and learn why a membership with Westchester Networking for Professionals is a fantastic way to enhance and grow your business with local professionals.


Westchester Networking for Professionals (WNFP) is a business organization in Westchester County, NY committed to providing members and prospective members with resources and opportunities to build long lasting relationships and new business opportunity for their personal and professional enhancement and growth.

Becoming a member of WNFP is a fantastic opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to build their business connections, gain exposure and visibility with local professionals or enhance their brand awareness.

With a membership base of over 800 members and growing, the organization has announced that they have formed a monthly Member Orientation Meeting for members to get acquainted with all the benefits of their WNFP membership investment and learn how to utilize these benefits to impact their personal and business growth.

The Member Orientation Meeting will cover various aspects of a WNFP membership from networking opportunities to business marketing and promoting discounts offered exclusively to members.

Meetings are free to attend and held on the 4th Thursday of each month, reservations are currently being accepted for September 28, 2017 meeting.

Ms. Theresa Todman, Founder of WNFP was asked, why it is so important for the organization to offer these meetings? She responded, “The purpose of these meeting is to introduce the countless benefits and ways members can get the most out of their membership. We want our members to know that our organization has many opportunities for them to take advantage of in support of their growth and development, whether it’s personally or professionally”.
 
If you’re looking for a supportive business organization to become a part of and want to learn more about WNFP business organization, the Member Orientation Meetings would be a great place the start.

For more information about WNFP Member Orientation Meetings, please visit their website at http://www.wnfp.org or call (914) 266-0347.


ABOUT WNFP
Westchester Networking for Professionals (WNFP) is a business organization focused on providing our members and guests with an extraordinary networking experience, bringing business professionals together for the sole purpose of generating new relationships and developing new business opportunities. Not a member, learn how you can become a member and join this awesome group of professionals to connect and grow your business.

Stay Connected with WNFP!
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Are You a Business Owner or an Entrepreneur?


Just because you own your own business (or aspire to) does not mean that you are an entrepreneur. This notion may take readers aback, however as we start to peel back the layers, I assure you it makes sense.

Academically, Merriam-Webster defines owner through the lens of possession, while defining entrepreneur through the lens of the activities involved in owning, managing and running a business.

Practically, through my experience of owning or co-owning four businesses and coaching dozens of others, I see “business owner” as a job title and “entrepreneur” as a mindset.

A “business owner” might buy into or start a business because “it was a great opportunity” or “it was the natural progression” or “it’s the only thing I enjoy doing or know how to do.” I often hear, “I didn’t want to work for somebody else,” or, “I was tired of making somebody else rich,” and only occasionally, “I couldn’t let this business die.”

An “entrepreneur,” on the other hand, will often say things like, “I saw a better way of doing things,” or, “I saw a gap or a need in the industry (or community),” or, “I wanted to make an impact or leave a legacy.”



Functionally, I see business owners and entrepreneurs go about their businesses with different approaches as well.

Many business owners focus on putting out fires, and in that sense tend to be more reactive. They envision a world where employees would do their jobs, customers would pay on time, and software or equipment would function as it was designed.

True entrepreneurs question the status quo and envision a world where common industry or customer pain points no longer exist. The founders of Airbnb, for example, realized that a popular tech conference coming to San Francisco warned conference-goers right on the conference website that area hotel rooms were booked so to make alternate arrangements. Though they faced many challenges before making it big, their business was born out of noticing a gap or a need, not just a way to make money.

Finally, many business owners make decisions unintentionally that lead to themselves “buying a full-time job.” For example, naming the business after themselves. “Simpson Electric Services” holds little to no brand equity or value for a potential buyer with Thomas for a last name. They may also build their business through their own skills. Highly skilled personal trainers who try to scale their business by hiring someone else to train their clients often face a rude awakening when their clients refuse to train with someone else, or complain about a discrepancy in the quality of service or care. The glass ceiling firmly atop their heads results in trading time for money as a business model.


Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, often have an exit strategy built into their business plan before they’ve even made their first sale. They might choose a more neutral or operational name that anyone could call their own, and they might hire more skilled employees for certain aspects of the service delivery so that they can more easily escape the operational aspects of the company and work “on the business” instead of working “in the business”.

These structural decisions often stem from a longer-term view of business, and the results they can engender can end up being quite profound. Business owners often trade “time for money” as mentioned, which we can term as “operational revenue.” The personal trainer in the aforementioned example only gets paid when she is training a client. If she were to create her own series of community races however, she might one day get paid while on vacation while her team executes the race.


True entrepreneurs, through their mindset of iterating solutions to common problems, often build businesses that can one day run without them. That is, the business can be run by a team, through effective systems such as automated recurring billing and timely deliveries or regular upgrades. In effect, entrepreneurs escape the trap of “time for money” and create residual income streams we can term as “entrepreneurial revenue.”

Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with business owners who effectively have a full-time job they will work until they retire and close their business (if that is the case). Compare just a sample, however, of why 20 entrepreneurs started their businesses, and one could make the argument that business owners create a job while entrepreneurs create a solution, impact or even social movement.

So are you a business owner, or an entrepreneur? What does your business need you to be?

Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com



ABOUT WNFP
Westchester Networking for Professionals (WNFP) is a business organization focused on providing our members and guests with an extraordinary networking experience, bringing business professionals together for the sole purpose of generating new relationships and developing new business opportunities. Not a member, learn how you can become a member and join this awesome group of professionals to connect and grow your business.

Stay Connected with WNFP!
Join WNFP Communities!