Category Archives: Member Profiles

Does Photography Affect Your Life and Business?

By John Bosley, Owner of John Bosley Photography and CWCC Member

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When I started John Bosley Photography four years ago, I knew that I liked taking pictures. What I quickly realized is that I loved photographing people and began to focus on projects that gave me the opportunity to photograph more people like weddings, headshots, high school seniors and events. Eventually, I realized how powerful photography is.

When done well, photography has the power to capture emotions, preserve moments in time and even improve your business. I consider my photographic style to be warm, clean and honest. I want people to look their best, but still look like real people. I love genuine smiles and real moments. I think collaboration sets the stage for wonderful photos.

As the famous Confucius quote states, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” By focusing my business on weddings and high school seniors, I don’t work anymore. Instead, I create and collaborate every day.

That’s not to say I don’t know the value of good photography to you, a small business owner. As a small business owner myself, I know that now, more than ever, it is just as important to sell yourself and your personality along with your products and services. The way that you present yourself on your website and through social media can have a tremendous impact on your business. A high-quality headshot with a little personality can work wonders for your online presence.

If you’re in the market for a new headshot, I’d like to offer you a headshot session for $100 instead of my regular price of $150. This offer is good through August 31, 2013. If you’d like to talk with me about photographing your high school senior or even a wedding, I’d be happy to offer you a 10% discount on any of my services through October 1, 2013.

If you’d like to see some of my work, head on over to my website: www.johnbosleyphotography.com. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions you might have, either via email (john@johnbosleyphotography.com) or phone (720-938-4689). If you see me photographing an upcoming CWCC event, please feel free to say hi!

Ready for Radiant Health so You Can be Radiant in Your Business?

By Jennifer Nassi, Holistic Health Coach, Clear Skin Diva and CWCC Member

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As a holistic health coach (and mom), I often notice female entrepreneurs struggling with how to balance their business and families, and typically they take care of themselves last, if at all. They are running on empty and not feeling at their best, and so feel like they are missing out- missing out on time with their kids, missing out on business opportunities, missing out in their relationships, and missing pieces of themselves.

At this point I have a thriving coaching practice that allows me to serve my clients and have the flexibility I want for my personal life. I work with clients across the country through my Clear Skin Diva Cleanse and Clear Skin Diva Club programs and 1:1 private mentorships. I still get to take my kids to their activities and play with them at the park, spend time with my husband and friends, and find time for me. But it hasn’t always been this way.

In 2008 I was a mom of two young children who was 20 pounds overweight, fatigued, suffering from IBS and dealing with acne (who wants that after high school?!). On top of all of that I was diagnosed with psoriasis, which is an autoimmune disease with symptoms that involve the skin. I had patches behind my knees, on my eyelids, between my fingers, and even in between my buttocks that would itch as well as painfully split and bleed. All in all I was a mess.

My physician told me diet had nothing to do with what I was experiencing and that I should just take my medication and come back when it stopped working to get something stronger. The more I thought about it, however, the more I felt my body had to be telling me something. How could it not all be connected? So I started researching everything I could, and got the support I needed to make major changes to my diet and how I was living my life.

My life is unrecognizable now. I easily lost the weight and healed my fatigue, IBS, acne and psoriasis. I have a stronger marriage and am a happier mom because of my journey. I also found my passion and career as a health coach and have built a successful practice. I frequently say I am thankful that I was diagnosed with psoriasis, because otherwise I would not be where I am today. Plus I now get to successfully take clients on their own transformational journey, helping them not only become radiant in their health but also in their business and personal lives.

So where can you start?
It truly does start with taking care of you. The more filled up and recharged you are, the more you will have to give to all of your roles. The more radiant health you have, the more confidence and energy you will bring to everything you do, including your business.

A few tips for getting started:
1. Start your morning with a glass of water with lemon, ideally about 20 minutes before breakfast. This will help get your digestion going and create a more alkaline (healing) state in your body. You will also get to start the day nicely hydrated.
2. Add greens in as much as possible. They help us cleanse and give us energy. Sneak them in your eggs, stews, pasta sauces, smoothies, wherever and whenever you can! Truly you will notice a huge difference if you do, and your body will thank you.
3. Do one thing for yourself every day. Make a list of things you enjoy- it can be as simple as a walk around the block, calling a friend, buying flowers for you, or enjoying a cup of tea in a fancy cup. You will find you will bring a renewed sense of focus and energy to everything you do if you are nourishing yourself.
4. I invite you to try the Clear Skin Diva 3-Day Jumpstart, a free program for members of the Clear Skin Diva community- it will give you three days of delicious recipes that will truly nourish your body. To make it extra easy, the program includes a meal plan, shopping list, and helpful tips. Even better, do it with a friend! Go get yours at http://www.clearskindiva.com/.

 

I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below the blog and let me know what has worked for you, what has been a struggle, and what you are most looking forward to trying.

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Jennifer Nassi, holistic health coach and Clear Skin Diva, helps women get the radiant skin they have always wanted from the inside out. Along the way pounds are lost, energy is boosted, hormones are balanced and being radiant outside AND inside becomes the norm. She is the founder of the Clear Skin Diva 7 and 21-Day Cleanses and Clear Skin Diva Club group program, and offers a limited number of 1:1 private mentorships. Her own journey lead her from being 20 pounds overweight, fatigued, and suffering from IBS, acne (who wants that after high school?!) and psoriasis to loving being in her skin and feeling truly radiant and confident in all areas of her life. Now she gets to help others experience their own transformation. Learn more about her training and style at www.clearskindiva.com.

 

 

Freight and Logistics – Raw Materials, Finished Goods and Trade Show Freight

By JoAnn Hatheway, Regional Sales Consultant for American Group and    CWCC Member

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As a small business owner there is a lot to think about. Generally at the top of your list is growth and sales. However, in my experience, new businesses focus on sales and often times they are losing profit margin on freight cost. The cost to transport your product and to attend trade shows can be staggering.

I help small businesses with their transportation cost. I have 20 years of experience in the transportation business. I work to meet supply chain management objectives by having complete freight flow knowledge. As a transportation broker, I can optimize every shipment, allowing for maximum savings or hand select a few carriers that can meet your individual goals.

Moving into and out of Trade Shows can be a costly challenge. My expertise in this area can take the worries away and save on costly decorating fees.

I believe in one point of contact and proactive communication; this is the core of my business. Businesses need to understand the cost involved in the movement of their product in order to best protect themselves and increase their profit margin.

My services include: Domestic LTL, TL, Tradeshow Freight, Flatbed, Canada, Mexico and White Glove delivery. American Group is based on the belief that our clients’ needs are of the utmost importance. I would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.  Please contact me at 303-697-9575 or jhatheway@shipag.com.

Special Offer for CWCC Members: 20% off your first shipment.

EduKate: Buy to Give

By Allison Grenney, Founder of EduKate and CWCC Member

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In 2012, after seeing a startling discrepancy between male and female education in developing countries, and the impact that this shortfall has on global poverty and health, I founded EduKate .  In Guatemala for example, only 5% of indigenous girls go on to secondary school.  When school is inaccessible, high illiteracy and fertility rates further the cycle of poverty. However, when a girl is able to pursue secondary education, this threatening poverty cycle is broken. She is able to become a global citizen and lift her family out of poverty through higher income, financial literacy, and knowledge in nutrition and reproductive health.

This is why I envisioned and put my company into action. EduKate sells U.S. made, sustainable products, whose profits go towards supporting girls’ education on a global level.  One third of the profits currently go to a non-profit in Guatemala called Starfish One-By-One that provides a scholarship and mentorship program for girls from 7th to 12th grade.

Because EduKate is a socially conscious business, there is a triple bottom line, accounting for profit, people and planet.  EduKate integrates not only social, but also environmental concerns in the business model. The tote bags are made in North Denver by a women’s manufacture and are made of all U.S. materials. The iPhone Cases are made in Southern California, by a women-owned company called Tru Protection, out of 100% recycled plastic. All of these products are sold online at edukate.co, as well as other websites.

As a whole, EduKate aims to create a community of women who support the empowerment of girls through passionate education.  The future of girls’ education in developing countries has the potential to evolve into a network of enlightened and enthusiastic young minds with the power to change their communities, and EduKate hopes to continue to help this process through socially responsible business practices.

Are you passionate about something?  I would love to hear from you, please send your comments to edukate@edukate.co.

Summit Staffing Is The Difference When It Comes To Employment Placing

By Marlys Roddy, Sales Manager of Summit Staffing and CWCC Member

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Since 1986, Summit Staffing, a Certified Minority Business Enterprise and Woman Owned Colorado based business, has been successfully matching the needs of area employers with quality employees in a variety of industries and positions. Since 2004 when Jasmine Espy acquired Summit Staffing, we have seen tremendous growth in client retention as well as a growth in revenue of over 50%.

Summit Staffing is known for the best in customer service that provides only the best employees for assignments and work with only the best employers. It is because of this combination that Summit Staffing is the best in what we do.

All across the Denver Metro Area we staff quality employees from entry level to highly skilled positions. We place quality candidates in temporary, temporary to permanent and permanent positions with companies that appreciate good employment.

To give members of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce an opportunity to see what makes Summit Staffing the “right choice” for placing employees in rewarding jobs, we offer you 10% Off Billing for Your First Staffing Placement. Simply mention CWCC and let one of our quality, trained staff members discuss your employment needs and fill your requirements correctly and quickly.

With the ever changing dynamics in today’s economic climate, we understand that it can be pushing your boundaries in hiring the right person for the right job. We have creative, experienced measures and skills to support the challenges you face as well as those that are in need of employment.

With our exclusive “10% off your first staffing placement billing”, experience the difference in staffing that Summit Staffing has to offer. We guarantee you’ll see the difference and you’ll be back!

I look forward to doing business with you and am happy to answer any questions you might have.  Please contact me at 303-671-6100 or mroddy@summitstaffingco.com.

Blogs We Love

images-4We here at the CWCC take every opportunity to promote our diverse and talented members.  Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to read many of our members’ brilliant, informative blogs, and now we’d like to share some of our top picks with you.

Without further ado, here are our current favorites in no particular order:

Imago Design and Marketing blog, by Emilie Downs, provides thoughtful insights on branding and design.

The Expert Marketing Coach blog, by Debra Zimmer, helps you focus your brilliance with the best free marketing tips around!

Deb’s blog for Xponents, by Deb Siverson, is a wonderful resource for leadership, personal development and wisdom on life and work.

Syzygy blog, by Kami Guildner, takes you on an inspired spiritual journey to support your goals, dreams and ultimate success.

Positive Aging Inc. blog, by Kim Kirmmse Toth, does a great job of offering solid business advice to support women after 50 in building their businesses.

Fireside Production blog, contributed to by various experts on different aspects of video, is a diverse and dynamic resource on all things video.

S&D Marketing/Advertising blog is contributed to by various staff and showcases stellar marketing and advertising insights.

Findability Consulting and Speaking “Get Found” blog by Heather Lutze, is the definitive SEO resource.

The Startup Expert blog, by Tomi Wolf, is a wonderful resource for current and would-be entrepreneurs spanning all topics of interest to business owners.

Brian’s blog for Greenworks Video is filled will video advice that reflects Brian’s expertise as an Emmy Award winning writer and director.

Embrace the Leader Within, by Lisa Berquist, is the perfect resource for those working on their leadership skills.

The CWCC blog, contributed to exclusively by members and staff, is your resource for the latest and greatest business advice.  Be sure and subscribe (on the left-hand side of the main blog page) so you don’t miss any of our great upcoming articles.

Okay, we know there are more brilliant blogs out there written by our talented CWCC members, so leave a comment below with your blog url and a brief description, so the rest of our community can discover you.

Member Profile – Ann E. Christoff, Associate at Barkley Martinez, P.C.

Annie_9July2010_01_01Ann E. Christoff is an associate at the law firm of Barkley Martinez, P.C., a Denver-based firm that works with employers and employees at all stages of workplace counseling and litigation — from EEOC charges and administrative venues to lawsuits in state and federal court.

Prior to joining Barkley Martinez in 2010, Ms. Christoff clerked for Hon. Herbert L. Stern III of the Denver District Court.  She earned her JD/MBA from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

 Ms. Christoff concentrates her law practice in the areas of Employment Law, Appeals, and Business Litigation.  She represents plaintiffs and defendants – ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies – in a broad range of industries (satellite broadcasting, utilities, hospitality, construction, telecommunication, transportation, engineering, and nutritional supplements).  She has litigated matters involving all aspects of trade secret, non-compete, discrimination and retaliation laws, as well as wrongful discharge and common law contract disputes.

 In the past few years, Ms. Christoff has participated in several successful arbitrations in which clients prevailed on all claims.  She has also won cases on summary judgment and successfully handled appeals both in the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court.  Ms. Christoff has been named a NITA Advocate by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, a designation earned upon successful completion of a series of intensive trial advocacy training programs.

 In addition to medical marijuana, Ms. Christoff has also written on the topic of the use of amicus curiae briefs in appellate courts.  The article, “Lobbying the Third Branch:  Amicus Practice in Appellate Courts,” explains the advantages of weighing in on court decisions that will affect one’s industry.  See, Richard P. Barkley & Ann E. Christoff, Lobbying the Third Branch:  Amicus Practice in Appellate Courts, 10.23 Law Week Colo. 16 (June 4, 2012).

In her spare time, Ms. Christoff enjoys running, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.

 You can reach Ms. Christoff through http://www.barmarlaw.com, or at christoff@barmarlaw.com or 303.597.4000.