When tragedy occurs, we are often wondering what we can do to help others in our own little way from the corner of our small world. We hope you will join us in our efforts to send much needed underwear, bras and feminine hygiene products to those in need and affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Living on an Island with a small year-round community, we really know how to come together in the wake of struggle. We hope that you will support and contribute whatever you can to this important effort. We thank you for your generosity in advance.
As we enter the home stretch of summer, Arden highlights some of this week's happenings....
We are thrilled and oh-so grateful to Vineyard Style Magazine and writer Amelia Smith for this wonderful article in their summer edition magazine. Thank you for highlighting CEO, Inc, the exciting work we are doing and spending some time with our Founder/Executive Director India Rose. You can check it out here!
August is loaded with festivals and events galore on Martha's Vineyard! Make sure you break out the social calendar for the next couple of weeks ahead!
What's going on this week with the kiddos? Arden breaks it down for us here!
This week are chatting about some great causes to support as well as some fun July happenings around the Vineyard!
We've added text alerts to our communications platform! Expect 2-4 text messages a month about upcoming event and workshop reminders and receive text-only discounts on programming! We like to give things away, so stay tuned for occasional goodies too!
What's Happening This Week?
It's officially summer! The streets are busier, traffic is heavier and the rain has finally come to a sunny halt. Here are a few things going on around Martha's Vineyard this week.
Happy Summer Solstice!
What's Happening This Week?
Here are a few few things going on around Martha's Vineyard!
Who are we and what do we do? CEO Intern Arden Bezahler breaks it down for us here.
Know someone who could benefit from our programs and services? Please feel free to share this with them!
CEO Martha's Vineyard is proud to be offering the community a new course, available this winter called:
Women in Business, A Mini M.B.A.
This six session course, developed and offered by Island non-profit C.E.O (Creative Entrepreneurs with Opportunities) is intended for women in business at least three years (partners and spouses are welcome). Each two-hour long class will meet once weekly on Thursdays in February and part of March. (Check back for dates, time & location).
The tuition is $150*
and includes the course handbook.
*A 20% discount will be extended to Network Partners
The Women's Mini M.B.A. classes will include the following topics:
- Developing a business plan for growth/expansion
- Financing the next three years (loans, investments)
- Bringing in new business (marketing/sales research, tactics and tools)
- Human resources challenges (hiring, training, firing and managing turnover) and
- The Balancing Act” – managing all the challenges of life and a successful business effort.
Each of the sessions will be highly interactive and incorporating team work and case studies. Guest speakers as well as recognized authorities in accounting, law and human resources will participate. The course coordinator, Susan Silk, is a national award-winning trainer and retired entrepreneur.
Course will be: 6 Thursdays, 6-7:30pm
February 4, 11, 18 | March 3, 10, 17
It may be a small island, but have you noticed that you can go years without seeing many of the women that you enjoy and feel energized from being around? Or perhaps you are new to the island and find that you have not had a chance to meet many like-minded women?
As human beings, we are hard wired to crave community. This does not mean “friends and followers” on social networks, but real life, personal and meaningful connections. Women in particular, appreciate the ability to discuss and “sound board” their ideas and share resources. Community building is an important role that the Network intends to fill for our partners.
Networking has a bad connotation for a lot of women who may think of it as something that is just for extroverts or that is insincere, manipulative, self-promotional, or “salesy”. Although these components exist and are perpetuated by folks who don’t understand the true value of networking, I suggest that we replacing the term networking with a more fitting one: Relationship Building.
Successful “networkers” are the ones who understand that the value of networking is in building relationships and helping fellow community members, not seeking to advance a personal agenda. Time and again it has been proven that those who give without an agenda, in fact will receive ten-fold back. Offering opportunities to build new and meaningful relationships is another important benefit that the Network offers.
CEO is a passionate supporter and advocate of youth education, but that is only the beginning. As adults, we deserve to be learning and growing throughout our lives. Although the online learning possibilities are endless, it cannot compare with the energy that you get from being in a room with other passionate and curious learners. The mutual support and enthusiasm for a shared learning goal can help deepen and cement the lessons. The Network advocates continuous learning and seeks to connect partners with resources and new learning opportunities.
Support & Collaboration
Those of us who work in home or small business environments have the risk of becoming isolated or stale in our thinking. The ability to get to know and brainstorm with other smart, creative and experienced women of different backgrounds can be invaluable for your business or personal development. The CEO Network will foster new ideas, fresh energy and collaboration helping women partner and mastermind. You will have supportive community members to just bounce ideas around with, and the ability to get creative feedback and help with evolving your ideas to the next level.
Bonus Reason #5 – This is a new community and as such, you have a unique opportunity to suggest or help create offerings. If I havent mentioned a benefit that you think should be a role of the Network, you can get involved and help craft and shape future opportunities. This is your group, and we want to hear from you!
The first official meeting of CEO’s Network Partners will be Wed. October 21st 8:15am in the Chappy Room at the Kelley House in Edgartown. Informal networking at 8:15, meeting 8:30-9:15.
If you have not yet registered as a Network Partner, sign-up now and take advantage of this opportunity to be involved and/or influence a fun and rewarding winter schedule!
We are please to announce a Fall Open House sponsored by the Kelley House Gallery! It is the perfect time to get your questions answered and hear what CEO is all about! Learn about upcoming events and educational programming, meet the board & committee members, and learn how you can participate and become a Network Partner, all while enjoying the new and sophisticated Kelley House Digital Gallery. The Kelley House Wave Bar will be offering light refreshments, so we would appreciate an RSVP for an advance headcount. Looking forward to seeing you there on October 8th!
C.E.O. is proud to announce a new six week course being offered this winter. The course is entitled “Women in Business – a Mini MBA”.
SCORE mentor and CEO Board V.P. Susan Silk, M.Ed., is developing the course curriculum. The course will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in the library with a capacity for 30 students.
The “Women in Business…” course is the first of its kind on the island. SCORE mentors provide a course for start-up companies; however, this course will be targeted to women in business at least three years. Of course, partners, spouses and next-generation family business members are welcome to enroll as well.
The course will be priced at $175 per enrollee; but C.E.O. Network Partners will receive a reduced fee of $140.
Course topics may include –
- The Business Plan for Growth/Expansion
- Financing the Next Three Years: structure, investors/loans, etc.
- Bringing in New Business: Marketing/ Sales
- Human resources: The Legal issues
- Human resources: Creating the best employees (hiring & training)
- “The Balancing Act”: unique management challenges facing women in business
Each of the six, two hour sessions will be led by a SCORE mentor combining lecture, question-and-answer sessions and highly interactive case study problem-solving. Guest speakers and topic experts are being invited to participate as well.
For more information, please contact us.
CEO is dedicated to educating and inspiring our island youth to flex their entrepreneurial muscles and pursue their passions; and with that goal in mind, we are pleased to announce our first youth education initiative.
C.E.O. Lemonade Day
We are proud to present our first annual CEO Lemonade Day! On Saturday, August 29th we will have 20 lemonade stands located across the Island, and the young CEOs that register to run these stands will have the opportunity to learn valuable entrepreneurial lessons and start up skills. They will be presented with a start-up kit and have the opportunity to develop a business plan, apply for a business loan, secure a location and inventory, market, analyze competition, and delve into hands on operations. All within the context of non-profit fundraising and some friendly competition!
We are grateful to Edgartown National Bank for partnering with us and assisting in the business loan role-play process.
There will be some fun prizes and incentives and a pizza party to celebrate everyone's success at the end of the day!
Calling All Future CEOs Ages K 8th Grade
Do you know any Martha's Vineyard youth in grades K-8 that would be interested in participating? Have them register today, as space is limited for this exciting program! They can download the Lemonade Day Registration and send completed registration to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or email us with questions!
How YOU Can Help
If you do not have kids or they are not interested Its easy to still be involved! We would love for you to support us simply by buying lemonade from our stands! We will have a CEO map of all the lemonade stands in the coming weeks for your support and lemonade purchasing convenience!