Monday, December 28, 2009

January Meeting

Next meeting is scheduled for January 5th, 2010 at 11:00am (new members; networking) & 11:30 (meeting begins). Our host will be Natalie Harel-Yakov, financial strategist, Har-El Financial Group, 333 Skokie Blvd. Suite 112, Northbrook, IL 60062. Natalie will give an overview of her financial advising services including her focus on women's financial health followed by a tech review of mom4profit website, blog (how to sign up, update profile, download photos, etc.). Please bring your laptop, if possible.

RSVP as soon as possible to the blog whether or not you're attending.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and for meeting possible new members!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 1st-Meeting Notes

Hi Everyone,
Today's meeting was hosted by Jen Collins from Oddbodd. She gave us a valuable overview of her business and how as business owners we all have potential for more growth by being connected to social media sites and online google searches. For more information you can contact Jen at

We had a guest, and potential member, Michelle Kelso, who is a life coach focusing on women and mothers. We look forward to learning more from Michelle at our next meeting.

We also discussed how to attract specific professions to our group. We came up with an initial list and are welcoming all of you to let us know which professions would be a benefit to the group and potentially to your individual businesses. Please reply via the blog with your requests/suggestions. Here is the list so far:

personal trainer
preschool/day care owner
event coordinator
landscape architect
commercial photographer
web programmer

Please note: When using the mom4profit email, please keep emails, specifically Reply All to a minimum. Mom4profit will forward any emails we deem pertinent to the entire group. Do not press Reply All unless absolutely necessary. We would like to keep the "channels open" so important emails are not missed. Use this email for the following only: personal/confidential emails to Natalie or Riv, flyers/event info to forward to the group. The blog should be used for conversation among members and for meeting information therefore, you'll need to check it at least every couple of days! Thanks for your cooperation and understanding!

Our next meeting will be on January 5th. It will be hosted by Natalie Harel-Yakov at her office, 333 Skokie Blvd. Suite 112 Northbrook. We will concentrate our meeting on Tech Issues, so please bring your laptops if you'd like!! This meeting is important given the changes mentioned above. Everyone will need to have easy access to the blog, rsvping and completing their profile.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Next Meeting - December 1st

The December meeting is being hosted by Jen Collins, of OddBodd. Jen will begin our meeting by introducing her company and the services it provides, including social media networking, how to have a successful online presence and video profiles. We will also discuss which professions we'd like to attract to mom4profit and ways to do so. Anyone who needs tech assistance for our blog, please arrive at 11:00am for support.

When: December 1st; 11:00-networking & tech support; 11:30-meeting begins

Where: 822 Smith Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 60044

RSVP: to blog

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Next Meeting - November 3rd!

This month's meeting will be hosted by Cathy Wolfson, 2BU Studios, Entertainment Playground. Also, be sure not to miss her Grand Opening Celebration on Oct. 25th from 1-4. Please call 847-276-2566 for more information.

November 3, 2009

Time: 11am - New Members, Networking.
11:30am - Meeting Begins

Location: 2BU Studios
185 Milwaukee Ave.
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

RSVP: Blog

Please Note: For those who haven't set up your blog profile, downloaded photo etc. please arrive at 11am to get tech support.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Next Meeting - October 6th

Hi Everyone,
What an incredible beginning to a new year. Happy New Year, to those who are celebrating this week! Our last meeting was hosted by Susan Fireside...thanks Susan! We signed new applications and contracts for the new year and reviewed many of our new guidelines. Last week, several of us attended the Make It Better: North Shore Night of Clubbing and we were very pleased to see Mom4Profit represented. It was a fun evening. We also, with a huge applause to Susan Fireside, managed to send out an Ad for Mom4Profit to Make It Better. This ad will be featured in their new magazine Better, set to launch in October. A banner ad will also be shown on their online version. Thanks for everyone who participated!

Next meeting will be hosted by Lilya Sirazi, Lilya Sirazi Designs.

Location: 500 Elmwood, Wilmette 60091

Time: 11:00am (Networking and New Members/Guests)
11:30am Regular Meeting

RSVP: to blog (please call Natalie to help with setting up profile and rsvping.)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Next Meeting - September 1st

Hi Everyone!
Our next meeting will be hosted by Susan Fireside, Winter and Construction, our resident branding expert. Topic: "Worst logos ever. A fun look at some designs that convey the wrong message. I'm sure that when Arlington Pediatric Center went out to create a brand they did not mean to convey sex. See what happens when good intentions go bad."

Also, we'll be presenting our new Membership contracts and applications, please be sure to bring your check books to complete the registration process and pay 2009-2010 dues. Thank you to everyone who submitted their input, we definitely kept them in mind!

Location: 829 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, 60035

Time: 11:00 (please be on time, we have a lot to cover!!)

RSVP: to blog ASAP (please be respectful to this month's host and rsvp in a timely manner)

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Monday, July 27, 2009

August 4th Meeting!

Hi Ladies,
Next Tuesday is our next meeting. We will be following up with the committees set up.  If you haven't signed up for one yet please do so before the meeting.  Also, if you haven't spoken to/connected with other members of the committee or its chairperson, please do so before the meeting so everyone can share with the entire group.  Of course, please make every effort to attend and show your commitment and support!

Date: August 4th
Time: 11:00 (new members/guests))
    11:30 am - meeting begins

Location: Home of Kim Preston
                  420 Locust Place
                  Deerfield, IL 60015

Please RSVP as soon as possible to the blog

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

July Meeting Notes

July's meeting was the best yet!  We had many returning members and new members attend. Please welcome:  Stacey Gordon - Elder Options, Maria Soltan - WowGreen, Julie Stark-JS Consulting, Stacy Repkin- Istoria Publishing, Terri Frydman - Yoga Instructor, & Kathleen Weinberg-Nibbles Play Cafe.
James M. Lynch, JM Lynch Training, was our guest speaker.  He led a powerful mini-workshop on our "story", both personal and professional and then spearheaded a discussion about Mom4Profit's "story"; where we are and where we want to go as an organization.  Everyone signed up for revamped committees that included: Contribution, Sponsorship, Culture/Development, Membership, PR, Legal, Tracking, Events & Chapters.  All members are encouraged to contact Mom4Profit to sign up.
Next meeting will be held at Kim Preston's home, Inviting Designs on August 4th (details to follow).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Next Meeting - July 7th

Hi Everyone,
The next Mom4Profit meeting is July 7th.  It will be hosted by Michelle Kriegel at her home.  James Lynch, our business coach, will work with us on the "story" of Mom4Profit; where we've come from and where we're headed.  He'll help us create a united vision for our group and have us create a clear vision of "what's next".  Please make every effort to attend so everyone's voice is heard!

Location: 490 Muirfield
  Riverwood, IL 60015

11:00 - New Members Orientation/Networking
11:30 - Meeting

Please RSVP to blog.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

June Meeting Notes

We had a great meeting Tuesday.  Thank you Jola for hosting!  We concentrated our meeting on the Enrichment event, a debrief.  Welcome new members: Rachael Smith, Vicki Elekman & Lizzy Garlovsky.  Please note: before someone attends a meeting they must be a member.  To become a member you must get "clearance" from Natalie and Riv (to make sure there are no profession conflicts) and join through the blog.  Contact us for more information or questions.
Again, thanks everyone for attending and for all the great feedback!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Next Meeting - June 2nd

The next meeting will be hosted by Jolanta Chyla, A-1 Commercial Janitorial Services.  Our meeting will focus on the Enrichment Event.  We will review the event, what worked, didn't work, suggestions for next time, etc.

1351 Brookside Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062

11:00am - Networking/New Members Intro
11:30 - 1:00pm - Meeting

Please RSVP to blog ASAP!

Friday, May 8, 2009

May Meeting Notes

We had a fantastic turnout this month!  Thank you everyone, existing and new members, who attended despite their crazy schedules and commitments.  Topic discussed was our upcoming Mom4Profit event on May 27th: Starland salutes Women of Mom4Profit: An Evening of Enrichment for your Life and your Work.  Speakers were confirmed and event details were discussed including marketing, promotional materials, location & setup, etc.  Event Flyer is linked to our website, and everyone expected to market the event throughout their communities.  Special thank you to Susan Fireside, Winter and Construction, for handling the flyer, Michelle Kriegel for finding and booking the location, the entire group for their input and of course Starland for sharing our vision and supporting our event!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Next Meeting May 5th!

Next Mom4Profit meeting: Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Location: Home of Riv Lynch
1623 McGovern Street
Highland Park, IL 60035

Time: 11:00am - Networking & new members orientation
11:30am - Meeting

RSVP to Blog as soon as possible.

The entire meeting will be devoted to discussing our plan for Re-Invent; the Mom4Profit event May 27th from 7-9pm at Starland in Deerfield. We'll be finalizing our speakers, discussing marketing this event and reviewing how each member will be contributing. Please note: if you haven't been attending, please make every effort to attend this meeting. This event is a fabulous opportunity to showcase your service.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March Meeting Notes

We had a full house this month! Thank you everyone for attending.
  • New Members Welcome: Laurie Levitt-Soben Studios & Cathy Wolfson-Catnip Productions
  • Erin Krex, First Class Care, shared more details about her domestic placement agency.
  • Each member took a few minutes to share their target market and how the network can help them improve their business.
  • The Economic Stimulus Plan was reviewed and members were able to share their offers.
  • Members were reminded to sign up for a committee.  Members were encouraged to take proactive roles and ownership in the "business" of Mom4Profit.
  • Riv, Natalie & Rachel introduced an idea of having a spring Health & Wellness event for women.  This event would give interested members 20-30 minute slots to talk about their businesses and give value/information to the guests.  All members were encouraged to participate to introduce Mom4Profit to the public in a fun, motivational and informative 3-hr event.  Everyone is asked to help with organizing event including finding a location, working on invites, "goody bags", refreshments, etc.
  • Next meeting to be hosted by Lilya Sirazi, interior designer.  More information to follow.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Topic For Next Meeting

Next week's agenda will be primarily about making this network of incredible business women efficient, productive, powerful and of course money making.
Everyone will be asked to take a couple of minutes to state what they need from the group, their target market, and review their stimulus offer.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Next Meeting March 3rd!

Next meeting will be graciously hosted by Erin Krex.

First Class Care, Inc.
3330 Dundee Road
Suite C2
Northbrook, IL 60062

11:00am - networking/new members
11:30am - Meeting

Erin will discuss creative marketing techniques.  Pizza lunch will be served.  Thanks Erin!

Don't forget your referrals and chosen  Economic Stimulus!
Please RSVP to blog ("comment") by February 27th

February 3rd Meeting Notes

Here are highlights of our last meeting which was hosted by Rachel Rosenberg, Arbonne consultant.
1.   Welcome new members: Irina Ratner - Muralist Artist, Interiors by Irina, Dena Levy, Levy Law Solutions & Helen Plavnik, FemaCare Obstetrics & Gynecology.

2.  Members reviewed decision to stay with current, updated blog and some were given more detailed instructions.  Members told to use blog for main communication and for emails only to Natalie and Riv.

3.  Members given Economic Stimulus Spreadsheet and told to choose at least one member's offer/discount before the March meeting.

4.  Natalie and Riv expressed need to create committees to handle Mom4Profit growing needs, including legal, website, referral/stimulus tracking, membership, promo, PR/Media.  Members need to contact Riv or Natalie at with their choice asap.

5.  Rachel Rosenberg ended the meeting with a short introduction/review of Health & Welllness, particularly for women and the products they use.  She also introduced the 80/20 Rule for business, that shows how most of our income (80%) comes from 20% of our clientelle.  
6.  Our next meeting will be held on March 3rd, and will be hosted by Erin Krex.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Next Meeting February 3rd!

Our next Mom4Profit meeting will be hosted by our new member, Rachel Rosenberg, Arbonne consultant. She'll be presenting The 80/20 Rule of Thumb for Business. A brief Powerpoint and cool DVD will be shared. All new members or those wanting extra chat or networking time should arrive at 11:00am. Meeting will begin promptly at 11:30am. We will also have a special guest, Ruth Solomon from Pioneer Press. This is a fabulous opportunity for Mom4Profit and for all its members and their businesses. We are encouraging everyone to attend!
1820 South Lane
Northbrook, IL 60062

Please RSVP to this post (comment) as soon as possible so we can finalize attendance. Call 312-217-1077 for more information.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mom4Profit Minutes 1/7/08 Meeting

Place: North Shore Pediatric Therapy
Host: Deborah Michael
1. company Introductions-discussed highlighting one company per meeting
2. Core Values-discussed what core values are and to start thinking about yours
3. Be organized! Intro idea of organizing board and keeping statistics
4. Economic stimulus plan-Networking tips, Marketing tips, referral tips, Insider perks
++Biggest perk of this group is support and referrals
5. Directory of members
6. Business card holders are in-pay $7 to Riv
7. Goals for next meeting: to highlight one company, bring referrals, and try products

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Pioneer Press notice (we've since changed the meeting date)

Follow this link or look for us in the Highland Park News:,hp-commcalendar-010109-s1.article