Summer is over, and the gorgeous fall foliage is coming out. It’s so inspiring with all its wondrous colors. I find it so amazing at the beauty God has created and blessed us with to enjoy. All the kids are back in the full swing of school now, and you are probably getting busy assuring you can end 2014 with a bang.
This has been an amazing month and one of the things that I’ve done is to join a new networking group to take my business to the next level. I’ve met so many new and amazing women through eWomen Network. As I’m writing this I’m sitting in the back seat listening to Amy Ostigny owner of Amy Ostigny, Co-owner of The Strategic Connectors, and Managing Director of the Cincinnati and Columbus Chapters of eWomen Network and Kay Fittes of High-Heeled Success chat about many exciting things. We are on our way to Worthington Hills Country Club in Columbus, OH to learn from Melanie R. Martin-Jones with Porter Wright about Trademarks for the Small Business Owner, network with other marvelous eWomen Network members and non-members, and of course eat something fabulous.
I have to tell you if you need someone who is in the know and is a great connector Amy has this virtual rolodex that just pops out of her like magic. Whenever someone says I’m in need of certain services, or I need a connection with this or that for whatever purpose … Amy’s rolodex doesn’t just start turning – it never stopped! She instantly pops out those connections.
Melanie, did a great job of explaining Trademarks to us. Trademarks is obviously an intimidating process for many small business owners, but with someone like Melanie to see you through, it seems the process becomes so much less complicated. I don’t want to give away all of her speech because I’m sure Melanie would love to come and speak to you about Trademarks as well, but there were a couple things I found interesting personally:
1) You don’t want your trademark to become something that becomes generic. Put some thought into it and create something that is going to stand the test of the time and stand out. (i.e. the zipper)
2) If you work virtually (nationally) as I do then your trademark is only good in states where you are actually “in-commerce“. What Melanie recommends is that you get a Federal Trademark and then you are protected in all of the United States.
Thanks to eWomen Network my business is on the grow again. Thank you to Amy for helping me to make that happen. She continued to invite me and I held back for personal reasons, but Amy helped me to overcome that obstacle. So I just wanted to give her a shout out for that! If you are a professional business women, CEO, small business owner then eWomen Network is just for you. I highly recommend you connect with Amy to learn more about it. If you are not local you can go to their website to learn more.
Amy is a very busy women as you can see by her list of businesses, but she is very caring, generous, and giving. She will make time for you to help set you in the right direction.
I’ve also met some personal goals this month that I’m very happy about, but I’ll admit that little fear monster has crept in a time or two. So prayers please as I continue on my journey to self-improvement and better health.
All in all I’ve had a very productive month both in business and personal life. Always a work in progress, but loving the journey!