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Looking forward
2019 has well and truly started now and there are even the very first hesitant hints of spring are in the air - it's not quite as dark in the mornings any more and there seem to be more birds in the trees!

WBII is also moving confidently into the new year with loads of plans to expand female entrepreneurship. One such event is taking place today (Tuesday)! It was mentioned in January's WISE but here's a quick reminder - Presenting Potential with Jonathan Talbott. During this presentation, Jonathan will help you pitch that great idea!

And then, of course, there's our networking lunch which takes the place of our regular evening networking event (which falls in the school holidays). Get all the details and register below.

And a quick look back

But let's take a quick look back as well, to a fantastic event which took place just a week ago - the Feel at Home Fair, biggest fair for the international community living in The Hague and surroundings. Thanks to the hard work put in my WBII's Fair Coordinator, Darina Veen and her enthusiastic team of 8 volunteers, the day was a great success. In Darina's words, "It was a fantastic and successful day with many visitors, nice atmosphere on our stand, many new contacts and ideas for the future cooperation and good vibes. Thank you everyone who supported us."

So just one last look back by the WBII board which has finalised the 2018 annual report - Sharpening our focus. Reading through it reminded me of what great work WBII does and how it inspires us helps us build our businesses.
Read it and be inspired to achieve even more in 2019!

February network event - 28 February 2019

As our February network event once again falls in the middle of the half-term holiday, as we have done in previous years, those of us who are not going on holiday will meet instead for lunch at Sushi Morikawa. Fun, informal, and delicious, this is a great opportunity to relax and connect with one another.

There are only 20 place available, however, so please register as soon as you can. And let us know if there are any food preferences the chef needs to be aware of.

Time: 12:00-14:00
Location: Sushi Morikawa, Balistraat 3

Did you miss our last networking event on Speed-dating? No worries, you can read this review by Orsolya Fabian of Lexyca translations.

Charlene's Bubble

How significant are we?

There is little doubt that women’s entrepreneurship contributes to job creation and economic growth. But most of us are very busy with our work, home, and families, and we don’t take the time to realize that together, we are making an important impact in our community.

Here in The Hague, for example, over the past 12 years, the WBII has guided more than 700 women with their businesses. If we assume a minimum annual income per business of €25,000.00, and a moderate estimate of 50 WBII members per year, the WBII members represent an annual contribution to the local economy of at least of €1.25 million, and probably more. These figures are only conservative estimates for members of WBII.  There surely are many more women whose businesses could also be included, such that the total contribution is in reality much greater.

When they decided to start their own businesses, many of our WBII members and friends were simply looking to develop their talents and skills. After attending the Connect2Grow Leadership meeting a couple of weeks ago, it was apparent that women must take on leadership roles to make positive impacts on shaping our society. Entrepreneurship gives women the opportunity, and can help to empower them, to fully develop their potential, their leadership skills, and be economically independent.

It is also apparent that, here in the Netherlands, international and expat women are leaders in the field of entrepreneurship. In addition to WBII, we have associations representing many ethnic communities and other groups of businesswomen and entrepreneurs.  Women in these associations may have decided that starting their own businesses to develop their talents and skills was the best way for them to contribute to their own and their family’s well being. All of these representative associations provide an important supportive network and guidance that greatly contributes to the sharing of best practices and lessons, and enables peer learning and support.

While the internet provides relatively easy links to like-minded individuals, a registered association such as the WBII, with both a ‘bricks-and-mortar’ address, and a proven, recognized profile in the community, offers permanent and on-going face-to-face contacts, role-models, and professional support that are so important for business success, especially in a new country.

Our ‘Start Your Own Business’ seminars that we regularly offer for both men and women in the international community supports them in exploring and developing their entrepreneurial potential and professional skills. The numbers confirm the observation that non-profit organizations such as the WBII play a significant role in ensuring that all members of the international community are able to contribute to and participate in Dutch society.


Featured Member

Our members share a few thoughts: to introduce themselves to fellow members.  
This month, an introduction to, and answers from Akanksha Menon

Akanksha Menon is currently finishing the last year of her BS in Business Administration at Webster University, Leiden and is expected to graduate in May 2019.

Hailing from a family of entrepreneurs, her main interests are strategy, real estate and social entrepreneurship.

Akanksha also feels passionately about politics, women empowerment and women’s rights issues. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, traveling and investing.

Akanksha is also a newly appointed WBII Executive Board Member.

New Members

We have two more new members to welcome this month, Pien Nederlof-Bus and Johanne Bade.

Pien Nederlof-Bus
Pien's business JumpStarting does just that - Jumpstarting a branch set-up in Europe for (smaller & midsize) US companies. Managing the first steps in business on the European side of the Atlantic.

Johanne BadeJoanne is the proud owner of Fit & Fabulous Moms which supports moms of young children to be the best versions of themselves, starting NOW. In individual or small group tracks, you’ll get in the driver’s seat to achieve your personal health goals.

Member Events & Notices

Therapeutic Art Approaches with ‘Third Culture Kids’

Organised by Embracing Horizons, in this presentation, Shellee Burroughs will provide a brief training in art-therapy based tools for parents, teachers, coaches and therapists which can also be used at home, in school and in clinical settings with ‘Third Culture Kids’.

Date: Wednesday, 6 March
Location: Embracing Horizons, Koninginnegracht 101, The Hague
Workshop Feng Shui & Essential Oils - Darina Veen (Feng Shui Design)
Our surroundings effect our mood and emotions.

The way our house is arranged has impact on our health and well-being more than we are aware of.
Discover Feng Shui- ancient wisdom - about how to arrange your place to change your life and create a healthy, balanced and pleasant home.

Registration and more information
Date: 9 March 2019
Time: 15.00 – 17.00
Location: Cosy Cosas Concept Store, Haagweg 92, Rijswijk  

Mamas on the Runway

Organised Christy Aikhorin of UnikBlends, this is an afternoon and evening of networking, delicious food and unique fashion.

Date: 29 March
Time: 17:00 - 22:00
Location: Hofhouse, The Hague

Upcoming Business & Networking Events

14 February - ACCESS Ask the Experts Sessions,Drop-in session - Utrecht
21 February - BitterBallenBorrel - Rotterdam
22 February - Haagse Ondernemershuis, Coffee Pitch (Dutch) - The Hague
28 February - BitterBallenBorrel - The Hague
28 February - Amsterdam American Business Club, February Networking event - Amsterdam
5 March - Haagse Vrouwenzaken networking event (Dutch) - The Hague
29 March - Welcome to Delft - Delft

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