A new year brings new opportunities, to set goals, restructure business plans, and to improve ourselves. For 2017 especially, there are also many unknowns. How will the economy react to a change in presidential administration? How will this affect my business? How will this affect my clients?
On the evening November 8th as the news of the surprise victory of Trump became clear there were many news reports of financial markets around the world reacting badly. One of my first thoughts was: what will happen to my business? I wondered if our economy was facing a similar fate as it did in 2008. Since many of my clients are people having elective surgery I wondered if people might tighten their belts and stop spending money on those types of procedures. I started contemplating what I might do if I had to close down my business, something I have not seriously considered in the five years I’ve had my business. I suspect I’m not the only member of PWN who has had these types of worries.
Collectively, as PWN members, we can use this new year, with its opportunities and unknowns, to lean on each other for sound advice, quality networking, and general camaraderie among women. To help make that happen the Board wishes to make PWN a more relevant and effective tool for all members. That is why we will be sending a brief survey to you asking for any changes the members would like to see made to our meetings and structure. Please look for this in January. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to use the PWN members section of the website for contact information of board members or other members.
Now is the time to lean on one another as female professionals and business owners. Let’s pool our expertise and use each other as resources for our businesses. Let’s offer one another accountability for 2017 goals by meeting regularly and sharing with each other. Together, let’s welcome the opportunities and unknowns of 2017.