The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) will hold its 2nd annual spring conference for women business owners on April 30, 2003 at the Best Western Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. The theme is, “Spring into Action: Leading Your Business with Creativity.”The conference will begin with on Friday at 11:00 am and run until 5:30 p.m. Registration fees are $39 for members, $54 for non-members, and $139 for new members (includes 1 year of dues).The conference will feature a business expo for members and sponsors. The sponsors include: Key Bank, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Vermont Woman, Vermont Times, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, Athena’s Day Spa, & Kinkos.According to Meredith Martin Davis, Executive Director of WBON, “The fall conference allows women business owners to learn from other successful business women though the stories of the keynote speakers, through networking with each other, and through interactive sessions that allow attendees to reflect on creativity in their own lives and businesses and discuss decisions that will impact their future.”The keynote speakers are: Linda Kelliher, of Kelliher Samets Volk Communications, Judi Danforth, co-founder of Danforth Pewter, and Lyn Severance, illustrator and graphic artist best known for her work with Ben & Jerry’s.Linda Kelliher is the founder of Kelliher Samets Volk, the vibrant Vermont brand relationship firm. Linda is a painter, a creative director, and a wise and wonderful entrepreneur. Firmly rooted in reality, Linda draws on her experience as a mother and a business leader to deliver a healthy dose of common sense and inspiration. Linda is the CEO of SheClicks.com, a web site devoted to helping savvy, busy women make the most of the Internet. Linda is also involved in keeping the conversation aloft with the benefits of the creative class to Vermont.Judi Danforth and her husband Fred founded Danforth Pewterers and began designing their holloware line in Woodstock, Vermont in 1975, reviving a family tradition of pewtersmithing started by Fred’s great great great great great grandfather between 1755 and 1782. They moved to Lincoln, Vermont in 1978 and for ten years developed their pewter line in their mountain workshop. In 1988 the company moved to its current workshop in Middlebury, Vermont, where Fred now designs and creates the holloware line while Judi focuses her energy on designs for the cast line. The Danforth name enjoys a unique recognition among both antique and contemporary pewter collectors.Lyn Severance grew up in Burlington and Colchester and is a native Vermonter. After Burlington High School, Lyn went to Parsons School of Design in New York City and focused her studies in graphic design and illustration. Immediately following Parsons, Lyn returned to Burlington to work as a designer. Her clients included start-up businesses (like Ben & Jerry’s) and non-profit organizations (like the Vermont Symphony Orchestra). After ten years Lyn took her first full-time job as Creative Director at Ben & Jerry’s where she oversaw all the graphics and visual look of the ice cream business. In 1997, Lyn left Ben & Jerry’s to pursue other projects. Recent projects have included identity and packaging work for Gateway computers, Fat Cat Inc., VerMints, Parmalat, and others; and designing and illustrating three childrens books Cow, Ice Cream, and Pig.The Women Business Owners Network (WBON) is an association serving Vermont and New Hampshire that provides the opportunity for women in business to share experiences and learn from one another. Since 1984, the organization has been offering a forum for members to exchange information and resources in an atmosphere of candor, humor and mutual respect.The Women Business Owners Network is over 140 women strong. There are monthly chapter meetings in Brattleboro, Montpelier, Rutland and Burlington, and Hanover, NH, as well as conferences and social events throughout the year.For more information on the fall conference go to www.wbon.org(link is external) or call 802-363-WBON.
Topics : On the second day after the loosening of a strict nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus contagion, President Emmanuel Macron’s government reiterated that it was ready to tighten restrictions again if necessary.Government “deconfinement” coordinator Jean Castex told lawmakers that the first 36 hours of the easing had gone as planned and that the biggest challenge in maintaining social distancing as a bulwark against transmission of the virus was public transport in densely populated areas.”We must consider the possibility of reversing the end of lockdown. If certain indicators deteriorate, we will tighten measures again, possibly on a regional basis,” Castex said.By the end of Monday, the government had already banned the consumption of alcohol along the popular Canal Saint-Martin area in eastern Paris, where groups of young people eagerly socialized in close contact with each other, against the rules. France’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by 348 to 26,991 on Tuesday, overtaking Spain to become the country with the world’s fourth-highest number of fatalities after the United States, Britain and Italy.Official data had showed France’s coronavirus casualty rate trailing Spain’s closely for several weeks, with both countries’ tolls above 22,000 since April 24 and Spain’s less than 100 more than France’s over several days last week.On Tuesday the United States’ COVID-19 death toll stood at 80,606, Britain at 32,065 and Italy at 30,911. Spain followed France with 26,920. The national government is also keeping popular Paris parks such as the Jardin du Luxembourg closed, despite calls from Mayor Anne Hidalgo to open them up to give Parisians – many of whom live in cramped flats without balconies or terraces – more space to stretch their legs.The health ministry said in a statement the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 infections fell again to 21,595 from 22,284 on Monday, continuing an uninterrupted downward trend that has lasted four weeks.The number of people in intensive care – a key measure of a health system’s ability to cope with the pandemic – also continued its downtrend, falling by 170 or 6.3% to 2,542, from more than 7,000 in early April at the height of the crisis.The number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 708 to 140,227 on Tuesday, up from 456 on Monday. Including 37,988 probable cases, up 94, the total number of confirmed and probable cases rose by 802 to 178,225, putting France in sixth place worldwide by that measure.The government has said it will consider locking down the country again if daily new infections rise above 3,000 again. In the past six days, the case count has increased by about 670 per day on average.
Crowd at Ashgrove Auction. Pic Annette DewBRISBANE’S auction clearance rate has inched higher despite the freak weather that blew in on the weekend. Latest CoreLogic data showed the preliminary clearance rate for the city was 50 per cent in the past week, up from 47.8 per cent the previous week and higher than the result a year ago.There were 170 Brisbane homes taken to auction this week, with 130 results reported so far. The same time the previous year 44.9 per cent of the 151 properties taken to auction were successful. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoAn unusual extended period of rain through southeast Queensland saw Brisbane receive 15mm of rain on Saturday, another 22.6m on Sunday with a further 20-50mm predicted. The heaviest falls occurred Hervey Bay through the Sunshine Coast, with beaches closed up and down the Queensland coastline through to the Gold Coast. Auctioneer Phill Broom calls for bids at an auction in Brisbane over the weekend. Picture: Annette DewThe Gold Coast’s success rate was 44.1 per cent, according to CoreLogic, with 34 results reported so far.Nationally auction clearance rates were holding firm, it said, led by stronger results across the Melbourne (74.8 per cent) and Canberra (74.5 per cent) housing markets.“There were 2,497 auctions held across the combined capital cities this week, up from 2,318 last week. So far, 2,007 results have been reported to CoreLogic, returning a preliminary clearance rate of 70.6 per cent.”It was a clear lift compared to the previous week’s result of 64.4 per cent, which was “the lowest clearance rate since January 2016”.“While we expect the clearance rate to revise over the next few days as the remaining results are collected, it will be interesting to see how the clearance rate holds up on Thursday when the final figures are released,” the Corelogic report said.