TULALIP — WISE (Women Inspiring Successful Entrepreneurs) conducted its “Fearlessly Falling Forward Mastermind Group” at Bob’s Burgers & Brew in Tulalip Oct. 1.
WISE is a professional networking group that meets three times a month at various locations throughout the region.
Women who own businesses, or wish to start their own businesses, are welcome to join WISE’s meetings.
On Oct. 1, more than 20 women gathered to share their experiences, including the challenges they’ve faced in owning and starting their own businesses.
“Women have a specific need,” WISE co-founder Carin Weier said. “Balancing life and work is the biggest challenge women have in business.”
Weier started the group with co-founder Judy Bradley in early 2013.
“We wanted to create an environment where women could come together to talk about their challenges,” Weier said. “We start our sessions with workshops, and then we do Mastermind Groups.”
The Mastermind Groups are designed to give women the opportunity to celebrate business triumphs, and to receive or provide strategies used to tackle business challenges. The focused workshops are built to provide tools and tangible takeaways that inspire, motivate and teach successful business tactics.
“Though we have a membership of 27 women, anyone can drop in at any time,” Weier said. “That’s what makes us unique.”
If a woman requires assistance, such as acquiring a laptop, to start her own business, WISE even funds scholarships to assist those in need.
In addition to meeting on the first Wednesday of each month, at Bob’s Burgers & Brew in Tulalip, WISE will be conducting its next workshop, “The Art of Showcasing Your Business,” from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Smokey Point Best Western Plus, located at 3721 172nd St. NE in Arlington.