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  • 04/27/2020 7:57 PM | Lisa Pisano (Administrator)

    Tips for Creating Thoughtful Content During a Crisis

    • by Liza Fonti, Highlight Content, LLC

      Creating content for social media posts and blogs is stressful for many small business owners on a normal day – throw a pandemic into the mix and we’ve hit a whole new level of “touchy”.  

      Should I post? Shouldn’t I post? Is it insensitive for me to be pushing my business now when so many are hurting personally, professionally, financially and health wise? 

      Not surprisingly, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. have reported significant usage increases during COVID-19. Your followers are online A LOT while they’re on lockdown. Should you post? Yes, you should. Staying connected is more important now than ever. However, during these times, you should be focusing your energy on thoughtful, meaningful content.  

      1.    Offer your followers valuable information.During these unprecedented times, many are looking to keep busy, while learning and growing as individuals and professionals. Think about what you have to offer your community and share your gifts, whether or not it brings you immediate sales. Offering this information will help you build rapport with your followers; trust that they’ll remember you when things turn around. If you own a spa, feature a soothing DIY mask. If you own a bar, share your sangria recipe with your followers. (Don’t worry – knowing how you make a specialty on your menu won’t keep them from coming back to you once you reopen.) A local hairdresser that I love to keep up with on Instagram is keeping her followers entertained with fun, short tutorial videos and hair care tips while clients are unable to visit with her in person. 

      2.    Be authentic.This is one of my favorite pieces of advice, even when we’re not in the middle of a pandemic. Don’t get me wrong - I appreciate a pretty, well laid out Instagram page more than most. However, it’s a good time to ditch the fancy filters (literally and figuratively), be honest and raw. Real is always appreciated. A great way to let your authenticity shine through is via video, whether it’s in your feed or in your stories. Let your followers get to know the real you behind your brand. 

      3.    Engage. Engage. Engage.From my years of experience creating content and managing various social media accounts, I’ve learned that people just want to be heard – period. Don’t talk AT your audience - talk with them. Ask questions, encourage them to comment, let them know that what they say matters. If you’re genuinely interested in your followers, they will engage with you.  

    As you’re fumbling to come up with creative ways to market your products and services during this time, I encourage you to keep it simple. Just as we are pulled to be selfless in our actions, this is the perfect opportunity for us to be generous with our content and the information we have to offer our communities. We rise by lifting others. 

    Do you need help creating content or managing your social media accounts? Let’s talk! lizaf@mac.com

  • 03/18/2020 1:49 PM | Anonymous member

    Business owners count on routine, structure and having some control over each day .  Today, and for the foreseeable future, that routine will be disrupted.  Parents managing school closures, distance learning and anxious children, face unprecedented challenges.  Experts from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers  offer valuable advice about how to keep your balance in the world today, which can only improve the stability of your business.  Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/7Guidelines4Parents and contact me any time for more information or advice about being (or becoming) a divorced parent in this difficult situation.  Amanda S. Trigg - ast@njlawfirm.com - 201-845-9600 x185 - www.amandatrigg.com, Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. Local, knowledgeable, available.  

  • 05/31/2019 1:03 PM | Mary Adams (Administrator)

    Please send resume to bsturmak@rlpwealth.com

    RLP Wealth Advisors is seeking a detail-oriented individual who is enthusiastic about working at an independent wealth management firm based in Ridgewood, NJ.  Exciting opportunity to join a talented team at an established firm well positioned for growth, in a positive, family-friendly work environment. The position entails a variety of client service support responsibilities.  The ideal candidate is hard-working, disciplined, organized, collaborative in a team environment, with exceptional communication and presentation skills.
    • Successfully complete regulatory licenses – including 7, 63/65, 66
    • Shadow Client Meetings
    • Shadow Investment Decision Making
    • Client Meeting Preparation
    • Shadow Financial Planning activities to include;
    o Development of Financial Plans
    o Delivery of Financial Plans as directed by Principal
    • Ongoing evaluation and critique of Financial Planning software to meet leading edge best practices of the firm
    • Technology - oversee client access to web portal/albridge/emoney
    • Marketing – oversee marketing communications, email campaigns via constant contact, newsletters, website, client marketing materials, powerpoint presentations
    • Seek out opportunities to enhance and expand your personal capabilities in all areas relative to your assigned responsibilities and your personal development.

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Organization and multi-tasking skills
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft office suite
    • Engaging and friendly attitude
    • Prior work experience in finance preferred
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred

    What Sets Us Apart?
    Today’s environment demands transparency, accountability, responsible citizenship and the highest ethical standards. As an independent, employee-owned, sustainable wealth management firm, RLP Wealth Advisors proudly stands apart from traditional Wall Street financial companies.  We proudly service high net worth families and institutions.
    Please send resume to bsturmak@rlpwealth.com

  • 08/28/2018 5:07 PM | Deleted user

    The Healthiest Habits to Reach Your Best Self

    Dr. Jennie Luna Feature

    Understanding How to Eat Healthy

    Before diving into what food our body needs to thrive, we need to understand our food behavior. Let's face it, ladies, we don’t always eat because we are hungry. We eat because we are stressed, bored, tired, and the list goes on. Lucky there is a biological reason why we eat the way we do. Food can trigger our brain reward circuit; it’s what makes the rich chocolate cake wink at us when we have a crummy day. Having an awareness of our food behavior is the first step to changing it. Once we take a moment to pause and reflect why we are eating the way we do, we can start thinking about changing it for better. Luckily, the more we learn a new behavior it begins to replace the old habits.

    Eat Real Food

    Yes, mother nature gives us everything we need to have a healthy body. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains has been proven consistently in medical research to promote health. On top of all the nutrients they provide, they also naturally contain fiber. Fiber supports our gut flora, regulates bowel movements and burns energy while digesting. A bagel could never do that for us.

    Here are My top 6 Tips to Eating Healthy:

    1.       Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it avoids overeating.

    2.       Add some protein to your breakfast to enhance satiety.

    3.       Avoid deciding what to eat when you are starving. Plan your meals to optimize your success.

    4.       To increase your water consumption throughout the day, have a glass before each meal. This will also help with satiety.

    5.       You could never go wrong with eating food in its natural state.

    6.       Eat slowly and savor every bite, put your fork down halfway through the meal to check if you are satisfied. It takes 20 minutes for satiety to kick in. Remember, there is no need to overeat. If you are satisfied, save the rest for later.

    Maintaining a Healthy Weight

    What does the research show us on how to maintain a healthy weight? The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) has identified some common behavior in individuals who have successfully lost weight and kept it off.

    •     They eat breakfast

    •     Exercise at least 1 hour per day

    •     Frequently weigh themselves

    •     Low sedentary time with <10 hrs/week of TV time

    Battling fatigue

    Some common causes for fatigue are stress, lack of physical activity, food quality and lack of sleep.

    Here are My 4 Tips to Address Fatigue:

    1.       Keep a food journal

    2.       Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep

    3.       Go for a walk in nature

    4.       Stress management (meditate, journaling, support)

    Lastly, but the most important, don’t forget to be kind to yourself. It’s beautiful to be female. Keep shining, stay consistent, and enjoy the journey.


    Dr. Jennie Luna

    Founder of Nido®

  • 08/17/2018 11:06 AM | Deleted user

    What's your "elevator pitch"? Tell us what you do.

    As a Virtual Assistant I help business owners create time by taking over marketing, automation, scheduling, web design, system updates, research and other admin tasks and allowing them to focus on areas that will benefit the business growth.

    As a Evolve Lifestyle Coach I lead my clients through chapters in life they need support with and help them use their experiences as tools for growth.

    I can teach what I have been through and experience, the rest I can only have an opinion about.

    What's your favorite networking tip?
    Focus on making friends not clients.

    What is some of the best career advice you've been given?
    Your career is tightly connected to your personal life. If these two are not in balance your success will only be temporary. If you are passionate about it, it will never feel like you are working hard. If it doesn't work, it's ok to move on to the next. Always. You can change your mind at any moment :)

    What are your hobbies and interests outside of your job?
    Travel... times a million! Wellness, non-toxic living, essential oils as a lifestyle, volunteering in the US and outside. Any kind of art, from designing objects and fashion to creating life.

    Where do you find the most inspiration?
    In my daughters. In seeing the world as we travel. I am inspired by different ways of living and my close friends. 

    Learn more about Maria and her businesses: Virtual Assistant World and Clean Living Matters!



  • 06/27/2018 2:59 PM | Deleted user

    You’ve moved mountains and built empires in your career and life. And, yet, even after all your accomplishments and successes, your legacy is still on your mind. You want to figure out your “next act” and how you will use it to answer that question that has been sitting on your mind: What is my legacy? What imprint am I leaving on the world?

    On June 19, I had the privilege of spending a couple of hours over breakfast with an inspiring group of BCPWN members who care deeply about their communities. We talked about how they can live their legacy and use their next act to change lives, whether that means reinventing themselves through a new business or nonprofit, or adding a transformative give back component to their existing business.

    BCPWN member, Mary Ziegler from Certified Financial Services, recognized a couple of her clients in the stories I shared of women wanting to create positive social change in the world in their next act but who aren’t quite sure what to do or how to start.

    I am both humbled and thrilled to watch the growth of this movement of women using their power to change our communities (watch out for my story in the upcoming O, The Oprah Magazine).

    Thank you, BCPWN, for opening up your hearts and minds to consider how our collective legacies will create healthier, safer and more justice communities for everyone.

    About me: I’m Kirsten Bunch, the author of the upcoming book, Next Act, Give Back: How to Live Your Legacy That Will Change Your Life and Community. I work with successful women who want their next act to be bigger than simply making money or furthering someone else's dreams. Through my Changemaker Mentorship, I help them create healthier, more just communities by starting heart-centered businesses, nonprofits and foundations. You can find me at www.kirstenbunch.com and (917) 754 0274.

  • 04/25/2018 7:03 PM | Deleted user

    Are your ears ringing? I am so excited for our BCPWN community, and I’ve recently had opportunities to share it. On April 6th, I had the pleasure of hosting Congressman Josh Gottheimer and local female leaders for a Women’s Roundtable at our offices in Ridgewood. In response to the importance of small business owners working together in order to thrive, I shared how BCPWN is a great source for hiring and partnering.

    Equally important, the Congressman speaks about the need for all of us to get involved and pay attention to the decisions that are being discussed, because what they do impacts our business and our businesses impact the community. He not only listens; he hears the challenges we face as business owners in New Jersey. And he takes action; by working to lower taxes, cut out-of-date regulations, train our workforce, invest in infrastructure, and support small businesses! 

    It’s no surprise, then, that he received the prestigious Spirit of Enterprise award by the US Chamber of Commerce. At an event that was hosted by the Paramus Chapter at Garden State Plaza, I was honored to speak in his support. I reinforced the contributions of groups like BCPWN and described ECG’s recent WBENC certification; something that other women business owners may want to explore. I promise to dedicate more space to its value in a future post, but for anyone who’s interested, you can visit them

    So it’s been an exciting time for our growing community. As I mentioned in a recent Facebook post from my business, I’m committed to keeping the conversation going and helping address the issues with actionable steps.

    I look forward to working with you to make sure that our voices are heard, and to help make an impact on each of our communities.

  • 04/25/2018 3:44 PM | Deleted user

    When it comes to business relationships, it’s important to focus as much on the word “relationship” as on the word "business." It’s often the small, personal gestures that mean the most to people. 

    Saying “thank you” is one of them.


    It’s amazing how far a simple “thank you” can go. Research shows that customers spend more and vendors are more likely to pay on time if they’re thanked regularly. 

    Here are five fun and fabulous ways to show your appreciation:

    1. Send a Treat. Who doesn’t love presents?

    2. Spend Quality Time Together. Schedule breakfast or lunch at your customer’s office. Invite the entire team – and then just chat.
    3. Write a Note. Can you remember the last time you received a handwritten thank-you card? This old-school approach is a proven way of showing gratitude.
    4. Start a Loyalty Program. Customers love the red-carpet treatment. Keep it simple – the easier your program is to understand, the more value it will have.
    5. Reward the Social Media-Savvy. Pop-up promotions and exclusive deals are the way to your followers’ hearts.

      Never underestimate the power of a sincere expression of gratitude. It’s a tried and true strategy for keeping the lines of communication open between you and your customers while keeping your business top-of-mind.

    • 04/18/2018 11:55 PM | Deleted user

      Keri Riccardi, co-owner of the Video Marketing Group is this month's member spotlight. Below, Keri shares her thoughts on networking, offers valuable career advice and gives us a peek at her interests when she's not working! 

      If you have your own news to share (our community is over 2,000 strong and growing!) and would like to be featured in an upcoming profile, complete this short survey and ensure that your membership is in good standing. 


      Mary E. Adams
      Executive Director, BCPWN

      Member Spotlight: Keri Riccardi, Co-Owner of the Video Marketing Group

      What's your "elevator pitch"? Tell us about your business.
      I love helping others express their passion, purpose, and mission. Through video content produced in my studio or on-location, corporations, small businesses, and non-profits have the power to convey their message through meaningful and deliberate video clips for their websites and social media, which engages their viewers/potential clients 24/7.

      What's your favorite networking tip?
      Leave your business cards in your office because networking is not a card game that involves dealing out your cards. It’s all about getting to know others and cultivating relationships with them.

      What is some of the best career advice you've been given?
      Seek opportunities to collaborate with non-profit organizations that strive to help, educate, and empower others.

      What are the words you work by (or what is your motto when it comes to the way you approach your career)?
      It’s all up to me! I am the one who is solely responsible for my decisions, words, actions, thoughts, and beliefs. No one ever is to blame.

      What are your hobbies and interests outside of your job?
      I love snowboarding, acting, writing, fashion, yoga, running, and promoting others (restaurants, businesses, people, charities, events.)

      Where do you find the most inspiration?
      I’m always invigorated by someone’s commitment to improving or enriching the lives of those in need. I’m also inspired by those who are open to growth and change.

      Click here to visit the Video Marketing Group website and check out Keri's business on Facebook

    • 04/11/2018 11:25 AM | Deleted user

      Working in today’s world is rushed, fast…you don’t want to miss a beat. Don’t want to miss a meeting. Don’t want to miss any information…but when your body and physical health issues slow you down, your work (and even your social life) can become compromised.

      At our upcoming May 2018 BCPWN First Friday Luncheon, we’ll be joined by Jennifer Collard, a local Physical Therapist, who specializes Women’s Pelvic and Abdominal  Health at Total Health Associates in Waldwick, NJ. Jen will speak openly and honestly about core and pelvic floor health issues, and the effects they have on the lives of women.

      She’ll explore easy ways to work your core and pelvic floor during your work day and commute, to help improve confidence, productivity, overall health and decrease stress. And also share how a variety of daily postures and activities leads to a healthy core.

      Here are Jen’s 4 Tips for setting yourself up for core and pelvic floor success: 

      1. Learn How to Properly do a Kegel: Alignment of your body can influence success. Remember to fully relax the pelvic floor after activating it. Muscles need to strengthen and lengthen…even the pelvic floor,which is comprised of a series of muscles. Lots of different cues can help a person learn to perform this muscle activation and relaxation properly. Try thinking to yourself: “squeeze and lift your bottom as if you are sitting on a cold seat”, “exhale and squeeze and lift.”

      2. Eliminate These Items from your Diet: Coffee, artificial sweeteners and carbonated drinks are among the items that can irritate the bladder and cause increased frequency to the restroom. Avoid or limit these right before an important meeting that you need to be present for the entire time or during a long commute. While on the flip side - dehydrating yourself (voluntarily drinking less or no water) is NOT the solution, either. Deydration irritates the lining of the bladder. The solution? Simple: 8 glasses of flat water each day.

      3. Be Posture Perfect: Variability in posture, position and activity level throughout the day is important for core, pelvic floor, respiratory, circulatory and especially stress management. Set these systems up for success by moving and changing position every 20 minutes or so, align your ribcage over your pelvis to normalize pressure and activate core with proper pressure, avoid contracting or gripping your buttocks or abdominals throughout the day as this put overbearing pressure onto the pelvic floor organs, respiration and circulation. Take a deep, slow cleansing breath each hour or even more often if possible.

      4. STOP “JIC’ing” (Just In Case) toileting: JIC’ing trains your bladder to “go” too frequently. Normal urination frequency during the day is between 4-6x’s/day. To defer/inhibit urge to use the restroom: Breathe slow, stay calm, distract your mind to decrease the signal to bladder, do a few Kegels (the right way). Slowly and calmly proceed to restroom if urge can not be delayed.

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