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2021 Regional Conference – Connect, Learn and Grow!

Posted by Ardis Bazyn, President of ABWA Verdugo-Glen Chapter

The 2021 ABWA Virtual Regional Conferences are the springboard for you to learn about membership, Best Practices in League Management and learn about the newest resources from ABWA National. In addition, you will learn from today’s business leaders relevant information to help you in today’s work environment.

Eastern Conference     February 12-13

  • Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Saturday  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone)

Western Conference    February 19-20

  • Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time Zone)
  • Saturday  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  (Pacific Time Zone)

Central Conference     March 5-6

  • Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Central Time Zone)
  • Saturday  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  (Central Time Zone)

Register today and take advantage of the opportunity to attend one, two or all three conferences at a great rate. Learn more about the Regional Conference activities, speakers and the agenda by going to the ABWA website/Events page.

Are you still not sure if attending a virtual conference is for you? Here is what other ABWA members said about last year’s conferences:

I have attended many national conferences, and this one was one of the best! The efforts using a virtual format were very successful.  Mary Shippe, D.C. Charter Chapter

What an awesome conference, it far exceeded my expectations. The speakers were relevant and informative.  Linda Williams, Hidden Hills Chapter 

I thought the conference was very well done. Great content and professional delivery. I found myself very tuned in and engaged with this conference. Bravo to all involved!  Leigh Roberson, Women of Magnitude Express Network

Now is the time to Reimagine Your Future!

Remembering Lynn White-Shelby

Posted by Ardis Bazyn, President of ABWA Verdugo-Glen Chapter

Lynn celebrated her 40th anniversary in the Verdugo Glen Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) in June, 2020. She had served as President (5 terms), other offices, and chair of many committees. She introduced and mentored 45 women members into the Association, winning the ABWA Inner Circle Blue Sapphire Award. We’ll miss her many efforts in our community and beyond.

Lynn retired in 2002 from ACCO ENGINEERED SYSTEMS as Secretary to the President and Rideshare Coordinator/Environmental Coordinator. Previously, she had worked in numerous other ventures including teaching. Her civic activities in the community are well known.

For her work with Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley organization, she was honored with the Liz Shapiro Volunteer of the Year award for teaching and mentoring at the Main Club and at Roosevelt Elementary School. Business Life magazine – Women Achiever’s Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, and the U.S. Congressional District 28 – Woman of the Year Award (Burbank), and California State Senate Woman in Business Trailblazer Award.

For the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley, she served on the Board of Directors, Board Secretary, and Board of Directors Advisory Board. She served the La Providencia Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in several capacities: Consumer Liaison, Historian, Public Relations, President, Secretary, volunteer at Thrift Shop, Providence Health Systems – Fitness Center Leadership Council, and Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center – LIVE WELL BURBANK Task Force Committee.

For her volunteering in Burbank and the County of L.A., Lynn was presented with a special award at the Burbank City Council meeting and another at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion luncheon in recognition of Older American Month. She served on the City of Burbank Senior Citizens Board, recently as Board Chairman. Other volunteering efforts included DELTA GAMMA FRATERNITY, Salvation Army Angel Tree Volunteer, Burbank Coordinating Council Holiday volunteer, Optimist Club Halloween volunteer, and Burbank Starlight Hills Committee: President, Secretary, Historian and organizing their Neighborhood Watch Committee.

Anti-Burglary Tips

(The below was taken from an article submitted by Jordan Martin, The Mulholland Brand Manufacturing Company.)

Posted by Ardis Bazyn, President of ABWA Verdugo-Glen Chapter

If you’re looking for some budget friendly tips to boost the security of your home or business, some tips below range from free to $200. There’s never been a better time to boost your security. The thing that holds people back from simple security solutions is not knowing where to start. Below are some simple tips to boost your security on a budget. By the end, you should feel confident in taking a couple steps to move forward on a security project boost.

Put Up Signage

One of the easiest ways to deter theft and burglary is to put up a security sign. According to a publication by the Electronic Security Association, a Cromwell-Olson-Avary study found that nearly all convicted burglars (90%) admitted they would avoid places equipped with security systems. This means that a simple sign that says that your place is equipped with a security system can potentially lower your chances of burglary by 90% making you significantly less likely to become a target. You can easily purchase a sign online for about $10; However, we don’t recommend using a sign promoting a fake company or promoting a company that hasn’t given you permission to use their brand. Putting up a security sign is a quick and easy solution to increased home security.

Get a Dog (Or Fake It)

If you have a dog, you probably already know that dogs can be a great early alarm system for unwanted company. Depending on your dog, they can even serve as a protective measure if things escalate. However, if you don’t own a dog and you don’t plan on owning one, you can help deter burglary by putting a sign that you do have one. These are inexpensive and can be purchased at most home improvement stores or online.

Security Lighting

Crime can occur in the dark where the public can’t see. This is why it’s important to make sure your property is well lit. We suggest using motion detectors to trigger your lights so you don’t have to think about it and it won’t needlessly drain electricity. We also suggest solar powered lights to separate the security lights from your house electricity in case the power goes out or the burglar decides to cut the electricity. Solar powered motion sensor outdoor lights can run as low as $20 per unit. Solar powered units are also easy to install yourself so you won’t need to spend money on an electrician. If you already own outdoor security lights, it’s also recommended to periodically check your lights to make sure they all work properly. Make sure all of your units are clean and operate properly.

“Someone’s Always Home”

A burglary is less likely to occur when it looks like someone’s home. If you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time, you can leave a few lights. If you’re concerned about electricity, you can switch out your lights with LED bulbs. LED bulbs use less than 1/10th the wattage of a standard halogen bulb. You can also make it sound like someone’s home by leaving a radio station on an AM talk show or playing some music. If you plan on being away for an extended period of time, have a neighbor, friend, or family member collect your mail while you’re gone. Nothing says “no one’s here” like an overflowing mailbox.

All Entrances/Exits Locked

This may sound a little too simple to be on this list, but we’re not just talking about front and back doors. Side gates tend to be left unlocked or very easy to open. Even if your gate is easy to get over, simply locking it makes your property harder to access. Do a quick walk around your property and find out what entrances or exits you may be forgetting about. While securing your home, it’s also important to consider emergency situations for all exits. In the event that you and your family need to exit your property, you should avoid locks that don’t allow you to exit quickly from the inside. This is called Free Egress. A free egress latch will always allow someone to exit from the inside, but lock from the outside. These are handy in the event of an emergency such as a fire or earthquake. An extra measure of security is to also have a deadbolt that can be locked with a key from both sides. If you and your family leave the house for a few days, this double sided key lock deadbolt makes it more difficult for a burglar to leave with valuables.

Secure Your Doors

If you’ve ever watched a cop movie, you’ve seen doors kicked in pretty easily. The fact of the matter is- this is pretty realistic. This door strike is what guides your latch or bolt into the door frame. The issue with most installations is that the screws that attach your strike into the frame are usually only about half an inch long. Behind your door frame are two studs: Your trimmer stud and your king stud. These small screws only grab onto the trimmer stud.

If someone wanted to kick your door in, they’d have to break these screws out of the wood. If you upgrade your screws to not only go into the trimmer stud but also the king stud, this takes your door strength to a whole new level. This is a simple, inexpensive way to secure your doorways is to switch these small screws with long 4” construction screws. A box of 4” screws will generally run you less than $10. The longer screws grab more wood and it’s going to take a lot more to rip these screws and break the wood. Another common type of door is sliding doors. Some of these doors have poorly designed locks that leave your home accessible with something as simple as a screwdriver. The way to secure these types of doors is by using a stick or rod that sits in the railing behind the sliding door. This ensures that even if someone was to jam their way past your lock, the door physically can’t slide past the rod. Most people have some sort of stick or rod they can use for this so it won’t even cost any money!

Secure Your Windows

A very common solution to securing your windows is installing bars; However, this can be difficult to do on a tight budget. A budget friendly solution is to use window security film. This is a layer of protective material that sticks to your glass surface and acts like a laminate. If a burglar attempts to smash your glass, this material will hold it together and make your window more durable.

Most burglaries happen very quickly and any disruption in the break-in process may dissuade the burglar from carrying through with the attempt. A failed attempt to enter a seemingly unprotected window has a good chance deterring them. You can easily purchase this material and apply it yourself; However, as it pertains to the security of your property, we recommend hiring a professional to install it.

Wifi Controlled Doorbell

There are several brands of wifi controlled doorbells that help you monitor your property from your doorstep. Most basic wifi doorbells offer ability to monitor, record, and communicate through your doorbell. These significantly increase the security of your home by allowing you to monitor your main entrance at all times. In fact, there have been many cases across the nation of these doorbells preventing package thieves and burglars. These usually cost around $100 for the most basic options and can go up to $300 for advanced features. Almost anyone can use these doorbells because they’re so easy to install.

Stranger Danger

Here’s a simple one that won’t cost you any money! Don’t open the door to strangers. While it may seem a little ridiculous to add to this list, there are plenty of people who open the door to people they don’t know without reservations. It’s even more important to teach this to children as they can be potentially overpowered by a burglar intent on entering your home. One way to help deter burglars is to respond to the door quickly. Some criminals will approach the door to see if anyone responds. When there’s no response, they may assume no one’s there and enter the home. But in some cases, it just takes a little while for someone at home to respond to the doorbell. This is where the wifi controlled doorbell can come in handy because you can respond to a door knock from your phone anywhere in the world; However, if you don’t own one of these, you can simply acknowledge the knock by yelling. If you’re not sure how to handle the situation, tell the person to go away, keep the door locked, and call the police. If you are home alone, you can always make it seem like more people are in the house by pretending to talk to someone. “George, can you see who’s at the door?”

Talk with Your Neighbors

If you simply speak with neighbors that have a direct line of sight with your property, this significantly raises the surveillance of your home.

Decoy for Valuables

Hopefully it never reaches this point, but if you are in a situation where a burglar is asking you for valuables, this tip could potentially reduce your losses in a robbery. According to the FBI, the timeframe within which a burglary is committed is between 90 seconds and 12 minutes. In general, burglars are looking to simply break in, find valuables, and get out. If you can have something prepared to hand over to get them out faster, this is ideal. This is where some sort of fake box or safe can come in handy. You can tell the burglar that this is all you have. Regardless of where you live, security shouldn’t be an afterthought. We hope that these tips give you a better sense of how to maximize security on a budget.

Series of 6 Summer Webinars Offered by ABWA National

Posted by Ardis Bazyn, President of ABWA Verdugo Glen Chapter

ABWA National has offered six Summer Summit Series webinars. The next two are coming soon. These webinars are only $10 and contain lots of tips for both your personal and professional life. The webinar on July 14th covered important tips for social networking and how to handle negative reviews. The following webinar, on July 21, will discuss how women have moved through the pandemic in a positive way. You do not need to be a current member of ABWA to take advantage of any of these webinars. Go to the national website www.abwa.org and then go to events and sign up today.

7 Steps To Getting Unstuck in Your Business Fast…

Posted by Ardis Bazyn, President of ABWA Verdugo Glen Chapter

Sharing this message from Adam Flores at Adam@adamimobflores.com

Imagine being stuck in your business for months or even years, and never finding the solutions necessary to breakthrough those limitations.

Unfortunately, this is the case for so many entrepreneurs…

They stay bottlenecked in their business and this causes stress, frustration, and many other problems within the business.

With that said…

How do you know which adjustments will be most effective for your business?

Here’s 7-steps that’ll help:

  1.  Review the services you’re providing and see if it’s really what the client wants, or if it’s something you think they want or need.
  2.  Look for ways you can provide more value to your client.
  3.  Find ways to duplicate your process, so you can pass certain tasks to a potential teammate.
  4.  Seek mentorship from those that have accomplished your desired result.
  5.  Let go of services and products that aren’t selling or serving your clients to the highest ability.
  6.  Stay hyper-focused on one to two offers max.
  7.  Spend majority of your time in marketing and sales, and not so much time on the building phase.

These small adjustments allowed our company to go from $100 K per month to over $300 K per month, by shifting our focus to our client’s needs.

Ask yourself this question…

“What’s the greatest result that I can provide to my clients,” then take that, and package the best transformational service that’ll serve them best.

I hope this insight will help you get unstuck and ultimately help you accomplish your goals.

P.S. Once you realize which shifts need to be made, it’ll allow you to put the processes in place to begin executing them. You got this!