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Upcoming events

    • Tue, February 09, 2016
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Tornino's Banquets, 5080 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA


    Please join us on February 9 in welcoming our guest speaker, Craig Scharton who will tell us all that is happening in downtown Fresno.


    Craig Scharton Bio

    Craig Scharton is the owner of Peeve’s Public House & Local Market. Peeve’s Public House features locally-sourced, seasonal food in a casual pub atmosphere. Craig is also the Fulton Project Manager for the Downtown Fresno Partnership. Each Spring he teaches Urban Entrepreneurship at Fresno State. He also leads the Fresno Downtown Academy which is now in its 4th cohort. Craig is on the Board of the Fresno Housing Authority (Board Chair 2014/2015) and on the Board of the California Restaurant Association.

    Craig Scharton was the Director of the Downtown and Community Revitalization Department for the City of Fresno. During his career, he has served as a local elected official, a real estate entrepreneur, and as a non-profit executive director of two Main Street programs and the Central Valley Business Incubator. He is a Lecturer for a course titled Urban Entrepreneurship, through Fresno State’s Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and has an M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.

    Craig has attracted investors, been the general managing partner for 200,000 square feet of commercial space in downtown Fresno, secured millions of dollars of financing for entrepreneurs, and worked with hundreds of small businesses. In 2002, he was elected by his peers to serve as the President of the California Main Street Alliance, representing the 39 best downtown revitalization organizations in the state.

    As a Fresno Councilman, Craig and the neighborhood developed the Tower District Specific Plan (Fresno’s first neighborhood conservation plan) and wrote and passed the 50% Shade Tree Ordinance. He has been a speaker for the National Main Street’s Annual Conference and for the Nation Trust for Historic Preservation.

    Invite friends who might be interested and get them to register online.

    All registrations for this luncheon must be made online prior to luncheon.

    Check in and Networking starts at 11.10 am.

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    Luncheon Sponsors

    Judy Strickler - Juice Plus/Tower Garden
    Teresa King - GSCCS

    Downtown Fresno Revitalization"

    Speaker: Craig Scharton

    • Mon, February 22, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • DiCicco's, 5251 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, 93710
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     Starting your own venture is challenging. But the going gets tougher when it comes to running your small business successfully. There are big names in every industry, but customers despite the luxury being offered to them, keep coming back to small businesses. The reason? Customer service.

    Small businesses are known for going the extra mile to better their customer’s experience. Each customer is treated as an individual and not a number, which is not the case in large businesses and corporations – to them, it is the sales that matter.

    Customer care should be at the heart of your business if you want to build customer loyalty and bring in new business.

    There is always room for improvement. About one-third (34 percent) judged service between large and small companies to be about the same, and 7 percent said No Companies provide good service these days and that is what our discussion will be for the February meeting.

    Pay for own meal and drinks.

    Non-members are welcome to attend one time!

     Check out more about the FWN Small Business Owners Mastermind

    • Tue, March 08, 2016
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Tornino's Banquets, 5080 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA


    Please join us on March 8 as we will be presenting and discussing Social Media Tips for Success and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers.

    Less carbohydrates? Check. More exercise? Check. Now for the really important stuff: upping your social-media game. Social media–whether Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Instagram - is here to stay and will remain important to enhancing your personal and professional relationships.

    In today’s connected world, customers research purchases online and seek recommendations from friends and family. So, it’s in the best interest of small businesses to have a vibrant and interactive social media presence.

    The time to embrace social media is now. It’s where your customers are, so go to them! Don’t be afraid to get close to them and give them a big squeeze.

    Invite friends who might be interested and get them to register online.

    All registrations for this luncheon must be made online and paid prior to luncheon.

    Check in and Networking starts at 11.10 am.

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    Luncheon Sponsors

    Dr. Treva Lee, DDS
    Karen Bowser - Forever
    Debbie Milla - The Discovery Center
    Anne Marie Avellar - AAA

    • Mon, March 21, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • DiCicco's, 5251 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, 93710
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     Between handling customer complaints, keeping track of employee work schedules and monitoring expenses, running a small business is hard work. If you’re looking to increase productivity and organization - or just make your life as an entrepreneur a little easier - a good app might be just what you need.

    Which small business apps are best? That will largely depend on your business and your own preferences. If you don’t have the time to wade through an endless list of apps, we’ve plucked several tried-and-true options to get you started. 

    Do you have a smartphone or tablet you would like to use more effectively in your business? At the March SBO meeting we will be discussing mobile apps that can help you whether you are in the office or on the go. Have a personal favorite to recommend then you can share it with us!

    Pay for own meal and drinks.

    Non-members are welcome to attend one time!

     Check out more about the FWN Small Business Owners Mastermind

    • Tue, March 29, 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 137 N. Yosemite Fresno, CA 93701


    You won’t find BLT listed on a menu under “sandwiches.” It is unique to Evangel Home and BLT stands for “Bite of Lunch and a Tour,” and is geared towards providing churches, service clubs and other groups with a special program opportunity. Evangel Home has custom created this event to suit the Fresno Women's Network and can accommodate up to 30 guests for lunch. Plan to arrive at 11:00 am.

    Your visit will start with a brief orientation about Evangel Home, followed by a staff-led tour where you will learn all about Evangel Home. After the tour, you will enjoy a delicious lunch while visiting with our staff and residents - something our women really enjoy.

    We invite all our members to attend this event on March 29th and please register for catering purposes. Non-members welcome and bring a friend!


    Evangel Home does not sell any donated items. The majority of items are used on our property in one of our programs. If we receive an abundance of any item or product, we pass it on to former residents or other ministries.

    Check out the Evangel Home website to see what their needs are and bring along to the BLT as a donation.

    • Tue, April 12, 2016
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Tornino's Banquets, 5080 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA


    Candid Discussions led by Facilitators on HOT TOPICS!

    We invite you to join us for this special luncheon hosted by the FWN Small Business Owners Mastermind Group (SBO) and we want you to participate in the discussions. Bring plenty of business cards to share as you will find that you will be in demand because you are going to get the chance to talk about yourself, your work and be part of the discussion you select at registration.

    Invite friends who might be interested and get them to register and select their discussion group.

    This is all about you and the people around you and a great chance to get to know each other better. You will be introducing yourself at the table so be prepared with a 30 second elevator speech!

    See the HOT Topics below and register early as there are only 7 seats available at each table and most of the luncheon will be devoted to you, those at your table and discussion. 

    Hot Topic Table Discussions

    Table 1 - "The Art of Building Relationships"
    (Facilitator: Karen Bowser)

    Table 2 - "Techniques for Overcoming Procrastination"
    (Facilitator: Betty Goertzen)

    Table 3 -"Networking. How to Meet the Right People" 
    (Facilitator: Dr. Treva Lee)

    Table 4 - "How to be Perceived as an Expert"
    (Facilitator: Connie Smith)

    Table 5 - "Millennial Personality Traits that You Can't Ignore"
    (Facilitator: Suzanne Moles)


    All registrations for this luncheon must be made online before the luncheon for table allocation! 

    Check in and Networking starts at 11.10 am.

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    Luncheon Sponsors

    Betty Goertzen - Develop, Design Do It

    Debra Slaybaugh - Equine Guided Learning

    • Mon, April 18, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • DiCicco's, 5251 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, 93710
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    Are you living the dream, or are you living a hectic nightmare?

     Many entrepreneurs love what they do, but they struggle with achieving work-life balance - that idyllic, elusive goal of working manageable hours (9 to 5, anyone?), having free time to spend with loved ones and on personally fulfilling activities, and, on top of all that, getting enough sleep, healthy meals and exercise to maintain a well-rounded life.

    Who couldn’t use a few more hours in the day or week? Entrepreneurs of all stripes report that one of the biggest challenges to starting a company is determining out how to harmoniously integrate their professional and personal lives. Work too hard, and your relationships and even your health could suffer; focus too much on private time, and you stand to lose your competitive edge. But there is a middle ground.

    Believe it or not, you have much more control over your day than you realize. Are you ready to get a grip on your day and slay overwhelm? At the April SBO meeting we will be discussing how you can achieve this balance.

    Pay for own meal and drinks.

    Non-members are welcome to attend one time!

     Check out more about the FWN Small Business Owners Mastermind

    • Tue, May 10, 2016
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Tornino's Banquets, 5080 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA


    Please join us on May 10 in welcoming our guest speaker, Dr. Joseph I. Castro, President, California State University, Fresno who will be speaking about community/student relationships.


    Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., M.P.P.
    President, California State University, Fresno

    Dr Joseph I. Castro

    Joseph I. Castro was appointed as the eighth president of California State University, Fresno on August 1, 2013. He is the first Central Valley native to serve in this leadership position. Dr. Castro also serves as Professor of Educational Leadership in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

    Prior to his appointment at Fresno State, he served as Vice Chancellor, Student Academic Affairs, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) from 2006-13. During that time, he led an array of departments that served the academic needs of UCSF’s talented and diverse student body.

    He received a B.A. in political science and M.P.P. in public policy from University of California, Berkeley and Ph.D. in higher education policy and leadership from Stanford University.

    Dr. Castro was recently selected as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year by the University of California, Berkeley Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy. He is also the recipient of the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award at UCSF and the 2010 University of California Student Association’s Administrator of the Year Award. In 2012, the UCSF Council of Minority Organizations recognized Dr. Castro for his extraordinary contributions to advancing diversity at UCSF.

    Dr. Castro is the grandson of farmworkers from Mexico and members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. He was born and raised in Hanford, CA and is the first person in his family to graduate from a university. He and his wife, Mary, have three children, Isaac, Lauren and Jess.


    Invite friends who might be interested and get them to register online.

    All registrations for this luncheon must be made online prior to luncheon.

    Check in and Networking starts at 11.10 am.

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    Luncheon Sponsors

    • Mon, May 16, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • DiCicco's, 5251 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, 93710
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    What every Small Business Owner should know in regards to taxes.


    Dealing with taxes is a fact of life for small business owners.


    Annual expenditures for taxes for most owners is likely their largest outlay each year, exceeding rent or mortgage payments, marketing costs, and vehicle expenses (the only possible larger expenditure is payroll).

    Beyond payments to the government for all of the taxes you pay - income taxes on profits; Social Security, Medicare, and other employment taxes like sales taxes, property taxes, and excise taxes—there are other tax-related costs: your time and effort in record keeping and fees to your tax advisers. So, taxes are a big deal.

    All small business owners deal with several different taxes to several different agencies. Tips on how to handle all the different agencies and when you should do it yourself or get a professional involved. Tips to filing the different tax returns and forms and when the forms are required and due.

    Also, if you find yourself in an audit, tax collection matter, or penalties assessed. What or who you should turn to first and tips on handling this stressful time.

    SBO member, Alana Gabrielson, CPA will be leading this discussion and getting us on the right track with our tax questions.

    Pay for own meal and drinks.

    Non-members are welcome to attend one time!

     Check out more about the FWN Small Business Owners Mastermind

    • Tue, June 14, 2016
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Tornino's Banquets, 5080 North Blackstone Avenue, Fresno, CA


    Please join us at the luncheon on Tuesday, June 14th as the Fresno Women’s Network has the pleasure of awarding scholarships to hard-working, deserving students who truly exhibit the mission of our Network. 

    Thank you to our Scholarship Committee who work hard to review all applicant submissions. Every year, we have many exemplary students apply and this year was no different.

    A big thank you goes to all of you who contribute generously to our scholarships, as every dollar counts! Tuesday, you will be able to see how your generosity benefits others.  Please join us in celebrating our 2016 scholarship recipients; they are amazing ladies and an inspiration to all of us.

    Luncheon Sponsors


    • Mon, June 20, 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • DiCicco's, 5251 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, 93710
    • 25


    There are many different ways to look at communication in the small-business world - from the individual formats such as writing and speaking, to different contexts such as client communication and employee management. Body language, tone of voice, word choice, message clarification and communication style all come into play, and can make the difference between success and failure in interpersonal transactions and interactions.

    Your success as an entrepreneur is determined in large part by your ability to communicate. You can be the best at what you do, but if you’re not communicating effectively with clients, staff and the market, then you’re missing opportunities.

    Communication helps us learn about new opportunities, manage our education, and ultimately maintain and cultivate important connections. But it also helps within a business; with employees, customers, and in virtually every other aspect of business.

    Be part of the discussion on June 20th and develop effective business communication skills.

    Pay for own meal and drinks.

    Non-members are welcome to attend one time!

     Check out more about the FWN Small Business Owners Mastermind

Past events

Mon, January 18, 2016 Millennials: Work Ethics and Personality Traits You Can’t Ignore - SBO Dinner Meeting
Tue, January 12, 2016 50 Shades of Business! - January Luncheon
Tue, December 08, 2015 FWN Christmas Luncheon
Mon, November 16, 2015 "The Power of Images in Social Media Marketing" - SBO Dinner Meeting
Tue, November 10, 2015 "Networking Outside Your Comfort Zone" - November Luncheon
Thu, October 22, 2015 "What Men and Women in Business Can Learn From Each Other" - SBO Dinner Meeting
Tue, October 13, 2015 Bra LaLa - October Dinner
Thu, September 17, 2015 SBO Dinner Meeting - "The ABCs of an Effective Business Pivot"
Tue, September 08, 2015 September Luncheon - The Brand Equation: Communicating your Message to the Community
Thu, August 20, 2015 SBO Dinner Meeting - "Traits of Courageous Leaders"
Tue, August 11, 2015 August Luncheon - 50 Shades of Business!
Sat, August 08, 2015 "Girls Day Trip" - Shopping Spree at Tulare Outlet
Thu, July 23, 2015 SBO Dinner Meeting
Thu, July 16, 2015 Third Thursday ArtHop "Martini Magic" Mixer
Thu, June 18, 2015 SBO Dinner Meeting
Tue, June 09, 2015 Scholarship Dinner
Thu, May 21, 2015 SBO Dinner Meeting
Tue, May 12, 2015 May Luncheon
Thu, April 23, 2015 SBO Dinner Meeting
Tue, April 14, 2015 Spring Fling
Thu, March 19, 2015 SBO Dinner Meeting
Tue, March 10, 2015 March Luncheon
Thu, February 19, 2015 SBO Dinner Meeting
Tue, February 10, 2015 Dinner Meeting
Tue, January 20, 2015 SBO Dinner Meeting
Tue, January 13, 2015 January Luncheon
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