Tips for Success for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners
by Pamela Kleibrink Thompson Photos by Kimberlee Miller
After trying other networking groups and not finding the coaching advice that she finds invaluable, Eagle resident Patricia Noel Drain founded Idaho Women Business Owners (IWBO) in 2012 “out of my own personal need to be with other like minded professionals that took their business seriously. Every month we have an Interactive Business Coaching Session, where we learn tools and techniques that help our businesses grow. Our featured member speakers add inspiration and wisdom. I literally would have had no business network if I didn’t have IWBO.”
Two of the people in that network are Julee Huston and Rachelle Giles.
Julee Huston, Business Coach for taking action on goals and dreams, based in Boise, was honored with the inaugural IWBO of the Year award in 2016. She says, “The IWBO has helped me find the determination and the courage to become the person I’m supposed to be. IWBO helped me hone in on what my true skills and passions are. The bonding that happens at our meetings is unique to other meet up groups I am a part of.” Huston reminds us to “Live with passion today!”
Rachelle Giles, The Prosperous Hairdresser, a business coach for hairstylists based in Eagle, is the most recent Idaho Women Business Owner of the year recipient. She notes, “The IWBO taught me to recognize my full potential as an entrepreneur; that I am more than just a hairdresser, I am an educator, speaker, author, mentor, professional problem solver, and coach.” What she likes most about IWBO is “the community of support, a sense of belonging, the training that Patricia Noel Drain presents each month, and the ability to hone my skills as a speaker and educator.”
Also a speaker and business mentor, Drain is taking the IWBO a step forward with the inaugural Reinvention Convention to be held April 26 and 27 at Spurwing. This conference is for businesswomen, entrepreneurs and those who are always reinventing, re-organizing and re purposing, and pursuing growth. Both Huston and Giles will be on the panel of five minute presentations– The Power of Believing in Yourself. Other panels will be comprised of the authors in The Year of the Woman Is Now Volume 2 talking about why they chose that topic. Drain will be launching her book Discovering Your Core at the event and shortly afterwards will be starting a podcast called Biz Women Reinvent.
Drain will be presenting “The Art of Reinventing You” at the Reinvention Convention. Notes Drain, “I called reinventing an art because the deeper you go inside and realize what it is you love, what gives you inspiration and excitement, that’s where the core is.” Drain will also present with Lulu Grace on “The Spiritual and Practical Side of Business.” Other presenters include Linda Binns from Portland (The Power Behind the Highly Sensitive Professionals), Rosemary Price from Phoenix (Living an Exuberant Life) and Lynette Bushman (Don’t Be the Best Kept Secret).
With only 70 seats available, new friendships and collaborations are possible outcomes of attending. If you feel you could be doing so much more with your gifts and talents, or you want to be able to see the possibilities which could lead to more prosperity and creativity, you’ll want to attend the Reinvention Convention. “Its focus is to unlock your potential, and give you permission to play a much bigger game.”