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Cancellation by the Women Business Owner Network – Triangle (“WBON – Triangle”) WBON – Triangle reserves the right to refuse a new membership registration or the renewal of an existing member, as permitted by law. 

Cancellation by Applicant or Member

New, or renewing, members may elect to cancel their membership for any reason within five (5) days after submitting their registration and will receive a full refund less a service processing fee of $20 within 45 business days of making their request . Cancellation requests received after five (5) days of the stated deadline are not be eligible for a refund. No exceptions.

Member Benefits

All further membership benefits and incentives will terminate upon cancellation. 


Cancellation or Postponement

WBON – Triangle reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to cancel or postpone events it deems non-viable, including but not limited to those events with low registration, or those threatened by inclement weather.

Cancellation by WBON of the Triangle

Registrants for events cancelled by WBON of the Triangle will receive a full refund within 45 business days of the event cancellation upon request within 7 days of the event cancelled. 

Postponement by WBON of the Triangle

WBON – Triangle reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to provide registrants for events postponed by WBON – Triangle .If and event is postponed, the registration will be transferred to the rescheduled event.

Cancellation by Member or Guest

Refunds are not be available for members or guests who do not to attend an event they registered for.

Refund Process for a cancelled event

  • Refund requests will be accepted by Mail sent to

    Women Business Owner Network of the Triangle
    within the deadline periods stated above.

  • PO Box 1346 Cary NC 27512

  • All refund requests must be made by the member, attendee, or credit card holder, and will be refunded in the original form of payment.
  • Refunds will be processed within 45 business days of receipt.
  • To facilitate the refund process, please include your name as it appears on the credit card, the event name (if applicable), and/ or the transaction number.


SECOND WEDNESDAY of the month 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Please check program schedule. Dates can change for Special Events


May 2020

What's the best way to rehire employeesreopen my store,what's happening in Phase 1what if my employees don't want to return? These are just a few of the questions that you have right now.


One of the hardest things for business owners is bringing back employees who are making more money on unemployment through the CARES Act extra supplementation of $600 per week. When you are ready to re-open, an employer is required to extend an offer to return and if the employee refuses, in most cases, they can't continue to collect unemployment. However, that may not be the case if they don't have childcare, or have a family member with COVID-19, or have another legitimate reason. Communicate with your team. Understand that this is a nuanced challenge for you as the employer and that whether or not it seems fair that they may not want to return, you need a team who wants to support your business. Think about how you can incentivize and build your employees up and recognize them during this time.


Don't forget to also:


·     Have a strong safety plan. Walk through each part of your employee and customer's experience. Do you have adequate signage that you are re-opening or walking your customers through the purchasing process? If you are requiring/asking customers to wear masks, do you also offer them for sale? Are you following CDC guidelines. Here's a handy OSHA guide.


·     Honor existing customers and their loyalty to your business. If you are a service that people have been without (hair, nails, retail, etc.,), think about how you can allow your best customers to book first, email and call them to let them know how they can book, plan for high demand and make it easy for customers to purchase your product or service. Don't be complacent and expect them to come back. Be proactive. Be sensitive. 


·     Let technology be your friend. Email your clients to let them know how they can support your business this summer. Make it easy to book with you by using an electronic calendar service like YouCanBook.me or Calendly. Offer e-gift cards, allow customers to pay without having to manually hand you a card. Remember that not all customers have a card and have a plan in place to serve customers who want to pay in cash. 


Check out this suggestion from Inc. with helpful to-do's and not-to's for reopening. I also found this Reopening Playbook from the US Chamber very helpful. You may also decide to use these checklists as a guide. If you offer a service like a salon, read this reboot guide. And last, the City of Raleigh is providing a webinar on Wednesday at 10:30am - Mindful Re-opening - Safety precautions for small businesses.


As you think about marketing your reopened business, join us on Monday, May 18th for our FREE Virtual Marketing Summit. We will be using this opportunity to apply marketing essentials for a good reopening strategy.


You can attend all four sessions or choose the ones that you find helpful. Register here.


Marketing Summit Agenda

Keynote: How to Create and Stick to a Marketing Plan

12:00-1:00 PM

Presented by Tonya Snider


Session 1: Identify Which Social Media Platforms to Use

1:00-2:00 PM

Presented by Lorelei Garnes


Session 2: How to Build a Mailing List and Use Email to Win Business

2:00-3:00 PM

Presented by Aaron Means


Session 3: Building Relationships for Sales

3:00-4:00 PM

Presented by Russ Seagle


Need 1x1 help navigating next steps as you think about reopening and rebooting? Our professional counselors can provide assistance with everything from starting to growing, and navigating COVID-19 related challenges. Sign up hereAll counseling is free of charge (paid for by your tax dollars).


To our rockstar small business community. You are strong, you are resilient, you can do hard things.


My best,




Director, Wake Tech Small Business Center


p.s. I'm currently listening to Brene Brown's, Unlocking Us podcast. While her work isn't specifically targeted to small business owners, I promise that you'll be a better business owner and person if you listen with an open heart. These episodes are powerful. Drop me a line and let me know which one stopped you in your tracks. 

Upcoming Schedule

The following workshops and seminars are FREE. Click the title to register. 

See our full schedule at


Mindful Re-opening - Safety precautions for small businesses - Provided by the City of Raleigh

Wednesday, May 13

10:30 AM


¿Cómo iniciar un negocio?

Thursday, May 14

6:30-8:00 PM


Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Webinar for Employers - Provided by the US Dept of Labor

Wednesday, May 20th

10:00 AM


Self-Publishing for 

Business Owners

Thursday, May 21

6:30-8:00 PM


Desarollando Un Plan De Marketing 

Thursday, May 21

6:30-8:00 PM


Hands-On Social Media Workshop

Tuesday, May 26

6:30-8:00 PM


Register Here

Please click on the link below to view the information.

Highlights of the CARES Act

I am glad to share this information with you. I hope you find it helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know.


Cathy Easop
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
620 Dr Calvin Jones Highway 
Suite 204
Wake Forest, NC 27587
(919) 554-4199

Financial Resources for Your Business

& Tips for Applying for a Disaster Relief Loan


SBA Disaster Relief Loans

·     Apply directly online during off-peak hours (before 7am or after 7pm)

·     Print out the paperwork from the SBA website ahead of time and review all of the requested information so that you can complete the electronic application quickly. 

·     Loans are up to $2 million, 3.75% for for-profit businesses. Businesses are not required to take the loan if offered and there is no pre-payment penalty.

·     Applications take 8-21 days for processing.

·     If you think you'll need it, apply.

For a full list of resources and assistance, visit the Small Business Center Website and click on the COVID-19 Banner.


Our counseling team can help you navigate this crises and determine the best next steps for your business.


New clients: Request acounseling session here then click the link below to schedule an appointment.


Existing Clients book a Session Here


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COVID-19 Webinars

Webinar Schedule

Please note that you will receive the webinar access information 24 hours and 1 hour before the session will start.

Prepare Your Business to Borrow Money Now Before Negative Economic Shifts

Tuesday, March 31st

9:30-10:30 AM


Pre-Register for Access

Pre-Launch Series: Creating Wealth & Access to Funding Week 4

Tuesday, March 31st

6:30 - 8:00 PM


Pre-Register for Access

Keeping Customers

and Employees Safe

During Unsettling Times

Thursday, April 2

9:30-10:30 AM


Pre-Register for Access

Promoting Your Business and Products During a Crisis

Saturday, April 4

9:30-10:30 AM


Pre-Register for Access

Ideas to Keep Cash Flowing During a Pandemic Shutdown

Tuesday, April 7

9:30-10:30 AM


Pre-Register for Access

Pre-Launch Series: Building Your Brand & Your Path to Your Customers Week 5

Tuesday, April 7

6:30-8:00 PM


Pre-Register for Access

Grant Writing 101

Tuesday, April 7

12:00-1:30 PM



Pre-Register for Access

How to Manage Employees 

As Coronavirus Spreads

Thursday, April 9

9:30-10:30 AM


Pre-Register for Access

Business Planning and Strategizing as a 

Coronavirus Antidote

Tuesday, April 14

9:30-10:30 AM


Pre-Register for Access

Pre-Launch Series: Choose Your Business Structure, Register Your Business, and Next Steps Week 6

Tuesday, April 14

6:30 - 8:00 PM


Pre-Register for Access

Best Practices for Communicating with Customers and Employees in Light of COVID-19

Thursday, April 16

9:30-10:30 AM


Pre-Register for Access

Black Business Momentum: Startup - Your Roadmap/Lean Canvas Business Model

Thursday, April 21

6:30 - 8:00 PM


Pre-Register for Access

Financial Freedom: The 90-Day Focus w/Lady Bizness

Thursday, April 23

6:30 - 8:00 PM


Pre-Register for Access

Pre-Launch Series: How do I Make Money? The Basics of Money. Week 7

Tuesday, April 28

6:30 - 8:00 PM


Pre-Register for Access

Pre-Launch Series: What Does it Really Take? The Secret to “Success” and Your Business Week 8

Tuesday, May 5

6:30 - 8:00 PM


Pre-Register for Access

WBON of the Triangle

wants to support your business during this difficult time.

We understand you also want to help other business women. Tell us how? 

Do you own a restaurant and are offering curbside service or delivery?

Do you own a retail establishment and we can support you through your website?

Do you own a medical practice or nutritional establishment that can help support the health of others?

Do you work with the community in outreach?

Tell us how we can support your business and support people in need? 

Contact: Jodi Free President of WBON of the Triangle Jodih@platinumbusinessnc.com

To view this email as a web page, go here.

C-Suite Perspectives May 3

Applicants are Encouraged to Apply Quickly for Maximum Qualifying Amount 

The U.S. Small Business Administration has granted Gov. Cooper’s request to provide financial assistance to North Carolina small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Applications are now open and businesses are encouraged to apply quickly!

We have a blog posted on our website that details important information about interest rates, required documentation, and how long it will take the SBA to process your application.

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we will get through this!


CDC’s Official Website for COVID-19 Updates:


State of North Carolina’s Official COVID-19 Webpage:


Jimmy Fallon Hosting “The Tonight Show” from Home (gotta keep things light):


Tips for Working at Home:




Ideas and Free Educational Materials for Kids at Home:

Scholastic’s Free Learn at Home Program       https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Khan Academy Free Learning              https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vSZhOdEPAWjUQpqDkVAlJrFwxxZ9Sa6zGOq0CNRms6Z7DZNq-tQWS3OhuVCUbh_-P-WmksHAzbsrk9d/pub

Crash Course YouTube Channel               https://thecrashcourse.com/

How To Stay Busy At Home During The Coronavirus Outbreak —

& Support Small Businesses At The Same Time

Olivia Harrison

Refinery29 March 16, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has created a lot of problems. One major negative effect of the pandemic is that small businesses are suffering. As more people are staying in, these establishments are losing customers and money, which is a big deal for small stores. Another (admittedly less pressing) issue that has arisen as a result of COVID-19 is that many of us suddenly have a lot more free time on our hands, and we don’t know what to do with it. It turns out, there are several ways to tackle both these problems at once.

If social distancing has you stuck inside going stir crazy, there are several activities you can do to pass the time and keep yourself grounded, and many of those activities can be done with the help of local businesses. Ahead, you’ll find our suggestions for how to stay busy during the coronavirus outbreak while also supporting small businesses in your area.

Take a virtual class

While gathering in a classroom might not be advisable right now, thanks to the power of the internet, classes of all kinds are still available. Learning something new and thinking critically are great ways to stave off cabin fever. Since many small language schools in the U.S. and abroad have been forced to shut down in-person sessions, look into how you can support them by signing up for virtual language classes.

If it’s your body that needs exercising right now and not just your mind, check to see if local fitness studios are streaming sessions with instructors. It’s tempting to sit in one spot all day when you have nowhere to be, but exercise is know to help with anxiety, and right now, many of us could use all the help we can get in that department. 

Start a craft project

In the past, have you’ve bristled at the “what are your hobbies” question simply because you don’t have time to do anything just for its own sake? Well, now you might actually have the bandwidth to pick up a hobby, and why not look to the arts and crafts arena? Find a small arts and crafts supply store in your area and purchase everything you’ll need to create a masterpiece ( they ship products to you): think yarn and needles for knitting, needlepoint kits, or paints and canvases. If you’re nervous about starting a new creative project, use the store as a resource — one of the best things about small businesses is that those who work at them are almost always extremely passionate about their area of expertise. They’ll likely have advice on where you should start.

Do puzzles & play games

Another great way to put your brain to work is by doing a puzzle. Whether it’s a traditional jigsaw or a book of Sudoku, puzzles are extremely stimulating, and they can be purchased at local game shops.

If you’re looking to compete against someone other than yourself, get some board or card games from that small business. Ask the shopkeepers for their suggestions for the most invigorating and entertaining games that can include all your family.

Bake or cook something special

Instead of going straight to the grocery for deliveries , take the extra time — we know you have it or else you wouldn’t be reading this article — to see if independent grocers or farmers markets in your area are offering delivery. If so, order ingredients to cook something that’s outside of your regular quick -dinner rotation. 

Small specialty food stores might also carry baking kits that can help you whip up a treat you’d usually only ever buy at a fancy bakery. Instead of binging Great British Bake Off for the umpteenth time, get off the couch and make something spectacular yourself.

Read Some Books

All those books you’ve been meaning to read can finally get the attention they deserve. Reach out to your local book store to see how they’re handling the coronavirus outbreak. If the show is delivering or open to quick pop-ins from a limited number of customers at a time, stock up on a pile of books and get to reading.

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