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    Connect With Impact

    WMB Professional Network stages high caliber, energetic and inspiring, engaging events and opportunities to assist YOU in building your business. We are not about ‘just passing along business cards’, it is about creating impactful and trusting relationships that will bring your business and personal growth to another level.

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    WMB Leadership Workshops and Seminars always feature a professional keynote speaker and engage with our attendees. We listen to our network to learn from them what they want to know more about in running their business and personal development.

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    Create and grow awareness of your business with us. WMB is known for its unique and engaging events from the Business After 5 Events, Partnership in Motion Mixers, Leadership Workshops and Seminars, to Special Annual Events. Many of the yearly events feature opportunities to showcase your business.

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Alterna Savings

823 Norwest Rd , Kingston K7P 2N4, Ontario
613-634-1383

Alterna Savings

Creations by Tracy - Professional Hemming Services

993 Princess Street, Kingston K7L 1H3, Ontario
613-342-8360

Creations by Tracy - Professional Hemming Services

Debbie Goulding

Kingston Ontario
(613) 329-2950

Debbie Goulding

Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Kingston Ontario
(613) 544-2725

Kingston Economic Development Corporation

KVA Collections

Kingston Ontario
(613) 540-0433

KVA Collections

M. Losee & Associates

1748 Bath Road, Kingston K7M 4Y2, Ontario
613-766-6323

M. Losee & Associates

Rebecca Darling Consulting

Kingston Ontario
613 329-8652

Rebecca Darling Consulting

Response I.T.

6 Cataraqui Street, Kingston K7K 1Z7, Ontario
(613) 549-5568

Response I.T.

Strategic Benefits & Insurance Services Ltd.

Kingston ON K7L 3N6, Ontario
613-507-4400

Strategic Benefits & Insurance Services Ltd.

Voyage Writers

Kingston Ontario
613-329-3435

Voyage Writers

Why Choose Us?

  • Connections

    It is important to consider that you are not just building connections with the people in the room, you will also gain exposure within their expanded network too. If they have a connection that may need your business, and you made a great impression on them, you will likely get a referral. Remember, it’s not a one-way street; if you know someone that matches a business you encountered at an event, don’t hesitate to share their details. Referrals like this will strengthen your reputation and build positive relationships.

  • Opportunities

    Opportunities regularly arrise in the world of networking, but they may show themselves when you least expect them. Whether you're given a referral, offered a partnership, or you have received a request for your service or product, be ready to seize the opportunities as they appear. You never know just when you are exactly the right person someone in the room is looking for!

  • Shared Knowledge

    A networking group is an ideal environment for sharing knowledge and ideas. Bounce your ideas off a business owner in a similar field, ask for feedback from peers, and share your opinion on a matter of common interest. Sharing with network members is a fanastic way to expand your own knowledge and broaden your view of the business world. Allow yourself to consider the positions of others and gain a perspective of your business model from an objective point of view.

    It is likely that you will find an individual like yourself who has been where you are today. Allow yourself to explore their experience and discover the wisdom to avoid possible mistakes or pitfalls ahead.

  • Confidence

    By regularly networking and getting involved in events, you will find that you push yourself to talk to people you don't know, which will help increase your confidence. This is an important attribute as a business owner. Your business' growth is dependent on talking to people, putting yourself and your product or service out there, and making those new connections.

  • Reputation

    Being visible in the public eye will raise your profile among your peers. This is one of the greatest benefits to networking. By regularly attending business and social events, people will begin to recognise you. Get out as often as you can to build your reputation as a knowledgeable, reliable and supportive person by offering helpful information or tips to people who need it. Those who are familiar with you will be more likely to think of your business when in conversation with a person in need of your product or service.

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Hawai’i: “Lei” of the Land By Lori Sweet

“Hawai’i”; just saying its name invokes a vision of sun and sand. Hawai’i is a group of islands located in the Central Pacific Ocean. It consists of many islands, but most people know about the 6 main islands; Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii (Big Island).

 

Road to Hana copyOne vs Several

When deciding to visit Hawaii, the challenge is which island to explore? Most people have 7 to 10 days for vacation. You just need to decide what type of vacation you want. In this issue, we will look at staying on Maui. In the next issue, we will look at taking a cruise and visiting 4 islands during the same amount of time.

 

 

 

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Maui: Island of Aloha


Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. We decided to spend our whole vacation here. Renting a car is a must. It may be an island but you still need a vehicle to get around. Car rentals are available right at the airport. It is advisable to book your rental on-line before your trip to avoid higher prices and long line-ups.

 

Waianapanapa State ParkWhere to Stay


Deciding where to stay is a factor on how you will experience the island. Staying at one of the many large hotels is always an option. One evening, we visited the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Ka’anapali. It was very impressive with a massive property on the beach. This type of hotel works well for some people but it was too impersonal for us. We opted to stay at the Royal Kahana Outrigger in Lahaina, on the west coast of Maui. We had a one bedroom condo with a full kitchen so picking up a few groceries at the Costco and Kmart, right next to the airport before the 40-minute drive to the condo worked for us. We felt that having a condo allowed us to keep costs down and to better experience the aloha spirit; the attitude of friendly acceptance for which the Hawaiian Islands are so famous.

 

On the Road

Sunset over Lanai Island1The pace is slower here, which lends itself to a relaxing week even though you can be on the move most days. We experienced some of the ‘must see’ places on this beautiful island. Lahaina is a historic old town, which at one time was the capital of Hawai’i. It has managed to keep it’s 19th century charm. Along with shops and eateries along the water’s edge, you will see the largest banyan tree in Hawai’i. It’s so big you can’t fit it all in your camera viewfinder! Haleakala National Park is an impressive dormant volcano. Don’t worry if you end up driving through clouds as you drive to the top. With patience and time, the clouds will clear and you will have your breath taken away by the unbelievable view. Sunrise and sunset viewing here are legendary.

We also enjoyed a visit to Ho’okipa Beach Park to watch world class wind, board and kite surfing. The north end of the beach is a resting spot for Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles(HONU). We even braved the drive on the ‘Road to Hana’ with it’s breathtaking waterfalls, cliffs, bamboo groves and amazing black sand beaches, while navigating it’s 617 curves and 56 one lane bridges!

 

Living the Life

During our time on Maui we got to know the locals, ate when and what we wanted (especially fresh pineapple) and set our own pace. We explored a lot of the island and felt immersed in the magic of the aloha spirit. We came home rested and rejuvenated. We would go back in a heart beat.  

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Lori Sweet

Lori Sweet Photo for Hawaii Article WMB

Lori is a freelance travel writer and travel photographer based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She has had a life-long passion for travel and for learning about other cultures, while travelling on and off the beaten path. Taking detours along the way has enriched her experiences immeasurably.  Lori enjoys writing and photography, so it was a natural fit to combine this with her love of travel.

Lori was in education for 30 years. She was able to combine that with 14 years of part-time work as a Tour Director for a travel company that provides motor coach trips across North America. Upon retirement from teaching, she moved into the tour company office as a tour planner. She now spends her time working on other interests.  She has kept a travel journal for over 30 years!

Lori has taken online and live travel writing and photography workshops and is a member of the International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance (ITWPA).

https://www.voyagewriters.com/


 

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