When "That's it! I'm DONE" Is The Beginning

Often, the beginning of something great starts with the ending of something else.

Exactly 5 years ago, I wrote an email to a group of female entrepreneurs that I had become quite close with over the previous 6 months. I was becoming more and more comfortable with networking and was searching for different ways to get out to more events. 

You see, before April of 2012, I adamantly refused to network. I had been to networking events when I was in my corporate roles and always felt left out, alone and ostracized. I didn't know anyone there and they didn't know me. (Kinda the point, eh?). So, I decided that this networking thing wasn't for me. So, after struggling in my coaching business for 5 years, I finally found a group of fabulous women that I belonged to. Everything went swimmingly until it didn't. 

Finally, one day, I wrote this email. The subject line was "That's it! I'm DONE!" 

Here is the original email:

Now, I have a proposal for you.

WE CREATE OUR OWN FABULOUS GROUP!  We need an equally fabulous name.  This can be our first agenda item.

I would like to lead us all in some activities, so that at the end of every meeting we walk away with something that will help each of us build and grow our businesses.  

I propose that our group be organic and be about:

supporting each through challenging times in our business
celebrating each of our successes
having a safe place to practice presentations, elevator speeches, calls to action and pitches
selling each other’s services

I also think that we should have yearly Holiday parties and summer outings just for fun.  This is what I miss about belonging to a corporation.  I miss going to the company events.  I suggest we create our own!

In addition, we could decide as a group if we’d like to volunteer our time and energy to organize an event for charity or raise money or food or something. 
— Suzanne Longstreet

And this was our beginning. The concept still holds for Pinkpreneurs. We are a fabulous group of amazing women. Our name is Pinkpreneurs. We offer monthly meetings where we have trained facilitators lead the group in business building workshops so that everyone walks away with ideas to implement immediately to grow their business.

Plus, I'm excited and delighted to be planning our 5th Annual Holiday Party! Stay tuned for details and I'll share which Charity we will be supporting this year.

I'm so grateful to that first networking group for showing me that networking is an amazing way to build and grow your business. Without them, Pinkpreneurs would never have started.

All About The Pink

It's been almost 5 years ago since I came up with the idea of Pinkpreneurs. We started out with just 3 of us around a kitchen table in Oakville, Ontario and today Pinkpreneurs has expanded to 6 regular monthly meetings in Ontario and a Facebook group of over 2,500 female entrepreneurs.

During this past 5 years, I've focused on providing Pinkpreneurs members more and more value. Whether you are a member of the Facebook group only, or you come to meetings regularly or you've just joined, or you're a Pink Diamond or Pink Sapphire member, my goal is to give you value, get you growing your business. I want you give you opportunities to connect and collaborate with other Pinkpreneurs so that you create the success you want in your life and business. 

I'm so passionate about every single Pinkpreneur being successful and leading their life and business with clarity and purpose, I also went on a journey to invest in my personal development. The more I invest in my growth and success, the more I know that I can contribute to others.

Did you know that at every monthly meeting we have a workshop led by a Master NLP Coach and or Trainer? The monthly meetings are always about delivering tons of value and actionable tasks that you can learn and implement immediately to grow your business.

Recently, after feedback from a Pink Diamond member, I started a new virtual mastermind for Pink Diamond members to collaborate every month so that they can share their strengths and bounce ideas off each other to overcome their challenges.

And so, I'm all about the Pink. Pink to me is so much more than just a colour. Pink is about being of service. It's about discovering new and better ways to be successful in business. It's about power, passion, purpose and potential. Pink is about women standing together and speaking up. Pink is about having the courage to be the best possible version of yourself you can be. 

Next time, when you think of Pink and Pinkpreneurs, think Power, Passion, Purpose and Potential.