My first wedding in Provence!

In the Spring of 2010, a friend and elementary school classmate of my husband’s called us to talk about planning a wedding in France.  They had gone to the french-american school together.  She had spent some time here in University and later she got engaged in Paris.  France was very important them as a couple, so it was natural that their dream wedding take place here in Provence. Continue reading “My first wedding in Provence!”

Plastic water bottles and event responsibility…

You’ve seen it at your events and you have spent time and money to deal with the growing issue of plastic water bottles at events.  You might say, this seems like an old topic and we have made great strides at my events over the past several years.  Congratulations, you are in the minority.  There are still so many events happening where attendees are not being given more eco-friendly alternatives to disposable bottles, eating utensils and paper products as well.  I think it is our environmental responsibility as humans, not just event organizers, to create high impact solutions to lower our impact on the environment.

Here are some ideas to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles: Continue reading “Plastic water bottles and event responsibility…”

Using Social Media to Get More Business/Buzz

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Twitter 6x6 (Photo credit: Steve Woolf)

I attended an EPWN seminar on how to use social media to create a buzz for your business.  Today we are not just connected through social media, but we are actually doing business through these channels.  The big players are Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.  Some of the younger generations are searching through Facebook Pages instead of Google searches for websites. Continue reading “Using Social Media to Get More Business/Buzz”

The 1 Minute Company Pitch

The European Professional Women’s Network of Marseille has a club just for entrepreneurs.  It’s called the E-Club and we meet once a month for lunch at a restaurant.  The March meeting was held at Pain et Companie in Marseille’s Vieux Port area.  It’s nice to have the camaraderie of other women also starting or running their own businesses here in France.  During the meeting we worked on our 1 minute company pitch.  We all need one, and we need it to be clear and concise.  When we are trying to get our foot in the door with a new client, we don’t have much time to make that initial sales pitch for our company, so it needs to be good.

Here are some tips that were gathered by the leaders of the group and collaborated on by group members: Continue reading “The 1 Minute Company Pitch”

The challenge of creating a functional website…

The tale I am about to tell is for anyone starting a new small business.  Read closely so that you can swerve past these speed bumps with ease during your start-up.  I built a little website for my resume over 4 years ago, even though I didn’t really need it and I wasn’t full-time freelance.  I used iWeb and my .me account to publish.  Over the past few years, I have tinkered with it to try to make it more professional, the closer I got to being full-time freelance. I created the company name and bought my domain this summer, then paid a friend to create a little logo and some icons to match.  I did a major revamp on my iWeb site, and then I hit the first speed bump.  iWeb sites have no search engine visibility because you cannot alter the HTML or install plugins or create meta tags.   Continue reading “The challenge of creating a functional website…”

The Importance of the Vendor Network

The bible for French Event Vendors

This week I am digging my heels in to really try and make some vendor connections.  It seems that there are pros and cons to living in the countryside (read middle of no where).  Although the south of France is not touted as your average countryside, there are some pretty vast areas, with not a whole lot to offer in the way of event vendors.  So where does one go to find them?  The bigger surrounding cities?  I guess, that’s a start, but having so many people travel an hour seems not very economic or ecological. Continue reading “The Importance of the Vendor Network”