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Getting to know Bellevue

I’m on a quest to get to know my new city. I want to know ‘who’ this city is outside of its reputation. So, I’m getting out around town to places, events, meetings, activities and anywhere I’m invited to meet the people of Bellevue.

Last night, I attended a networking event for women business owners. It’s a monthly gathering called Awesome Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) founded by Deborah Jones with Isagenix, International. We were allowed to bring our business promotional items to set up and we were each given 3 minutes to share our businesses with those who attended.  

We met at Pearl Bar & Dining Restaurant in Lincoln Square. Great atmosphere, great food and great conversation. I loved it! This AWE meeting wasn’t all about business. The dinner table allowed us to converse in small groups to talk about any and everything women talk about when we get together… including men!

I want to give a shout-out to the ladies who made my evening enjoyable:  Karen Griffen with Send Out Cards; Ketreona “Kat” Say with Rovia; Tiffany Faller with CBeyond; Lisa Vanderspek with Isagenix; Sheri Hervey with World Financial Group Insurance Agency; Suzanne Travis with Creative Memories; Margery Edwards with Pre-Paid Legal; Tasha Sawabini with Elegant Gourmet Catering; Lisa Reile with Scentsy; Kim Arellano with Arellano Consulting; and Danie Allen with Votre Vu.

Interestingly, I attended this networking event and left my business cards at home. As I passed out my information on torn yellow sheets of paper, one of the ladies gave me the best business tip and tool I’ve found in a while. It’s a digital business card that you can have sent as a text message - free - to anyone at anytime. So, next time I’m caught without my business cards, I’ll simply tell everyone to text ‘Robinson’ to 50500.

There is no membership fee to attend AWE networking events. The next meeting is May 17, 6 p.m. at Pearl. If you’re a woman business owner and would like to network with AWE, contact me at and I’ll connect you to Deborah Jones for the details.