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"I was introduced to you a year ago in February at a B.I.G. meeting in Sparta. I went on your site and fell in love! I have been an elementary school teacher for 12 years, but have been working with a girlfriend to start an apparel business that inspires others to love themselves and what they believe in. …I was taken aback by your "BE” blog and One Simple Wish. What you are doing has inspired me to go after my dream of taking a leap of faith and jumping into the business world. … Thank you for creating a site that has inspired me to continue this scary, yet exciting new journey. I have spent many years teaching my students that they can achieve whatever they put their minds to, and inspiring them to believe that they are amazing. Now it is time for me to practice what I preach. May the new year be amazing for you and your company.”

—Stacey C., Sparta, NJ




"What a wonderful and vibrant night of women bouncing ideas literally off one another! I really enjoyed the bantering back and forth of ideas and I think, as a group, we have potential for gaining a lot of momentum in both our lives and our businesses. Too bad I didn't get to keep the "certificate for Facebook/Social Media consulting" that we might have worked together immediately. I do look forward to connecting with you and your expertise…. It also became clear to me, with the help of the group that I need to do public speaking; that my message would best be communicated in person, through presentation or demonstration…. If you or anyone in the group has any ideas about places to speak, I would love to hear your ideas.... I look forward to our next meeting.”

 

—Bonnie W., S. Natick, MA




"I have been to many seminars and conferences feeling enlightened and inspired upon departure.But typically by the next day life is back up in full force and what I wanted to change takes a significant back seat. Well, absolutely not the case here!! I am still talking about it my friends… I loved the conference and LOVE being a part of B.I.G. "

 

—Lisa R., Chatham, NJ




Whether you are starting your own business, inspiring an idea, getting back to work, changing careers or just networking, B.I.G's biggest benefit is bringing together women at different stages of their professional lives. B.I.G. provides an environment for success. We enhance each other.

 

—Marie M., West Hartford, CT




"…the grim atmosphere of competitive self-interest common to such groups was absent. B.I.G.’s ladies seem to really want to help each other. They also exude joyful anticipation about what’s ahead.”

 

—Ellyn S., Pennington, NJ




"B.I.G.really reminds me of my sorority in college, there is such a sense of "togetherness" and I feel as if we are all working together to achieve our dreams. I am so proud to be a part of B.I.G.”

 

—Lisa C. Montville, NJ




"If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner, or are thinking about starting a business, the information and support that you receive from this group is invaluable.”

 

—Donna L., Chatham, NJ




"This is an opportunity for women in business to share their experience, ask for support and get ideas for your own businesses. Come join us and see how we can help!”

 

—Mary Lou K., Randolph, NJ




"Always learn something new at these meetings be it from the topic speaker or other ladies in the group. Lovely bunch of women!”

Kathy R. , Long Valley, NJ



"Educational and rewarding experience for all business-minded women.”

 

—Judy T., Chester, NJ




"I would like to take this opportunity and thank B.I.G. "It’s never too late to get inspired”. For the last 20 years I’ve been running my small Bed and Breakfast like a hobby, but thanks to the wonderful and powerful women at B.I.G. who have inspired me to turn it into a thriving and successful business!”

 

—Iris K., Long Valley, NJ




"I have been a full time stay-at-home mom for the past 11 years. As my kids got older, I started getting an itch to do something else. I've spent the last few years trying to get inspired to figure out what that next step might be. I was an event planner for investment banks prior to having my kids and always enjoyed the details of event planning. However, I knew I didn't want to return to that field since it requires many weekend hours and evenings. I wanted to do something that would give me balance so I could still be available for my three children. I've always had a knack for organizing and am constantly re-organizing my own house. After much self-reflection, a lightbulb went off. I could help other people organize and turn it into a business. The fear of actually doing something other than carpooling or arranging play dates set in. I attended a few meetings in the organizational field but came away feeling intimidated and uninspired. It was at one of these meetings that I met Lisa Carver, the Montville pod leader, and she told me about this exciting new organization she was involved in called B.I.G. I took her card, but again, was fearful to go to a meeting by myself. Several months went by and I finally got up the courage to attend my first meeting in the fall of 2010. I was so inspired and uplifted by the energy in the room. Even though I only had a business idea at the time, every woman I spoke to was so encouraging about moving forward towards my goal. I joined B.I.G. a couple of weeks later and have attended several meetings and events since then. Over the last few months, I've rigorously been researching the field of professional organizing and recently printed my business cards and sent out my announcement for my new business, Organize with Dana. Within a couple of days, I already had two consultations set up. I am so grateful that I am a member of such an exciting organization such as B.I.G. and feel so fortunate that I was able to overcome my fear of just getting started. I look forward to seeing where my business will take me and am thankful to B.I.G. for giving me the confidence to get started.

—Dana F., Montville, NJ



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