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February 14, 2019 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM PST

Image: heart with "love" written on one side and "hate" on the other

Have you become disenchanted with your business? Need help falling in love with your business again? Join us for our love-themed panel discussion, appropriately held on Valentine’s Day 2019, with jewelry designer Nancy Gardner, marketing consultant Michael Carroll, and creative director Kiersten Hanna, moderated by West Business Development Center Manager Kevin Williams.

To tantalize your taste buds…
Image: gorgeously decorated cake from Frosted Cupcakes and Goodieswe’ll have sinfully yummy baked treats from Frosted Cupcakes and Goodies and freshly brewed coffee from Thanksgiving Coffee.
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Note: We welcome all—all races, all genders, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations.


Image: treats from Frosted Cupcakes and GoodiesLong-time entrepreneurs know that no matter how much you start out loving what you do, a day will come when you become disenchanted with your business. You might become frustrated with the day-to-day routine of dealing with issues, customer service, fulfilling orders, balancing the books, or restocking. Or you might discover that your interests have changed. Or perhaps you feel that you’re neglecting creativity in favor of just keeping your business going.

Image: treats from Frosted Cupcakes and Goodies

Hearing how others have dealt with these dilemmas can be really helpful. You’ll discover ways to explore your passions, reenergize your focus, and, hopefully, fall in love with your business all over again.


7:30 AM = Networking | 7:45 AM = Program begins | 9 AM = Program ends


Free for Coast Women in Business members; $10 for nonmembers (if interested in joining us, your first meeting is free)


Image: Kiersten Hanna, graphic designer and sign-makerKiersten Hanna—With a highly refined eye for design, Kiersten shines light on the small businesses and independent artists who make Mendocino County such a magical place to live. Her background in fine art photography, museum curatorship, and graphic design gives her the creative means to help her clients bring their vision to fruition. Art direction, logo design, and archival quality art print making are just some of the tricks she has up her sleeve. As owner and creative director of Braggadoon, Kiersten Hanna acts as liaison between her clients and creative staff.

Image: Mike Carroll, marketing consultantMichael Carroll—Over the course of over 40 years building businesses, he has worked in product development, marketing, finance, planning, and in the acquisition and sale of companies. A former Silicon Valley executive, Mike now coaches small business owners on the craft and art of running a business. In recent years, Mike’s focus has been primarily with local small businesses. Recent clients include Trillium Café (Mendocino), DNA Vineyards (Ukiah), and Stanford University (San Francisco Bay Area). You can reach Mike at Craft of Business.

Image: Nancy Gardner, jewelry designerNancy Gardner—Having been inspired in childhood by her grandmother’s jewelry, Nancy has created fine jewelry in Mendocino since 1985. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in design, concentrating on metalsmithing, at the University of New York, and learned Old World goldsmithing from master craftsmen in Italy and Portugal. Nancy has participated in a number of international shows, and has taught silver and gold jewelry fabrication both in Europe and at the Mendocino Art Center. With a particular attraction to Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, Nancy brings technical expertise and ongoing respect and love for her materials to her artistic process. You can see her one-of-a-kind jewelry at her unique working studio and gallery space, the Mendocino Jewelry Studio.


Image: Kevin Williams, client services managerKevin Williams—With over 25 years of senior leadership experience in Fortune 100 companies, he has held a variety of management positions in those organizations with significant experience in change management, strategic planning, marketing, customer support, coaching, and mentoring. A certified professional coach and certificated mediator, Kevin successfully led several organizations through large-scale mergers, succession planning programs, acquisitions, and reorganizations. After leaving corporate America, Kevin and a partner ran a successful consulting business in Sacramento. Currently, Kevin is a client services manager with the West Business Development Center.


Coast Women in Business meets monthly to foster entrepreneurship and professional development on the Mendocino Coast and beyond. Membership fees are $50 annually or $10 per drop-in meeting.

Note: We welcome all—all races, all genders, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations.

Your first meeting is always free, and we offer a limited number of need-based memberships—please inquire. We’re sponsored by the West Business Development Center. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Important Announcements

Upcoming meetings:

  • March: Thursday, March 14 – topic: Excel Tips and Tricks – presenter: Terri Larsen, Ph.D.
  • April: Thursday, April 11 – topic: Building a Team – round table: Christie Olson Day, Cynthia Sharon, Terri Larsen, and others


February 14, 2019
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM PST
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Caspar Community Center
15051 Caspar Road
Caspar, CA 95420 United States
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