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Empowering From Our President - Pat Kolodziej

Happy New Year!
Women I hope you all enjoyed the holidays! do better in the
I cannot believe how fast 2008 went! coming year. We
To empower women to must find a way to
succeed in business personally And what a year it has been. You are
probably looking forward to 2009 being change something
and professionally through in our lives so
networking and education a better year! Have you thought of how
you are going to make that happen? that we can
while building key relationships attain our goals
and having fun! You have probably dusted off your
2008 resolutions for 2009 and that’s ok! and resolutions.
No one is perfect and there is nothing Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to
Happy New Year (cont.) resolve to do the same thing in 2010
Inside This Issue

wrong with trying again.

Page 2 since we succeeded in doing it in 2009?
The definition of a New Year’s
December Meeting - Who Well, I found some expert advice
Attended Resolution is “a commitment that an
individual makes to a project or a habit, that I thought might help you in your
Page 2 resolution success. I hope this helps in
often a lifestyle change that is generally
Business Spotlight interpreted as advantageous”. some way.
Randi Goodman, Interior
The American Psychiatric Association
Inspiration Why are resolutions so hard to keep?
Page 2 Do we set our expectations too high? (APA) offers tips and other resources
Do we give up too easily? Is there to help families and individuals keep
December Photo Collage their resolutions for a healthy mind and
Page 3 something that we as the WLN can
do to help you? I urge you to lean healthy life.
Member Spotlight
Kathy Senn Birong, It Makes
on the women of the WLN for help Try again. Everyone has made, and
Cents Bookkeeping if you need it. We are here to help broken past resolutions, that does
Page 4 you professionally and personally in not mean that you won’t succeed this
attaining your goals. I hope you feel time. Start with a positive approach,
Dates to Remember
that you can look to us in times of including thinking about what has
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weakness – whether it’s helping you disrupted your good intentions in the
Meet the Board/ avoid the temptation to eat a second past. Don’t discourage yourself with a
Ambassadors helping of dessert or whether it’s negative outlook.
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helping you with a professional goal of Don’t make too many resolutions.
Monthly Meetings yours. Trying to eat better, exercise more,
2nd Wednesday of each month As professional women, we have a lot quit smoking, and reduce stress is too
of pressure – to do well in business much to tackle at once. Pick a realistic,
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Happy New Year! (cont.)
Choose your own resolution. Make you to keep going. Setting a personal to make the change just to have a
sure this is something that you want goal is not a “promise” which can never resolution will not keep you motivated
to accomplish for yourself and not for be broken. Don’t paint yourself into to attain your goal. Many people fail
friends or family. When you attain the a corner by overstating what can be a because they are afraid or don’t fully
goal they will benefit from your success realistic change you plan to make. realize how the goal can benefit their
as well. Forgive yourself. If you get off track, every day lives. When you decide on
Make a plan and write it down. don’t think that you failed. Review your resolution, make a plan of action
Plan what you’d like to accomplish in your plan and make adjustments. and list the ways it will improve your
three or six months. Achieving small life. When you can see the prize, you
Congratulate yourself. Reward are more likely to keep up the fight.
goals over time gives you a sense of yourself when your intermediate goals
accomplishment and motivation to or resolutions are met. I wish all of you success in 2009!
keep going. Writing your goals down May you attain all your resolutions!
is a good way to keep track of your The most important point to consider
progress. when deciding on your resolutions is
to decide if you are truly willing to
Involve friends and family. They can make the change in your life. Deciding
support your efforts, and can motivate

Business Spotlight

Here’s to the bright

New Year, and a
fond farewell to the
old; here’s to the
December Meeting - Who things that are yet
to come, and to
Attended the memories that
we hold.
Congratulations to the following Doreen Langereis Cruise Planners
members who made a commitment to Susan Lee
their businesses, and themselves, by Passion Parties by Susan
attending the December WLN
Jackie Prehn Xoçai Healthy Chocolate
Networking Meeting!
Siree Sandberg Bakakos
Bobbi Allen Home Instead SSB Financial Services, Inc.

Welcome New
Pam Althoff Senator Kathy Senn Birong
Esther Bachrodt It Makes Cents Bookkeeping

Robin Braga Sterling Silver Jewelry Georgene Sergeant
Lisa Davidson Northwestern Mutual Shaklee & Airsource
Patricia Frederickson Judy Nepil-Shaw Mary Kay
Global Travel Partners Anne Ward Creative Core Gwynne Knutson
Randi Goodman Interior Inspiration To be included in future newsletter
Fine Graphic Design
Pat Kolodziej PK Tax Services, LLC recognition, please make sure your
Gwynne Knutson Fine Graphic Design business card is deposited in the canister
when you check in.
Lisa Krupp Ambit Energy
o Collage
December’s “Friends are like bras:
close to your heart and
there for support.”

December Speaker - Senator Pam Althoff

Don’t miss out on
the networking,
training and fun!
Plan on making
the next meeting.
We’ll see
you there!
“Success means

Member having the courage,

the determination,
and the will to
become the person
you believe you
were meant to be.”
 George Sheehan

maintained my certification for 3 years.

Kathy Senn Birong
It Makes Cents - Bookkeeping for Small Businesses How did you get involved in WLN? Any
success stories?
Tell us a little about your background and service for processing. I am the bookkeeper for Interior Inspiration,
your current business. What makes you From there, I moved on to a local family Randi Goodman’s interior design firm and
successful? owned building supply company as the Randi had asked me several times to attend
I have worked in the accounting field since Accounting Assistant. This is where WLN meetings with her. I had wanted to
1994 and have expanded my knowledge I learned how all of the functions of a get involved in a networking group but I
through the positions I have held. I business come together in the realm always had conflicts on the meeting nights.
am currently a Certified QuickBooks of accounting. I balanced the bank Randi persevered and finally I had a free
ProAdvisor. Let me share a bit of my story accounts, processed the daily sales reports, Wednesday night last summer and I was
with you ... managed fixed assets and prepared audit blown away by the energy of the group.
I have a BS degree from Northern Illinois work papers. I worked closely with the Who is your perfect client?
University in Math Education. I taught Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable The perfect client becomes a friend. All
High School and Junior College Math for a and Payroll departments to complete the of my clients have come from referrals &
number of years. I also have experience in company’s financial picture. I was also in networking, friends of friends. The best
group facilitating and individual counseling charge of producing the financial statement thing about my business is that I get to learn
in the private sector. I am always amazed package for the officers of the company. about other businesses. My perfect client
at the path I have traveled in my life. I I streamlined this process by using a helps to educate me and I hope that I share
never would have guessed that I would find combination of Access and Excel which something with her along the way.
a passion for what I am doing now from reduced processing time from 3 days down
to 3 hours. I was always finding ways to What keeps you ahead of your
where I started.
improve the processes used in my job. I did competition?
I started my accounting career with a multi-
it so well that I was able to take on many Although I don’t think about “competition”
national manufacturing company doing
more responsibilities. that much, I think that I have learned skills
Credit & Collections. At this position,
After several years, the family sold their in my corporate life that is more than
I handled all the functions involved in
bookkeeping. That gives me an edge. I
Accounts Receivable. The most significant company to a multi-national company with
over 80,000 employees. Over time, all of bridge the gap between the bookkeeping and
part of this position was Account Analysis.
the functions of my position were handled the CPA.
In order to do this, I mastered Excel by
taking a course at a community college by other departments in the parent company. Who is your perfect power partner?
which greatly improved my effectiveness. My job responsibilities drifted away and Friends, Family, CPA’s, Clients, and anyone
I also made collection calls which helped were replaced by non-accounting tasks. At I meet. You just never know what is coming
me to polish my communication skills. this point, I decided to leave the company around the corner. Everyone has the ability
Here, I also learned how to post payments and strike out on my own. to impact me and my business.
received from our customers many of I started “It Makes Cents” in June of What tip can you give to a business looking
whom sometimes had several hundred open 2007. I started by becoming a Certified for your services?
invoices. An ancillary function of this job QuickBooks ProAdvisor. QuickBooks is the
was to learn the billing process so that I most commonly used accounting software If someone was looking to hire me, I would
could assist that department when they were used by small businesses. I had experience suggest the she takes a bit of time to think
short staffed. with some other accounting programs, but about what types of services she is looking
I had never before used QuickBooks. The for. Then we would meet and discuss her
As my skills improved, I was promoted needs. We could formulate a plan that
to the roll of Payroll Coordinator. At this certification process is a series of quizzes
and tests that help you to get familiar would be the most effective for her.
position, I processed weekly and semi-
monthly payroll. I handled the payroll with the software and how to handle most You can contact Kathy at 815-236-4967 or
aspects of new hires, terminations, medical financial situations. Each year, there are
leaves and worker comp. I used an changes in the software and continued
automated timesheet system to transmit the certification keeps me up to date with the
data for over 700 employees to our payroll latest enhancements to the system. I have
Board Members Dates To Remember
President Pat Kolodziej
PK Tax Services January Meeting: January 14th
Day Phone (847) 858-5074 Hennessy’s OnQ, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, $35.00
Speaker: Anne Ward, Creative Core, on “Marketing Your
Business on the Internet”
President Elect Lisa Davidson February Meeting: February 11th
Northwestern Mutual Hennessy’s OnQ, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, $35.00
Day Phone (815) 444-3779
Email Speaker: Cheryl Wendt, FastSigns, on “Marketing on a

VP Events Doreen Langereis March Meeting: March 11th

Cruise Planners Hennessy’s OnQ, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, $35.00
Day Phone (847) 847-8555
Email Progressive Dinner

VP Marketing Jackie Prehn We would like to thank Faith Watson of Exercise in Disquise for
T.R.I.M. Designs, Inc. hosting our January Event. We had a great time attending the
Xoçi Healthy Chocolate
Day Phone (847) 289-8007 Zumba class!

VP Admin.

Siree Sandberg Bakokos
SSB Financial
Wanted: You!
Day Phone
(847) 519-1142
Get involved! Share your knowledge and
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Creative Core
Day Phone (847) 854-1111 like to share their business knowledge by submitting
Email articles for future newsletters. You can submit your
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VP Membership Robin Braga
Independent Rep. for a
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(All articles must be informational and not promotional.)
specializing in sterling silver
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