Homegrown networking group helps area women grow their businesses

2011-08-07T00:00:00Z Homegrown networking group helps area women grow their businessesBy Jessica Larsen | jlarsen@lacrossetribune.com La Crosse Tribune

Emily Sytsma spent 10 years dragging her vintage creations to antique malls in several cities for sales.

Now, the Viroqua, Wis., resident is trying something a bit simpler - putting her art on the Web.

And she's reaching out to other professional women for getting the word out.

Enter Women in Networking and Support - a social circle for local business women.

The group formed about fours years ago after the local chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners dissolved. There weren't enough members in the first group, so those remaining women decided they still wanted to help one another in businesses and formed Women in Networking and Support.

There are no eligibility requirements, membership fees, committees or a board. At meetings, the women introduce themselves and their business, bring up any special events, or ask questions for advice or ideas.

Sytsma attended for the first time at the July meeting with friend Ruth Sherk.

"There's an intelligence here," Sytsma said.

Sherk agreed.

"It's all about how we can help each other and get the word out about our businesses," Sherk said.

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