WOMEN in South Melbourne and surrounding communities have for the past year discovered women's networking to be one of the most valuable marketing tools for strengthening business contacts and connections, through the expanding Heart Link Network. Another new Victorian Heart Link Network group has started at Essendon, growing the organisation to 19 in Victoria and beyond 200 locations worldwide.
The Heart Link Network has also opened up chapters on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Dubbo in New South Wales and in Walkley Heights in South Australia. Most other groups are in the Americas, with a handful spread across the globe including Indonesia and Malaysia, at this stage.
The Heart Link Network group in Essendon is led by Helen Bozikis, a manager with SendOutCards.
“It is a great honour and privilege to serve as a Heart Link Women's Networking leader for Essendon, Victoria Australia, providing women entrepreneurs a wonderful opportunity to showcase, grow and strengthen their businesses while supporting other women to do the same,” Ms Bozikis said.
The Heart Link Network was created in the US by Dawn L Billings, an executive coach and sought-after prsenter.
A psychology and personality expert, and author of more than 20 books, Ms Billings was selected as one of the US’s 80 emerging women leaders by Oprah magazine and The White House Project.
One year after launching The Heart Link Women's Network South Melbourne, that group is proudly serving women business professionals in the South Melbourne area and delivering exceptional value to the community, said founder Michelle Amarant.
Ms Amarant said she loves being able to help “create an environment in Victoria where women small business professionals can connect, help one another grow, expand their circle of influence, and market their business in a fun and effective way”.
Ms Amarant is an independent distributor with SendOutCards and said the real value of the group was how it encouraged and empowered women small business professionals to create heartfelt, meaningful relationships with one another that will in turn strengthen their communities.
"I started the South Melbourne Heart Link Chapter in 2012 and it has been a great honour to serve as a Heart Link Women's Networking leader providing women entrepreneurs a wonderful opportunity to showcase, grow and strengthen their businesses while connecting to the hearts of the women in their communities,” Ms Arant said.
“My passions are living an authentic life, enjoying the freedom to do the things I love and to help others to also live a full and passionate life.
”The Heart Link Network meetings allow women to showcase their businesses in three minute sessions and also devote time for socialising and connecting with one another."
The Heart Link Network also has a special program to honour women in the community who are normally excluded from networking, including teachers, new mothers, nurses, firefighters, police and military women.
“For over 15 years I dedicated my life to helping women and children in my family practice. I loved mentoring women and teaching children to dream,” founder Ms Billings said.
“Helping to strengthen and heal broken relationships, and enhancing client’s ability to communicate. I wrote over 20 books because I believed I could help more people with books than I could sitting in my office.
“But just over four years since launching The Heart Link Network, I feel I am helping women better than ever before. The Heart Link Network connects and links women to new ideas, resources, products and services that help them succeed.
“My dream is that every woman will be fortunate enough to attend a Heart Link Networking meeting, and experience the gift of connection they find there.”
According to Heart Link Network president, Laura Wells, the organisation now has more locations than any other professional women’s networking organisation. Meeting fees are a nominal $20 which includes a light meal as well as a company-exclusive spot at the meeting. There is no up-front membership fee required.
"The Heart Link Women’s Network offers many great marketing benefits to our attendees, our leaders, and their chapter sponsors,” said Ms Wells.
“Women that are small business professionals need ways to market their products and services that are inexpensive, fun, and best of all effective. The Heart Link Network provides exceptional marketing for women both online and in the community.
“The Heart Link Network is partnered with the TROVA Women Business Directory, which is ranked at the top of the first pages of all major search engines. If women want to succeed, they need to investigate The Heart Link Network.”
Women who want to find out about the new Essendon group can learn more at www.3040.theheartlinknetwork.com