Meet Donna Watson
I am the owner/graphic designer of Designer Mouse Graphic Design. When I established my business in 1994, I was faced with the task of finding customers! Beyond telling everyone I knew what I was doing, I decided to join the local Chamber of Commerce. Through the years, I have been involved in a variety of networking organizations and have had a fairly good experience establishing a client base.
I was feeling the need to step up the quality of my clientele. Most of my business had been “small” business and small, one-time projects. I had heard good things about NAWBO for years. I believe face-to-face networking is one of the best opportunities for finding clients and finally visited a general meeting in August, 2012. It was everything I was told it would be. I met a group of intelligent, professional women that placed a value on what they had to offer as well as what I had to offer. I also felt that President Loreen Gilbert was talking directly to me each time she referred to “stepping it up” since that was my goal. I was also told that I would be overwhelmed by a huge room filled with people I didn’t know. It would then be my challenge to walk up to a stranger and say hello.
Needless to say, I was impressed with my first NAWBO-OC experience and applied for membership. I also followed the advice of so many before me who said “get involved” in order to get to know people. I “visited” the Marketing committee–I put “visited” in quotes because I attended the meeting to see what it was all about and left with the challenge to set up the “My NAWBO-OC Story” contest. I guess I was IN!
Well, it’s so true about involvement making it so much easier to meet others. I’m getting to know an amazing group of women. From the educational opportunities, member-only mixers and committee involvement as well as the general meetings, I always come away with something that inspires me, challenges me, or advances my business. I’ve already gained new business and am developing relationships with members whose businesses compliment mine. For 2013, I’ve targeted certain industries that I would like to explore (event planners, trade show industry, marketing, advertising, etc.) and will be reaching out to meet with you over a cup of coffee. So watch out…you’re on my list!
For additional information about Donna and Designer Mouse Graphic Design, visit www.designer-mouse.com.