We made our way back to Fern Resort for our national spring conference this past weekend . This has been my fourth conference since I bought momstown Niagara in the fall of 2012. 2014 has been a year of many changes for momstown and the growth we have seen was measured by the contributions by each team member this conference. Be sure to check out our award winning, brand new mobile website at www.momstown.ca
Being an entrepreneur can be very lonely sometimes so it is very exciting to get the whole team together for four days to share ideas and celebrate successes. I feel so fortunate to be a part of such a strong team of women and I love getting to spend four days with them every six months. It is amazing what we can accomplish in such a short amount of time! Each conference we learn more, we brainstorm ideas, we share our best practices, and best of all, we leave with new goals and action plans to achieve them.
The largest focus for momstown in 2014 has been team growth. As we grow it is important for us to find our strengths and fill in where there is need. We used Tom Rath's Strengths Finder program to learn what each of us excel in and where we might benefit the most when hiring and growing our team. It was really interesting to see that what we like doing best is often where our strength lie.
It isn’t all work though during those four days. With all of these women from around the country gathering in one place you can imagine that we all have our stories to tell. We laugh, we cry, and then we laugh some more. And with each story we learn a little more about what is important to women, and what is important to mothers. This is how we have taken momstown.ca from a mommy group to the largest media company that provides connection and support to Canadian moms. We get it. We are there with these moms and we are working hard to make being a mom more fun!
We have so many great sponsors who understand our mission and believe that momstown.ca is a great way to get connected to Canadian families.
They spoiled us this weekend with treats of all kinds! Walmart provided snacks and treats throughout the weekend to keep us energized and we got to leave with swag bags full of Walmart goodies. Amarula kicked things up a notch during our “All In” and “Contagious” book club sessions! Momstown knows how to have fun while we work!
Our chapter owners with new babies were happy with the samples of Now For Mothers Health Mix that we received. New moms are so busy so it is nice to have a product that is healthy that you can have on the go.
My boys were excited when I got home and gave them the Hot Wheels toys that we got in our swag bags. They would rather have Hot Wheels over candy any day!
And of course, there is the fabulous Fern Resort. Fern has become a home away from home for momstown across Canada. We have been four times in the last year and a half and that doesn`t include all of the times that we have gone separately with our own families. My husband and I have taken our children there the past two March Breaks and they love it so much! The food and service are always top notch and it is always so much fun.
On day one at Fern we did `momstown`s Amazing Race` which was a great team building exercise.
We had beautiful bonfires at night and worked from our `deck offices` and “hammock offices“ overlooking the lake during the day. The weather couldn`t have been better.
As hard as it is to say goodbye to the team until the fall, I am leaving with so many great new ideas for momstown Niagara and it makes me excited to get started and get planning for the rest of the year. I'm so proud to be a part of a team of innovative entrepreneaurs.
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