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You are hardworking, successful and determined to have it all. You are a master at balancing the demands of business and work life, while still worrying about what’s for dinner.

The Missouri State Business Network knows that you “want it all”; the corner office with the view, while never missing a soccer game or dance class. MO-SBN is home to today’s most successful women who are here to offer you advice, tips and strategies on how to succeed at the office, and be a hero at home.

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Apps for Working Moms

Working moms are more of superwomen than just moms. You are expected to do so many things at the same time – social, job-related and domestic tasks. This often drains you out and makes you feel guilty of not being able to manage everything you are supposed to. Development in technology is now there for your help. Here are few apps that will help you to be more organized and feel active all day through:Calorie Counter – this is a diet tracking app that helps you to log in what you are eating and calculate the calories consumed. It is...

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Karen Taylor


Executive Vice President, Consumer Banking Boone County National Bank.  Karen is responsible for providing leadership and management to the consumer banking division, including 16 other branches.  Recently, she raised 3 million dollars for the Columbia Area United Way campaign. This gave her the chance to give back to the community she has lived in since age 2.  ...

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Melody Parry


Owner, OutFront Communications. In addition to ownership of this company in Columbia, Melody is currently assisting several charitable organizations, mentoring several other businesswomen, and is one of 3 hosts of The Woman Show, a talk show on KFRU radio.  She is also the publisher of Inside Columbia magazine, in addition to providing her clients with media and public relations material as well as copy writing for events. ...

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Karen Miller


Boone County Commissioner.  A Former owner and operator of a restaurant and bar, Karen then was instrumental in helping to unite the City of Columbia and Boone County on various issues.  Promoting concerns of rural healthcare, infrastructures, and education, Karen was the first President from a small to medium size county and also utilized a network of women from all across the country that admired her leadership skills and work ethic.  In 2010, she was recipient of the Debin...

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Anne Williams


President, Job Finders Employment Services.  Anne employs seven inside staff members and 170 temporary staffers, and it fills a variety of "hard to fill" professional positions throughout engineering, healthcare, administration and other fields. Without letting a single employee go after 9/11/2001, this remains one of her proudest achievements.  Anne was voted Businesswoman of the Year from the Columbia Daily Tribune, for the year 2012.  ...

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Michele Spry


Co-founder and President of Midway Electric.  Built from scratch and based in Columbia, Missouri, Midway serves small and large businesses as a full scale electric contracting company.  Michele was awarded the 2009 Ambassador of the Year (Columbia Chamber of Commerce) Award and the 2011 Debin Benish Outstanding Business Woman Award (Women’s Network).  She remains active in her community along with the company’s other Founder, husband Brandon Spry.  ...

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Working Away on Travel Abroad


Working while away on a vacation or a ‘break’ is very annoying, but unavoidable. Most of the time we may have to respond to emails or attend an important call while on the move. Work while travelling poses a real challenge, especially when the travel is a part of your vacation. This is true in the case of the flexible work-from-option also and it often ends up as a ‘working holiday’ for many. Many a...

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Tips to get back to Work after Motherhood


The transition from a new mom to a working mother is always filled with anxieties – about the child, about the work and also about oneself. Here are a few common concerns along with resolving strategies which may help in the smooth transition while restarting a career after the break. One of the most common worries of a new mom getting back to work is that they are not able to bond with the baby. The...

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Releasing Anger the Healthy Way


It is not easy to deal with the numerous frustrations that we have in our lives, including those at home and at work. Most of us tend to bottle up the emotions for some time which keeps bubbling and spills at the most inappropriate time. Putting the emotions in its place is a challenging situation for many of us. Many end up having unacceptable habits including drinking or overeating. But there are ways to put the...

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Industries Hiring Moms


Women who are looking to restart their career or have a change in career have some respite even when the job market is not very promising in the entire country. There are a few industry sectors that are hiring talented moms. Here is a look at the sectors actively hiring women: Education – Although the economic slump has affected this profession resulting in layoffs, long-term employment outlook shows that there will be an increase in the number...

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Ideal Work from Home Opportunities


Many a times, women need the flexibility to work from home for several reasons. There are quite a few opportunities to be more flexible including being a technical advisor, company chef, grant writer, company chef, fitness coach or a teacher, all from the convenience of home office. Opportunities to be employed from home for women have increased exponentially in the past few years. Many of these offers are available at the click of a mouse. Many...

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Dress Right for the Interview


The right dressing is very important in making a good impression, next only to a well-written resume. It also adds to your confidence while facing the recruiters. Many feel that dressing does not matter much in an interview. But in the present job situation, if anybody can look right for the position they always tend to have a better chance during the interview. Fashion experts believe that one should be more conservative in choosing the dress...

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Be an Entrepreneur


Studies show that women-owned businesses do much better and grow faster than others. It is never too late to be self-employed and have a start-up of your own. Often, we wonder whether we have it in us to shoulder the responsibilities of having our own business and get others to work for us. How do you know whether youare ready to have a lot of your own in business and be successful in it? Here...

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Tips for Success in Your Career


Working for an organization, working from home or self-employed, working women always have one common question in mind – what qualities will enable me to make a career successful? Each one of us might point out to different sets of traits. Generally there are a few qualities which experts suggest adds value to the success. These include: Confidence – Needless to say, this is one quality that is sure to lead you to success in any career....

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Re-Entering Your Career After Having Kids


Women often have lots of questions in mind while restarting their career after taking a break to raise children. Having a fulfilling job is very important while re-entering a career. Redefining and re-evaluating the career strategies are significant in getting the right career at this stage. Restarting a career after being away to raise a family is always a real challenge for any woman. Several questions keep popping in their mind including whether it will be successful,...

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Increase Your Pay


Do you believe that getting more pay in you present job is possible? Yes, it is more than possible to have an increase in your salary – if you are ready to do more and be more in your present job! The basis is that you should be able to convince your seniors that you do deserve the raise. Here are a few simple strategies to get a raise in your present job: Ask for a raise...

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How To Politely Avoid a Meeting


Meetings are indeed a very important part of the office processes. But unfortunately, the meetings become so much that you start feeling them as a colossal waste of time. With back to back meetings throughout the day, they come across your way of doing things at the right time in the right way. It definitely affects productive time in the workplace. There are times when you really want to get out of the meeting but may...

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First Day at Work After Motherhood


Returning to work after the tender time spent with the little one once the maternity leave is over is a challenge. Any woman at this time is sure to have several emotional anxieties on the first day at work. The change in routine, leaving the child with the care-giver, and the expectations at the workplace is sure to make the return traumatic for any mother. Added to this is the lack of sleep during the last...

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Adapting to a Junior Boss


Whether you are restarting your career or switching it for a new one, it is possible that you may have to work under a boss who is younger. Now, this is a dicey situation for a person who is more experienced. But adapting to this situation is very important to enjoy your job and to contribute positively towards the workplace. Here are a few tips that may help you to flow with it: Leverage on your impressive...

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Working away from Desk on Travel


Working while away on a vacation or a ‘break’ is very annoying, but unavoidable. Most of the time we may have to respond to emails or attend an important call while on the move. Work while travelling poses a real challenge, especially when the travel is a part of your vacation. This is true in the case of the flexible work-from-option also and it often ends up as a ‘working...

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Releasing Anger the Healthy Way


It is not easy to deal with the numerous frustrations that we have in our lives, including those at home and at work. Most of us tend to bottle up the emotions for some time which keeps bubbling and spills at the most inappropriate time. Putting the emotions in its place is a challenging situation for many of us. Many end up having unacceptable habits including drinking or overeating. But...

read more >>
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Industries Hiring Moms


Women who are looking to restart their career or have a change in career have some respite even when the job market is not very promising in the entire country. There are few industry sectors that are hiring talented moms. Here is a look at the sectors actively hiring women:Education – although the economic slump has affected this profession resulting in layoffs, long-term employment outlook shows that there will be an...

read more >>
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Apps for Working Moms


Working moms are more of superwomen than just moms. You are expected to do so many things at the same time – social, job-related and domestic tasks. This often drains you out and makes you feel guilty of not being able to manage everything you are supposed to. Development in technology is now there for your help. Here are few apps that will help you to be more organized and...

read more >>
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Ideal Work from Home Opportunities


Summary: Many a time, women need the flexibility to work from home for several reasons. There are quite a few opportunities to be more flexible including being a technical advisor, company chef, grant writer, company chef, fitness coach or a teacher, all from the convenience of home office. Opportunities to be employed from home for women have increased exponentially in the past few years. Many of these offers are available at...

read more >>
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Dress Right for the Interview


Right dressing is very important in making a good impression, next only to a well-written resume. It also adds to your confidence while facing the recruiters. Many feel that dressing does not matter much in an interview. But in the present job situation, if anybody can look right for the position they always tend to have a better chance during the interview.Fashion experts believe that one should be more conservative...

read more >>
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Be an Entrepreneur


Studies show that women-owned businesses do much better and grow faster than others. It is never late to be self-employed and have a start-up of your own. Often, we feel whether we have it in us to shoulder the responsibilities of having our own business and get others work for us. How do you know whether you ready to have a slot of your own in business and be successful...

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