Explore some of the common questions asked by our members.
HOW WILL THINGS CHANGE ON FACEBOOK FOR NON-PAID TO PAID MEMBERSHIPS?
We started removing individuals from the main UTAH WOMEN’S NETWORKING FACEBOOK PAGE 10.10.16. Access to this page will be exclusive to Community, Resource and Business Members. The newest individuals welcomed to the page will have until the end of the year (12.31.16) to sign up for a membership. From now on, someone new to the group will receive a two-month Community Introductory Membership (minus a directory listing) and a VIP Pass to AN upcoming P.O.W.E.R. Session.
THERE WERE INTRODUCTORY RATES, WHEN DID THE PRICING CHANGE?
Introductory memberships were offered for $39, $69 and $99 per year. As of early November 2016, memberships increased to $59, $89 and $119 per year.
WHY SHOULD I START PAYING FOR SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN FREE?
We have listened to member feedback and are adding benefits that will continue to make the UTWNG a valuable experience (a website, free P.O.W.E.R. sessions, access to a directory, an events calendar, hired a Development Coordinator, more opportunities to meet up with members and more).
WHAT WILL BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE UTWNG MAIN FACEBOOK PAGE AND THE UTAH WNG BUSINESS RESOURCES PAGE?
The Main Page will be for Community, Resource and Business Members only. The UTWNG Resources Page will be open to UTWNG Members and others throughout Utah. All individuals on the page can comment on posts (as long as they have filled out a POSTING AGREEMENT). However, ONLY RESOURCE AND BUSINESS MEMBERS can promote their business, events they are hosting or are involved in, and create original posts. This will be the way non-members can stay connected with what is happening with current members, upcoming events, etc.
IF I CHOOSE NOT TO BE A MEMBER, WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND EVENTS?
Of course! You will continue to receive the UTWNG Newsletter with upcoming events. You can also access the calendar of events on our website. The only difference will be that from now on, there will be member and non-member rates for luncheons, P.O.W.E.R. events and conferences.
WHAT'S UP WITH THE WEBSITE SPEED?
The main function of the website is to be a resource not a marketing tool. We created it to be a one-stop location for upcoming events, a directory of current members, and basic information about the UTWNG. We are working on improving the speed but the SECURITY OF THE SITE IS OUR FIRST CONCERN. Paula Sageser has done an awesome job of making adjustments and building a valuable tool for our members.
WHO SHOULD BE A COMMUNITY MEMBER?
A good candidate for a Community Membership would be someone who shares our core mission of networking with like-minded individuals who value access to educational opportunities and who believe in giving back to the community. Individuals who don’t have anything to promote, want to give back to the community and want to stay active and build relationships through events and area connections fit best in this category.
WHO SHOULD BE A RESOURCE MEMBER?
Someone who is just starting their business and would like a basic listing on the directory and access to posting on the UTWNG Resources Page would be a great fit for a Resource Membership.
WHO SHOULD BE A BUSINESS MEMBER?
A Business Membership is ideal for someone who is looking to maximize their access to the UTWNG. They will be active in Area Connection meetings, sponsoring luncheons and UTWNG Fundraising Events. They will attend P.O.W.E.R. Sessions and Round Table discussions with business owners who have things in common. They will appreciate having the first ability to sign up for Ambassador Luncheons, to be panelists for the P.O.W.E.R. events and the Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference. They will appreciate having a Directory Listing with images, links to their other marketing tools and up to three (3) listings. And, they will like being able to post one event on the Website’s Member Calendar of Events.
WHAT IF I HAVEN'T OR CAN'T ATTEND EVENTS?
We are working on extending our reach of events through our Area/County Connectors. We will be hosting events in the morning and late afternoons during the last week of the month. Should you want to be a host and create a Connecting Group that better meets your schedule, please let us know. Resource and Business Members are eligible to be an Area/County Connector.
WHAT'S UP WITH MORE RULES AND RESTRICTIONS ON FACEBOOK POSTS?
Actually, we haven’t increased the rules and restrictions. We have had a lot of new members lately and have diligently been working on explaining which page to post where. However, some of our long standing members have been pushing the boundaries and we have had to slap a few wrists here and there to remind them that any type of promotional post belongs on the Utah WNG Business Resources Page. We have hosted New Member Orientation Meetings and will continue to walk members through the benefits of the UTWNG as we move forward. The bottom line is, the UTWNG Pages are neither your personal pages nor your only marketing page. We are a resource. It is up to you to maximize your membership by coming to events, being engaged on the page, and asking members WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT THEM! That’s the true spirit of the UTWNG.
I AM A MEMBER AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SOME CHANGES TO MY DIRECTORY LISTING. HOW CAN I DO THAT?
We have created a step-by-step process to walk you through how to update your directory listing. You can find those steps here: https://www.utwng.com/update-your-listing/.
I AM NOT TECH SAVVY AND DON'T KNOW HOW TO MAXIMIZE MY DIRECTORY LISTING. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
I have good news for you! Megan Sharrar, our Development Coordinator is here to help! Please email us at Ambassadors@utwng.com and she will get back to you within 48/72 hours to help you. We will also be having one to two meetings on how to maximize on your new members benefits.
I AM NEW TO THE UTWNG BUT AM NOT SURE IF I WANT TO BECOME A MEMBER. WHAT CAN I DO?
Reach out to our Ambassadors or continue to ask questions. We are here to help and support you. Our Ambassadors are: Aga Merx Cave, Anita Chilson, Carina (Cina) Knecht, Elif Ekin, Michelle Carman, Monique J. Flesher, Jaelynn Jenkins, Tracey Dean, Kathryn Christiansen, and Karin Palle. These ladies can easily be searched and found on Facebook. Feel free to send them a direct message.
I AM STILL NOT CONVINCED THAT IT'S WORTH $59 TO BECOME A COMMUNITY MEMBER.
I am a big believer that everyone should find 3 or more groups to be active in. However, you are the only one that can decide how to spend your time and marketing dollars. The UTWNG is not for everyone. There are a lot of other great groups out there. It’s up to you to determine what you want to gain from being a member of any group – do you want to build relationships, learn from like-minded individuals, find resources to grow your business, sell, give back to the community or just have fun. Should you decide not to be a member and only attend events, terrific! If you decide to try out other groups, we support you! And, should you find there was a value to being a member and want to come back, we will welcome you.
WHAT DIFFERENTIATES THE UTWNG FROM OTHER GROUPS?
You mean besides the quality of our events and the awesome food at our luncheons? The answer would be our dynamic and smart-ass ambassadors and our true passion to support our members personal and business growth. In 2016, we have raised close to $20,000 for local non-profits and small business grants for women.
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING NEW PLANNED IN THE UPCOMING YEAR WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?
Yes, the WEC planning committee, Kathryn Christiansen, Kathy Ricci, and Ann Marie Wallace are already creating the agenda for 2017’s conference. And Megan Sharrar, Karin Palle, and the ambassadors have an awesome marketing plan to roll out for our business members. Stay tuned.
CAN I TRANSFER MY P.O.W.E.R. SESSION PASSES TO SOMEONE ELSE?
This is a tough one. For now… let’s say yes. If the transfer goes to someone who is a Community Member we will permit that once a year. If you are a Business Member, I am happy to provide you with up to four (4) passes for the year for non-members who have never attended a P.O.W.E.R. Session before. If you have questions or other suggestions, please let us know. Just remember that non-Business or non-Resource members can purchase P.O.W.E.R. sessions for $25 per person.
CAN I UPGRADE MY MEMBERSHIP?
Yes you can. We have created $30 upgrades on the website. If you are interested in upgrade, please reach out to Megan Sharrar at Ambassadors@utwng.com and she will walk you through the steps.