New network to help women learn business

Published on Sunday, 7 July 2013 22:49 - Written by

Casey Murphy

cmurphy@tylerpaper.com Kimberly Devine is bringing eWomenNetwork — an organization of women who help women in business — to East Texas.

Ms. Devine, 42, of Palestine, has been a member of the international organization for three years, and after moving to Palestine a year ago, decided the area needed to become a part of it.

Ms. Devine, owner of Texas Sure Plan Insurance in Palestine, is a ninth-generation East Texan. Most of her extended family lives in Anderson and Freestone counties, but she was raised in the Houston suburb of Spring. She came to Palestine every summer to visit and last summer decided she didn’t want to leave, so she moved there with her two daughters.

She offers financial and wealth management planning through her business, which she started about a year ago. Ms. Devine said she can attribute about 20 percent of her monthly income from things she learned or gained through the eWomenNetwork.

“It’s really changed my life,” she said.

She is working to form a Tyler-East Texas chapter of the organization, which is based in Dallas and has 118 chapters throughout North America.

She said the Tyler area needs an organization like eWomen because “we provide so much support. … We always give first and we always share.”

Chief executive officer of eWomenNetwork, Sandra Yancey, founded the international organization based on the motto, “Life as we climb,” Ms. Devine said. It provides members with new clients/referrals, business coaching, strategic business alliances and the exchange for information.

The annual convention in Dallas is in August, and people come from all across the world, including Canada and Spain, to attend, she said.

Ms. Devine said women have learned how to balance their lives as an entrepreneur and mother. Though the organization, women get together and talk about their needs, roadblocks and triumphs. They share their variety of experiences to help each other get to that next step in business, she added.

She said true entrepreneurs work around the clock. But she enjoys being an entrepreneur because of the freedom it gives her, as well as the relationships she develops with clients and being a good role model to her daughters.

Ms. Devine had to apply with eWomenNetwork to start a local chapter and become its managing director. She went through a week of training. Since starting the local chapter in April, it has about 20 members, she said.

The first Accelerated Networking Event for the Tyler-East Texas Chapter will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 at Cascades Country Club. The event will feature a local female elected official as guest speaker, as well as accelerated networking and lunch. Ms. Devine said there are bonuses for registering in July. For more information, call Ms. Devine at 903-484-4275 or visitwww.ewomennetwork.com .

To become a member, there is a one-time $290 fee. To attend monthly meetings, it cost $30 to pay for the speakers, which will be made up of highly successful, motivated entrepreneurs and are always women, she said.