Member Spotlight – October 2014

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Cathy Kuzel

The Connected Woman


This is one connected woman! A dynamic speaker, professional mentor and business expert with a deep knowledge of the art of human connections, Cathy Kuzel has been networking and building successful business relationships for more than 25+ years and is increasingly sought after as an expert on “ALL Things Small Biz”.

“You would never know that I was rather shy when I was young. Talking to strangers was challenging. Now look at me – my career puts me at the front of the room speaking to hundreds of strangers!”

As the Connected Woman, she has developed and implemented strategic sales and marketing programs with proven success rates for small to mid-size companies and organizations of 150+ members. SWAN being one of them.

“We started with 8 women in the downstairs Bistro at Cheers. It was my goal to reach 100 members and fill the upstairs ballroom with business women. We did it in just under a year. I remember Gabrielle Loren of Loren, Nanke & Company say that her decision to become a member was clinched when she received a newsletter with a handwritten note from the president on it.” *smile*

Recognized as one of the Top Ten Mentors in Canada, Cathy finds great personal fulfillment in helping others succeed through her role as a professional mentor and business advisor.

“I did not have the opportunity to work with a mentor when I built my first two businesses. I wish I had. Everything I’ve learned has been through trial and error, a desire to succeed and the ability to ask for help. My advice? Seek out the assistance from a coach or mentor. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.”

Cathy is passing along those same life and business lessons to the next generation of entrepreneurs in her current position as Sales Expert at Small Business BC; a mentor with Women’s Enterprise Centre’s Peer Mentoring program; her involvement with Futurepreneurs – formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation; Junior Achievement; her community and the Connected Woman Association’s initiative to support women with micro-loans through KIVA (just to name a few!) She is also the author of “Are You a Collector or a Connector?” and “I’m on the Phone!” her podcast series “Coffee with Cathy” and the internationally recognized, “Daily Espressos – To Kickstart Your Day”.

Her purpose is to help you STAND UP and STAND OUT in your business.

“I am a firm believer in ‘Knowledge Shared is Success Magnified’.” ~ Cathy Kuzel

To have Coffee with Cathy, contact her at:
Cathy Kuzel
The Connected Woman
Tel: 604.980.5585

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