WEN Spotlight: Sharon McEneff

WEN Spotlight: Sharon McEneff

WEN would like to applaud Members who have had great wins, overcome obstacles, used innovative approaches or made other strides as an entrepreneur and who are ready to share their tips with you!

We are delighted to showcase our Gold Sponsor and Premium Member : Sharon McEneff of T8 Corporate & Business Services

Business Nature: Association Management and Accounting & Company Secretarial Services

Business Start Date: T8 Association Management was founded in June 2011 and then branched out to T8 Corporate in 2016, First Response in 2019 and Charter Junks in 2020, all currently operating under Minerva Group. 

How is your Company Unique?: We are driven by strong empowered women by different skillsets and this is why we are under Minerva Group. Minerva is the Roman Goddess of Wisdom.

Your Favourite Business Mantra is: If you want something done ask a busy person!

Tell us what made you take the entrepreneurial plunge?: After managing Asia Pacific chapter of an association in USA my client wanted to take me on directly as  they recognised everything I did for them.

After getting approval from my boss I decided to continue doing what I was doing, but under my own company.  It was then that I had my first client and the rest of the clients grew organically through word of mouth.

How did you transform a challenge into an opportunity?: There are two ways that you can act when you face a challenge; you decide that you can’t meet the challenge and admit defeat or you can step up to the challenge knowing full well that it will be tough but that there is always opportunity in the face of adversity.

  • Don’t stop moving! If you stop, the challenge can quickly become too daunting, instead change your perspective.  From our junk experience we were desperate to become really green, with everything being recycled, however this posed almost impossible due to lack of facilities and resources to separate materials and a heavy booking schedule.  Instead of becoming solely focused on us recycling what was left over, we pushed the issue up the supply chain and now all our products (foods, serving dishes) as they come on board are either biodegradable, washed and reused or crushed and bagged.
  • Fail Fast and cheaply – if you have an idea to solve a challenge, try it out and accept it is good to fail – every time you fail you have learned another way not to do it. Promotions is a great example here – try a small advert with one resulting action and see if you get any traction, if you do then build on it, if not tweak the promotion idea.

Where do you see your Company in the next three years?: Having now structured the 4 companies under Minerva I would be delighted if we can increase  each company by 25%.

What are your top three tips to share with other women entrepreneurs?

  • Don’t just acquire customers, retain them. We have clients since the very beginning.
  • Be passionate in what you do and have a niche market
  • Hire people who are good in the areas you are not

 

Website: https://t8corporate.com/en
Email: sharon.m@t8corporate.com


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WEN Spotlight: Anne Suaverdez

WEN Spotlight: Anne Suaverdez

WEN would like to applaud Members who have had great wins, overcome obstacles, used innovative approaches or made other strides as an entrepreneur and who are ready to share their tips with you!

We are delighted to showcase our Premium Member : Anne Suaverdez of Wresonatemedia

Business Nature: Digital Marketing

Business Start Date: August 2021

Best Achievement to Date: Grew my client base in less than 4 months organically

One Tip: There’s no other time to chase your dreams but now.

Tell us about your entrepreneurial journey: I owe much of my success to the people I worked with in the corporate world. Since the time I graduated from university, I’ve had the opportunity to work with outstanding professionals in sales and marketing. They all made an impact on me professionally and until today, I am grateful to them for sharing their knowledge with me. As if I was always applying my learning and testing it for myself, I also had my fair share of launching a shoe brand that saw success in its own right. A year after it launched, the brand collaborated with some celebrities, influencers, and KOLs.

Combining my years of experience, skills, and industry knowledge, I knew I would be able to help others with their business problems. I was constantly driven by my dreams, but I was waiting for the right moment and after months of planning, the opportunity presented itself during the pandemic where it encouraged me to explore and break out of my own barriers, paving the path for the creation of Wresonate Media in August 2021. 

Wresonate Media’s goal is to help entrepreneurs succeed online through digital marketing, with a focus on social media marketing, SEO, paid search, content creation, and email marketing.

How do you measure success? As an entrepreneur,  success to me is actionable, realistic, and ever-changing. Growing organically by word of mouth or getting more referrals, is my own version of success that gives me fulfilment and happiness.

What have been your biggest lessons? It’s easy to get lost in this journey. There will always be this critical inner voice that will invalidate you and your sense of self. That you are not good enough, that you are not going to make it, that you are not the person you think you are. And one of the important lessons I learned is that you are the only person who will unlock your true potential if you believe in yourself. If you stay focused in your purpose, it can help silence that voice and drive you towards achieving your goals.

What is the next step for your business?

The next step is to scale up and grow my client base locally and overseas.

What are your top tips to share with other women entrepreneurs?

  • Surround yourself with like-minded people who share the same values as you.
  • Network with women entrepreneurs so you can draw inspiration from each other.
  • Build a supportive and winning team with skills and talents that complement yours.
  • Track and analyse your marketing efforts, whether organic or paid and maximise your highest ROI channels and focus on them.

 

Website: https://wresonatemedia.com/
Email: team@wresonatemedia.com


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Meet the Experts for What’s New: Take Control of Your Own Data

Meet the Experts for What’s New: Take Control of Your Own Data

Our Circle event, What’s New: Take Control of Your Own Data will be held on Thursday, 13th January 2022. Kick-off the new year with The Women’s Entrepreneur Network by joining our first circle event of 2022.

We will be sitting down with experts in various fields to discuss the trends they think will have a big impact on how you run your business in 2022.

From there you will join a small circle group to share any personal challenges and/or issues you may be facing (all in a confidential setting of course!).

Dr Nathalie Tortellier, KorumLegal

Dr Nathalie Tortellier is an experienced senior and corporate and commercial lawyer with extensive experience across Asian and European markets.

She joined KorumLegal in December 2018 having previously worked as a corporate and commercial lawyer of a French law firm in Hong Kong, where she developed their practice for Greater China and Hong Kong.

She supported global corporate clients with joint ventures, M&A, investments and other business expansion strategies.

Dr Nathalie’s client experience includes secondments, private corporates, entrepreneurs and start-ups across a variety of industries and sectors.

Joyce Ma, Decathlon

Joyce Ma is the Branding & Marketing Specialist of Decathlon with 8 years of experience in a creative agency, startups and a demonstrated history of working in the financial services and sports industry.

Joyce is skilled in Growth Hacking, Digital Strategy, Email Marketing, Community Development and Copywriting.

Cassandre Daigre, WILD

Cassandre Daigre is the Co-Founder of WILD. She is passionate about growing businesses, currently working with more than 80 corporates and start-ups in Hong Kong, Europe, and the USA, for local and international targets.

Since 2014, her digital marketing agency WILD offers digital business making solutions to third parties in APAC and the USA. They’ve already set the bar high and achieved growth, visibility, and ROI improvements for their clients.

WILD boasts extensive digital knowledge with an international team. They articulate Pay per Click, Content creation (including 3D, AR/VR content), Social Media Editorial marketing, Analytics & KPI setting, Search Engine Optimization, Conversion Rate Optimization, eCRM, Growth hacking, and content creation (design and web development), into an efficient business strategy.

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WEN Spotlight: Sharlene Jacquier

WEN Spotlight: Sharlene Jacquier

WEN would like to applaud Members who have had great wins, overcome obstacles, used innovative approaches or made other strides as an entrepreneur and who are ready to share their tips with you!

We are delighted to showcase our  Platinum Member and Circle Event Sponsor: Sharlene Jacquier of Joint Dynamics Evolve.

Business Nature: Joint Dynamics is Hong Kong’s premiere integrated health and wellness facility. Combining elements of physical therapy (physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, massage, sports therapy and rehabilitation with fitness and performance training, mental health (psychology), lifestyle assistance (nutritionist and sleep consultation). Joint Dynamics mission is to continue to build an inclusive environment where clients are served by a collaborative team of science driven professionals.

Business Start Date: June 2013

Best Achievement to Date: 8+ years of significant double digit growth and market leading staff retention.

One Thing to do Different if Possible: Would have put more emphasis on establishing procedure and business protocol. Guidelines, handbooks, formalised lists… all of these things would have made growth and scale easier.

One Tip: Surround yourself with trusted (& kind) advisors, mentors and peers.

Tell us about your entrepreneurial journey: I credit Hong Kong, the people I’ve been blessed to meet and the unique business environment here with the success of my entrepreneurial journey.  After working in Singapore and moving to Hong Kong with my family I went from being an engineering salesperson to an operations manager of a health and wellbeing company in one dinner party.  I met someone who had this amazing, revolutionary idea, for physical therapy and its place in the wellness landscape.  He needed me to help structure, build and run the other aspects of the business.  So eight years ago we opened a small space with 5 people in June 2013, me learning on the go from mentors, support businesses, government departments and lots of google searches dealing with everything from purchasing towels to allied health ordinance guidelines to March 2021, we opened Joint Dynamics Evolve – our dedicated Women’s Health space in Queen’s Road Central. Now offering services including nutritionist, sleep consultant and psychologist.

The idea behind Joint Dynamics was brilliant, and since that day in June 2013 we’ve built on the foundation of it to expand our service offering (a dozen new services from our original two), our staff (now 65 people) and our facilities (now over 12,000 sq ft).  Our ownership team and our management has grown to involve experts in other fields, expanding the reach of Joint Dynamics further than we had ever anticipated. There have been numerous setbacks, some avoidable and others not, that have shaken our faith in the journey but each time we’ve received support from friends, family and other support networks. We have worked hard, really really hard, have sacrificed and risked a lot but today Joint Dynamics is one of the most recognisable brands in wellness in Hong Kong, and we are still growing.

How do you measure success? Personally when my mindset is such that setback or failure challenges and invigorates me to do better, to improve and grow. As a business when our staff are our most productive marketing tool…. I know when they are speaking passionately about their jobs and the company they work for that we are hitting the right mark.

What have been your biggest lessons? Mistakes are always the source of the biggest lessons..
– Manage expectations of your staff – Once everyone knows and is happy with what’s expected the rest is easier.
– Transparent (as possible), honest and frequent communication with staff.
– Write it down, process and procedure even in a rough draft allows others to help you grow… if it is all in your head you are the speed hump going forward.
– Ask questions, legal, accounting, marketing…. if there is an area that you don’t understand make sure you ask lots of questions. Know when to stop and say you need help.

What is the next step for your business? Continued growth through expansion in the field of Women’s Health, Corporate Wellness service delivery plus international clinic investment.

What top three pieces of advice do you have for other women entrepreneurs?

  1. Have access to trusted advisors (WEN group, mentors, business partners)
  2. Try not to be retrospective and attach yourself to past mistakes. Control the controllables and always focus on whats next.
  3. Create a personal ecosystem that helps you to be resilient. Sleep more, eat well and define your ‘digital curfew’.

Joint Dynamics Evolve is the Event Sponsor for our upcoming Circle Event on 16th November 2021: .How To Handle The “WHAT IF” Issues That Can Stop Your Business In Its Tracks. Reserve your spot to be inspired and learn from those that have walked before you.

Website: https://www.jointdynamics.com.hk/services/evolve-womens-health
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JointDynamicsHongKong/


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Meet the Experts for How To Handle The “WHAT IF” Issues That Can Stop Your Business In Its Tracks

Meet the Experts for How To Handle The “WHAT IF” Issues That Can Stop Your Business In Its Tracks

Our Circle Event, How To Handle The “WHAT IF” Issues That Can Stop Your Business In Its Tracks will be held on Tuesday, 16th November, 2021.

This is a series of circles run by our professional experts to help entrepreneurs navigate some of the most difficult issues we face running our businesses including HR, Legal Responsibilities for entrepreneurs and protecting your business (IP and Copyright)

Andrea Randall, RPC

Digital Marketing Specialist

An Employment and Regulatory Lawyer, Andrea advises on both Hong Kong and English law. She has significant and extensive experience in high profile complex litigation, including multi-jurisdiction disputes. The focus of Andrea’s Regulatory practice is representing individuals who are the subject of internal investigations and/or external regulators including the SFC, the ICAC, the Labour Department and the police. Andrea regularly advises on matters in relation to whether approved persons are “fit and proper”.

Andrea has extensive experience in representing both employers and employees engaged in civil proceedings as well as criminal prosecutions in Hong Kong and in England. Andrea has been ranked in all major legal directories including Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, AsiaLaw and the Doyle’s Guide.

 

Owen Gee, InCompass IP

Digital Marketing Expert

Owen is a professionally qualified registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorney and Australian Trade Mark Attorney. He has experience in all facets of IP law in all of the major jurisdictions, with his recent experience focuses on P.R. China, Hong Kong, and South-East Asia IP law, practice and procedure. Owen was previously a senior attorney at the Hong Kong office of a preeminent international IP firm for a number of years, and prior to that, worked as a patent attorney at a leading Australian IP firm. 

Owen’s patent practice covers electronics, electrical engineering, power engineering, LED technology, software and computer-implemented inventions, medical devices, mechanical devices, and chemical process technology. He also lectures at universities and presents at seminars and conferences on the subject of IP and commercialisation.

Interested in attending?