Coffee and Contacts Women’s Power Networking Offers Monthly Power Lunch Series

"Effective Social Networking: Boosting Your Business and Brand Online Power Lunch” hosted by Raleigh-based Coffee and Contacts, features panelists Alice Osborn, Eileen Batson, Olalah Njenga and Marilyn Shannon, Jan. 8, 2010 at Brio Tuscan Grille in Raleigh.

Raleigh, NC, January 03, 2010 --( Raleigh-based Coffee and Contacts: Women’s Power Networking ( launches their 2010 Power Lunch Series with "Effective Social Networking: Boosting Your Business and Brand Online.” Alice Osborn, Eileen Batson, and Olalah Njenga are featured panelists. Marilyn Shannon of Dialogue, Inc ( and ReEnchant Planet Earth ( will facilitate. It will be held Friday, January 8th, 2010 from 11:30am - 1:00pm at Brio Tuscan Grille, 4325 Glenwood Ave Raleigh, NC 27612

“People are spending an increasing amount of time on the internet researching information, reading and writing blogs, communicating with family, friends, clients and customers. To build your brand, you need an integrated online marketing strategy that works for you.” said panelist Olalah Njenga, Stevie Award Finalist, Marketing Strategist and CEO YellowWoodGroup (

Eileen Batson of Batson Group Marketing and PR ( added, “The current economy provides the perfect opportunity for any business to get the exposure they need. It’s important for business owners to understand the value of social networking online and how best to use it to their advantage. Not all social networking sites are equal.”

“Using social media has its place in developing a following.” offered Alice Osborn, freelance writer and editor ( “Building community and providing compelling and engaging content on a consistent basis is key.”

Jean Hedges, ( co-founder of Coffee and Contacts, author of The DARE System and Senior Loan Officer at PrimeLending stated, “Our monthly 90 minute lunch sessions are designed to be a fun and informal educational event. Attendees can enjoy a plated lunch in a positive environment while hearing and interacting with expert speakers on topics important to them personally and professionally.”

Hedges went on to say that the power lunches are open to Coffee and Contacts members, their guests and the general public. The next lunch event is February 12 at Brio Tuscan Grille. The topic: "Your Business: A Look Under the Hood” with Sue Weems, Director of Business Leaders Exchange, business coach, mentor and facilitator.

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