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Community Highlights: Meet Marilyn Barker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marilyn Barker.

Hi Marilyn, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am Marilyn Barker, I am a business consultant and mindset coach. I have been married for 22 yrs and have one grown daughter. I have suffered from depression and anxiety as far back as I can remember.

Growing up in the Midwest was a struggle, I made one bad choice after another, and though coming from a large family. I did not have a support system.

Eventually, I realized that I could get a handle on my thoughts and emotions and in turn change my mindset and start achieving what I wanted from life.

I dabbled in direct sales and finally found my niche in helping others visualize their goals by putting some action behind them. This has grown into being supportive of people in both personal and business aspects of their lives. I have a passion for connecting, educating, and empowering other women.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. I have gone through a lot of trial and error. I had to realize what worked and what didn’t, not only for others but for myself.

I have made a lot of mistakes and bad decisions. All of these things made me grow into a better person and a better mentor.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Barker Business Services, LLC has evolved over the years to encompass everything I do. Ultimately, it is about helping people achieve their goals and grow as both people and business owners. I still struggle and I still make some wrong choices, I am human. Just like my clients.

I personally help people in a variety of ways, from creating their visions/goals to putting action behind them with vision board classes and action step programs. I help them with branding and marketing and getting a plan together for their businesses. I am also the co-founder and director of The Women’s Business Network.

A relationship-based women’s group. We expanded to a national organization in 2019 and we are now able to help connect, educate and empower women across the United States. I am all about empowering and motivating women both personally and professionally, no matter if it’s a handmade product or a corporation.

I love seeing people connect and support each other. I offer services that are affordable and relatable. I understand my clients because I have been with them. I feel my experiences make me the ideal person to help others deal with life and get their business on the road to success.

Any big plans?
Right now, I am focused on expanding and building The Women’s Business Network nationally. We would love to see a chapter open in every state.

When I see women building relationships and contacts in their own communities, using the format and platform we have built makes me excited.

Seeing women grow both personally and professionally and helping other women grow as well, is what it is all about. I would love to have The Women’s Business Network be known for the inclusive women’s group it is.

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