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THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS                 AUG 2004

Contents

 Welcome
 NAWBO Events Calendar
 President's Letter
 NAWBO News & Events
 Public Policy
 New Members
 Community Events
 Member News
 How You Can Get Involved
 Quote of the Month
 Subscription Info / The Fine Print



  August 13:
  CEO Summit
  co-sponsored
  by NAWBO-SF
  and the
  Alliance of
  Chief
  Executives
  Limited space -
  reserve now!



Grow Thrive Lead
 
WELCOME

Welcome to NAWBO-SF's August 2004 e-newsletter. You can also read this e-newsletter online at:
www.middleastwomen.org/enews/august_2004.html

Have you tried online registration yet? You can register online for NAWBO-SF events: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html

NAWBO EVENTS CALENDAR

UPCOMING NAWBO EVENTS

PRESIDENT'S LETTER
Sharon Gadberry

GROW, THRIVE, LEAD
by Sharon Gadberry
of Power Transitions
(www.tmgoi.com)

Wow! Results of our 2003-2004 survey are still pouring in. So far, nearly 100 women business owners (over half of our members) have taken time from your busy schedules to tell us, your NAWBO-SF leaders, what you want and need in an organization that represents all women business owners and enables our members to grow, thrive, and lead.

Here are some interesting inferences from our survey:

  1. Our membership is composed of successful women business owners. Nearly half (48%) of the respondents are experienced and successful business owners, and in fact have been in business over 10 years. Then there is a large group who have been in business less than five years (34%).
  2. Most of our members (72%) have joined in the last three years.
  3. Most women (72%) strongly agreed that the key value of NAWBO-SF is the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with professional colleagues.
  4. Our members are highly discriminating in who they want to meet and do business with. They want: "Experienced business women" (77%), who are "smart, savvy professionals" (74%), "generous, sharing colleagues" (73%), and "highly motivated achievers" (72%).

How is NAWBO-SF doing in satisfying member needs? Thank you for your articulate, appreciative, and heartfelt comments to the question: "The one thing I like best about NAWBO-SF is . . .

Each of us serving new terms on the 2004-2005 NAWBO-SF Board is aware that leading NAWBO-SF is a big challenge and responsibility. We recently met all day to plan a three-year strategy. As Yogi Berra said, "If you don't know where you're going, you probably won't get there."

I look forward to an exciting group with all of you, each and every one is an amazing woman. It is a privilege and a pleasure to lead an organization that is financially sound, growing in membership, expansive in our programs, and which enjoys a strong reputation and support in the community.

Stay tuned for the unveiling of our ambitious new three-year plan. As Pablo Picasso said, "I am always doing things I can't do; that's how I get to do them."

Sharon Gadberry, Ph.D.
President, NAWBO-SF

NAWBO NEWS & EVENTS

CEO SUMMIT MEETING & LUNCHEON ROUNDTABLE

Special Invitation: ONLY 20 RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE

NAWBO-SF members have been invited to attend, free of charge, a very special breakfast event. We are pleased to be co-sponsoring this CEO Summit Meeting with the Alliance of Chief Executives.

This event will be held on Friday, August 13, 2004 at the Bankers Club in downtown San Francisco. It begins at 7:30 am with a Keynote Discussion with Liz Fetter, one of the Bay Area's leading executives. The Summit Meeting will continue with private CEO meetings and conclude after a CEO Luncheon Roundtable with other Bay Area women chief executives at 12:30 pm.

Liz FetterLiz Fetter, CEO of QRS Corporation, has built a reputation for her turnaround capabilities at several major companies. Her background combines experience in technology, e-commerce and retail. Prior to returning QRS to profitability and positioning it for growth, Liz was CEO of NorthPoint Communications, one of the largest and fastest-growing DSL providers. She also ran the $5B Consumer Services Group at US West.

Please plan to stay for the CEO Luncheon afterwards. We look forward to seeing you at the Bankers Club on Friday, August 13th for this special event!

Reserve your space NOW by calling Rhoda Singer at 415.333.2130. You can also contact Laurel Madal at the Alliance at: 925.942.2400 x 201 or email [email protected]

    

AUGUST - VACANCIES! ENJOY THOSE LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER!

We will not have a regular August dinner meeting, but the Tuesday morning networking programs will continue during the month.

    

SECOND TUESDAY - NEW MASTERMIND™ SERIES

Mastermind™ is an advisory board program for women leading businesses. Participants, who have committed to attending the six-month cycle, meet on the second Tuesday of each month for continental breakfast from 7:30a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the office of Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, 260 California St., San Francisco. This month, the meeting will be held on August 10th.

Mastermind provides program members with an advisory board of NAWBO women who share business know-how, feedback, and insight from their own experience, and it's a great way to connect with other NAWBO members in a supportive environment. The current program enrollment runs through November and is filled.

Those interested in participating in the next Mastermind series should contact Rhoda Singer at 415.333.2130, email: [email protected], FAX 415-586-6606, to be placed on the waiting list.

    

THIRD TUESDAY RELATIONSHIPS & REFERRALS (EAST BAY)

On Tuesday, August 17th, NAWBO-SF's regional networking breakfast in Oakland gains momentum. We encourage interested members and guests to join other women business owners to make friends, exchange ideas, share leads, lend support, recommend resources and build momentum through these powerful networking opportunities.

Meetings, including a continental breakfast, take place from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at Twist Restaurant in the newly restored Washington Inn at 495 10th Street, across the street from the Marriott Convention Center and within walking distance of the 12th St. BART station. Park conveniently at the Convention Center or on the street.

The cost for breakfast is $12 for members and $15 for guests. Make reservations online at: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html, or with Rhoda at 415.333.2130; email: [email protected].

    

FOURTH TUESDAY RELATIONSHIPS & REFERRALS

On Tuesday, August 24th, NAWBO-SF's regional networking breakfast takes place in Marin. Meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Il Fornaio in the Corte Madera Town Center.

Come prepared to meet other women business owners, share information and ideas, and develop a wealth of valuable contacts to help expand your business.

The cost for breakfast is $12 for members and $15 for guests. Make reservations online at: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html, or with Rhoda at 415.333.2130; email: [email protected].

    

Fall 2004's Brown Bag Lunch—
Pragito DoveLUNCHTIME ENLIGHTENMENT
Creating Balance in Your Life: Meditation for Business Success

With Pragito Dove

Join us for a fascinating exploration of the power and freedom of meditation for business success and creativity. Expert and best selling author Pragito Dove reveals the secret to meditation, not as a practice, but as a way of life. She shatters our preconceptions that meditation necessitates sitting in silence and introduces us to a unique range of expressive techniques and simple methods to release physical, mental and emotional stress. Dove shows how meditation can be fun, accessible and immediate. You, too, can learn her five easy techniques to reduce physical stress, increase mental clarity, and encourage productivity.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 22, 2004
TIME: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
WHERE: Carlton, DiSante, & Freudenberger, 260 California Street, Suite 500, San Francisco
COST: $10/members; $15/guests (bring your own lunch)
REGISTER ONLINE: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html

For more info, or to register via phone, contact:
Rhoda Singer, Chapter Administrator, 415.333.2130,
email: [email protected]

Find out more about this event

    

September's Dinner Event
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN - IT AFFECTS ALL OF US

Irma HerreraKeynote Speaker: Irma D. Herrera, Executive Director, Equal Rights Advocates

Irma D. Herrera is Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, a San Francisco based civil rights organization dedicated to advancing equal opportunity for women and girls.

This past year, Irma was a lead attorney in the Wal-Mart class action suit in which Wal-Mart was sued for discrimination in jobs, pay and promotions for women. At about the same time this verdict came down, the suit against Morgan Stanley for similar discrimination was settled out of court.

Irma will bring a personal view of the Wal-Mart suit proceedings, with a perspective on what it means to us as women business owners.

Note the new venue!

WHEN: Thursday, September 23, 2004
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE: World Trade Club (behind The Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street), San Francisco (click here for map and directions)
COST: Pre-registration $40/members; $50/guests. Or pay at the door $45/members; $55/guests.
REGISTER ONLINE: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html

For more info, or to register via phone, contact:
Rhoda Singer, Chapter Administrator, 415.333.2130,
email: [email protected]

Find out more about this event

    

JULY DINNER EVENT - A RETROSPECTIVE

Susie Selby, winemaker and proprietor of Selby Winery in Healdsburg, shared her story and her passion about wine making. She told us that for the last nine years, she's taught herself how to make an award winning Sauvignon Blanc (which she brought for us to enjoy) as well as learn how to do everything at the winery from driving a fork lift to marketing and selling wine.

Susie also shared lessons learned on how to hold her own in an industry unaccustomed to female owners, how to manage the long and sometimes lonely hours, and the importance of maintaining her wits and a sense of humor. Her story brought nods of agreement from her audience and applause as we savored her wine and enjoyed the view of the San Francisco Bay from the dining room at the World Trade Club.

July's dinner also included the installation of NAWBO-SF's new Board for 2004-2005.

Some photos of guests and members at the World Trade Club:


    

NAWBO-SF MEMBER SURVEY

NAWBO-SF's Program and Membership Committees collaborated with the Board to conduct on-line and telephone surveys of current, prospective and renewal members. To grow, thrive, and lead, we recognize the importance of hearing the voices of business women like you.

Members received a survey via e-mail requesting that you respond to an online survey hosted by Survey Monkey. The committee conducted follow-up telephone interviews to learn what business women like you want from a professional organization. We hope you responded to the survey. Your feedback will shape programs and the activities of NAWBO-San Francisco, reflecting the interests and needs of you, our members.

    

Ferry Building, San FranciscoWE'RE MOVING AROUND THE WORLD
The World Trade Club, that is!

Starting this September, NAWBO-SF's dinner meetings are moving to a new venue, The World Trade Club. Conveniently located behind the newly renovated Ferry Building in San Francisco, The World Trade Club offers many amenities for our monthly dinner meetings:

Check out the new location on September 23 for our first dinner meeting of NAWBO-SF's new year. More information to follow.

    

UP AND RUNNING!

If you drive by the Marina on a Sunday morning, you may see more than dozen amazing NAWBO-SF members running and working out together. This group is the NAWBO-SF Marathon Team, formed and led by See Jane Run Sports, they will compete in our name at the Nike Marathon on October.

Liz Vasile Galin, President-elect of our Chapter, is one member of the NAWBO-SF team. Says Liz, "At the first practice I ran for the first time in 5 years."

To register for the training team, or for more information, go to http://www.seejanerunsports.com/training/marathon.shtml or call 415.401.8338.

PUBLIC POLICY

NAWBO PUBLIC POLICY ACTION ALERT: WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER FUNDING

The SBA just issued a news release announcing the release of funding for 34 existing women's business centers. These centers are those that are in the middle of their initial five years of funding. The amount of funding released is $5.1 million of the $12.5 million budget for the program this year.

Still at issue—and uncertain at this point—is how the remaining $7.4 million will be allocated. There are 52 additional women's business centers that are anxiously awaiting the determination of what share of the SBA's WBC budget will be awarded to existing women's business centers and what share will be awarded to new centers.

Congress is expected to put on a last-ditch effort to raise the threshold that may be awarded to existing centers from 30.2% to 48%. An additional complication is that the Congressional authorization of the WBC program (and several other SBA programs) has expired. Without BOTH the House and Senate addressing this issue next week and passing both a program extension and an alteration of the budget allocation, most or all of these 52 women's business centers are in jeopardy of losing their SBA funding.

Now is the time for NAWBO to weigh in publicly on this issue with the SBA and their particular Senator and Congressman/Congresswoman. Go to www.middleastwomen.org and click on the "Vote for Business" link at the bottom of the home page, you can send an email directly to your legislator with minimum fuss and hassle!

Sincerely,
Carol Kuc
Vice President, Public Policy, NAWBO National
President & CEO, Complete Conference Coordinators, Inc.

NEW MEMBERS

We would like to welcome our new members:

Lynna Do
Vice President
Lan Do & Associates
970 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415.978.2788
[email protected]
www.ldatranslation.com

    

Mary Ann Pate
President
A Timely Solution
9000 Crow Canyon Road, #S127
Danville, CA 94506
Phone: 925.736.4826
[email protected]
www.atimelysolution.com

We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events!

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

"WE DECIDE!"
National Event Celebrating the 84th Anniversary of the day the 19th Amendment was signed Giving Women the Right-to-Vote!

WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) together with the San Francisco Small Business Network wants our help in launching a nationwide effort to get out the women's vote. According to their research, women are the deciding factor in the upcoming Presidential election.

Attend this event celebrating women's right to vote, and find out how you can help.

DATE: Wednesday, August 18 2004
TIME: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
COST: $30 per person
LOCATION: The City Club of San Francisco; 155 Sansome Street, 10th Floor
REGISTRATION: DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

    

SAVE THE DATE AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
20th Anniversary and Gala Awards
San Francisco Small Business Network

Last year our very own Susan Shargel of Shargel and Associates was a winner. Who knows if another NAWBO member will win this year?

This is a great event to support this local advocacy organization, who for twenty years has tireless been the unified voice on behalf of small business in San Francisco. SBN was instrumental in the efforts to establish our first-in-the-nation chartered Small Business Commission in San Francisco.

WHEN: Thursday, September 9, 2004
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: World Trade Club, San Francisco
RSVP: For complete details and a personal invitation, contact Syndi Seid at 415.928.1912 or email [email protected].

    

AN EVENING OF ART AND WINE FOR FINANCIAL WOMEN

We are extending this invitation to other local female professionals in the financial industry. Come enjoy fine art and exceptional wine in good company at the Financial Women's Association Summer Networking Event which we will be hosted on Tuesday, August 17, 2004 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at a unique gallery in Palo Alto.

To learn more and register for this event, go to: http://www.fwasf.org/event2004august17.htm. Please register by Friday, August 13. Due to limited capacity and catering arrangements, reservations must be made in advance and we will not be able to accept walk-ins.

MEMBER NEWS

NAWBO MEMBER KIM KING VOICE CONCERNS TO MAYOR ABOUT PAYROLL TAX

NAWBO-SF has long maintained that the payroll tax is a disincentive for expanding the workforce of San Francisco, and is an unfair burden, particularly on small businesses. Together with the Small Business Network, NAWBO-SF also opposed the Mayor's proposal to exempt the biotechnology industry from the tax. We believe it is unfair for small business to foot the bill for marketing San Francisco to new industry sectors.

NAWBO Member Kim King was given the opportunity to speak with Mayor Newsom about this tax, and how it impacts businesses in San Francisco.

Read article from the San Francisco Chronicle.

    

SAVE MONEY WITH A CONTRACT GENERAL COUNSELS
Get the experience of an in-house lawyer but with the flexibility and rates of a freelance contractor

By Vida Buchalter Harband

When it comes to legal services, many people believe there are only two options-hiring an outside counsel or hiring an in-house counsel. But for many companies, there is an important third option: You can hire what we call a "contract general counsel," an individual who can give you the experience of an in-house lawyer but with the flexibility of a freelance contractor. Best of all, you could end up paying a contract general counsel anywhere from $175 to $275 per hour vs. the $300 to $400 (and up) of an outside law firm.

The ultimate benefit, however, is that you, the owner or manager, can focus on what you are great at-operating the business. . . .

Read full article on the NAWBO-SF website.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN NAWBO
QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he [or she] who did nothing because he [or she] could do only a little"
—Edmund Burke [updated to include women]

SUBSCRIPTION INFO / THE FINE PRINT

If you would like to submit stories, news, events, or happenings for the next issue of NAWBO-SF's e-news, please send to: Anastasia Fuller at [email protected]. Copy submission deadline is the 22nd of the current month for the next month's newsletter (e-mailed out the first week of the month).

We invite anyone who is not already a member to join NAWBO-SF. Take advantage of a growing package of member benefits and activities. To find out more, visit our website:
www.middleastwomen.org/membership.html.