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NAWBO San Francisco Newsletter

Welcome to the August 2006 issue of the monthly newsletter for the National Association of Women Business OwnersŽ (NAWBOŽ) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

August 2006 News Summary

Member News

Ideas, Inspiration and Opportunities

Special Events and Dates to Remember

Welcome to the Members Who Have Joined NAWBOŽ-SF in 2006

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the members who have joined our chapter in 2006. The list shown below is current as of May, 2006. We will welcome more recent members in our next issue. Thank you to all of you - we look forward to seeing you at upcoming events, and to the opportunity to grow, thrive, and lead together!

May Pon, NAWBOŽ-SF President

Robin McRoskey Azevedo, McRoskey Mattress Co.
Margaret Baggerly, Magnificent Gifts
Mary Beth Deans, The Douglas Group
Michelle Di Gangi, Greater Bay Bank
Barbara Gaylen, Bridge the Gap Consulting
Valerie Gonyea, Wilson, Markle, et al
Lori Hardy, Citibank
Mona Keady, Magdalena's Chocolates
Terry Kiskaddon, Harper Greer
Vijaya Jhothi, Safronya Retreat
Yvonne Lane Wonder, Yvonne Lane Interiors, LC
Judy Lee-Strain, Lautze & Lautze
Carol Oakes, Silpada Designs
Melissa Prandi, MPM, Prandi Property Management
M Kay Robinson, Insight Intuitive Consulting
Rita Scroggin, RE Max/ C.C. Connection
Ruth Stroup, Farmers Insurance Group
Betty Taisch, Coldwell Banker
Mary T. Wong, Citibank
Alyssa Yu, Entrepreneur

NAWBOŽ-SF Members in the News

Kimberly King, King Security Services Inc., was ranked 22nd, by 2005 revenues, in the San Francisco Business Times List "Largest Family Owned Businesses in the Bay Area", July 6, 2006.

Barbara Morrison, TMC Development, was featured in an article entitled “Looking to Score Capital? Better Check Your Score”, San Francisco Business Times, April 13, 2006.

Clothilde Hewlett, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, was named as a visionary woman leader in "The Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business", San Francisco Business Times, May 4, 2006.

Terry Kiskaddon, Harper Greer, was featured in the Entrepreneur Profile, San Francisco Business Times, March 16, 2006.

Robin McRoskey Azevedo, McRoskey Mattress Co., was featured in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle: "Businesses Weather a Century” on April 2, 2006.

Jill Lublin, Promising Promotion, spoke at the 2006 NAWBO Women's Business Conference, San Francisco, June 1-3, 2006. She is also featured in the April 2006 Member Spotlight at www.middleastwomen.org.

Cindy Fassler, TSS Personnel Agency, Inc., was presented the 2006 Small Business Owner-25 Employees or Fewer-Award by the San Francisco Small Business Network, at the SF SBN's 22nd Anniversary Gala and Awards Dinner saluting Small Businesses on June 1, 2006.

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NAWBOŽ-CA Leaders at the Women's Business Conference in June

I wanted to share this photo with all of you, capturing NAWBOŽ-CA leaders at the 2006 NAWBOŽ Women's Business Conference in San Francisco. If you were not able to join us this year, I hope you will mark your calendar for the 2007 Women's Business Conference in Atlanta, May 31, 2007-June 2, 2007.

May Pon, NAWBOŽ-SF President

Going Global with NAWBOŽ's International Strategic Forum, by Syndi Seid

Should businesses market their product or service outside the U.S. and go global? The answer is YES.

Thank goodness it is less and less every day that I hear business owners ask themselves whether they should market their product or service outside the U.S. and “go global.” Whether you are a sole proprietor, mid-sized company, or large corporation, gratefully Thomas Friedman, in his book, The World is Flat, is single-handedly giving business owners all over the world the self-confidence and guts to succeed in the global economy. It has encouraged me; so, why not you?

Assuming you are a person who wants to generate more revenue for your business, what are the reasons holding you back from going global? Are these the kinds of thoughts you have?

-I'm just a sole proprietor of my own home-based, service business and no one will want what I have to offer.
-My product/service serves only a small local niche that no one abroad will want.
-It seems like so much trouble to go global, why bother. It won't be worth it.
-I don't have the capital to handle the added production load.
-I can barely handle the business I have now, why would I want more?
-I don't have the time or the funds to do any marketing outside the U.S.
-I can't do business in other countries; I only speak English.

The response to all the above and every other excuse imaginable is “hog-wash!” Whatever obstacles you think you have, you can overcome them … “with a little help from your friends,” as they say.

The friends I am talking about are, first and foremost, every member (including myself) of the NAWBOŽ International Committee, chaired by Elizabeth Weber from the Connecticut Chapter; then the numerous local, state, and federal agencies focused on helping entrepreneurs succeed in the global marketplace; and lastly, the many private companies--many of whom are NAWBO members---dedicated to various aspects of international trade.

The bottom line is, thanks to the advances in technology for the most part, it is now possible for any entrepreneur and business to compete and conduct business anywhere in the world---no different than doing business in your back yard. Further “excuses” are not acceptable for anyone refusing to go global with their business.

After all, as Confucius states, “All people are the same. It is only their habits that are different.” So, don't be afraid, pick up the telephone, call for help and pledge to yourself you will get started today! And most of all, don't forget to have fun exploring the world and universe along the way.

Syndi Seid is a professional speaker, trainer, and founder of Advanced Etiquette, based in San Francisco.

Women in Software Engineering Sought for Organization Website

Women in Software Engineering is seeking women entrepreneurs in the software engineering field to interview for an upcoming website. Women in Software is an organization dedicated to women software engineers in the U.S. The chief editor of the organization's upcoming website is hoping to speak with women who work in software engineering and who might run their own business. She is also happy to speak to women software engineers who might be employed at some of these companies. Women in Software Engineering intends the website to raise the profile of women software engineers and to create a website for them to enjoy and benefit from, hopefully becoming an invaluable resource to the industry.

If you meet the profile and are interested, please contact:
Evelyn Smith, Editor
[email protected]

RFP for Speakers: NAWBO National Conference 2007 in Atlanta, GA

The National Association of Women Business Owners is holding its 2007 Women's Business Conference from May 31 to June 2 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta. Topic areas of focus for the event include: marketing and branding; growing your business; health care affordability/options; hiring and retaining quality employees; business exit strategies; succession planning; and emerging technology that may change the way business is done. NAWBOŽ is seeking speakers who have written books and/or have widespread recognition. Submissions must be postmarked by Sept. 15, 2006. To review the request for presentations click here.

Learn More About Marin Breakfast Meetings, by Maureen Simon

Over two years ago, NAWBOŽ-SF launched networking breakfasts in cities outside San Francisco to provide an opportunity for people to meet, build relationships and build their businesses. Since this brilliant idea two years ago, more than 100 women have attended our early morning adventures in Marin. Most have attended several times.

Currently, Anna Scott and I serve as hosts on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7:30am to 9:15am. Recently we asked the group for feedback on what the breakfast has provided to their business or lives in general. We were delighted to hear that an astounding amount of business has been exchanged, and we were further delighted to hear that many deep relationships have formed. Please join us on the fourth Tuesday of each month throughout the year, with the exception of November and December when the meeting is held on the third Tuesday. The next meeting will be on August 22nd, 2006. The women are amazing, the restaurant (Il Fornaio, Corte Madera) is great and you never know what wonderful outcome, business opportunity, colleague or friend might come your way. Please join us.

Join the Women in Trade Mission to Europe in October!

Business opportunities in the European Union await U.S. participants in the "Women in Trade" Mission to Europe, offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce to put you in direct contact with prospective representatives, distributors, partners, and end-users in dynamic markets offering convenient EU access. The 2006 Trade Mission will visit Amsterdam & Brussels October 23-27, 2006.

Apply by August 31, 2006.

Ms. Nyamusi Igambi
Tel: 281-449-9423
Fax: 281-449-9437
[email protected]

Learn more about this opportunity.

NAWBOŽ Silicon Valley Chapter Presents: “Think Nationally, Act Locally”

Tuesday, August 15, 2006
6:00pm - 8:30pm
NAWBO-Silicon Valley Chapter
"Think Nationally, Act Locally"

NAWBOŽ Silicon Valley is welcoming Marilyn Bushey, National Vice President of Member Services for NAWBOŽ, as their guest speaker on August 15. Her topic will be: “Think Nationally, Act Locally.”

Like any complex organization, NAWBOŽ is only as strong as the sum of its parts. Each chapter is almost like its own high-functioning local government, which serves the specific needs of its members and thereby enriches the entire NAWBOŽ organization as a whole. NAWBOŽ offers each of us a rare opportunity to make a difference not only in our own businesses, but also those of our peers, in our local communities, and in women-owned businesses nationally.

Some of the key points that will be explored during this session include:

--What are the advantages of being connected to NAWBOŽ National?
--How can this help your business and our local chapter?
--How can the benefits help our businesses become more successful?
--How can NAWBOŽ National help our members make connections that will equate to additional business opportunities?
--How does NAWBOŽ National help with the ongoing education that propels our women-owned businesses to the next level?

Location: Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 West San Fernando, San Jose, CA

Learn more about this event and register here.

WIPP Leadership and Legacy: 5th Annual Summit in Washington, DC

WIPP Leadership and Legacy:
5th Anniversary Summit
A Vision and Voice for the Future
2006 Fall Leadership Conference

September 11-13, 2006
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

With 1/3 of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives up for re-election, the exploding political impact of women business owners, and WIPP's voice on Capitol Hill, 2006 is a critical year for WIPP's top members to come together to attend WIPP's Fall Conference. If you attended our Leadership and Legacy Summit last fall, or our spring conference, you know the quality you can expect for this event and the people you will meet.

Open to Business Leaders, the 2006 Leadership and Legacy 5th Anniversary Summitpromises to educate, engage and empower you.

Find out more about this event and register here.

Key Dates

August 15: NAWBOŽ-Silicon Valley - Think Nationally, Act Locally
August 22: Marin Relationships and Referrals Breakfast Meeting
August 31: Deadline to apply for Women in Trade Mission to Europe
September 11-13: WIPP Leadership and Legacy 5th Annual Summit
September 15: Deadline for RFP - Women's Business Conference in Atlanta
February 25-27, 2007: NAWBOŽ Public Policy Days
May 31 - June 2, 2007: NAWBOŽ Women's Business Conference

Thank you to our Corporate Partners:

The NAWBOŽ-SF Monthly Newsletter is designed and edited by NAWBOŽ-SF member
Jennifer Donahue Marketing Communications for Businesses Large and Small

If you would like to submit stories, news, events, or happenings for the next issue of NAWBOŽ-SF's e-news, please send to the newsletter editor,
Patricia Olson, 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 NAWBOŽ-SF. Take advantage of a growing package of member benefits and activities. To find out more, visit our website: www.middleastwomen.org/membership.html.

To subscribe to (or unsubscribe from) this newsletter, contact Rhoda Singer at 415.333.2130, or email: [email protected].


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