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NAWBO San Francisco Newsletter

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

December 2006 News Summary

Member News

–– Welcome New Members!

–– Board Member Spotlight: Deborah Wilder

Ideas, Inspiration and Opportunities

–– SBA's San Francisco District Office Seeks Nominations for 2007 Small Business Week Awards


Note: New Venue for San Francisco Monthly Dinner Events!
The City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street, San Francisco
–– Holiday Party and Gift Bazaar: December 4 in San Francisco

–– Marin Relationships and Referrals Meeting: December 19 (NEW DATE!) in Corte Madera

–– Walnut Creek Resources and Referrals Meeting: December 21

–– January Dinner Event: The Ultimate Networking Dinner, January 11 in San Francisco

–– Brown Bag Lunch: Reverse Aging, January 18 in San Rafael (NEW LOCATION!)

Other NAWBOŽ Events

–– NAWBOŽ Public Policy Days: February 25, 2007 - February 27, 2007 in Washington, DC

–– NAWBOŽ Womens Business Conference: May 31, 2007-June 2, 2007 in Atlanta, GA


Welcome to Our New NAWBOŽ-SF Members!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the following new members. 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

Donna Barron, BMC/Barron Mortgage Company

Catherine Coffey, Pacific Coast Filings Inc.

Bart Gragg, Maverick Business Advisors, Inc.

Sheri Olson, Savvy Skirts

Board Member Spotlight: Deborah Wilder

Deborah Wilder has been a member of NAWBOŽ since 1995. She is an attorney in the field of Labor and Employment law, representing employers for 25 years. She lives in Foster City, where she served eight years as a member of the City Council and two years as Mayor.

Deborah is NAWBOŽ's resident "Political Junkie" traveling to Sacramento and Washington D.C. many times each year to advocate on behalf of women business owners. She currently serves on the Local NAWBOŽ Board as our Public Policy Representative. Her job is to interface between national NAWBOŽ and our chapter on issues of political importance. Deborah is also the current Chair Elect of NAWBOŽ National's Public Policy Forum.

Deborah says that many women think that politics is "dirty" or complicated or time consuming. She tries to let women know that none of that is necessarily true. "What is true is that what happens in Sacramento and Washington D.C. impacts how you run your business," Deborah says, "It is everything from worker's compensation reform, to overtime requirements, to health care costs to environmental requirements, to contract opportunities and more. Women business owners need to realize that they need to get into politics or get out of business! That does not mean that every NAWBOŽ member needs to run for elective office. But, it does mean that you have an obligation to know what is going on around you that impacts your business and you have an obligation to act to promote good laws and candidates or oppose bad laws and candidates."

Deborah reminds our membership that the NAWBOŽ Public Policy Forum is February 25-27 in Washington D.C. She urges you to attend and learn why politics is important to your business and how to empower yourself to influence your future.

Deborah E.G. Wilder
Law Office: 650-551-5580
CCMI: 650-551-5583

SBA Seeks Nominations for 2007 Small Business Week Awards

The San Francisco District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is soliciting nominations for its annual 2007 Small Business Week awards program. Nominations are due to the district office by December 15.

Outstanding small business owners are honored annually in the following categories:

--Small Business Person of the Year
--Small Business Exporter of the Year
--SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year (under age 30   before June 2007)
--Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year

The Small Business Person of the Year award is evaluated on staying power, growth in employment, increase in sales/unit volume, innovation, response to adversity, and community involvement.

Small Business Champion awards are presented to persons who've used their professional skills or personal talents to further public understanding and awareness of small business in the following categories:

--Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
--Women in Business Champion of the Year
--Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
--Home-Based Business Champion of the Year
--Financial Services Champion of the Year
--Small Business Journalist of the Year

Nominations in all Small Business Week award categories can be made by any individual or organization, such as business chambers and organizations, trade associations, banks, economic development agencies or small business employees. SBA's San Francisco office includes the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte.

For guideline nomination forms and other information, call Bob Borden at (415) 744-1961 or contact him via e-mail: [email protected]

December Event: Holiday Gift Bazaar, Monday December 4 in San Francisco

Fantastic and Fabulous
Holiday Party and Gift Bazaar
Don't Miss it -- Next Monday!
Monday, December 4, 6pm to 9pm
NOTE: NEW LOCATION! - City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street, San Francisco

Just in time for the holiday season, NAWBOŽ-SF presents the perfect opportunity to find unique, unusual and "simply fabulous" gifts. You will find many old favorites and lots of new ideas while you share holiday cheer with other business owners and NAWBOŽ-SF friends.

All the booths have been SOLD OUT for this event ... It should be a great night so don't miss out!

Register online now!

Marin Relationships and Referrals Breakfast Meeting, December 19

Marin Relationships and Referrals Meeting
December 19 (note 3rd Tuesday, instead of 4th Tuesday this month!)
7:30am to 9:00am, Il Fornaio in Corte Madera

This month's speaker is Annette Brown, speaking about "The Importance of Transforming Ordinary Spaces into Peaceful, Artistic Passageways". Annette is passionate about creating aesthetically pleasing spaces and is driven to make the finer things in life available to all.

Pre-registration is required as space as limited and our group has been larger these days than ever! We want to ensure that there is enough wonderful food and beverage to satisfy all. The cost, if you register by Friday December 15, is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. The price after Friday the 15, will be $15 for members and $18 for non-members.

At the December meeting we will be holding a gift exchange. This is an opportunity for people to experience your business or service. Please bring a gift to share, the gift could be a service offering or just something you would like to give. If you bring a guest please ask your guest to do the same.

Please share the word with your friends and

Learn more and Register online here.

Walnut Creek Resources and Referrals Breakfast Meeting, December 21

Walnut Creek Resources and Referrals Meeting
Thursday, December 21
7:30am to 9:00am
Il Fornaio in Walnut Creek

The next Walnut Creek Resources and Referrals Breakfast meeting will be held on Thursday, December 21 from 7:30am to 9:15am at Il Fornaio Restaurant in Walnut Creek. Barbara Lewis, Attention Business Communications, will discuss how a little planning in December will get you off to a powerful start in the New Year. Build a solid foundation for marketing in 2007 with a clear and effective communications plan that establishes identity, increases awareness and attracts attention to your business. You'll take away a communications calendar that will enable you to plan your public relations strategy and track your activities.

Learn more and Register online here.

January Event: The Ultimate Networking Dinner, January 11 in San Francisco

The Ultimate Networking Dinner
Thursday, January 11
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The City Club San Francisco

Join us for the ultimate in networking this month -- one of our most popular events! Enjoy cocktails and dinner while you meet other women business owners, hear about what they are up to in their businesses and promote your own business. You'll get tips on network marketing and have the opportunity to exchange information with dozens of women business owners. Moving to different tables between courses, you'll meet a variety of dynamic women whose business offerings may surprise and excite you. Our goal is to release the creative spirit of women and help make things happen. So bring lots of business cards, polish your elevator speech and prepare for a great evening. This is always a sell-out event at NAWBOŽ - be sure to get your reservation in early!

Register online now!

Brown Bag Lunch - Reverse Aging: First Brown Bag in Marin!

Brown Bag Lunch
Reverse Aging with Linda Berry
Thursday, January 18
11:30am to 1:15pm
712D Street, Suite L, San Rafael

Some say it's impossible to reverse aging. But it is possible! Come learn how with Dr. Linda Berry. Tired of the way you look and feel as you get older? It's not inevitable. Diet, lifestyle, exercise, immune system health, hormones, toxins, and sleep all affect your chronologic age -- that's the age you feel vs. the age you count. At this workshop you will gain tools and knowledge to reverse the tide of getting old before your time.

Learn more and register on line now!

Remember Our New Location for Dinner Events!

Just a reminder that our dinner events in San Francisco are now held at:

The City Club San Francisco
155 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
phone: 415.362.2480
get directions here.

Key Dates: Mark Your Calendar!

-- December 4: NAWBOŽ-SF Holiday Party and Gift Bazaar
-- December 15: Nomination deadline for SBA Small Business Week Awards
-- December 19: Marin Relationships and Referrals Breakfast Meeting
-- December 21: Walnut Creek Resources and Referrals Breakfast Meeting
-- January 11: NAWBOŽ-SF Ultimate Networking Dinner
-- January 18: NAWBOŽ-SF Brown Bag Lunch in Marin
-- February 25-27, 2007: NAWBOŽ Public Policy Days in Washington, D.C.
-- May 31, 2007-June 2, 2007: NAWBOŽ Women's Business Conference in Atlanta, GA

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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