Welcome to the July 2007 issue of the monthly newsletter for the National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO®) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.
July 2007 News Summary
–– Recap: 2007 NAWBO®-SF Leaders and Legends: Women Entrepreneurs of the Year
–– Post Conference Recap: NAWBO National Women's Business Conference in Atlanta, GA May 31 - June 2
–– July Dinner Event: Annual Membership Appreciation Dinner, plus a special visit from Heather Patz of Patz & Hall Winery, Thursday, July 12 in San Francisco
Events with Other Organizations
–– Accelerating the Growth of Businesses Owned by Women of Color: July 11 in San Francisco
Welcome to New Members of NAWBO®-SF!
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, NAWBO®-SF President
Members in the News
... Jill Lublin, Promising Promotion , an international speaker, best selling author, and NAWBO®-SF member, announced that McGraw-Hill will publish her third book in 2008.
... Helen Russell, Equator Estates , specialty coffee roaster, and NAWBO®-SF member, was featured in the Small Business section of April 13-19 issue of the San Francisco Business Times.
...Heather M. Sager, NAWBO®-SF member, recently joined Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP , San Francisco as partner. She also welcomed a new baby boy, Nicholas Fedeli, born November 2006.
...Maggie Kennedy Braff, Kennedy Events , welcomed baby Benjamin Liam Braff in June 2007.
President's Letter from May Pon
It has been a great honor to have served as your chapter President for the past two years. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with a group of accomplished leaders on the board and the committees. I thank them for their commitment and for their talented contributions in producing exciting programs and events to help our members and their businesses grow, thrive and lead.
--We produced two fabulous Women Entrepreneurs awards luncheons, and renamed the event "Leaders & Legends". People are telling us the event is better than ever! Thank you, Cindy Fassler, Maggie Braff, Joanne Black, Diana Kimbrell, Judith Stark, Keating Vogel, Jennifer Donahue and Leslie Waltzer.
--Our NAWBO®-University sessions received rave reviews. Thank you, Diana Kimbrell and Judith Stark.
--We launched Leaders' Circle, a solid program that is poised for success. Thank you, Diana Kimbrell, Susan Shargel, Mary Janaitis and Gussie Stewart.
--The elegant opening reception we hosted at the 2006 NAWBO® Women's Business Conference was very well received. Thank you, Diana Kimbrell, Maggie Braff and Syndi Seid.
--We created MOUs with the Northern California Supplier Diversity Council and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and are working on partnerships with other alliance organizations. Thank you, Ginny Velasquez and Diana Kimbrell.
--Monthly breakfast and dinner program meetings have been well attended and coordinated by the capable Judith Stark, Barbara Mark, Maureen Simon, Joyce Sigman, Anna Scott, Mary Janaitis and Mary Ann Pate. Thank you, ladies.
--A highly visible and professional looking electronic newsletter and email format improved our connection with our community, members and friends. We thank you, Jennifer Donahue, for your outstanding efforts here.
The following are some of the exceptional women who have contributed time, energy, and expertise as NAWBO® leaders and have made positive impacts on the bottom line of your businesses, as well as a positive difference to the success of other women.
--Judith Stark, VP and Communications Chair, thank you for your extensive efforts to bring up to date technology to our electronic communications and web site, and for your leadership as a member of the executive committee.
--Keating Vogel, thank you for serving as Treasurer, for making certain that our finances are viable and for leadership as a member of the executive committee.
--Ginny Velasquez, thank you for your work on our membership surveys and for maintaining our diversity and outreach with alliance organizations.
--Deborah Wilder, Public Policy Chair, thank you for encouraging us to become more involved in public policy. We are proud of Deborah as she will be taking on the Chair of the Public Policy forum for NAWBO® National.
Serving in a leadership position in NAWBO® is a rewarding experience. The relationships I have built with the NAWBO® organization and the San Francisco Bay Area community by serving on the board have given my business more visibility and provided me with a broad network of savvy women whom I consider to be both colleagues and friends. I hope that you will take that first step and consider serving on a committee. Who knows, someday you could be President!
Welcome to the 2007-2008 NAWBO®-SF Board of Directors
Congratulations to the newly elected Executive Board Members for NAWBO®-SF. We thank these women for giving back to their chapter by volunteering their services, and look forward to an exciting new year for NAWBO®-SF!
Immediate Past President
Recap: 23rd Annual NAWBO-SF Leaders and Legends Women Entrepreneurs of the Year Awards Luncheon
The 23rd Annual NAWBO®-SF Leaders and Legends Women Entrepreneurs of the Year Awards Luncheon held on Friday, May 4 was a great success. Education, inspiration and fabulous hats (in honor of our "Hats Off to Women" theme) were the highlights of the day as NAWBO-SF® honored Trailblazer Caroline Daniels, Aircraft Technical Publishers , Rising Stars Kris and Kimberly Nations, Kris Nations Jewels, Social Entrepreneur Anna Marks, Bay Area BusinessWoman News, and Member of the Year Susan Shargel, Shargel & Co. Insurance Services.
We were pleased to welcome former State Senator Jackie Speier and veteran broadcaster Jan Yanehiro as our keynote speakers. Jan Wahl returned as our capable and entertaining Mistress of Ceremonies. NAWBO®-U, presented by Citibank, featured compelling content and panel members (read more below).
Hundreds of business and community leaders joined NAWBO®-SF at the Palace Hotel for our premier annual event and many told us it was better than ever. Stay tuned for our 2008 event next spring!
NAWBO-U Made Attendees "Hold On To Their Hats!"
Presented by Citibank, NAW
BO-U™ provided two concurrent seminars for those in attendance: Pitching Your Business to a Corporation and Breaking the Barriers of Self-Promotion. Based on feedback from last year’s NAWBO-U™, NAWBO®-SF focused this year’s event around “Real Women with Real Stories.”
Leaders & Legends Honorees Featured on Broadcast Media
NAWBO®-SF’s 2007 Rising Star winners Kris and Kim Nations of Kris Nations Jewels showcased their Fall 2007 line of jewelry on the ABC7 show View From the Bay on May 2.
WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) Releases Annual Survey Results
NATIONAL POLL RANKS HEALTH CARE AND ENVIRONMENT AS TOP CONCERNS OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS
Recap: NAWBO National Women's Business Conference,
NAWBO®'s 2007 Women's Business Conference was a resounding success! Women entrepreneurs from across the country gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, May 31-June 2, for the exciting opportunity to connect with other NAWBO members, industry experts, and partnering organizations.
May Pon, NAWBO-SF President, attended the conference. Here is her brief report of the experience ...
--Deborah Wilder, 2006-2007 NAWBO®-SF Public Policy Chair, was installed as National's chair of the Public Policy Forum and also spoke at an afternoon session on Saturday, where she was very impressive.
Leaders' Circle Hosts Successful Quarterly Meeting
NAWBO®-SF’s Leaders’ Circle program held its second 2007 Quarterly session on Tuesday, April 17th at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco with special guest Eric Wiedenmann of Market Development Group, Inc.
Join the Spare the Air Network
The Spare the Air Employer Network includes more than 2,000 Bay Area employers who are working to help preserve Bay Area air quality. Employers, including women-owned businesses, play a critical role in making the Bay Area’s Spare the Air voluntary air protection program a success.
Health Insurance Bills to be Heard in July - Get Involved!
From Small Business California ...
In response to the increasing health insurance cost small businesses have looked at all their options to reduce cost. These include increasing deductibles on their health insurance plans, reducing coverage, requiring employees to pay a larger percentage of the health insurance cost, deferring purchases of equipment, deferring hiring of new employees, laying off employees and in some cases dropping health insurance.
Celebrate the NAWBO®-SF Chapter as we Honor Our Members.
San Francisco Relationships and Referrals Networking Breakfast
Walnut Creek Resources and Referrals Meeting
The next Walnut Creek Resources and Referrals Breakfast meeting will be held on Thursday, July 19 from 7:30am to 9:15am at Il Fornaio Restaurant in Walnut Creek.
This month's topic: Things to Know About Hiring Contractors
These morning breakfast meetings provide a comfortable forum for business women and entrepreneurs to meet monthly, exchange ideas and discuss business challenges. The Resources and Referrals Breakfasts are a dynamic, informative and productive way to spend your breakfast!
Marin Relationships and Referrals Meeting
Dr. Mary Jean Koontz ("M.J."), owner of Pacific Creations International will speak about "How to Efficiently Use Market Research to Grow Your Business". Dr. Koontz established Pacific Creations in 1992 and has conducted market research projects for start-up ventures to global Fortune 500 companies. She will provide useful tools and tactics you can use from today to grow your business via effective customer and prospective customer research.
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, July 20, is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. After the 20th, the price is $15 for members and $18 for non-members.
Please share the word with your friends and colleagues!
Using the Art of Intuition in Business
Accelerate the Growth of Businesses Owned by Women of Color
Are you a Latina, African-American, Asian or multicultural woman who owns a business?
African-American, Latinas, Asian and multicultural women business owners
The project is focused on African-American, Asian, Latina and other ethnic women who:
Thanks to the support of organizations and corporations who work with and for women business owners, there is no cost to attend, but you must be accepted and meet certain business criteria! Please note that attendance is limited ... Act now!
POWER ful Policy and Politics
WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE®
WLE's strong alliance with NAWBO® California is an example of women leaders working together to benefit ALL women's success. If you're a member of NAWBO® you should be at WLE. If you're not a member of NAWBO, it's time to join!
The cost of the WLE Northern California conference is $299.
Key Dates: Mark Your Calendar!
–– July 11: Accelerate the Growth of Businesses Owned by Women of Color, in San Francisco
Thank you to our Corporate Partners:
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