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NAWBO San Francisco Newsletter

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

July 2006 News Summary

NAWBOŽ's Women's Business Conference and NAWBOŽ-SF Reception Recap

NAWBOŽ's 2006 Women's Business Conference - "Owning the Future", June 1-3, 2006, was held in San Francisco this year and was a great success. NAWBOŽ-SF members joined women entrepreneurs from around the country for thought-provoking keynote speakers, an entire track devoted to leaders on a variety of topics, plus information-packed breakout sessions.

In addition, twenty successful women entrepreneurs earned a vigorous boost for their businesses after receiving Make Mine a $Million Business Awards at the event. The awards - presented by Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence and OPEN from American Express SM - are part of the only national initiative dedicated to assisting the 97 percent of women entrepreneurs with businesses generating less than $1 million in annual revenues. Awardees included Susan Knapp of The Perfect Pear in Napa, a finalist in NAWBOŽ-SF's 2006 Rising Star category at the 22nd annual Women Entrepreneurs Benefit, and Jinsoo Terry of Berkeley, CEO of Advanced Global Connections, and a speaker at a recent NAWBOŽ-SF dinner meeting.

View photos from the conference here...

As the host chapter for the NAWBOŽ National Conference, NAWBOŽ-SF provided an elegant welcome reception for our sister organizations on Thursday, June 1. Sponsored by OPEN from American Express SM and Chevron, the reception was held on the top floor of the Westin St. Francis Hotel, in the Victor's and Alexandra's Rooms, two stunning rooms with 360 degree views of the City, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay. A great turnout and interesting speakers made the event memorable and worthwhile. Thank you to all who attended, to those members who volunteered to help make this event such a success, and to our corporate partners - OPEN from American Express SM and Chevron - who made the event possible!

NAWBOŽ-SF Leaders' Circle Continues Successful Debut Year

Leaders' Circle, the NAWBOŽ-SF peer-to-peer mentoring group for women business owners with revenues over $2 million, is still seeking additional qualified members to join the group. Members need to have revenues close to $2 million, a minimum of 10 employees, and be willing to share their goals and challenges with other women business owners in a confidential environment.

Leaders' Circle, presented by and hosted at Wells Fargo offices, meets for half-day sessions on a monthly basis and for a full-day session every quarter. The quarterly sessions are open to outside parties who are interested in joining and want an opportunity to review the session.

The next Leaders' Circle Quarterly Sessions will be held on Thursday, July 27th from 8am - 1:30pm at Greenberg Studios in downtown San Francisco. The guest speaker will be Steven Popell, whose topic will be "Increasing Your Company Value to Support Your Exit Strategy." Also included will be several women business owners who have already gone through the process of selling their businesses to tell their own stories. After the speaker, everyone will engage in stimulating conversation with other women business owners about the various steps each need to take in order to increase their company value.

View the flyer for the Leaders' Circle Quarterly.

If you would like to attend the Quarterly session, or find out more about Leaders' Circle, please contact Diana Kimbrell at (415) 331-1334 or [email protected]

Union Bank's Richard Chacon Wins Executive of the Year Award

May Pon and Diana Kimbrell were invited to attend the Northern California Supplier Development Council's Excellence in Supplier Diversity Awards Gala on Friday, May 19 as a guest of NAWBOŽ-SF corporate partner Union Bank of California's Richard Chacon.

NAWBOŽ-SF is pleased to announce that Mr. Chacon won the Executive of the Year Award, one of six awards given at the black-tie event, which had the theme of "Springtime in Paris." Awards were also given in the following categories: Supplier of the Year, Buyer of the Year, Corporate Coordinator of the Year, Corporation of the Year and the NCSDC Hall of Fame. The awards are given to those who exemplify effective efforts in supplier diversity by making opportunities available to diverse suppliers (as is the case with Mr. Chacon) or to suppliers that have developed into viable business partners for the Council's corporate members. A key aspect of the awards is that the corporate winners are selected by a panel of suppliers and the suppliers are selected by the corporations, thereby insuring a fair and unbiased process.

The Northern California Supplier Development Council's (NCSDC) mission is to promote diversity in the marketplace by certifying minority-owned businesses, facilitating procurement opportunities, and developing mutually beneficial relationships between public and private sector entities and minority business enterprises. NCSDC's constituency consists of its corporate members and certified minority business enterprises.

As part of its efforts to promote diversity, NCSDC will be hosting its Minority Business Opportunity Expo on July 13 at Fort Mason in San Francisco. For more information on this important event or NCSDC in general, please visit:http://www.ncsdc.org or call (510) 686-2566.

WEB 2006 Rising Star Linda Leary Profiled in Media

Linda Leary of Reliable Caregivers, Inc. was crowned the Rising Star at NAWBOŽ-SF's Women Entrepreneurs Benefit on April 7th. As a result of her win and association with NAWBOŽ-SF, she was featured in a KNBR public affairs program that aired in March; one of her caregiver employees, Nubia Martinez, was profiled in the May 14 San Francisco Chronicle on Making Motherhood Work and Linda was most recently profiled in the Downtown Standout section of the May issue of San Francisco Downtown.

Her story of transforming from resident at a shelter for battered women to a successful woman entrepreneur has certainly captured the attention of the media. "I love NAWBOŽ and all that it has done for me," states Leary, "I feel so proud to be honored by such a group of successful women."

Reliable Caregivers specializes in home care services for individuals and families that require assistance performing daily activities. Leary can be contacted at (415) 436-0100.

Team Persona Wins Major Service Contract with Wells Fargo

NAWBOŽ-SF member, Ginny Velasquez and her firm TeamPersona, a WMBE certified national staffing firm, won a major service contract with NAWBOŽ-SF corporate partner Wells Fargo. TeamPersona will provide temporary staffing services, including bilingual capabilities, for Wells Fargo's new Envelope-FreeSM Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) rollout project.

Wells Fargo is replacing its entire network of over 6,200 ATMs nationwide with new Envelope-Free ATMs. The new ATMs will simplify the deposit process for Wells Fargo customers by eliminating the need for deposits to first be placed in an envelope before being fed into an ATM. Wells Fargo has long been considered a leader in the use of ATMs for banking services, a position it has held since the early 1970s when it was one the first California banks to introduce ATMs to its customers. TeamPersona will provide temporary staffing services to help with the transition to Envelope Free at over 6,200 Wells Fargo ATM machines.

TeamPersona will be sending "ATM Ambassadors" to Wells Fargo ATM locations during peak deposit times to assist customers with using the new technology. According to Ginny Velasquez, TeamPersona's CEO, "We are thrilled to have been awarded this important project. Wells Fargo relies on a tradition of customer service excellence and we plan to uphold that tradition by providing the best personnel possible. We are also pleased to participate since Wells Fargo is continuing to target the growing Hispanic population and they are relying on us to provide bilingual resources. This underscores Wells Fargo's commitment to supplier diversity - by using a woman and Hispanic owned company to provide the staffing service, they are simultaneously helping the very demographic group they are targeting as their customer."

For more information, visit TeamPersona at: http://www.teampersona.com and Wells Fargo at: http://www.wellsfargo.com

More Members in the News

NAWBOŽ-SF member, Diana Kimbrell of Kimbrell & Company graduated from the UCLA Anderson School Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) Program on May 23. Nominated to the program by NAWBO-SFŽ corporate partner PG&E;, Kimbrell took part in an intensive four-day seminar in San Ramon on how to improve her business.

With the help of Anderson School professors and fellows, Kimbrell completed a business improvement plan designed to focus on a specific component of her business. "The program was so beneficial for my firm," states Kimbrell, "and I can't wait to begin implementing my new plan. I am grateful to PG&E; for awarding me such a valuable scholarship."

Visit Kimbrell & Company.

Learn more about the Anderson School MDE Program.

Susan Grant of Winguth Grant & Company was featured in the San Francisco Examiner in June, in recognition of her award as Member of the Year, presented at the 22nd Annual Women Entrepreneurs Benefit. Click here to see a PDF of the article.

Visit Winguth Grant & Company.

How To Get Involved in Your Democracy - Deborah Wilder, Public Policy Chair

Women business owners understand that public policy impacts their bottom line - get involved!

Getting involved in your community or State does not necessarily mean you need to run for political office. There are plenty of opportunities to serve on boards and commissions by "appointment." Most cities, counties and regional bodies have citizen advisory committees. It could be a planning commission position or a "public member" for a transportation or a water board or even a local arts commission or affordable housing board. To learn about these opportunities go to website for the various city, county or board and/or contact an elected official and ask what appointed positions are available.

On a statewide basis, the Governor's office usually has several hundred appointments available. It could be an appointment to the Contractor's State License Board, the Water Resources Board, Parks Board, etc. Each State operates their appointments differently. However, a good place to start is the Governor's website. In many instances the applications for these positions can also be submitted online.

For California, go to http://www.governor.ca.gov

For national appointments go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/appointments/

It is extremely helpful if you have some experience in the field in which the Board operates. You do not necessarily need to be of the same political party as the Governor or the President. Most of these positions are non-paid and meet only periodically (once a month or once a quarter), but there are also part-time or full-time paid positions.

Democracy is NOT a Spectator Sport!

Womens Leadership Exhange Southern California Conference - August 8

Designed for Women Business Owners, CEO's and Presidents who want to accelerate the growth of their businesses, Women's Leadership ExchangeŽ (WLE) returns to Southern California for its 4th annual one-day conference on Tuesday, August 8th at the Long Beach Convention Center.

WLE provides women business leaders across a variety of business categories - service, retail, manufacturing, online, etc. - a day of education, networking and transformation that goes deeper and further than other conferences of its kind. WLE understands the needs of women business owners because WLE was founded by two established women business owners who wanted to propel their businesses forward. They decided to create WLE and support the growth of all women-owned businesses.

Find out more about this event and register here.

Join the Women in Trade Mission to Europe in October, 2006!

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.

Join Us on Thursday, July 13 For Our Monthly Dinner Event!

Fun, Inspiration & Wine Tasting
Thursday, July 13
6:00pm - 9:00pm

A long-time wine enthusiast, owner and proprietor, Laura Zahtila knows the many challenges of establishing a boutique winery dedicated to crafting small quantities of fine wine in the Napa Valley. She has experienced them all in her demanding, yet delicious, journey from fledging winery to award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel producer.

We are proud to announce that on March 31, 2006 Zahtila Vineyards became a certified woman owned business. The first woman owned winery in the country to do so!!! Come and join us as we celebrate summer and Laura's success.

Learn more about this event and register here.

Key Dates: Mark Your Calendar!

July 13: Monthly Dinner Event: Fun Inspiration and Wine Tasting
July 13: Minority Business Opportunity Expo
July 27: Leaders' Circle Quarterly Meeting
August 8: Womens Leadership Exchange Southern California Conference
August 31: Deadline to apply for Women in Trade Mission to Europe

Welcome to our new corporate partner - Greater Bay Bank!

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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