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NAWBO San Francisco Newsletter

Welcome to the May 2006 issue of the monthly newsletter for the National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO®) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.

May 2006 News Summary

Hats Off! 22nd Annual WEB and NAWBO-University™ Recap and Thanks

Education, inspiration and fabulous hats were the themes of the day as NAWBO-SF® held its 22nd Annual Women Entrepreneurs Benefit and 2nd Annual NAWBO-University™ on April 7. Thank you to everyone who attended!

Comments received include: "Every detail from the ambience of the room, the program, food, the goodie bag, and timing were impeccable."..."This year's WEB event was more fun than ever thanks to the hats and Jan Wahls' great sense of humor."..."I had a wonderful time at the NAWBO event and loved meeting the women at my table. It was an uplifting event."

The 2006 Trailblazer award was presented to Robin McRoskey Azevedo of McRoskey Mattress Company, and the 2006 Rising Star award was presented to Linda Leary of Reliable Care Givers, Inc. Our honorees exemplify the passion, excellence, and determination of outstanding women business owners in our community.

Senator Jackie Spieir engaged the crowd with an inspirational and entertaining speech (and took part in the spirit of the day with a fashionable chapeau!) Mistress of Ceremonies Jan Wahl was a hit with guests and kept the event program running smoothly.

Guests at WEB always leave energized and excited and this year was no exception. NAWBO-SF® is proud, as we have been for 22 years, to showcase women-owned businesses as leaders, promoting them and helping them succeed in business.

We would like to thank our corporate partners, including Citibank, Wells Fargo, and Chevron for their support of our our signature event. Diana Kimbrell, of Kimbrell & Co., and Maggie Braff, of Kennedy Events, took numerous extra steps to help make our event successful. Very special thanks to our 2006 WEB Chair, Cindy Fassler, and her outstanding committee of NAWBO-SF members who contributed their time, expertise and enthusiasm.

See more photos of this event here.

2nd Annual NAWBO-U™, presented by Citibank, A Big Success

The second annual NAWBO-University™, presented by Citibank, was held on April 7th at the Hyatt Regency and was a big success. This year's NAWBO-U™, was proud to feature a new academic partner with California State University East Bay (CSUEB) and the CSUEB Small Business Development Center. Two CSUEB sessions focused on Building Strategic Alliances and Changing Business Culture. Additionally, Women and Company, a subsidiary of Citibank, conducted a special session on the 10 Steps to Financial Fitness.

Thank you to all the CSUEB professors and consultants for their time and expertise, as well as Women and Company for providing the financial roadmap.

NAWBO®'s 2006 Women's Business Conference: June 1-3, 2006, San Francisco

Join the National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO®) for a once in a lifetime experience. NAWBO®'s 2006 Women's Business Conference - "Owning the Future", June 1-3, 2006, will be in San Francisco this year. Take your business to new heights by attending the top-notch breakout sessions, focused on giving you the tools and skills you need to strengthen and grow your business, as well as helping you to find the best balance between your work and personal spheres. With thought-provoking keynote speakers, an entire track devoted to leaders on a variety of topics, plus information-packed breakout sessions, you don't want to miss this opportunity to connect with women entrepreneurs from around the country! Learn more here...

NAWBO®-SF National Conference Reception: June 1, 2006

As the host chapter for the NAWBO® National Conference, NAWBO®-SF will provide an elegant welcome reception for our sister organizations on Thursday, June 1, 5:30pm -7:30pm. Sponsored by OPEN from American ExpressSM and Chevron, the reception will be held on the top floor of the Westin St. Francis Hotel, in Victor's and Alexandra's Rooms, two stunning rooms with 360 degree views of the City, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay. All NAWBO®-SF members are encouraged to attend this free event! Click here for more information...

NAWBO®-SF Members in the News

Traci Higgins of Dining In will be featured on CBS's Eye on the Bay on Thursday, May 4th, at 7pm. The show will offer a behind the scenes look at the Dining In kitchen and staff and an interview with Traci. Dining In is also featured in the recently released Bay Area by Design, An Insider's Guide to a San Francisco Decorator's Secret Sources by Kay Evans, and in the May issue of San Francisco Magazine.

Paula LeDuc of Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, our 2005 WEB Trailblazer, has been selected for induction into the 2006 Hall of Fame at San Francisco State University for her contribution to the community and commendable work with the blind. She is also being honored by the California Alumni Association, UC Berkeley's Office of Government Affairs and Mayor Newsom's Office for her commitment to serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joanne Black of No More Cold Calling announced the publication of her new book, No More Cold Calling™ - The Breakthrough System That Will Leave Your Competition in the Dust. It's Warner Business Books' lead title for spring. Joanne will be our guest speaker at the May 11 dinner meeting. Don't miss it! She will be available to autograph her new book at the event.

Ginny Velasquez of TeamPersona was featured as an entrepreneur pioneer in the May issue of San Francisco Magazine. Ginny's company was profiled in the Community Leadership Spotlight section sponsored by NAWBO-SF® corporate partner Wells Fargo.

OPEN from American ExpressSM Make Mine a Million Business™ Deadline May 12!

The Make Mine a Million Business™ goal is to help women-owned businesses surpass the million-dollar revenue mark. The program awards a combination of money, mentoring and marketing opportunities to 40 women entrepreneurs across the U.S. Business owners: Declare your intention to grow your business to a million and beyond at www.makemineamillion.org.

Apply for the Make Mine a $Million Business™ program, or sign up to be a mentor! Attend the Make Mine a $Million Business™ workshops and award ceremony at the NAWBO® conference in San Francisco, June 1-3. Find out more and apply today - the deadline is Friday, May12!

OPEN from American ExpressSM is the founding partner of Make Mine a Million Business™, a program of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence. Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of on-line business loans and resources for women entrepreneurs to grow their micro businesses into $million enterprises.

NAWBO®-SF Leaders' Circle Hosts 1st Quarterly Session at MoAD

NAWBO®-SF was proud to host its first Leaders' Circle Quarterly session on Tuesday, April 25th at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco. Leaders' Circle, presented by Wells Fargo, is NAWBO®-SF's new peer-to-peer mentoring program designed for women owned businesses with revenues over $2 million.

The Leaders' Circle Quarterly is designed as a daylong event for members and half-day event for prospective members. The day was kicked off by a welcome from Lisa Stevens, San Francisco Bay Regional President of Wells Fargo. Lisa explained Wells Fargo's philosophy of "your people are your competitive advantage," and that a big part of her role is keeping people excited about coming to work each day. She added that Wells Fargo team members are also motivated by their deep community involvement, which has helped Wells Fargo to be ranked as one of the best places to work in San Francisco.

Keynote speaker Joanne Martens of The Intelleto Advantage conducted a stimulating session entitled, The Future is Now: Engaging the Emerging Workforce. She discussed the need to build strong, resilient organizations with an empowered workforce. The session was conducted in a "World Café" format where over 35 attendees discussed subjects at their table and then continually moved to different tables to exchange ideas with a new group of women. This gave the attendees a chance to engage with each other on the issues of their businesses and exchange ideas. While the session was taking place, Susan Kelly, a graphic illustrator, captured ideas onto a mural with colored pens so that all attendees will have a visual recap of the content covered in the session.

Prospective Leaders' Circle member, Robin McRoskey-Azevedo of McRoskey Mattress said, "As a guest it was immediately apparent the multitude of resources available to me through Leaders' Circle. I was so impressed with how much information there was and how willing everyone was to share and collaborate, and I'm very much looking forward to joining Leaders' Circle."

MoAD provided a beautiful meeting space and Leaders' Circle members and guests were treated to a tour of the museum after the session. NAWBO®-SF member Alison Rowe of Harvest & Rowe provided breakfast and lunch was provided by NAWBO®-SF member Traci Higgins of Dining In.

For more information about joining Leaders' Circle, or attending the next Quarterly in July contact Diana Kimbrell at (415) 331-1334 or [email protected].

Find Quality Entry-Level Employees While Making a Positive Impact

Identified as one of the leading youth development/employment organizations in the country by the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Youth Employment Coalition, Enterprise for High School Students is a nationally honored San Francisco nonprofit which has been helping youth explore rewarding career and educational options, develop positive work habits, find and keep jobs and have a meaningful introduction into the work world since 1969. Mayor Newsom credits his involvement with Enterprise when he was in his early 20's as a key reason he entered public service.

Enterprise's services are year-round, cover a broad scope of industries and there is no fee to list your part time, seasonal or temporary commercial or domestic jobs, internships or volunteer opportunities. For today's youth to prosper, civic-oriented NAWBO San Francisco members and supporters are needed. Enterprise students have received 5 hours of job readiness training, have at least a C average in school and are seeking challenging and realistic career related opportunities where they can learn and make a contribution.

NAWBO San Francisco members and supporters can help develop and train our new workforce... Do you need administrative, retail or project assistance? Provide opportunities at your business or home... Contribute in-kind professional services/products or your time... Be available for informational interviews, job shadow opportunities or career panels... Corporate sponsorship and other financial involvement opportunities are available. Enterprise's services may also be a valuable resource for community, educational, government or trade organizations that work with youth. Learn more here or contact:

Leonard Weingarten, Director of Business Partnerships
Enterprise for High School Students
phone: 415-392-7600 ext 304
email: [email protected]

Register for the 1st Annual California Small Business Recognition Day

The Government Technology Conference (GTC) and Coalition of Small Business Associations present...

California 1st Annual Small Business
Recognition Day
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
8:30am - 4:00pm
Governor's Small Business Recognition Day
Sacramento Convention Center

Join the Coalition for a day of matchmaking opportunities, seminars and training sessions to increase your contracting opportunities with Federal, State, Local and Corporate Buyers and Procurement Officers. Register today and meet over 100 representatives that want to do business with all small businesses in the State of California.

Learn more...

Call for Testimonials...Do You Have Something to Say About NAWBO®-SF?

To spread the word about our organization and encourage prospective members to join, we would like to include testimonials from our members on our website. What would you say to a woman business owner considering joining our chapter? Send us your comments by May 31, 2006. If we use your quote, we will link directly to your website from your featured testimonial. Your name and company name will receive heightened visibility on our website, plus you contribute by helping to build our membership numbers. Do it today! Email Patricia Olson at [email protected]

Key Dates: Mark Your Calendar!

May 11: Dinner Event/The Power of Referrals with Joanne S. Black
May 12: Deadline to Apply for Make Mine a Million Business™
May 17: California 1st Annual Small Business Recognition Day
June 1-3: NAWBO® National Conference
June 1: NAWBO® National Conference Reception

Thank you to our Corporate Partners:

The NAWBO®-SF Monthly Newsletter is designed and edited by NAWBO®-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 NAWBO®-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 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.

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


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