THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS NOV 2003
Welcome to NAWBO-SF's November 2003 e-newsletter.
Along with our regular features, other highlights of this month's newsletter include an update on California's paid family leave law, good news from two NAWBO members, photos of events during the past month, and many opportunities to participate in NAWBO events and activities. Enjoy.
Join us on November 7 for:
LEADING THE CHARGE: Why Women Business Owners Are the Engine for Economic Growth in California
Network your business and meet other successful Bay Area entrepreneurs at this lively and energized event!
As NAWBO women from eight other chapters around the state congregate in San Francisco for the quarterly State meeting, Laura Schulte will be addressing a topic of interest to all of us: how women business owners are helping the economy as it shakes off the economic doldrums of the last two years. A survey conducted by NAWBO National shows that business growth is the key business concern for NAWBO members.
Speaker: Laura Schulte
Wells Fargo Bank
President of California, Nevada & Border Banking
Laura Schulte, who is based in Los Angeles, began her career twenty years ago with the former Norwest in Nebraska as an internal auditor, regional finance manager and Nebraska's chief finance officer. Norwest purchased Wells Fargo Bank in 1998, assuming the San Francisco bank's name and headquarters. Laura manages the banking activities in California, Nevada and Border Banking Regions, which represent over 900 branches, $75B in deposits, and over 4 million customer households. She states, "We believe at Wells Fargo that our company will only be successful if our communities are successful."
Laura is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and she serves on the boards of various organizations, including the International Women's Forum.
Special Opportunity at the November Meeting:
To your health!
In appreciation of her Small Business Owner nomination, Susan Shargel has teamed with WellCall to offer free flu shots at the November 7 meeting. Contact Rhoda Singer to reserve, or mention that you are interested when you call to reserve your place for the November meeting.
Please note that this is a Friday lunch meeting, with a different venue than usual. Mark your calendars!
DATE: Friday, November 7, 2003
TIME: 12:00PM - 1:30PM
COST: $35 for members, $40 for guests
PLACE: Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., San Francisco
RSVP: Rhoda Singer, Chapter Administrator, 415.333.2130,
EMAIL: [email protected]
GROW, THRIVE, AND LEAD
by Sharon Gadberry
of Power Transitions
Women of the World . . .
We have inspiring news from the global front. The latest statistics collected by NAWBO's sister organization, the National Women's Business Council (www.nwbc.gov) show that women business owners continue to increase worldwide. And they show that US women business owners have much in common with our counterparts in other countries. For one thing, compared to male entrepreneurs, women business owners both in the US and worldwide are more highly educated. We also tend to start businesses for different reasons than men: from need and necessity, and not to pursue bigger opportunities. The report makes the point that we need to support women entrepreneurs all over the world.
These statistics brought back memories. In 1982 when I started my own company in partnership with two men, my motive was definitely NEED. Recently divorced, with two daughters, the nice salary from my job was not enough to support my new obligations. I started the business driven to succeed by fear, and that drive has been strong over time. My male partners were different. One partner envisioned our business as a giant chain of franchised executive outplacement and consulting firms. He was sure that in five years we would sell this large enterprise for millions of dollars. The other partner was tired of working so hard for a boss, and wanted to be on his own to have a more leisurely lifestyle. Strangely enough, despite these different motivations we managed to establish a successful business. Both male partners eventually leftone disappointed at not becoming a millionaire franchise mogul and the other on realizing that entrepreneurs worked harder than employees. As for me, the business sustained my family's economic needs, and for over 20 years has been an anchor for my social and family life and community activities.
Woman Wins Nobel Peace Prize
The fragility of our economic freedom as women was brought home by another recent world event. The 2003 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a woman, Shirin Ebadi. She earned the prize by advocating tirelessly and courageously for women's rights in Iran, including being jailed and tortured for her efforts. Some may say this has no relationship to American women. After all, are we not free to own our own property, bank accounts, and their businesses?
Historically, these rights are obtained very recently through efforts of women and men who led the American Civil Rights movement in the 1970's. In 1978 NAWBO got the bill passed that allowed women to take out business loans. Not only are these rights recent, but they could be taken away. This is what happened in Iran. Until 1980, Iranian women had academic freedom and property rights. They dressed as they wanted, and participated in all aspects of the economy. After the country's takeover by a right-wing religious dictatorship, women were stripped of all their civil liberties. Now they can be arrested and beaten for simply walking in the street without being covered head to foot in a burka. As they say, "Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom."
Read more about Shirin Ebadi at:
NAWBO Helps Defeat Anti-Affirmative Action Initiative
Thanks to NAWBO and hundreds of other vigilant groups, Proposition 54 was soundly defeated in the last election. Californians voted "NO" by a wide margin on this initiative, which was an aggressive attempt to undermine civil rights laws in our state. Many thanks to the San Francisco Business Times, who published my article opposing this dangerous initiative.
Expert Panel Is a Virtual Success
Our October dinner meeting, on "Doing Business Virtually," was a sold-out affair. Despite the crowding (for which we apologize) there was good humor and enthusiasm for the networking opportunities, the food, and the great panel. Kudos to Liz Vasile Galin of Ariste Research Group, who organized and moderated the panel. She posed provocative questions that brought out a diversity of opinions and helped us to gain more understanding of the realities and possibilities of doing business virtually.
One topic that engendered a lively discussion was whether you can hire, manage, and fire virtual employees or contractors. PJ Babcock, who has an internet employment agency, Bay Area e-Business Solutions, maintained that a totally virtual relationship works very well for her clients.
Leni Miller, of EA Search, who recruits Executive Assistants for CEOs, always screens candidates with a face-to-face meeting. Leni described how she transitioned from a large business with offices, to a home-based virtual business that included a business partner in another office and even a virtual boyfriend on another coast.
Heather Sager is a partner in the law firm of Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger, which specializes in employment issues. She stated that many small businesses lose the opportunity to grow because they are afraid to hire employees. She pointed out that even partnerships and independent contractor relationships have legal pitfalls. In addition to recommending guidelines for employees, Heather explained the basis of AB 1643, NAWBO-California's proposed legislation to eliminate some of the independent-contractor legal pitfalls.
Nina Feldman, of Nina Feldman Connections, has started and sold several businesses. She reviewed the history of how changes in information and communications technology have made it possible for a small business to accomplish more with fewer people, higher profit, and lower overhead.
Congratulations to October Award Winners
Gwen Kaplan received the President's Award for Community Advocacy. Gwen was a founding member of the NAWBO-SF Chapter. After starting Ace Mailing, Gwen realized that there were NO organizations for women business owners in San Francisco. Since that time, Gwen has won awards for her business while advocating tirelessly for small- and women-owned businesses, including being President of the San Francisco Small Business Commission and the Small Business Network. Gwen is currently an active member of our Public Policy Committee. Gwen holds a place in our hearts as a role model and inspiration for business success and community involvement.
In October, Tina McGovern graciously accepted our Chapter award for Member of the Month. Tina has been a key committee member for our signature event, the Women's Entrepreneurial Benefit (WEB) Awards. Tina has been a major force behind the success of WEB, and a special pleasure to work with. She has freely donated her time while also running a successful consulting business in non-profit fundraising. NAWBO-SF would not exist without the dedication of members like Tina, who donate their unique creativity and expertise to our cause.
NAWBO-California is currently seeking a new VP of Technology to oversee the project and implement a plan for growth. Nominations are currently open. If you are interested, review the job description (NAWBO California VP Technology [PDF format]) and let me know ([email protected]). Nomination forms are due at NAWBO-California by November 4th and voting will take place at the November board meeting.
Do You Want a Gubernatorial Appointment?
California needs more women business owners in Sacramento to help drive policy and to direct agencies. The NAWBO-California Public Policy Committee has initiated communications with members of the new Schwarzenegger Transition Team. We want NAWBO members to submit resumes for some of the hundreds of appointments to jobs and commissions. If you are interested in participating, go to the website http://www.joinarnold.com/en/transition/appointments.php, decide what you want to apply for, and submit an application. If you want NAWBO-CA's endorsement please forward the application to me ([email protected]).
Remember, as Groucho Marx says, "Only one man in a thousand is a leader of menthe other 999 follow women."
Sharon Gadberry, Ph.D.
HOLIDAY PARTY AND GIFT BAZAAR
Ho, Ho, Ho! Are you ready for the Holidays?
Holiday Party and Gift Bazaar
Jewelry - Accessories - Other Fine Gifts
Come celebrate with your friends at the NAWBO Holiday Party on Thursday evening, December 11 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. This year's party will be held in the elegant surroundings of First Bank's Penthouse at Montgomery and Clay Streets in San Francisco.
The party includes dinner, and as a special treat, a Gift Bazaar featuring artisans from our NAWBO membership who will be selling jewelry, silk scarves, and other fine giftsjust in time for the holidays!
Dinner is $40 for members; $50 for guests. Please bring a friend, significant other, or spouse to join the festivities.
Make your reservations early! Sign up through Rhoda Singer at [email protected]; telephone 415.333.2130.
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2003
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: First Bank Penthouse, Montgomery and Clay, San Francisco, CA
If you're interested in selling at the Gift Bazaar, contact Donna Bletzinger at 510.525.8019 or email her at [email protected]
We would like to congratulate Heather Sager, NAWBO-SF's November member of the month.
Heather is an attorney in the San Francisco office of Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, where she specializes in employment litigation and trade secrets/unfair competition litigation on behalf of employers. In addition to providing advice and counseling to employers on matters related to wage and hour issues and employee relations, Heather also provides management training sessions on issues such as sexual harassment in the workplace, effective implementation and communication of employment policies, and matters related to employee leave requests under federal and state law.
Heather is a past membership chair for NAWBO and has participated in NAWBO's programssuch as last month's panel on virtual businesses. She also writes articles for the newsletter on aspects of employment law relevant to NAWBO members. (See this month's "Legal Action Update".)
Heather received her juris doctorate in 1996 from Fordham University School of Law in New York City. While at Fordham, she was an Associate Editor of the International Law Journal, a Member of the National Trial Advocacy Team and a member of the Moot Court Board. Heather also was active in Fordham's Civil Court Mediation Clinic and Battered Women's Advocacy Project. Upon graduation she received Fordham's Murray Award for her work with these public service groups. Heather received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she was a member of the varsity track team and the President of Peer Health Educators.
Heather has authored feature articles including, "Striking Out: Responding To Labor Protests," which was published by the San Francisco Attorney in the August/September 2001 issue. Heather also wrote "Truth or Consequences: Falsity of Employer's Nondiscrimination Explanation May Be Sufficient To Infer Unlawful Discrimination," which was published by California Employment Law Reporter in August 2000. Prior to joining Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, she was an associate in the San Francisco office of Jackson, Lewis, Schnitzler & Krupman.
Heather can be reached at:
Heather M. Sager, Esq.
Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
260 California Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
email: [email protected]
THE MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
Welcome to a glimpse of the NAWBO Marketing Communications Committee.
Co-chaired by Carmela Baglione (of UBS Financial Services) and Kathleen Sachs (of KMS Media Management), committee members include Patti Magnan (of Imagine That Design Studio), Leslie Waltzer (of Crowfoot Design) and Anastasia Fuller (of Juxtaprose).
The Marketing Communications Committee's number-one goal is to attract new members and retain existing members through compelling, innovative marketing programs that communicate the many benefits that NAWBO offers to women entrepreneurs. We gather vital information and news from NAWBO committees and members and disseminate it through the monthly online newsletter and chapter web site. The marketing communications committee will also be instrumental in promoting the 2004 WEB event, ensuring NAWBO's visibility at events sponsored by other women's entrepreneurial groups and like-minded business organizations, and coming up with new, innovative ways to market NAWBO.
If you're interested in brainstorming creative ideas with us and becoming a vital part of the NAWBO organization, come to our next meeting on November 20, 4:00 p.m., at One California Street, 20th floor, or call Carmela Baglione at 415.954.5962, or Kathleen Sachs at 415.775.3949 for more information.
The Marketing Team's Call to Action!
Are you fully utilizing the networking power of NAWBO? Would you like the opportunity to talk with potential clients and build relationships? Then join the Marketing Team as we embark on a campaign to call current and prospective members in order to encourage their attendance at NAWBO-SF's monthly meetings.
This is a great way to spread the word about NAWBO and concentrate on networking and building relationships. This is WHY WE JOINED NAWBO. Who would like to be the first to join our efforts? You will benefit NAWBO and exponentially expand your business contact, while building your network of potential clients.
Please call Carmela Baglione at 415.954.5962 to volunteer. We will be looking for new volunteers every month so that everyone has the opportunity to capitalize on this opportunity.
HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, KID!
by Donna Bletzinger, Secretary and Community Outreach Chair
of Dyer Stephenson
This is a column featuring a NAWBO member who is a successful businesswoman, a contributor to the community, and a proven leader in her industry.
How do you go from not wanting to own your own business to becoming one of the top 100 women-owned businesses in the Bay Area? Ask NaNoshka Johnson.
"My family has a long history of being civil servants," she says, not entrepreneurs. As for starting her own business, "I just fell into it." A friend asked her to develop some software for a client. To accommodate her friend and deliver the software, she needed a business license. At the time, she was working a full-time job and developing software applications on the side. "One of them had to go."
In 1994, she incorporated Nosh Productions as a software applications company. She designed proprietary sales force and human resources software applications for leading-edge companies like Cisco Systems and Sun Microsystems. The software applications business was lucrative for several years. But after a while, NaNoshka decided she wanted to use what she had created for other companies to build products that Nosh Productions could sell under their own name.
Always the visionary, NaNoshka recognized early on the value of online applications. In 1998, she established a new division within Nosh Productions for online event registration. In 1998, online registration was an anomaly. Most event registration occurred via phone, fax or (rarely) email.
According to NaNoshka, there has been a lot of churn in the event registration industry. Most of the companies that started out aren't there now. To her credit, Nosh Productions' event registration division survived the competition and continues to be profitable today.
Never one to sit back and watch, NaNoshka felt a need to give something back to the community. Today she serves on the boards of many professional and non-profit organizations. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown appointed her Technology Chair for the Small business Forum. She is the current President of the Golden Gate Business Association. And, she is NAWBO San Francisco's President Elect as well as co-chair of NAWBO's flagship event, the annual Women's Entrepreneur Benefit (WEB).
"I always wanted to be part of a woman-owned business group, to participate and make change happen." She tells you, with pride, that she helped develop NAWBO San Francisco's motto "Grow - Thrive - Lead", a mantra for growth and change. "This is what NAWBO does," she states.
In addition to all that, don't forget that she was honored in September 2003 as one of the top 100 women-owned businesses in the Bay Area.
Quite a legacy for someone with a family dedicated to public service. Here's looking at you, kid.
SENATOR FEINSTEIN OPPOSES ANTI-ABORTION LAW
California's Senator Dianne Feinstein is serving her second term in Washington. She is a strong advocate in Washington for sound fiscal policy and fair social policies, including women's rights. Among her responsibilities is a seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. This committee is on the front lines of a consistent and aggressive attempt to stack the Superior Court with anti-choice judges. Also under attack are gun ownership laws, which Senator Feinstein has promoted ever since the horrendous 101 California attacks over ten years ago. She has sponsored several bills for strengthening homeland security and helped California pursue claims against the Federal Energy Regulation Commission, related to the billions of dollars lost during the energy crisis.
Both houses of Congress recently passed an anti-abortion bill, which now goes to the President for signature. Senator Feinstein voted to oppose the bill, and delivered an articulate and impassioned speech to the Senate.
You can read a transcript of Senator Feinstein's speech on her website: http://feinstein.senate.gov.
UPDATE ON CALIFORNIA'S PAID FAMILY LEAVE LAW
by Heather M. Sager, Esq.
Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
By passing Senate Bill 1661 ("SB 1661") in September 2002, California became the first state to adopt a paid family leave law. Because the bill goes into effect in January 2004, employers throughout California are raising questions about how this law will affect operations and employee leave rights. We have summarized the most frequently asked questions below.
Q: When does the law go into effect?
A: The act becomes effective January 1, 2004. However, benefits are not payable for leaves that commence before July 1, 2004.
Q: How is leave under SB 1661 different from leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") or the California Family Rights Act ("CFRA")?
A: Many ways. First, unlike FMLA or CFRA, SB 1661 applies to all California employees, not just those who work for larger companies and have worked more than 1250 hours in one year. An employer with even one employee must grant paid family leave if the employee qualifies. Second, leave under SB 1661 is only available for six weeks, rather than twelve. Third, though employees on leave have reinstatement rights under FMLA and CFRA, employers with less than fifty employees are not required to reinstate employees who are on leave under SB 1661. Finally, the employee receives pay during the leave period.
Q: What type of situations might qualify for leave under SB 1661?
A: Much like under FMLA and CFRA, an employee will be eligible for leave under SB 1661: (1) to care for or bond with a new child (birth, adoption, or foster care); (2) to care for a seriously ill family member (parent, child, spouse, or domestic partner). Notably, SB 1661 does not provide paid leave to care for an employee's own health conditionthey may seek pay under the state disability insurance program for this situation. However, new mothers who are also eligible for pregnancy-related state disability insurance will be eligible for paid family leave.
Q: Who provides the "pay" for this leave?
A: This is the good news. SB 1661 specifies that the payments during the employee's leave period will be fully funded by additional employee contributions into the state's disability insurance fund. The estimated average cost is $27 per worker per year. Employee contributions will begin on January 1, 2004.
Q: Is there a maximum pay rate for employees on leave under SB 1661?
A: Yes. Employees are eligible to receive up to 55% of their regular wages, to a maximum of $728 a week in 2004. The maximum benefit will increase automatically each year.
Q: Can employers require that the employee use vacation time before receiving paid leave?
A: Yes. Up to two weeks. SB 1661 has a built-in one-week waiting period before workers can apply for paid family leave. Thus, one week of the employee's vacation time can be used to cover the waiting period.
California's Employment Development Department has informed us that it intends to provide employers with further guidance on employer responsibilities when this law goes into effect. As soon as we receive these regulations, we will pass this information on to the membership. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with further questions.
Heather M. Sager, Esq.
Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
260 California Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111
We would like to welcome our new member:
Preston Gates & Ellis LLP
Attorney specializing in serving the needs of small business owners. (And September's President's Award recipient.)
We look forward to getting to know you.
CORPORATE SPONSOR FEATURES
by Diana Kimbrell, Corporate Sponsor Chair
of Kimbrell & Company
CALIFORNIA BANK & TRUST CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY BY
HONORING NAWBO AND OTHER COMMUNITY GROUPS
California Bank & Trust, one of NAWBO's corporate partners, recently held a celebration in Oakland to honor their community partners. On Thursday, October 2, California Bank & Trust commemorated its 50th anniversary celebration by continuing its 2003 yearlong plan to distribute $500,000 in grants to community organizations dedicated to economic development initiatives throughout California.
"In this special year, we take pride in providing funds for programs that benefit local residents and businesses," said Mike Mantle, executive vice president and executive director of the bank's Retail & Business Banking and Community Development divisions. "These grants, for outreach, lending and community investment, will help ensure that opportunity exists for families and businesses in the areas we serve," Mantle said.
At the event, grants totaling $138,000 were awarded to 17 Bay Area community organizations. Sharon Gadberry, President of NAWBO-SF, was awarded a check for $5,000 by Lelia Mozingo, Vice President and Branch Manager of the Geary Branch of CB&T. Mozingo stated, "We are proud to align with an organization whose mission is to EMPOWER women in business and strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of members and help to promote economic development. We look forward to our continued relationship with NAWBO."
Gadberry commented, "It's such a wonderful thing when a corporation actually pulls all of the community partners that they support together at one time. It demonstrates the scope of support that California Bank & Trust provides to the entire community.
We thank California Bank & Trust and congratulate them for 50 years of service to California communities.
WELLS FARGO PARTNERS WITH NAWBO MEMBER BARBARA MORRISON
Wells Fargo Community Development Corporation has committed to a $500,000 investment in TMC Development which will support expansion of TMC's small business loan programs to include a new micro-loan program. This will increase availability of loans to companies that cannot obtain conventional financing and have capital needs below $25,000. Wells Fargo's investment, which was championed by Brenda Wright, SVP and Regional Community Development Manager for the Bay Area, and her team, will be used to make loans ranging between $1,000 and $25,000 to small businesses throughout the entire state of California, effective November 6, 2003.
Wells Fargo, a NAWBO corporate partner, became involved with Barbara Morrison of TMC Development during Barbara's term on the NAWBO board in 2002. A relationship quickly developed and has evolved into this mutually beneficial partnership. Wright comments, "We have come to develop much respect for Barbara and feel that this is a great investment for Wells Fargo, as well as for small businesses."
As a result of this new partnership with Wells Fargo, TMC will be in a position to better serve the full spectrum of small business financing needs and to bridge the gap for under-served business that are denied access to conventional loans. Morrison responds, "We are thrilled that Wells Fargo has such faith in us, and I'm excited to be able to provide these micro businesses with funds that they wouldn't ordinarily be able to receive. Once our criteria for the micro-loans are established, we will notify NAWBO members who may want to apply."
TMC has also provided Community Express loans from $25,000 to $250,000 in partnership with Wells Fargo since 2001. The SBA and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition created Community Express to aid small business owners from traditionally underserved markets. TMC is the intermediary that provides technical assistance to small business clients ranging from pre-loan business assessment and planning to post-loan consulting and monitoring. TMC has helped 29 small businesses obtain over $3.6 million in financing through the Community Express loan program.
For more information about the micro-loan program, contact Joy Gibson at [email protected].
WOMEN'S ENTREPRENEUR BENEFIT (WEB) 2004
This year's WEB event planning has begun, with an innovative new model and plenty of opportunities for members to get involved. WEB is happening on May 12 as a luncheon event that, in addition to our traditional WEB awards, will include a mini tradeshow and expo of women-owned businesses. We are also featuring two fabulous business makeovers to be drawn from our chapter membership.
Six WEB sub-committees offer members avenues to develop leadership and gain skills or visibility in diverse areas of interest.
- Women Entrepreneur Awards
Develops and implements the nominations and selections process for the women entrepreneur awards. Two awards, one for a large and another for a small business.
- Business Make-Overs
Develops and implements the nominations and selection process for NAWBO member business makeover candidates and associated sponsors and consultants.
- Expo/Trade Show
Designs trade show categories, sets fee structure, solicits and supports exhibitors
- Networking, Greeting, Membership Development
Develops networking and greeting component of event program, and designs event and post-event outreach to prospective members.
- Finance and Fundraising
Tracks funds inflow and outflow, and develops and coordinates fundraising opportunities for and across other event components.
- Marketing and PR
Develops and coordinates marketing and public relations strategies for the event, and NAWBO-related promotional materials distributed at the event itself.
An Action Planning Meeting is scheduled for November 11th, from 2-5 pm, when we will gather to work out a detailed set of measures, tasks, and timelines for all of these areas. For more information, contact WEB 2004 co-chairs NaNoshka Johnson ([email protected]) or Liz Vasile Galin ([email protected]).
NAWBO MEMBER JILL LUBLIN - UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Jill Lublin, CEO of the public relations consulting firm Promising Promotion, author of the bestselling book Guerrilla Publicity, founder of GoodNews Media, Inc., and host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Do the Dream, will be speaking at the following events:
Entrepreneur Resource Network
November 11, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Women in Consulting
November 13, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Redwood Shores, CA
Success Builders International
November 15, 8:30 AM
December 4, 6:30 PM
San Francisco, CA
NAWBO member Pragito Dove is happy to announce that her book Lunchtime Enlightenment: Meditations to Transform Your Life NOWat Work, at Home, At Play (Penguin 2001) will be published in Chinese in 2004. A company in Shanghai is publishing the book and they have invited Pragito to go to China for a promotional tour in the latter part of 2004.
The book is currently available in Spanish, Swedish, German, Dutch and, of course, English.
Find out more about Pragito and her book at: www.pragito.com
CARAL NEWMAN CITY SCARVES LAUNCHING NATIONALLY
NAWBO member Maria Simone, CEO of San Francisco-based Signature Accents, creators of Caral Newman City Scarves, is happy to annouce that they are in the process of launching nationally and were recently awarded approved vendor status with Federated Department Stores . . . 450+ Macy's, Bloomingdales, Burdines, and the Bon Marche.
Find out more at: www.cityscarves.com
BREAST CANCER HOSPITAL STAY PETITION
If ever there was a time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of them. Help support a proposed bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy.
It's about eliminating the "drive-through mastectomy" where women are forced to go home hours after surgery against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.
Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support. Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below and help women living with breast cancer get the care they need and deserve.
There is no cost or monetary pledge involved. You need not give more than your name and zip code. (Don't forget to put your zip code on the petition.)
- Attend our November 7 luncheon.
- Join a committee.
- Take a guest or a client to the meeting. If each member recruits one new member,
we will double our membership!
- Visit our evolving and expanding website: www.middleastwomen.org.
- Let us know how you and your business are doing. Contact Donna Bletzinger:
"To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail."
SUBSCRIPTION INFO / THE FINE PRINT
If you would like to submit stories, news, events, or happenings for the next issue of NAWBO-SF's e-news, please send to: Anastasia Fuller - [email protected]. (www.juxtaprose.com) 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, to become a member of NAWBO-SF. We offer a growing package of member benefits and activities you can take advantage of. To find out more, visit our website:
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