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NAWBO San Francisco Newsletter


October 2005 Newsletter

Join us
October 20th for a Brown Bag Lunch Event "Getting Credit When It's Due"

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Welcome to the October 2005 issue of NAWBO-SF's e-newsletter. It has been a few months since our last newsletter and, as you will see, we have a lot going on.  Be sure and check out the many exciting events we have scheduled in the coming weeks and months.

Remember - you can always register online for NAWBO-SF events:  www.middleastwomen.org/register.html

NAWBO Events Calendar

October 20 - Brown Bag Lunch Event

Getting Credit When It's Due

Do you receive the credit you deserve? Having good credit can save you a lot of money, and business owners should be aware of their credit score and its impact on their business.

How do you get a top score?  And are you doomed if you have credit issues and a lower score?  What if you just started a business and have no score?  Credit scoring is just a numbers game.  Anita will share the rules to play by – what makes up your score - and how to improve it.

You will learn:

  • What is credit scoring
  • How is Credit Data analyzed
  • How to dispute inaccurately reported information
  • The best way to build / improve your credit

If you want “excellent” credit, come learn the rules. To be financially savvy, you need to know how to win the credit game.

Anita Dillon is a loan advisor and speaker with years of experience in the financial world.  With a mission to help individuals make the best financial decisions when it comes to real estate financing, “anitaloan”TM prides herself in understanding the intricacies of one powerful item that lenders use – your credit score. 

NOTE – Bring your own brown bag lunch!

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2005

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Cost: $10/members; $15/guests

Location: Law Offices of Carlton, Disante, and Freudenberger
260 California Street, Suite 500,
San Francisco  map

Register: Online at www.middleastwomen.org/register.html; or
email: [email protected]


October 20 - Relationships & Referrals (Walnut Creek), Breakfast Networking
Business women and entrepreneurs meet in this comfortable forum to exchange ideas and discuss challenges.
Find out more about this event

October 25 - Relationships & Referrals (Marin), Breakfast Networking
Build business, grow relationships, and meet and discuss important topics at our regional networking breakfast in Marin.
Find out more about this event


Save the Date for this Upcoming Dinner Program:

November 10 - Meet the Editor and Publisher of ReadyMade Magazine

Hear how they built a magazine from zero to 100,000 in less than 5 years.

Our guests will be Shoshanna Berger and Grace Hawthorne, the editor and publisher of ReadyMade magazine, a "Martha Stewart for twenty-somethings."

Designed for do-it-yourselfers, the magazine is remarkable for its originality and sense of humor, much like the two entrepreneurs who started it.  Each issue is jam-packed with advice on how to make stuff, ranging from creating tasty and easy recipes to how to start your own supper club or pour a concrete tabletop.

Like many magazines, ReadyMade is a labor of love. Unlike many, it has attracted national attention for its fresh look and unique articles.

The women behind the magazine practice what they preach, not only by living the do-it-yourself lifestyle, but also by creating the magazine together.  One day, as Shoshana tells the story, she and a friend were watching Martha Stewart on television and her friend said, “How come no one's doing this for us?  Bingo!

Come hear how these two beat the odds — they're up to issue 20 — and continue to build readership, advertising sales and enthusiastic followers. 

So when you say to yourself, “I can't possibly. . .,” think again.  Like Grace and Shoshana, you have to believe in the possibilities, grab hold of a vision, and just do it.

NAWBO News & Events

NAWBO Launches Leadership Circle!

NAWBO is proud to announce start a new program designed specifically for women business owners with revenues over two million dollars.  Sponsored by Wells Fargo, leadership circle will begin in January 2006.  It is designed as a peer-to-peer support group for women leaders of industries to come together to help accelerate the growth of their businesses and share visions, problems and goals in a supportive and stimulating environment.

A reception to launch the Leadership Circle program will be held at the Wells Fargo penthouse on November 2nd and we'd love to have you attend!  For more information, contact Diana Kimbrell at [email protected] or call 415.331.1334.


Call for WEB Nominations

NAWBO-San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is looking for three outstanding women business owners to be honored during our 22nd annual women entrepreneurs luncheon on April 7, 2006.  Nominations will be closed after November 4th, 2005.

WEB nomination form


Audrey Goins Brichi to sit on Entrepreneur Panel
at Upcoming PWBC Event

Audrey Goins Brichi, Supplier Diversity Manager for Small Business Programs at Chevron is participating in an entrepreneur panel on procurement at the Second Annual Sacramento Area Conference of the Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

PBWC is dedicated to advancing the professional and personal development of women in the workforce. The conference gives women the opportunity to hear outstanding speakers, develop valuable skills, meet mentors and peers, and celebrate and energize themselves. The theme this year is Learn, Change, Grow. An audience of over 3,000 businesswomen, small business owners, opinion leaders, association members, and non-profit leaders will attend.

Audrey and Chevron are big supporters of NAWBO and women entrepreneurs and we encourage you to attend.

Learn more about the November 15th event


Regional Outreach Meetings:

Relationships and Referrals

East Bay Breakfast Networking MeetingThis series of meetings provide an efficient, comfortable forum for business women and entrepreneurs to meet monthly, exchange ideas and discuss challenges. While promoting networking, these meetings focus on just-in-time topics and encourage relationships that build ever-widening circles of influence. Unlike a leads group, these meetings concentrate on moving from casual contacts to trusted colleagues who bring a wealth of insight and know-how to motivated business women. Cost includes continental breakfast or hors d'oeuvres.

Registration Information

Cost: Pre-registration is $12 for members and $15 for guests; pay at the door $15 members, $18 guests

Register: Online at www.middleastwomen.org/register.html; or
email: [email protected]

Dates & Locations


We Need Your Help
We are looking for a new place to hold the Oakland Regional Outreach Meeting. If you have any suggestions, please send them to the newsletter editor, Patricia Olson, at [email protected].

Walnut Creek

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2005
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Il Fornaio, 1430 Mt Diablo Blvd in Walnut Creek


Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Il Fornaio in the Corte Madera Town Center

New Members

Welcome to our new members:

• Liza Wallach, Liza Sonia

• Bobbie Sue Hood, Hood Miller Associates

• Zoe Clayson, Abundantia Consulting

• Miriam Foord, Linden Lane Design

• Suzi Musgrove, SLM Crative

• Beth Susanne, YTB Travel & Cruise

• Paula LeDuc, Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

• Judy Horvath, Tender Heart In Home Care

• Barbara Hunt, AI TechServ

How To Get Involved

Join NAWBO, if you haven't already.

• Attend one of our networking breakfast meetings.

• Join a committee. You can contact the committee chairs directly. Go to our committees page online for more about the committees and for contact information.

• 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.

Corporate Partners

Thanks to all our corporate partners who help make NAWBO-SF's programs possible:

Citibank Wells Fargo
ChevronTexaco City National Bank
Union Bank of California American Express Open
California Bank and Trust Washington Mutual
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Mid-Peninsula Bank
Media Partner:

San Francisco Business Times


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 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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