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  October 9:

  "Growing Your
  Business . . .

Enter our drawing at the October 9 dinner to win free admission to our November lunch meeting!

Grow Thrive Lead

Welcome! to NAWBO-SF's October 2003 e-newsletter. You can either read the e-news in your email, or read it online at:


Join us on October 9 for:


New technologies, changing employment patterns, and new ways of working have all been catalysts for the growth of virtual enterprise.

Join us and find out more about how you can build a valuable, profitable business, with the ability to take on large projects or contracts, and without the need for a large office or a permanent staffing structure.

A panel of speakers, with expertise in the technical, legal, and operational aspects of virtual business, will explore the latest developments in virtual business from both sides of the exchange: how to get virtual business contracts, and how to find and use other virtual service providers for your own business.


PJ Babcock: For more than 25 years, PJ has been a nationally recognized "Training Evangelist," designing, developing, and building training programs for business and industry. She is the Founder and President of Bay Area E-Business Solutions™, a Pleasanton, California based company that provides outsourced training and education management services to clients throughout the United States. Her current venture, the Virtual Training Center™, is one of the most exciting developments in the training industry today, representing the cutting edge in on-line education technology.

Nina Feldman: The Bay Area's "business-to-business matchmaker" since 1981, Nina has built a loyal clientele by helping busy professionals find the help they need from her database of over 150 experts. In her business, Nina Feldman Connections (NFC), she works regularly with large and small businesses, non-profits, and individuals. NFC is a free San Francisco Bay Area referral service that helps clients in the day-to-day search for reliable administrative and computer support services, both virtually and locally. Unlike temporary employees, NFC member service providers own their own computer and support services, specializing in a range of services including: designing flyers, brochures and websites; handling e-mail/mailings, correspondence and/or bookkeeping; providing traveling notarization; computer repair and training.

Heather Sager: 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.

Leni Miller: Leni is the Founder and President of EASearch, LLC, with responsibility for key account coordination and development, consulting and recruiting in senior level executive support for CEO level clients, and management and supervision of the search process.

WHEN: Thursday, October 9

TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHERE: The City Club, 155 Sansome Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco

COST: $40 NAWBO members, $50 guests

RSVP: Rhoda Singer, Chapter Administrator, 415.333.2130,
email: [email protected]

Find out more:

Or download our special flyer for this event.


by Sharon GadberrySharon Gadberry
of Transitions Management Group/Power Marketing (

Why do women start their own businesses? The top three reasons: 1) Career/life balance; 2) Escape from limitations of the corporate glass ceiling; 3) Flexibility and freedom. Once women become entrepreneurs, why do they join NAWBO? Our recent membership survey yielded findings that the NAWBO-SF board is using to design programs and provide resources that meet your needs as members. Here were the top four reasons:

We are pleased to say that you have numerous opportunities to meet these goals through our programs. Here are some examples:

Bobbi Becker Speaking at Event

Members who attended the September 11 dinner meeting rated it a "10 plus-plus" on a scale of 1 to 10. To help participants get to know each other, the program included cocktail time for spontaneous networking, plus a structured networking activity at each table. Then Bobbi Becker, the keynote speaker, gave us valuable pointers on how to market your business for large corporate accounts. She herself has the most successful track record in California, of hiring NAWBO contractors for a large organization. Through Bobbi's ingenuity, thirty members were able to immediately receive certifications which immediately make them eligible for Metropolitan Water District (MWD) projects.

MWD CertificationAccording to Bobbi, she hires NAWBO members because they provide the most value for the organization. She has actually documented that small businesses provide the highest quality for the most reasonable price, saving the organization $9 mm. over the past year!

If you want to certify your business with MWD, go to

Here are the pointers Bobbi gave us for winning a contract:


  1. Get certified: Apply for certification with agencies in your area
  2. Build relationships: Ask for vendor introduction with decision maker; Get to know two valuable staff members: The Buyer and the Purchasing Manager or Contract Administrator
  3. Demonstrate value and cost savings: Ask to see the existing contract with the current pricing
  4. Make an impression: The returned call is based upon your ability to persuade; Get the attention and interest of the decision-maker; Ask compelling and engaging questions; Be brief.
  5. Communicate consistently: Send a simple successful message; Call and keep in touch; Send only information on what you sell.

Sharon Gadberry and Jennifer DonahueAlso at the September dinner meeting, I was proud to present two awards, one to Jennifer Donahue for NAWBO-SF's Member of the Month for September and the Presidents' Award for Community Advocacy to Cloey Hewlett (find out more about Cloey in the President's Award Recipient article. Cloey is another strong advocate of women-owned businesses and small businesses. During her tenure as Undersecretary of the California Department of General Services, she was able to streamline the Small Business Certification Process from 10 pages to a single page. Due to her efforts, members like Liz Vasile-Galin have recently certified their business in one week's time, as opposed to the six months it used to take. Under Cloey's guidance, the roster of certified businesses grew from 2,000 to 14,000 in one year.

If you want to certify your business online with the state, or hear about new contracts in your industry, go to

Our Chapter sponsored another wonderful event in September, partnering with Wells Fargo Bank, the San Francisco Business Times, the Renaissance Center, and the Small Business Administration for an evening of inspiration listening to successful women entrepreneurs talk about their successes, failures, aspirations, and philosophies. I am always inspired by other women's stories. Presenters were Margot Fraser, of Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc., Ingrid Merriwether, of Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services, and Lori Shannon, of See Jane Run Sports.

Notably, each woman was unique and "did it her way." For instance, one had a business plan and two did not. One still works with her husband, one is single and has a female partner, and one divorced her husband after taking over the business from him. Two things all three had in common was the feeling that a) they probably wouldn't have started their own businesses, had they known how hard it was, b) they never feel completely successful, and always have their eyes on the next goal. All attributed their success to hard work and luck.

As Garrison Keillor says, "some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see it is what you would have wanted had you known."

Do you want more recognition for your business?

Here is how our Chapter can help you:

  1. Come to meetings, network and participate in discussions.
  2. Participate in committees. You will meet other successful women business owners, and you might even be featured in the newsletter as Member of the Month!
  3. Compete for awards and prizes for women-owned and small businesses (contact Donna Bletzinger at [email protected]).
  4. Refer business to other NAWBO members: What goes around comes around.
  5. Submit updates about your business for our newsletter.

Public Policy

In our survey, Public Policy was not high on the list (only 25 per cent named it as a reason for belonging to the organization). I believe that government advocacy is a major benefit provided by NAWBO. Most business owners are often too dedicated to their day-to-day issues to realize the impact of local, state and national policies.

NAWBO takes positions on issues, but does not endorse candidates for office. Hence no recommendations for Mayor or Governor. However, we do urge you to vote on two propositions which, if passed, will profoundly affect opportunities for women-owned businesses:

NO on PROPOSITION 54: This proposition is on the October 7 State Ballot. It comes after the entire list of governor candidates, so we hope you will stay with it and vote "NO"—a position recommended by your NAWBO-SF Board and also by NAWBO of California. (See more about this in the Legal Action Update.)

YES on PROPOSITION D: This proposition is on the November 4 Ballot for the City and County of San Francisco. It was put forth by the Small Business Network (SBN). NAWBO-SF is represented on the SBN by Syndi Seid (, May Pon ([email protected]), and Sue Kirchenbaum ( Your vote will help us pass an amendment to the City Charter which will make the Small Business Commission a permanent part of SF Government. The Small Business Commission is a strong advocate for helping small businesses deal with City government.

Now It's Your Turn

Want to get more value out of your membership in NAWBO? Call us with an idea or opinion, come to the meetings, visit the website, submit and article, join a committee. Remember, we are here to help you and your business to GROW . . . THRIVE . . . LEAD . . .


Preston Gates & Ellis LLP

We would like to congratulate Clothilde (Cloey) Hewlett, who received the Presidents' Award for Community Advocacy at NAWBO-SF's September 11 dinner meeting.

Clothilde Hewlett is a partner in the San Francisco office of Preston Gates & Ellis LLP. Her practice focuses on assisting both private sector companies who seek to work and communicate effectively with agencies and legislators in the public sector as well as public entities performing governmental functions. Ms. Hewlett has a distinguished career of government and community service in the state of California, both as a lawyer and in key leadership positions within the state's administration. Her multi-disciplinary experience brings a unique perspective to Preston's clients in legal, regulatory or public policy representations.

Cloey Receiving President's Award from Sharon GadberryPrior to joining Preston Gates, Clothilde served as Undersecretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency in California Governor Gray Davis' administration. As Undersecretary, she was responsible for consumer protection, information technology, telecommunications and civil rights enforcement, as well as government procurement, real estate development, and maintenance of state buildings. In addition, Clothilde was responsible for implementation of the statewide energy efficiency and conservation plan as well as energy emergency procedures and sustainable building practices. She also oversaw collection of income taxes, services for victims of crime and preparation of building codes.

In 2002, Governor Davis appointed Clothilde as Interim Director of the Department of General Services (DGS). DGS oversees the State's multibillion-dollar real estate assets, purchasing systems, publishing, telecommunications, transportation services, school construction, insurance and risk management, allocation of school bond monies, and adjudicating claims for the state. While at the State, Clothilde was a member of the Strategic Committee on Terrorism, the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board and the California State Allocation Board in which she oversaw public school construction in California.

Prior to her appointments by Governor Davis, Clothilde served as Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco prosecuting major felonies. In addition, she has served as Director of Moral Character Determinations for the State Bar of California. She was responsible for the investigation and litigation of all applicants for admission to practice law in California based on moral character.

Additionally, Clothilde served for five years as a San Francisco Police Commissioner where she reviewed and approved procedures for dignitary protection, intelligence and police officer involved shootings. She also was appointed to serve on the California Council on Criminal Justice and was Chairperson of the Appeals Committee.

Cloey can be reached at:
[email protected]



We would like to congratulate Christina (Tina) McGovern, NAWBO-SF's member of the month for October

For nearly 25 years, Christina McGovern has worked in the public and private arena, drawing on her breadth of experience to help nonprofit organizations and clients expand and extend their reach into the communities they serve.

A graduate of Santa Clara University (Class of 1980), McGovern obtained a degree in English and has relied on her skills as a writer and communicator throughout her career, writing for a variety of Bay Area publications, as well as preparing brochures, annual reports and newsletters for her clients.

Within a year of graduation, she was named associate producer on the national staff of PM Magazine, a nationally syndicated magazine-style feature TV show broadcast throughout the United States to more than 100 client stations. (Awards, notable accomplishments, programs people would have heard about)

In 1986, McGovern returned to her alma mater, Mercy High School in San Francisco, as development director, managing a network of volunteers and paid staff that launched an annual giving program that exceeded budget projections.

In 1991, she began a 10-year association with Florence Crittenton Services of San Francisco, a century-old agency that provides crucial funding for a broad range of social services. First as development director and then as fund-raising consultant, McGovern oversaw a dramatic expansion of the organization's fund-raising resources, successfully reaching out to corporations and state and local governments for financial support and instituting the organization's first annual giving program. Through an effective public awareness campaign that utilized much of the Bay Area media, McGovern also succeeded in dramatically raising public awareness of Florence Crittenton through a series of effective public relations campaigns and special events.

In 1997, she started McGovern Consulting, which targets key nonprofit organizations for support and services that can expand their fund-raising base and raise their profile within the community. Clients include The National Partnership for Women and Families, Washington DC, La Madre de los Pobres, St. Vincent de Paul Society, NAWBO-SF, Equal Rights Advocates and others.

A native of San Francisco, McGovern lives in her hometown with her husband, Ed, a public affairs consultant, and their four children.


by Denise Brouillette, Membership Chair
of The Innovative Edge

If you're wondering why we NAWBO-SF's members are such a dynamic and interesting group, it's in part because the Membership Committee works to bring in business women who strengthen and contribute to our membership.

Come to any NAWBO event and you'll find smart, engaging women ready to discuss everything from business ideas and strategies, public policy issues impacting women, getting the right legal or accounting advice for your business, to where to get the best dinner in town.

Join us at our October 9th dinner meeting, Growing Your Business Virtually, and meet the committee. Or better yet, join the Membership Committee. We're one of the most active and involved groups in NAWBO.

The Membership Committee meets by teleconference on the second Tuesday of the month from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and in person once per quarter at The City Club, 155 Sansome Street.

Our next teleconference meeting is October 14th. For information, contact Denise Brouillette, Membership Chair at The Innovative Edge, 415-665-8816 or at [email protected].


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.

Talk to Kerry Elkind for three minutes, and you're as enthusiastic as she is about service, sales, and coaching. Her company, The Elkind Group, provides training and consulting solutions for businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Kerry ElkindKerry understands that sales and service are key factors for success. Especially in this economy, she says, "Good is not good enough. It takes world class service to meet and exceed customer's needs and expectations."

The Elkind Group specializes in turning corporate goals into practical results. Taking a systematic approach, they consult with senior executives to clarify their vision and define strategy; with managers to improve employee retention, motivation, and performance; and with employees to build the skills that improve service and achieve their personal career goals.

"Relationships are everything," she says, "even relationships from 20 years ago. In order to do this kind of performance training, people have to reveal a lot about their companies. Clients are often seeking expertise they don't have internally either because they've laid off their workforce or they just don't have the tools to do it themselves.

"I always ask myself, "Why should this company hire me? What value can I provide them that they can't get anywhere else, including within their own company? Whenever possible I always go the extra mile to do something that my clients were not expecting, or may not have thought they needed. Even if it means a little extra time and effort, it pays off in terms of future business."

How is she doing?

"You're only as good as your last project." But, she adds, her company is successful because "this stuff works." Over the years, she has found that when managers move to new companies, "they take us with them. They know that we get the results they need to be successful."

To make sure her company stays on top of the market, she conducts annual client surveys. Repeatedly, the response to "Why Hire Us" is, "we use you because you're easy to do business with."

What advice does Kerry have for other businesses in this economy? "Listen. Listen to what your client is saying. Don't overlay it with your own agenda; listen to what they're saying they need. Then do it."

I'm listening to you, kid.

Kerry can be reached at:
The Elkind Group
1024 Anza Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94119
[email protected]


by May Pon, Treasurer and Public Policy Chair
of M. Butterfield-Brown & Assoc., Ltd. May Pon

If you are a San Francisco resident, we hope you will support Proposition D, which is part of the November ballot. Proposition D is a charter amendment requiring the City to have a Small Business Commission with authority to set City policy that affects small businesses.

At least five of the seven Commissioners must own, operate, or be officers of a small business located in San Francisco. Only the voters could change the number, qualifications, or method of appointment of Commission members, or abolish the Commission.

According to a recent report prepared by Kent Sims, a local economic-development consultant, about 99% of the businesses in San Francisco are classified as small businesses (defined by employing less than 100 people). Small businesses provide jobs for more than 50% of the city's population and feed the local economy with about $15.8 billion annually.

The Small Business Commission, formed in 1999, advocates for small business needs by providing a forum and acts as a resource and information center for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The Commission advises and makes recommendations to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors on policies impacting small businesses. At a recent meeting, the SBC provided comment on the small business component of the Planning Department's long-term planning process on land use, zoning, job retention, transit, and parking issues. The SBC also approved legislation defining sole source contracts, specifying contract terms for procurement of commodities and services. Women-owned and small businesses are often short-changed in the procurement process, and the SBC advocates for leveling the playing field.

Recent programs launched by the Small Business Commission include a new business startup assistance program connecting new business to city services. They have a toll-free number 1-800-800-8000 and their website is

A Youth Entrepreneurship program is in development involving local college students and the small business community. There is a small business loan program for new small businesses administered by the Mayor's Office of Community Development. See more details at

NAWBO-SF members I. Lee Murphy Reed and Gwen Kaplan are current commissioners of the seven-member Small Business Commission. Gwen Kaplan served as President of the Small Business Commission in 2000.

This is clearly a worthwhile measure that will benefit our women-owned businesses. Please consider voting and supporting Proposition D on the November ballot. For more information, visit the website for the Small Business Commission at

Come join us: If you are interested in participatingwith the Public Policy committee, please contact May Pon via email at: [email protected].



Contact: Mary Schnack, NAWBO-California

State's Top Women Business-Owners Organization Says Prop. 54 Will Weaken Data Collection About Women Who Want to be Counted

(LOS ANGELES) The National Association of Women Business Owners, California, representing nearly 1 million women business owners in the state, has taken a position against Ward Connerly's Racial Privacy Initiative, Proposition 54, on the October 7 recall ballot.

"Although Proposition 54 does not specifically apply to women, it could have a negative spillover impact on tracking the progress made by women-owned businesses," said Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, NAWBO-California president and owner of California Communications, Inc., in Los Angeles. "If the purchasing officers in the agencies and institutions with whom we do business are not required to keep records on contracts with minority-owned companies, they will also stop tracking contracts with companies owned by women of all races.

"Women business owners rely on this data to track our progress in procurement and to understand how many women business-owners there are in our state and who is doing business with us," Berkehemer-Credaire added. "We oppose any measure that would decrease opportunities for women business owners to do business."

Connerly's initiative would create a state constitutional amendment effective Jan. 1, 2005, which would stop the city, county and state government, including schools and colleges, from compiling ethnic and racial data on workers, students, contractors and others. Its author claims the measure would ensure "racial privacy and create a colorblind society,"

However, NAWBO-California believes that barring the government from collecting ethnic and racial data would lead to diminished incentive to collect and track similar data regarding gender, which includes people of color.

NAWBO does not want to see any measure prohibiting the collection of data about women. NAWBO-California voted to oppose the initiative at its regular statewide board of directors meeting Aug. 8 and 9 in Los Angeles.

"Many of our current NAWBO members, business partners and colleagues belong to racial or ethnic groups," said Berkhemer-Credaire. "A vote for Proposition 54 would hamper opportunities for business growth and contract procurement. California has more women business-owners that any other state in the country. If Prop. 54 were to pass, we would not even know how many women business-owners there are, let alone who's doing business with us.

"Our goal is to launch and track many more women business owners during the years ahead," Berkhemer-Credaire concluded. "We are a vital component of the economic recovery of California and the nation and we want to be counted!"

For more information, visit the NAWBO-California website:


We would like to welcome our new members:

Jackie Jones - Jackie Jones International
Imports contemporary and one of a kind jewelry from Asia and Mexico. Her collection includes some of her own designs and from designers in Bali, Thailand, and Hong Kong. Jackie works with artisans to bring the best in silver and semi-precious stone jewelry to the US.

Holli Their, J.D. - Their, PR. Law Offices of Holli Their, J.D.
An award winning woman-owned local public relations, community outreach, and media firm. We are innovative, creative and we get results. We create campaigns that build public support for our clients and generate positive media.

We look forward to getting to know you.


by Diana Kimbrell, Corporate Sponsor Chair
of Kimbrell & Company

NAWBO, along with partners Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and the SBA, hosted the second annual "Journeys to Success - The Bay Area's Finest Entrepreneurs Share Their Own Unique Stories", sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Sept 10 Event Panelists

The event was held on September 10th in the beautiful Wells Fargo Penthouse in downtown San Francisco. A crowd of over 90 came to hear the diverse panel—Lori Shannon of See Jane Run Sports, Ingrid Merriwether of Merriwether & Williams Insurance, Inc., and Margot Fraser of Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc.—discuss their own paths to success.

Diana Kimbrell and Mary HussThe panel represented women from different industries, with different cultural backgrounds, each at different stages of their career. Mary Huss, Publisher of the San Francisco Business Times served as moderator of the event and kept the discussion lively and stimulating.

Brenda Wright, Senior VP, Regional Manager of Community Development who offered to host the event at their Penthouse, as well as sponsor it, summed it up nicely:

Brenda Wright"Women are very collaborative with each other in general—and that follows into the business world, as well. Through this collaboration of organizations, and this wonderful panel of women who were willing to share their stories, we have all been able to assist other women on their own roads to success. We are proud to be a partner with NAWBO, Renaissance, and the SBA in helping these women achieve their dreams and goals."




As a sole proprietor, partner, or small-business owner, you may not have given much thought on how best to provide for your future financial security given your day-to-day business concerns. When you're laying the groundwork for a future that is financially secure, it's never too early to have a well-structured retirement plan in place to meet your personal and business goals. As a matter of fact, it is an essential step toward ensuring the comfortable lifestyle you deserve and have worked so hard to achieve.

The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 opens a wide window of small-employer retirement planning opportunities. Come to this quarter's Brown Bag Presentation to learn more about what this legislation provides to encourage small business owners and their employees meet the challenge of providing for a secure retirement. Whether or not you currently sponsor a retirement plan, you will benefit by learning about the advantages of the new options created by the new laws and what they mean for you and your business.

SPEAKER: Catherine Chung

DATE: October 16, 2003

PLACE: Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger
260 California Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94111

TIME: 11:30 AM arrival and check in. 12 noon to 1:15 PM presentation and questions.

Bring your bag lunch and enjoy the company of other businesswomen.

TO REGISTER: Call Rhoda Singer: 415:333-2130 or send $10 for members; $15 for guests to: NAWBO, 985 Darien Way, San Francisco, CA. 94127

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: October 14, 2003

QUESTIONS? Contact Susan Grant [email protected]
or 415-283-1970



LEADING THE CHARGE: Why Women Business Owners Are the Engine for Economic Growth in California

San Francisco is hosting the NAWBO-California quarterly meeting here in our city for the first time in several years. Join women leaders from our sister organizations—eight other NAWBO chapters—for a look at how we as business owners affect the economy of our state!

Laura SchulteSpeaker: Laura Schulte, Wells Fargo Bank, President of California, Nevada & Border Banking

Laura Schulte will be flying up from Los Angeles to be our featured speaker on this special occasion. For those who don't know her, she manages Wells Fargo banking activities in California, Nevada, and Border Banking Regions, which represent over 900 branches, $75B in deposits and over 4 million customer households. She began with Norwest Bank twenty years ago and by 1996, she was responsible for all community banking activities in Northern Nevada. With the merger of Norwest/Wells Fargo, she assumed responsibility for the statewide combined banking organization. Recently she was promoted into her current position. She is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and she serves the boards of various organizations, including the International Women's Forum.

Please note that this is a Friday lunch meeting, with a different venue than usual. Mark your calendars!

DATE: Friday, November 7, 2003

TIME: noon -1:30 PM

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].net



NAWBO-SF's annual Women's Entrepreneur Breakfast (WEB) will be May 12th, 2004. Don't miss it! If you are interested in being part of the steering committee for WEB please contact: NaNoshka Johnson, [email protected].



KQED Public Radio's "Forum with Michael Krasny" will be having a pair of live, on-air remote broadcasts. The first of these will be Wednesday, October 15, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Main Library. They are looking to build an audience of involved San Franciscans from various community organizations, schools, and businesses to participate in a discussion of the issues facing the city and the new mayor.

The second broadcast will be on Wednesday, October 29, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at San Francisco City Hall, and will feature a candidates' forum. They hope to bring the issues raised in the October 15 "town hall" and present them to the candidates at the October 29 broadcast.

If you are interested in attending on the 15th, please reply to this announcement BOTH to KQED's Lisa Lindelef, at [email protected], phone: 415-673-3303; fax: 415-292-7481 AND to Syndi Seid at [email protected], phone: 415-928-1912. They must have names to assure seating (the event is free and open to the public). Seating for the 29th venue is much smaller. Only those participating on the 15th will have a chance to sign up for a seat at the 29th event. Hope to see you there!



NAWBO would like to congratulate all of the winners honored in this years 2003 Top 100 Women Owned Businesses of the Bay Area, sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Times. We are truly honored to have so many of our own NAWBO-SF members recognized. Great work ladies!

NAWBO-SF members honored included:



To thank NAWBO for her Small Business Owner of the Year nomination, Susan Shargel is teaming up with WellCall to provide complimentary flu shots at the November meeting. Those who are interested should let Rhoda Singer know when reserving for the dinner.

Shargel & Co. Insurance Services is an employee benefits specialist firm providing expert solutions and exceptional service to Bay Area businesses, from self-employed professionals up to two hundred employees. WellCall is the nation's leading provider of accessible and personalized health management services, promoting better-balanced and more productive lives.Shargel & Co Insurance Services Logo

Susan Shargel
Shargel & Co
703 Market Street, Suite 901
San Francisco, CA 94103-2102
phone: 415.543.8949



BEST Discount Ever! Do not delay any further in investing in your professional and personal skills. As a courtesy to NAWBO members and corporate sponsors, here is our BEST discount ever to entice you to attend either our "World-Class Business and Social Etiquette" or "Successful Entertaining and Formal Dining" seminar happening in October and November 2003. Instead of investing $280, you pay only $200! That's nearly 30% off!.

Call Syndi Seid today at 415-346-3665 for details and a brochure, or view our website at This offer expires Friday, October 10, 2003.


"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."


Our thanks to Christine Torrington for the photos she supplied. If you would like to find out more about her services, visit

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] ( 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: