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THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS                 OCT 2004

Contents

 Welcome
 NAWBO Events Calendar
 President's Letter
 NAWBO News & Events
 Public Policy
 Member News
 Community Events
 How You Can Get Involved
 Quote of the Month
 Subscription Info / The Fine Print


Grow Thrive Lead
 
WELCOME

Welcome to NAWBO-SF's October 2004 e-newsletter. You can also read this e-newsletter online at:
www.middleastwomen.org/enews/october_2004.html

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

NAWBO EVENTS CALENDAR

UPCOMING NAWBO EVENTS

PRESIDENT'S LETTER
Sharon Gadberry

GROW, THRIVE, LEAD
by Sharon Gadberry
of Power Transitions
(www.tmgoi.com)

As we enter the final stretch of the election cycle, public policy issues loom large. As much as we all need to prioritize our time and attention to run our businesses in this challenging economy, the 2004 November 2nd election is a crucial time for our futures.

NAWBO-SF WOMEN VOTE THEIR PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE

NAWBO-National recently sponsored a member poll, asking us our preferences for United States President in the upcoming election. The results showed that, the "W" in George W. Bush does not stand for "Business Women". Over 55 percent chose Senator Kerry. This differentiates us from the general population of women, who are reportedly tied between the two candidates. It is interesting that despite the fact that Bush's platform is formulated to appeal to businesses, and despite the fact that NAWBO members are Democrat, Republican, and Independent, most of our members want Senator Kerry. Read official Press Release.

Cynthia RamseyNAWBO-SF OPPOSES SMALL BUSINESS TAX

NAWBO-SF member and former chapter president, Cynthia Ramsey was quoted on NBC-TV and in the San Francisco Chronicle on her opposition to Proposition K, the proposed doubling of the business tax in San Francisco. The SF Sentinel also reports her comments on Prop K, delivered at the small business press conference held at Cynthia's company, Signs America, Inc.

Read our ballot argument on the NAWBO-SF website. You can also learn more on www.no-on-k.org.

The No on K campaign must battle a coalition of big business and big unions. We need money for ads, mailings, and signs. If your business revenues are over $500,000 Prop K will require you to pay at least $500 more in taxes. Please take the time now to donate at least ten percent of what you will save when we defeat the proposition. This is important! Mail your contributions to: No on K, 985 Darien Way, San Francisco, CA 94127.

NAWBO-SF TRANSFORMS TO A MORE DIVERSE CULTURE

Business owners know that one of the best ways to accomplish a goal is to make a specific time-based commitment. In the few months since our Board set out to increase the ethnic, business, and geographic diversity of our chapter to 40% by 2006, we have accomplished the following:

Sharon Gadberry, Ph.D.
President, NAWBO-SF

NAWBO NEWS & EVENTS

SECOND TUESDAY - NEW MASTERMIND™ SERIES

Mastermind™ is an advisory board program for women leading businesses. Participants, who have committed to attending the six-month cycle, meet on the second Tuesday of each month for continental breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the office of Carlton, DiSante & Freudenberger LLP, 260 California St., San Francisco. This month, the meeting will be held on October 12th.

Mastermind provides program members with an advisory board of NAWBO women who share business know-how, feedback, and insight from their own experience, and it's a great way to connect with other NAWBO members in a supportive environment. The current program enrollment runs through November and is filled.

Those interested in participating in the next Mastermind series should contact Rhoda Singer at 415.333.2130, email: [email protected], FAX 415-586-6606, to be placed on the waiting list.

    

THIRD TUESDAY RELATIONSHIPS & REFERRALS (EAST BAY)

East Bay Breakfast Networking MeetingJoin us on Tuesday, October 19 for NAWBO-SF's regional networking breakfast in Oakland. Come and meet other women business owners to make friends, exchange ideas, share leads, lend support, recommend resources, and build momentum for your business.

Meetings, including a continental breakfast, take place from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at Twist Restaurant in the newly restored Washington Inn at 495 10th Street, across the street from the Marriott Convention Center and within walking distance of the 12th St. BART station. Park conveniently at the Convention Center or on the street.

The cost for breakfast is $12 for members and $15 for guests. Make reservations online at: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html, or with Rhoda at 415.333.2130; email: [email protected].

    

FOURTH TUESDAY RELATIONSHIPS & REFERRALS (MARIN)

On Tuesday, October 26th, NAWBO-SF's regional networking breakfast takes place in Marin. Come prepared to meet other women business owners, share information and ideas, and develop a wealth of valuable contacts to help expand your business.

Meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Il Fornaio in the Corte Madera Town Center.

The cost for breakfast is $12 for members and $15 for guests. Make reservations online at: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html, or with Rhoda at 415.333.2130; email: [email protected].

    

November's Dinner Event

REELING IN THE BIG ONE!
Getting Contracts with the Federal Government and Fortune 500 companies

If you want to know what it takes to play in the major leagues, come hear how these exceptional business women successfully bid on large public and private sector contracts.

Speakers include Belinda Guadarrama, President and CEO of GC Micro Corporation, Petaluma; and Jinsoo Terry, President of Advanced Global Connections, San Francisco. The event will be moderated by Valerie Camarda, Principal of Marketing Sense, Emeryville.

WHEN: Thursday, November 11, 2004
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE: World Trade Club (behind The Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street), San Francisco (click here for map and directions)
COST: Pre-registration $40/members; $50/guests. Or pay at the door $45/members; $55/guests.
REGISTER ONLINE: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html

For more info, or to register via phone, contact:
Rhoda Singer, Chapter Administrator, 415.333.2130,
email: [email protected]

Find out more about this event

    

Save the Date!
NAWBO-SF'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AND GIFT FAIR

Come celebrate with us as we combine a sparkling view of the Bay Bridge, the festive decorations of the World Trade Club, a toast to the holidays and an elegant sit-down dinner. It's NAWBO-SF's annual Holiday Party and Gift Fair.

This year's gift fair promises jewelry, beautiful scarves, skin care products, accessories and sweet treats to die for. This year's annual gathering promises the best of the best: good friends, good food, and great shopping for unique holiday gifts that will say, "You're really special" to those on your list. Bring your checkbook!

WHEN: Monday, December 6, 2004 (note early date)
TIME: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WHERE: World Trade Club (behind The Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street), San Francisco (click here for map and directions)
COST: Pre-registration $40/members; $50/guests. Or pay at the door $45/members; $55/guests.
REGISTER ONLINE: www.middleastwomen.org/register.html

For more info, or to register via phone, contact:
Rhoda Singer, Chapter Administrator, 415.333.2130,
email: [email protected]

    

SAVE ON NAWBO MEMBERSHIP THIS MONTH

If you're not currently a NAWBO member, and you sign up this month, NAWBO National is waiving their application fee of $25 (normal membership dues still apply). Don't delay! If you or someone you know is thinking about becoming a NAWBO member, now is the time to join.

You can sign up online at the NAWBO National website. (Choose San Francisco as your local chapter.) If you have questions, contact Membership Chair Leni Miller at 415.331.0269 or email [email protected].

    

SEPTEMBER DINNER EVENT - A RETROSPECTIVE

Irma D. Herrerra, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, a San Francisco-based civil rights organization, shared a riveting presentation of her role leading the legal team that has engaged Wal-Mart in a class action suit concerning jobs, pay, and promotions for 1.6 million current and former women employees and managers. Carefully watched by corporations, the legal community and the media, this landmark case is the largest class action case ever brought to trial, and if it succeeds, Wal-Mart could owe over one billion dollars in back pay alone.

PUBLIC POLICY

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS VOICE OPINIONS ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

September 22, 2004
Contact: Contact: Shawn Taylor Zelman, 703.506.3268, [email protected]

McLean, VA - The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) released its membership survey results highlighting women entrepreneurs' opinions on the upcoming Presidential election. According to the survey results, NAWBO members overwhelmingly support Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry over incumbent George W. Bush (55.9 percent vs. 40.1 percent). NAWBO members who identified as an Independent, with another party, or with no party affiliation account for most of John Kerry's lead. Sixty-four percent of these members select John Kerry compared with 27.6 percent selecting George W. Bush, and eight percent indicating they are undecided or voting for another candidate.

The survey commissioned by NAWBO and conducted by the Center for Women's Business Research also found that NAWBO members were equally split on party affiliation (37.1% Democrat vs. 34.1% Republican) and more than 93 percent of those surveyed voted in the 2000 election. The issues having the most impact on women-owned businesses, according to the survey, were health care insurance, small business expense deductions, taxes, and access to capital (financing, loans, etc). The three most important issues facing businesses today were marketing their business, expanding business and cash flow.

"It is interesting to see how women entrepreneurs have shifted their opinions on the Presidential election," said Beverly J. Inman-Ebel, NAWBO's president and CEO of TLC, Talk Listen Communication, LLC. "As women-owned businesses continue to show tremendous growth, growing 2 ˝ times faster than all U.S. businesses, we know that both parties are very interested in the voting behavior of this influential demographic."

The NAWBO's 2004 membership survey results are based on 1,146 respondents with a confidence interval of +/-2.9 percent. The survey included 35 questions that relate to issues facing women entrepreneurs.

"NAWBO's membership is concerned about the issues affecting their business and want to continue the upward growth by selecting candidates who support and embrace their positions," said Erin Fuller, CAE, NAWBO's executive director.

To discuss the results of this survey, contact Shawn Taylor Zelman to schedule an interview with a NAWBO spokesperson, at (703) 506-3268.

NAWBO is a non-partisan organization and this data is not an endorsement of any presidential candidate, but rather a report on a portion of a biannual member demographic survey..

MEMBER NEWS

MATERNITY BENEFITS BLOCKED, KEEP PUSHING FORWARD!
by Susan Shargel
Shargel & Co. Insurance Services

Thank you NAWBO members for your support of SB1555, the Maternity Benefits bill, which would have required all California health insurance policies to cover maternity services, including neo-natal care. Unfortunately, Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed this bill.

Despite this defeat, this or similar legislation is needed to prevent gender discrimination and market segmentation in the health insurance industry. I encourage you to write to Senator Jackie Speier and to the Governor to support future legislation.

The Governor's decision to veto this bill displays a narrowness of vision that perceives insurance merely as a consumer product, rather than a shared-risk investment in the health of all of California's residents.

It is also shortsighted decision, focused on savings for those who do not need maternity services mainly men, while jeopardizing the ability of pregnant women and infants to access affordable care, now and in future. For example:

Many business organizations view this veto as a victory, seeing only dollar signs. Insurers may see it as green light to drop maternity coverage from more products. Is it really worth the cost to jeopardize the health of our families?

Please visit the Shargel & Co. Insurance Services web site for sample letters and more information.

    

WOMEN'S RIGHT TO VOTE
Docudrama Iron Jawed Angels is a vivid reminder of the great privilege we have in this country, earned by some very courageous women.

Iron Jawed Angels, an HBO docudrama directed by German filmmaker Katja von Garnier is inspired by a pivotal chapter in American history. The film is a graphic depiction of the battle a group of women waged so that we can pull the curtain at the polling booth and have our say. What would those women think of the way women now use—or don't use—their right to vote? All of us take the right to vote for granted. And while the percent of NAWBO members who vote is well above the average for women in general, women are not voting in the numbers that we should be. Iron Jawed Angels provides a little shock therapy.

Alice Paul, an American feminist who risked her life to fight for the right to vote, founded the National Woman's Party and wrote the first equal rights amendment to be presented before Congress. One of the National Woman's Party's first actions was a parade on President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration day. The docudrama portrays the women who participated in the parade as innocent and defenseless. By the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of "obstructing sidewalk traffic."

Iron Jawed Angels was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 before its television premiere on HBO. It's now available on DVD and is scheduled to show at many venues around the country. You can fine out more at: www.iron-jawed-angels.com.

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS

2004 ANNUAL LEAADD* DINNER
(*Lawyers, Engineers, Architects, Accountants, Doctors & Dentists)

Featuring Guest Speaker, State Senator Jackie Speier

Senator Speier, a vibrant, dynamic speaker and devoted public servant, is a leader among leaders. She served in the State Assembly from 1986-1996, and is serving her second and final term in the 8th Senate district which includes the western half of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County.

DATE: Thursday, October 7, 2004
TIME: 6:00 p.m. Reception (cash bar); 7:00 p.m. Dinner
LOCATION: Atrium, 101 California Street, San Francisco
PARKING: Validated parking available at 101 California
COST: Tickets are $55 per person
RSVP: Please contact Katherine Burke ([email protected]) or Barbara Harris Chiang ([email protected]; 415.397.2700) with questions.

    

WOMEN OF COLOR ACTION NETWORK - WCAN
5th Annual Fall Forum

Women of Color Gaining Traction Beyond Boundaries: Looking Inward, Outward and Beyond

Sponsored and hosted by HEWLETT PACKARD

WCAN is committed to empowering women of color to realize their maximum potential in their lives. This year's Fall Forum builds on the momentum generated in the forums that preceded them by offering participants opportunities to be introspective and engaged in activities that can guide them in their unique journey beyond boundaries.

DATE: Wednesday, November 3, 2004
TIME: 3:00 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hewlett-Packard, Cupertino, CA
REGISTER NOW: www.wcan.ws

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN NAWBO
QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age."
—Sophia Loren

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 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.