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Monday, November 10, 2014  
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October 2014


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Members can access a variety of opportunities, products and services that will help their businesses achieve greater visibility, credibility, profitability.

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New Members

Established Business Owner

AmJenette Afridi

Supporting Member

Lisa Marie Campagnal
Tina Greenbaum


Renewing Members

Established Business Owner

May Pon

Join us for New Member orientation on Nov 18. For more details, email membership chair, Laura Renner.




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Upcoming Events for NAWBO-SFBA

Mark Your Calendar!

Holiday Boutique
Thursday, Dec 11
San Francisco, CA


Get Involved! Check out our current volunteer opportunities


You are more than your business. NAWBO creates opportunities for you to be a leader, give back and to make a difference through involvement with a community of women business owners. Be Involved!


Charitable Cause Chair

The Chair organizes a opportunity drawings at our dinner Educational Speaker Series where invited Directors and Chapter members donate items. At the end of the fiscal year, proceeds are donated to the Alliance for Girls.


Member Directory Chair

helps launch our First printed Member Directory


Holiday Boutique Chair

leads the development of this new holiday event


Program Co-Chairs

to help with ESS Dinners

Gala Committee Members for the revamped Awards Dinner

Breakfast Facilitator

for San Francisco breakfasts




You are more than your business. NAWBO creates opportunities for you to be a leader, give back and to make a difference through involvement with a community of women business owners. Be Involved!


Charitable Cause Chair

The Chair organizes a opportunity drawings at our dinner Educational Speaker Series where invited Directors and Chapter members donate items. At the end of the fiscal year, proceeds are donated to the Alliance for Girls.


Member Directory Chair

helps launch our First printed Member Directory


Holiday Boutique Chair

leads the development of this new holiday event


Program Co-Chairs

to help with ESS Dinners

Gala Committee Members for the revamped Awards Dinner

Breakfast Facilitator

for San Francisco breakfasts




A Message from the President . . .

Dear AnnaKate,

It's an exciting time here at the NAWBO - San Francisco Bay Area chapter.We are mixing it up, trying some new programs and events, making new partnerships, and responding to what we hear from you about the topics important to women business owners.

Last month, in lieu of our regular dinner event, we hosted a Half-Day Workshop "Women, Business and Money: How to Get It, Keep It and Grow It," which was a great success.It was wonderful to see some new faces, and I want to especially thank our sponsor, Wells Fargo for all their support!

Read More


Laura Russell-Jones

President, NAWBO-SF Bay Area

2014 - 2015




Join Us for the Next . . .


Educational Speaker Series & Half Day Workshop
Thursday, November 13th

Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell St, SF, (map)


Improving Your Cyber Security Savvy for Better Business Outcomes


Effective cyber security measures aren't just a smart way to protect your livelihood, they help differentiate your businesses and make it more attractive to partners. It also protects your business from hackers who see you as a gateway to larger firms. In this evening's panel discussion, you'll learn simple, impactful steps to increase your competitive advantage by protecting your data, your customers and your money.

We'll discuss:

  • Keeping you website safe and secure
  • Simple steps you can take to protect your ecommerce site from hackers and malware
  • Expanding our awareness of cyber security beyond your PC to your tablets and mobile devices.
  • Strategies for managing password security
  • Creating a security policy and educating your employees on best practices
  • How you can use your security know-how to better position your business as a vendor.


About the Presenters


DeeDee Towery,

founder ProActive Business Solutions. She has built the company from just two people to more than 200 full- and part-time employees located throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Rand Morimoto Ph.D., CCISP President, Convergent Computing. Dr. Morimoto is the former Cyber-Security advisor to the White House (2002-2007) and Y2K Advisor to President Clinton (1997-2000). He works with industry leaders in healthcare, government, biotech, finance, and aerospace in planning and implementing technologies to meet regulatory requirements.


Anne O'Ne
ill, Principal & Co-founder, Ignyte Marketing Group.

Anne has 20 years of experience in software and cloud-based services industries, focusing on consumers, small businesses, and enterprises.

David Pell, Supplier Diversity Consultant Expert, PG&E David Pell has devoted his career to promoting the value of supplier diversity as a small business owner, consultant and fulltime employee.


Join Us at:

Sir Francis Drake Hotel

450 Powell Street, San Francisco
Thursday, Nov 13, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


In Advance:

$50: Members and guests of members register at this rate*
$65: Non-Members

After Oct 14th and at the door:
$55: Members
$70: Non-Members




Introduce Us To Your Business

NAWBO-SFBA members may bring a promotional item to display on our Reception Table at each Monthly Dinner. Also, a limited number of member vendor tables are available at each event. |
Find Out How to Reserve One!

Special Thanks to Our

Educational Speaker Series Sponsor!

Guest Column: Anne O'Neill

Last weekend, the power went out in my Oakland neighborhood on Sunday evening. The blinkingtraffic lights and darkened businessesalong College Avenue in Rockridge were aninstant reminder of how we take our infrastructure for granted. As I drove home, I was thinking about the email I needed to catch up on and wondering how quickly my home network would be back online - glad that I could use my mobile phone for a temporary hotspot.

Interruptions in our service provider network, and on our own communication devices can cause major disruption to our ability to get work done and serve customers. And, with 71% of small business owners citing the computer as their most important piece of equipment in the office and roughly 33% of American small business owners that use mobile technology to run their businesses in some capacity - our reliance on technology as a critical means of communicating and conducting business is greater than ever. Hackers know even a simple disruption or theft of data can have a large impact on a small business making them increasingly attractive targets.

Don't let a cyber criminal interrupt your business or endanger your and your clients' data.

Take the time to protect the technology that is so important to communication and productivity. When shopping for mobile technology - make sure that your service provider offers safeguards such as strong identity management systems, data and voice encryption and anti-virus software.

October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The Department of Homeland Security has created a website with more information and tips about security for small businesses.

Upcoming Educational Speaker Series


Dec 11

Holiday Boutique Fair
if you are interested in becoming a vendor or promoting your business, email Laura at

Jan 8

How to Communicate Your Big Idea

Feb 13

Women Purveyors of Food & Wine

March TBD

Awards/Gala Event


Join Us for Breakfast . . .

Networking Breakfast Forums

Open to NAWBO Members & Guests to network and share business interests. Spotlight Speakers share their expertise.

Click on the location for current details:

Oakland | Thursday, Dec 4, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Memory Training for Professionals

San Francisco | Wednesday, Nov 19: 7:30AM-9:00AM
Your Time Is Your Money - Clearing the Path to Improved Productivity -- More Time, Less Stress and More Profits

Marin | Tuesday, Nov 18 : 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Plan for Your Future. Make it Happen.

Walnut Creek | Monday, Nov 24: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast



Call for Members! Signup to be a Spotlight Speaker! Apply Now!


Member in the News . . .

Do you have any news about you or your business you want to share with the NAWBO Community? Send your updates to


Congratulations to NAWBO member, Cindy Ewell, for winning a Kindle as part of the 2014 NAWBO Member Survey. Her input, along with everyone else who responded, helps the board shape upcoming programs and events.




Leaders' Circle Program

To learn more about the Leaders Circle Program and its impact on women owned businesses with more than $2M revenue,, join us for an informational lunch:

Thursday, Nov 13
noon - 2 p..m
The Palace Hotel, San Francisco
RSVP to by Friday, Nov 5


Local Lean In Circles . . .

NAWBO SFBA Lean In Circles Now Meet in San Francisco & Oakland!

Read the NAWBO National News Article, "Lean In Circles Come to NAWBO", which highlights the NAWBO SFBA Lean In Circle Program.

Interested in Joining A Circle?
Get Added to Our Wait List:

For San Francisco Circles

Email Shannon Presson

For Oakland-East Bay Circles

Email Jo Ilfeld

For Marin Circles
Email Laura Russell-Jones


Learn More About Our Local Lean In Circle Groups!

From our members:
"My circle re-affirmed my commitment to running my own business, to claiming my own amazing capacity and taking it out into the world." Aja Couchois Duncan


Business News You Can Use . . .

It is important for women-owned businesses and firms to be able to export their products. Why? |Learn More

Public Policy . . .

The CA Legislative session has ended for the year.This is a time to review how small business fared in light of the upcoming elections.

The Governor vetoed SB 610 Franchisee protection and AB 1399 New Markets Tax Credit.A Crowd Funding Bill 2096 bill was stopped in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

SB 610 and AB 2096 may be reintroduced. If you care about franchises and crowd funding familiarize yourself with these bills. Small Business California is considering legislation that would require state agencies to notify businesses when licenses are up for renewal. Does this matter to you? What changes would you like to see in CA?

It is important that we become involved.Vote for candidates that support small businesses.Contact you legislators at the beginning of the year. Introduce yourself.Tell them about NAWBO and your business.Let them know you care and what you care about.They want to know.

There are a number of local initiatives that affect your city and county.We do not report on those here are there are too many to mention.

May Pon, as a SF business owner, does represent NAWBO SFBA with Mayor Lee's Small Business Roundtable and other SF advisory councils related to small businesses, i.e. Business Tax Advisory Group.Contact May if you have concerns in SF so that she can represent interests of our members.

It may be important to become involved locally as they make decisions regarding minimum wage, sales taxes and more. If you become involved let me know the issues you are addressing.

We will post a list of state and federal legislators on our website after the elections are completed.Call them.It is important.

Mark your calendars for NAWBO CA Propel Your Business annual conference.This is a great time to meet your legislators.April 26-28, 2014.

Affiliates and Partners Events . . .

Visit Our Partner Web Sites

for more business networking opportunities:


Other Events of Interest . . .

which launched in June 2014, is a growing community of women owned and led businesses to shop and learn from. In addition to shopping, Pink51 gives 10% of profits back to four charities that support women and girls' economic success, provides engaging editorial content and a business directory called Pink Pages. More than a shopping site, Pink51 is pushing a shift and conversation about gender equality in business. What this partnership means for our members:

Pink 51 wants to promote and highlight some NAWBO businesses on their platform.If you are interested in being interviewed or profiled, contact

For NAWBO members with an ecommerce website, we encourage you to register your business on

SuperBowl Supplier Diversity

The 2016 SuperBowl Host Committee is working on expanding opportunities for San Francisco Bay Area minority, women and disabled veteran owned enterprises (MWDVBEs). Business should plan to attend one of the two workshops to learn how to participate in Business Connect, the NFL's supplier diversity program.


NAWBO beyond the SF Bay Area . . .

NAWBO National | Learn More

"The great greatest advantage my NAWBO membership has given me and my business that I couldn't have received from any other organization is..."


NAWBO California | Visit Web Site

NAWBO California is a federation consisting of the 9 NAWBO Chapters in the Golden State. | Learn More

NAWBO Silicon Valley
|Monthly Event Tuesday, Nov 18

Fall Networking Event --Come build your business connections with great networking and learn more about NAWBO Silicon Valley! Our sponsor, accounting firm Abbott, Stringham & Lynch, will provide light refreshments, beverages and wine.

Remember: a simple hello could lead to a million things!
Learn More


Who We Are . . .


At NAWBO, we are volunteer woman business owners passionate about educating, empowering, collaborating and supporting other woman business owners to strengthen our collective wealth creating capacity while celebrating our diversity to propel us all forward both professionally and personally.

Not A Member Yet? Become a NAWBO Member to receive discounted rates on NAWBO Sponsored Events Nationwide and to Gain Promotional Opportunities for Your Business.





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