NAWBO CA Newsletter: Propel Your Business Conference Special Edition
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Propel follow-up
Thank you  to everyone who helped make our annual Propel Your Business conference such a fabulous success! If you attended Propel or Entrepreneurs Edge, please complete our evaluation survey. We want your feedback and help make next year even better!
Photos  from the Entrepreneurs Edge workshop on Sunday, the Sunday night reception and the Propel Your Business conference can be viewed here.
What a powerful leadership team we have! It was a huge pleasure to work with many of our NAWBO California board members as well as leaders and members from our chapters to create the inspiration, motivation, education and public policy engagement opportunity for us all. I cannot possibly name all who helped make it possible, but I especially want to publicly call out Hilary Kennedy and Laura Neubauer for your leadership and in-the-trenches help; Laura Russell-Jones and Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire for tirelessly working to secure sponsors and your mentorship; Diane de Mailly, Reenie Lane, Lori Kammerer and Jann Taber for leading our public policy focus and creating such great interaction with our lawmakers; Pattie Grimm for helping secure technology speakers and creating video interviews of attendees; Laura Hansen for lining up contacts to help secure speakers; and Deatrice Lockhart for being my right hand and weekend/late-night soulmate donating countless hours. Many thanks too for the dedication of Andrea Messina and her team at Group Concepts, Margaret Brown at Socialize LA, and Donna Watson of Designer Mouse for your professional services that helped make Propel be the professional production we can all be proud of.
News of Interest 
At the Propel conference,  State Controller Betty Yee cited statistics on women in the economy. Please find these statistics here
iConic Event - NAWBO members Save!
NAWBO's strategic partner - Inc, Magazine - has an  iConic event coming up one on June 7th in New York and September 27th in Los Angeles. J oin Bobbi Brown, Arianna Huffington, Daymond John, and connect with fellow entrepreneurs at this event. 
NAWBO members will SAVE $200 with the discount code NAWBO.  
Ivanka Trump is creating a fund to benefit female entrepreneurs around the globe. Ms. Trump tells  Axios  that countries and companies will contribute to create a pool of capital to economically empower women.  Read more here
George Minter, Regional Vice President of SoCalGas recently wrote about the need to include Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) into California's plan for renewable energy. Learn about 
here, and read  here about how compressed natural gas engines for heavy duty trucks can reduce NOx emissions by 90%, and when fueled with RNG, can reduce GHG's by 80%.
The  2017 SMB Insights was recently released. This 15th annual survey contains information from businesses of 
various sizes and women-owned businesses. 

Presidential Props, cont.
Hilary Lentini ,  President of NAWBO Los Angeles was featured in LA Confidential Magazine as a Woman of Influence for her company, Lentini Design & Marketing.

Angela DePaoli, President of NAWBO Sacramento Valley and President/CEO of Bargas Environmental Consulting LLC was honored by the SBA and the  Sacramento Business Journal as Woman Owned Business of the Year.

Shobha Malarapu,  Founder/CEO of Anvaya Solutions and board member of the Sacramento Valley chapter was featured in Comstock's Magazine's annual salute to women in leadership in their feature, "She Who Leads."
Schenae Rourk, Transportation & Infrastructure Chair, was elected as the Chair of the  Transportation Business Advisory Council. The TBAC was implemented as a result of a 1992 law to advise Metro on their DBE and now SBE/DVBE programs.  TBAC  is open to the general public and business owners to connect and learn more about upcoming opportunities and initiatives. 

NAWBO-IE is excited to announce that  Thoro Packaging was among the honorees at the annual Print Excellence Awards, receiving a Best in Category Award. Thoro is based in Corona; Jan Steiner is President and CEO. 

Elaine Norland of A Cone Zone will be recognized as the Small Business of the Year by Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes.
President's Message
 Propel 2017 - A Valuable Return on Our Investment

As promised, the Propel Your Business Conference 2017 was an incredible experience for all in attendance, whether speaker, attendee or onlooker. The energy was contagious and it started in the planning when the team determined that we would heighten the technology so that we could engage the Next Generation of Women Business Owners. When the app was sent to registrants, Game On. Registrants posted pictures of packing in process, luggage curbside, and airport monuments.  

Entrepreneurs Edge, coupled with the National Leadership Development Training, provided participants with an intimate setting to work "on the business" vs "in the business." Mary Lynn Baker posted in the app, "Had a great day of learning lots of marketing ideas with Katrina Sawa. We talked about all the social media ways to promote our business....I am learning so much I can't wait to start the action."

The conference kicked off with our Chairperson of the Conference, Anne Staines' challenge to "be present" and to "intentionally" engage for the day and a half of learning. And "engage" is what conference delegates did.The speakers were experts in their field, in fact, the top of their game, providing tips and tools for immediate implementation for business owners.With laptops, iPads and tablets on the tables, the Propel participants were putting in place new strategies to grow their bottom line in real time.  

The Public PolicyTeam outdid themselves, delivering state legislators on both sides of the aisle at the 
Monday night reception and Tuesday morning during the legislative panel.  
Highlighting the conference was the announcement of the 2017 Woman Business Owner of the Year (WBOY).  Many congratulations to Tina Loza, Loza & Loza, LLP, Inland Empire Chapter. As a new addition to the program, the WBOY delivered remarks during the Tuesday program and Tina provided authentic and inspirational remarks about growing a successful intellectual law firm, while rearing three boys. She said when she called them to share her victory, they asked her, "What do Loza's do?  Work Hard and Do Hard Work!" We are so proud of Tina.

Each chapter visited the capital, meeting with state legislators in their area. Chapter leaders highlighted  NAWBO-CA's areas of interest, including seeking to draft a bill to have women on the corporate boards of publicly held companies in CA and streamlining efforts to assist small businesses in winning government contracts.  

The 2017 Propel Your Business conference was a rich experience for all in attendance. The plans for the 2018 conference are already in the works. Mark your calendar now for Sacramento, April 22-24.  

A job well done Propel Planning team!  Special thank you to all of the sponsors, speakers and volunteers.  NAWBO-CA owes a debt of gratitude for our title sponsor, Bank of America.Mark your calendar now for next year's Propel and bring a friend.  

With best regards,

Hilda Kennedy
NAWBO-CA President
Propel feedback request
The NAWBO-CA board wants to hear from YOU! 
Whether you attended Propel, Entrepreneurs Edge, Leadership Development Training, all of the above (or even none of the above!) last month - we NEED your feedback! Please take a moment to share your thoughts & ideas to help make our annual training and advocacy conference the best it can be. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time, and you'll only answer questions for the event(s) you attended. Simply click here to get started.
Every woman who completes the survey will receive a code for an extra discount off of early bird registration for next year's annual Propel Conference at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento on April 22-24 - our way of saying THANKS!
Presidential Props
Congratulations to NAWBO California's 2017 Business Woman of The Year Recipient: Christina Loza

It was a special evening at the historic Sutter Club in Sacramento, as Renee Frazier, a prior recipient of this award, recognized all the nominees from across the state. But with back to back wins, NAWBO Inland Empire's nominee, Tina (Christina) Loza was voted the ultimate winner.
This annual award, given at the Propel Your Business Conference,  recognizes a NAWBO woman business owner who has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and business acumen leading to a successful business endeavor.  Additionally, she is an inspiration to others, an outstanding role model for business owners, and is recognized and well respected within her community.
After 12 years in business, Tina's law firm Loza & Loza has nearly 50 attorneys and is projected to pass the10 million-dollar mark in revenue in 2017.
Her proven success with the tenure and satisfaction of her professional team mirrors her outreach to the community and social impact in local and regional youth and family venues
and organizations.Tina's ability to give back is not just a kind gesture, she  believes it to be a responsibility and it is part of her DNA to make the greater community  stronger.
When people think of Tina, they speak about "her positive energy and leadership style [that] keeps us inspired and motivated to be within her circle of influence. She has demonstrated that women can be successful leaders in business and our community!"
"Although she is in a male dominated field, she is respected by all. Other women attorneys often seek out her advice for creating an alternative virtual law firm. Tina is always willing to share and lend a helping hand for those coming up behind her."
"Tina offers support and encouragement to other women business owners without
hesitation. She finds women that are different than her, figures out commonalities, and
connects there. She opens her arms to all."
"It was a very difficult decision to determine this year's winner amongst the exceptional nominations that were submitted," Laura Neubauer (Chair of The Judging committee) states, "I congratulate Tina Loza as the 2017 Recipient.
Loza & Loza practices areas of intellectual property law including trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, domain name disputes, internet law, eBay dispute resolution, as well as IP licensing, counseling, and litigation.
Tina is a board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) - California and is a former President of NAWBO-CA and the NAWBO-IE Chapter. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors at the Los Angeles County Fair Association.
Tina also teaches at Laverne University as an adjunct professor in an effort to inspire future attorneys.
Congratulations to the NAWBO Businesswomen 
of the Year nominees! 

Los Angeles - Schenae Rourk

Sacramento - Shobha Malla

San Diego - Olga Worm 

Santa Barbara - Anne Pazier

Silicon Valley - Vandana Agrawal

Ventura - Heidi Whitcombe