March  2017 Newsletter
In This Issue
Our Sponsors
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Upcoming Events
Ventura Chapter
Advocacy Webinar
NWBC Public Meeting
Annual Mentoring Event
San Diego Chapter
Network with NAWBO on March 27
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
NAWBO-National Board Member Named to Federal Council 
Loreen Gilbert, founder and president of WealthWise Financial Services, Inc and member of NAWBO national's Executive Board, announced that she was recently appointed to the Trump Pence Small Business Advisory Council. 

Gilbert is one of only 19 executives nationwide to join the Council, and the only executive from California. Read more here.
       WIPP survey  
Women Impacting Public Policy and the Kogod Tax Policy Center at American University are teaming up to research how women entrepreneurs use the U.S. tax code and how it impacts your business in order to determine whether it discriminates against women-owned firms.

They are surveying women business owners nationwide to learn exactly how you use the tax code.  Please click here to take the survey. The entire survey takes less than 5 minutes and your answers could help us make a big difference for all women in business.

The survey is free, your answers are anonymous, and you will not be asked for a donation.

President's Message
The Month of March is action packed! We have March Madness featuring the best of college basketball, the beginning of Spring (and this one is going to be beautiful since we have had so much rain), and most notable, the celebration of women for women's history month. But wait there is more!  March is the early bird deadline for the Propel Your Business conference in Sacramento May 7-9th!  If you have not registered, do so today by clicking this link!! The early bird discount deadline is March 15th.

During this women's history month, I am exploring information on incredible women in business and learning lessons from their business leadership. I am excited to share my lessons from the first woman owned business to become a millionaire in America - Madam C.J. Walker. Born as Sarah Breedlove in 1867, 100 years before I was born, she was the first of five children to be born into freedom. Her entrepreneurial journey had peaks and valleys, and numerous teachable moments:

-- She solved a pain point - Her hair was falling out and she created a tonic to make her hair grow back faster than it had fallen out and to help others experiencing the same problem
-- She enlisted the help of a trusted advisor- her husband - Her husband was a newspaper sales agent and she needed help advertising, so she engaged him to promote her product
--  She blazed trails and opened doors for the next generation of women business owners - Using a multi-level marketing strategy compared to present day Mary Kay, Walker hired a sales force of women who would later create a fortune for her business and for themselves. She was intentional about giving women a start and increasing their earning potential. Walker noted, "I am not merely satisfied in making money for myself. I am endeavoring to provide employment for hundreds of women of my race."
-- She gave back to her community - Though she died at the young age of 51, Walker generously gave to scholarship funds, invested in social causes; and helped to build the black YMCA in Indianapolis.

In NAWBO-CA there are numerous women business owners who are history makers.They may not make the print magazines or social media posts, but they are solving pain points, engaging trusted advisors; blazing trails for the next generation of women business owners; and they are giving generously to their communities.  

Make it a point to meet the history makers in your chapter. I am visiting Chapters and each visit, I have met some incredible women. They are not shouting about their success, they are just doing what they do as leaders in their industry and in their community. Bring a note pad, turn off your cell phone and be present as you meet these incredible women in your chapter.

So, I will close this message as I began it. The month of March is action packed. Mark your calendar, get your ticket, meet the March 15th deadline and plan to spend two and a half days with women history makers in Sacramento as we Propel Our Businesses together!

Hilda Kennedy
NAWBO-CA President
Prepare for Propel 2017
                Your to do list for  Propel 2017

1. Check out this  brief video highlighting Propel 2016

2. Review the agenda

4.   Register! (Early bird discount ends March 15!)

There are three ways to save on your registration!

  • Automatically save 10% on all registration if you register yourself and at least one additional person.
  • We encourage you to bring the next generation owners in your company. Register yourself and your successor using the code NEXTGEN to get $175 off her registration!
  • You can even save $175 if you buy a full page ad in the event program! Just select your registration type, enter the code FREEREG175, then choose the $500 full page ad on the merchandise check out page. 

Small Business Events
7th Annual SBA Southern California 8(a) 
& Small Business Conference

Experience Southern California's Largest Business Development and 8(a) Matchmaking Event of the Year!
Join numerous exhibitors and 500 attendees for the most anticipated networking and Business Development event of the year!

Wednesday , April 12, 2017      8:00AM - 3:30 PM
Hotel Irvine 17900 Jamboree Road Irvine CA 92614
CA Small Business Association Events
Various Issues Committees meet from March 8 to March 14.

Legislative meetings take place throughout the State March 10 through March 30

A Cyber-Security Workforce Skills Conference takes place on March 20 in Patterson

And be sure to save the date for the California Small Business Day event on June 5, 2017 in Sacramento 

Accelerate your Business with AT&T
AT&T Supplier Diversity is currently accepting       applications for their 2017 AT&T 
Business Growth  Acceleration Program

The AT&T Supplier Diversity proudly sponsors the 2017 Business Growth Acceleration Program, a diversity initiative to help diverse owned businesses thrive in today's market. This educational program led by the John F. Kennedy Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership serves to mentor a select group of qualified business leaders towards improving their business operations and enhancing their ability to win corporate contracts. Throughout the entire program, participants are actively building their business. 

R eview the flyer here for more details and visit the Application Site!  R egistration deadline is March 24, 2017.