November 2023 Newsletter

Message From Our President

Greetings, remarkable women entrepreneurs of NAWBO Chicago! Last month, I attended the NAWBO Women's Business Conference in Austin, Texas, and I'm bursting with inspiration and energy. The theme, "The Power to Dream," resonated deeply with me, as I believe that within our dreams lies the potential for us to thrive and flourish.

Thriving can take on diverse meanings for each of us; it hinges on our unique journeys, how we define success, and what we value most. So, the question that beckons is, how do we thrive while powering our dreams?


November Member Spotlight - Thrive

Thriving can mean different things to different women business owners depending on where they are in their life and business – how they define success, what things they value most, etc. What steps do you take to position yourself, your team and your business to thrive?

The steps that I take to position myself, my team and AndySunflower Café to thrive is first by continuing to offer our customers quality specialty beverages and other items. I position my team for success by meeting with them to create specific and measurable goals, which allows us to focus on micro successes. For example, a recent goal was to increase our sales per transaction by 20 percent. This goal was achieved by adding a breakfast menu, as well as our popular teas that are packaged as a take-home option for customers to prepare at their leisure. We will sit down again before the end of this quarter to map out the goals for the first quarter of the next year.

Andy Robinson


AndySunflower Café

Connect With Chapter Members At Tomorrow's Coffee Date

Coffee Date (Members Only)

November 2 from 8:00 - 9:00 am

On Zoom


NAWBO is built on the invaluable relationships women business owners cultivate for support, empowerment and inspiration. If you're new to NAWBO or simply want to build more connections within the network, don't miss our upcoming Coffee Date. These unique online events are a relaxed and informal way to get to know each other from the comfort of your couch. Join us and get to know your fellow NAWBO members!


Bring A Friend To The NAWBO Chicago 2023 Holiday Party

2023 Holiday Party

December 6 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Bank of America Tower, 110 N. Wacker Drive, 5th Floor Mezzanine


Jingle jingle! Registration is open for the 2023 NAWBO Chicago Holiday Party. Please mark your calendar today and secure your ticket. We can’t wait to gather and look back on a year of hard work, connectivity, growth and achievement. Start your holiday season by sharing the gift of NAWBO Chicago: bring a friend and encourage them to ring in 2024 as a new member and enjoy all that NAWBO Chicago has to give year-round.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the New Year, all are welcome to join in celebration at the NAWBO Chicago holiday party.

Thank you to the BBV Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch for sponsoring the holiday party.


Save The Date & RSVP For The NAWBO Wisconsin Holiday Party

NAWBO Wisconsin Holiday Party

December 7 at 4:30 pm

Join the NAWBO Wisconsin members for their holiday party at Summit Credit Union, 10015 W. Greenfield Ave. in Milwaukee on December 7!

Please RSVP to

NAWBO Chicago Named Runner-Up For Chapter Of The Year

NAWBO Chicago had several members in attendance at the 2023 NAWBO National Women's Business Conference in Austin, TX in October and celebrated being named runner-up for Chapter of the Year.

Pictured above (L-R): Director Jeffrey Simon, Emily Markanich, Director Irene Caminer, Director Anabel Lopez, President Cheryl Vargas, Executive Director Melissa Lagowski, Director Victoria Rock, "Top 10 Business Owner of the Year" finalist Isoken Ogbomo and Past President Jennifer Masi.

Jennifer Masi, CEO of Torque, wrote on her website following the conference, "What happens when 600 women business owners gather in one room? Inspiration, connection and a world of possibilities (and yes, fun). As a woman-owned business, Torque is passionate about serving women entrepreneurs. We believe that the NAWBO National Women's Business Conference 2023 is particularly relevant in this era of post-COVID and current economic challenges, where the business world needs a different approach." Read more HERE.

Hurry! Join NAWBO Chicago During The Fall Membership Drive

The NAWBO 2023 Fall Membership Drive is underway and will run through November 30. Now is a great time to join:

  • Receive $48 off the new member initiation fee in honor of NAWBO's 48th anniversary
  • NextGen applicants also receive $48 off for young entrepreneurs

NAWBO Chicago has a variety of events in November; we encourage you to attend one and see for yourself the benefit of joining the largest NAWBO chapter in the country.


A Note About The NAWBO Chicago Website & How To Join

NAWBO National is in the process of transitioning all the chapter websites to a new host platform. If you are interested in joining, please use this Membership Application page. Select your membership level and then Chicago from the dropdown bar. You will then be asked if you wish to pay monthly or annually. There is a savings if you choose annually.

Please email with questions or if you need assistance.

Members In The News

Immediate Past President Edie Fienemann was recently featured in North Valpo Neighbors magazine alongside her husband, Bill.

"Proof of her business acumen is evident in the awards she’s garnered over the years: 2018 NAWBO Business Owner of the Year; 2019 Enterprising Woman of the Year; and 2019 Crain’s Notable Women in Manufacturing. As a member and past-president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Chicago chapter, Edie recently started a NWI Connects group. Their first get together was on September 26 at the Valpo Chamber with fellow women business owners from around the Region. She encourages other women to join them."


Register For The Next BACP Workshop With Chapter Members

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

November 17 at 9:30 am

On Zoom

Join us to hear how this panel of successful female entrepreneurs from NAWBO Chicago tamed their inner critic as they realized their full potential. These business owners will share their challenges, their successes and the way that they stepped into their confidence to rise to the top.


Premier Member Benefit: Be Featured On NAWBO's Podcast

Did you know NAWBO's On The Go podcast is a premier member benefit? Premier members can apply to be featured on the podcast, which delivers quick doses of fun, inspiration and education for today’s busy women entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses and care for themselves.

This podcast is just one of the many ways that NAWBO fulfills our mission to propel women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

Maximize Your Membership in 2023
Whether a solopreneur or a million-dollar business, NAWBO Chicago gives women-owned businesses of all levels the resources and support needed to help them grow and thrive. A NAWBO Chicago membership offers the power and benefits of an established community of women entrepreneurs.
Join a Mastermind
Premier Members are eligible to participate in one Mastermind as a Member Benefit. A Mastermind group is the same small group of women that meet on a regular basis to provide peer-to-peer discussions. Email to learn more.

Update Your Profile
Your profile is how you are represented to other members. By including details about your business, your interests and yourself, you have a better opportunity to be seen. Click here to update.

Get Involved with a Committee
NAWBO Chicago hosts four active committees: Advocacy; Diversity; Membership; and Celebration of Achievement Conference. Please find the descriptions and committee leaders here

Attend a Monthly Event
Connects are monthly small-group meetings that allow our members to come together regularly throughout the Chicagoland region. Find future events here.


NAWBO Chicago Newsletter Submissions

NAWBO Chicago newsletters are published monthly. Email December submissions to the newsletter editor by November 17, 2023.

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