February 2023 Newsletter
Don't Delay! Conference Tickets & Sponsorships Available Now
Individual and table tickets are now on sale for the 40th Annual NAWBO Chicago Celebration of Achievement conference! Sponsorship information, including discounted pricing on exhibit space, is also available. Lock in the discounted early-bird pricing for this milestone event and secure your seat today!
Member Spotlight
As the owner of your company, what steps do you take to allow your employees to be leaders in their various positions? How do you take your position of leadership and inspire others to blaze a path for themselves, smash goals and keep moving into new and exciting territory?
Employee engagement is often a counterintuitive process for my company, a global media enterprise that heavily relies on freelancers and a virtual assistant to ensure my workshops, keynotes, retreats and published material on branding, communication, diversity and leadership reach my primary audiences of fellow CEOs, women and young adults. 

Shanita Akintonde
I have more than 17 consultants and freelancers I depend on to keep my company competitive. One method that works well while reviewing and renewing annual contracts is to ask each person, “What work do you love doing the MOST? Which assignments would you like more of? Which assignments would you prefer I hire someone else to do?” This positions each person to operate from a point of passion.

Cheryl Grace
Founding CEO
One of our core values is growth. This is important because we pride ourselves on the responsibility to bring out the best in others. As a leader, I transition from managing to mentoring and coaching to further enhance and improve each employee’s skill level, problem analysis and strategic thinking. This helps to promote their professional and personal growth.

Sherri Jordan
I really value and appreciate employee ownership, ideas and thoughts. One of the most satisfying times for me as an owner is when an employee takes the initiative and comes to me with ideas. Collaboration and partnership are values I hold in high regard, which helps employees feel they have support as they are growing and taking on new challenges.

Jennifer Masi
Co-owner & COO
Grow Your Business With The NAWBO Chicago Community
Members In The News
Karyn Pettigrew recently penned an essay for "Harvard Business School Alumni Stories." A 1990 MBA graduate, her piece focuses on turning points in life. She shares her personal experiences about change from college major to careers.

"Go where you’re most afraid to go. If we choose the path that animates us most, it leads to expansion and impact, which takes us from accomplished and empty to accomplished and full," she writes.
BBV Wealth Management Group Named On Forbes Best List
Congratulations to Merrill Lynch's BBV Wealth Management Group for being named a "Best-In-State Wealth Management Team," by Forbes.

Chapter Member Helen Balch, Senior Vice President, said she is very proud of the team. "It demonstrates our team’s dedication to helping clients pursue their financial aspirations and wealth management goals," she said. "The guidance and expertise we deliver makes an impact on the lives of our clients and our firm recognizes our contribution."
Join NAWBO Chicago For The 2023 Mayoral Candidate Forum
NAWBO Chicago is proud to partner with the Small Business Advocacy Council and dozens of Chambers of Commerce for the 2023 Chicago Mayoral Candidate Forum. Join the chapter on February 10 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at 161 N. Clark St. for a policy-driven forum with questions for the candidates regarding the small business community.
"Plan For Profit" 6-Week Business Course To Begin In February
The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is offering a comprehensive 6-week virtual "Plan for Profit" program aimed at entrepreneurs learning to work on their business, whether it is a start-up or emerging. The program, which costs $99, will kick off with two boot camp sessions in mid-February. Click HERE for more information.
FTC Proposing Rule To Ban Noncompete Clauses On Workers
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposes prohibiting employers from imposing noncompete clauses on workers, including independent contractors. The rule would also require employers to rescind existing noncompete clauses with workers and actively inform their employees that the contracts are no longer in effect. Click HERE to see the FTC’s fact sheet:

Please send any comments you may have related to this proposed rule to NAWBO Chicago Advocacy co-chair Cathie Van Wert by February 9 so that we may share our chapter members' feedback with NAWBO National, which is compiling all NAWBO member comments to submit to the FTC.
Last Chance To Register For Tomorrow's Coffee Date
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 on February 2 from 8:00 - 9:00 am. 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!
Back By Popular Demand! Learn About The ERTC Program
It's back by popular demand! Join NAWBO Chicago for the return of the virtual event "ERTC: Are You Leaving Money On The Table?" presented by Angie Noll, NAWBO Chicago Board Member and owner of Reconciled Solutions. A costly misconception about Covid-19 relief funding has many business leaders falsely assuming they don’t qualify for the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
This comes from the myth that if they received any PPP funding, they would be ineligible – which is NOT true. Your company could be entitled to up to $26,000 per employee per qualifying period! So, whether you have a staff of one employee or a dozen, you may be able to secure additional revenue.
It's Not Too Late To Attend NAWBO's Leadership Academy
There’s still time to make your leadership a top priority in 2023 at NAWBO’s Leadership Academy in Long Beach, CA, on February 6 and 7. The event features a panel discussion with the Woman Business Owner of the Year Top 10 Class, Mastermind group discussions, sessions on adaptability, wellness and diversity, plus networking with other like-minded women leaders.
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 March submissions to the newsletter editor by February 17, 2023.
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