September 2021
Dear NAWBO Family,

We are powering through the pandemic and getting more and more used to the “new normal." Summer is now officially over, and we are excited to be back as our events ramp up. Starting in October and November, we are planning to host some of the connect and networking sessions in person and we are currently securing dates and venues. Keep an eye out for the weekly eblasts.

We have also partnered with the National Appointments Project as the City of San Francisco is seeking to increase the number of women and women of color serving on their Boards and Commissions. The Civic boards and commissions make decisions about a wide range of issues like roads, water, and zoning to public health and elections. If interested, please reach out to us and we would be happy to put you in contact with the organization.

Lastly, we are hosting our Members-Only Town Hall meeting on September 22nd. At this meeting, we want to hear your ideas about what programming you would like to see for 2022. We will be collecting information about who is interested to be more involved with our chapter, whether joining the SFBA board or just volunteering during upcoming event. We will also be sharing our upcoming plans and programming.

I look forward to sharing more updates with you and to seeing many of you at our next Chapter Connect session. Stay safe and healthy.
Yours Truly,
Nooshin Behroyan
NAWBO-SFBA President
Founder/CEO of Paxon Energy & Infrastructure Services
No. 009 Fastest Growing Private Companies of America, Inc 2020
Winner of 2021 Impact Award for achieving triple bottom lines of measuring social, economic, and environmental impacts
To Connect and Support You Locally
Join the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter for a FREE online Chapter Connect.
Our special guest Heather Picard will discuss "Investing in your Money Mindset" for the first 15 minutes, followed by small group discussions.
Would you like to meet other like-minded women business owners and learn best practices to help you and your business thrive?
Would you like to meet in more intimate group settings, with an opportunity for discussion and connection?
This event is open to all women business owners, so please invite other women you know!
Since 2005, Hilda Kennedy, founder of AmPac Business Capital, has been providing access to capital for businesses at all stages of growth. As a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and Small Business Administration (SBA) micro lender, AmPac has provided more than half a BILLION dollars in the last 16 years, serving numerous small businesses with PPP loans and grants during the pandemic.
Hilda was named NAWBO California 2021 Propel Woman Business Owner of the Year. She is a leader dedicated to continual personal and professional growth. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she completed the Goldman Sach’s CEO Cohort in Long Beach and the Wells Fargo Academy for nonprofit leaders. Hilda has also completed master’s coursework with the University of San Francisco. She has been honored with many recognitions including being selected Woman of the Year by U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu.
Please join us on NOVEMBER 11TH for this timely and important discussion. For the first 30 minutes, you will meet Hilda Kennedy and learn about her journey from Chief of Staff of the City of Inglewood Mayor’s Office to the White House where she served underserved communities as part of the SBA Council.
For the second 30 minutes, Hilda will discuss how businesses could secure funding from SBA sources.
Congratulations to NAWBO SFBA Member Courtney Brockmeyer, One of the NAWBO Woman Business Owner of the Year Top 3 Finalists

The Woman Business Owner of the Year Award—sponsored by Bank of America—recognizes and rewards an entrepreneur who excels at strategy, operations, finances, problem solving, overcoming adversity and giving back to her community. It’s not based on business size, but rather overall business excellence. We’re thrilled to announce these finalists for 2021 and look forward to celebrating them and announcing the winner during next month’s Virtual National Women’s Business Conference Awards Gala.
  • Courtney Brockmeyer, Sydney Paige Foundation - NAWBO San Francisco Bay Area
  • Stephanie Isaacson, New Horizons Enterprises, LLC - NAWBO Kansas City
  • Carla Walker-Miller, Walker-Miller Energy Services - NAWBO Greater Detroit
Megan Flatt
Kristina Palmer
In the Bay Area
San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business

Thursday, October 7, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Virtual

Meet the San Francisco Business Times’ 100 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business at an engaging and inspiring virtual awards celebration on Thursday, October 7. Hear from three special Inspire Award recipients. This year’s Inspire Awards celebrate women leaders who are champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

To Connect and Support You Nationally
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
9:00 a.m. PDT
Reduce your Risk: Understand Key Contract Terms
presented by Judy Weintraub
In this webinar, you’ll learn about some of the key terms to watch out for, and those that you should make sure are included, to protect your company.

  • How to protect your intellectual property and why you should avoid a “Work for Hire” clause
  • Why you need to make sure there is a limitation of liability provision in the contract
  • What a typical warranty clause looks like and how you can narrow your liability
  • Why you should seek a dispute resolution provision that avoids going to court

An investment in a NAWBO membership provides a portfolio of benefits that propel business growth and fuel personal and professional development.

New members save $45 through October 31, 2021.
Every entrepreneurial journey starts with a dream. To create something new, better or more meaningful. To be your own boss and leader. To enjoy a more flexible lifestyle. To leave a legacy for the next generation. To give back to a community. To change the world in positive ways. Whatever your dream as a woman business owner, NAWBO is here to power it by delivering a uniquely fun and impactful experience infused with connectivity, inspiration, learning, resources and more.