President's Message
Happy New Year, welcome to 2021. January is the month of fresh starts and excitement as we plan for conferences, hire new staff, and look to the first female vice president's inauguration, Kamala Harris.

As we reflect over last year, many things have changed; however, one thing is unchanged and certain. Women are resilient, creative, and ambitious, and more than ever, the unique characteristics of NAWBO is what keeps us motivated. Together the women of NAWBO have a voice, and united, we will be heard, initiate change, and influence policy.
We are excited about the nomination of Dr. Shirley Weber for California Secretary of State.

NAWBO-CA has first-hand knowledge of her expertise and advocacy for procurement rights for women business owners. Dr. Weber was our featured speaker for our 2020 Women in Power Propel Conference. She was also our guest speaker for our virtual honoring of Ruth Bader-Ginsberg in Oct 2020.
An advocate of ensuring that women are represented at the table during discussions of equal pay, gig work, and equal opportunities to bid for procurement. Congratulations Dr. Weber. 

"If women ran every country in the world, there would be a general improvement in living standards and outcomes," former US President Barack Obama has said.  

NAWBO California is inspired by many women representing the new administration of the United States. Listed below are a few trailblazers. 
Janet Yellen, Secretary of Treasury (From California; pictured)

Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence

Deb Haaland, Secretary of Interior

Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of Energy
Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Marcia Fudge, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Neera Tanden, Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Cecilia Rouse, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors

Women in the spotlight

Women who are making history:

Kamala Harris – Vice President Elect
Bianca Smith – First black woman to coach – Boston Red Sox

Notable days in the history of women's rights

January 2nd 
Sadie Alexander, first black woman to edit the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, helped craft state civil rights act, desegregated Washington National Airport in the late 1940s, worked with the Urban League and ACLU

January 11th
Amelia Earhart makes the first solo flight from Hawaii to North America

January 12th
Hattie Wyatt Caraway (D-Arkansas) is the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate

January 29th
Violette Neatly Anderson is the first black woman to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court

2021 Upcoming Events


January 14 – A Conversation on Diversity
TBD: Networking the NAWBO Way
TBD: Using Your Super Powers — Leading with your strengths, outsourcing your weaknesses 


April 28th- 29th Propel Conference “Driving Change through Diversity”


2021 Woman Business Owner of the Year – Nomination period April 13th – June 1st


Applications for $500 Million in Grant Funding for Small Businesses Now Available

California Rebuilding Fund – low interest, short term loans to businesses that are struggling. More information here.

Los Angeles County Business Opportunities
The Super Bowl LVI Business Connect program is a partnership between the National Football League (NFL) and the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee. The program aims to connect experienced, event-ready Los Angeles County businesses with opportunities to compete for contracts related to Super Bowl LVI.

The Business Connect program is committed to supporting minority, woman, LGBTQ+ and veteran-owned businesses through professional development, networking and contract opportunities. Certified businesses selected for the program will be profiled in the Business Connect Resource Guide, which NFL vendors and event producers use to identify and select local suppliers to fulfill their Super Bowl LVI sub-contracting needs. More information here.

OMNI WORKS Collaboration

OmniWorks Economic Development plans to launch a new program Small Business Resilience for Women Entrepreneurs of Color in March of 2021. Given the challenging times small businesses are facing - due to the COVID-19 19 pandemic and ongoing systemic barriers – our goal is to conduct brief interviews with women entrepreneurs to more fully understand their most pressing needs.

Gaining insights directly from women business owners will help OmniWorks build a program that is relevant and responds to the myriad of issues these entrepreneurs are facing. The interviews will take only 15 to 20 minutes and be conducted either by telephone or on Zoom. If interested, send your contact information to andrea@nawbo-ca.org

National Events:

January 12th – Virtual Lunch and Learn – How to Pivot to Sell in the New Economy

January 19th – Virtual Lunch and Learn – Life Mapping: The Power of Vision

January 26th – Virtual Lunch and Learn - How to Gain Insta-Clients with Speaking or 
Hosting Events or Via Zoom

February 4th -5th Virtual Leadership Academy

June 6th – Advocacy Days

October 17th-19th – National Women's Business Conference – New Orleans

Diversity Matters:

We are alive to witness history in the making; the first female vice-president will be sworn into office on January 20. As young girls watch the events unfold, women can be proud and let their daughters know that anything is possible, and yes, my dear, you too can one day run for president. 

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last”. Kamala Harris

“Know that the work we do today is building a better tomorrow.” Vikita

Vikita Poindexter, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP
CA Insurance License #0K21140
Poindexter Consulting Group, LLC.  
2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winner
2020 Women of Influence Awards Nominee, San Diego Woman’s Advocate Award
2019 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award Winner
2019 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Finalist
Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce
2008 and 2009 Citizen of the Year Nominee
2008 and 2009 Sterling Business of the Year Nominee
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National Association of Women Business Owners, State of California
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National Association of Women Business Owners, Inland Empire
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Labor and Employment Issues/Workforce Skills and Education/Workers Compensation
California Small Business Association
California Department of Insurance
Insurance Commissioner Lara Appointed Diversity Task Force Member
Insurance Diversity Initiative (IDI)
Applications are open for the California Grant Program for Small Businesses
Application deadline extended to January 13

The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program provides micro grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions.

Applications will be reviewed to determine whether the applicant meets the eligibility requirements. Eligible businesses will then be scored based on COVID-19 impact factors.

Register today for these FREE virtual NAWBO-CA events!
Greatness of Diversity - Continuing the Conversation

Our sessions around the Greatness of Diversity in November were so insightful that attendees asked for the conversation to continue! Join Vikita Poindexter, Schenae Rourk, and others for an open discussion about diversity, inclusion and equity, why it matters and what as business owners we can do to help bring about equality.

January 14, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:15 pm

Meet your state board

The Membership Committee is presenting an opportunity for new members that joined in 2020 to meet the NAWBO-CA Board of Directors. Learn the difference between Local Chapters, State and National. There will be break out rooms to network with your NAWBO-CA sisters from across the State. We look forward to meeting our new members!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 4:00-5:30 pm
PG&E announces a new bid opportunity: Statewide Market Transformation Administrator. This contract has no due date yet; more information is available here.
Public Policy & Advocacy Committee Update

We have a lot to share with you this month! Please click here to read about the new state legislative session, new laws, federal loans, and more.
Chapter Virtual Events
Ventura County presents Renewing and Recharging Your Business for the New Year on January 12. Learn about new ways to approach your new year's business goals.

Silicon Valley hosts Thirsty Thursday on January 7 to discuss why we start off great with our New Year’s resolutions and how to keep your resolutions throughout the year and the annual Thank You to Corporate Partners and Affiliates on January 26.

Santa Barbara will start the new year with a Self-Care and Mindful Nourishment event on January 20. Learn strategies for enhancing your emotional and physical well-being and address the human tendency to use food (or drink) as mood regulators.

LA announces the following events: Momentum Monthly on January 8, an opportunity to keep up on LA's latest happening; Rise and Shine Los Angeles on January 21, an event to connect with other NAWBO members; and a 2021 Employment Law Update on January 26, an opportunity to learn about new laws affecting business owners.

San Diego presents: Business Funding Panel - Angel, VC, Crowdfunding, Debt on January 28. Join a panel of business experts who will discuss the pros and cons of various types of funding options - angel investment, venture capital, crowdfunding, grants, and debt financing.

For more chapter events, visit our web page.