January  2019
In This Issue
Our Sponsors
Bank of America CP


Special Member Discount
Get your Website Ready for 2019

There are lots of designers, freelancers and online job shops that offer cheap and ineffective websites  - that is not what we do.

Detati has a team of small business experts to help create a site that works to reach your busin
ess and marketing goals. After all, your site should do more that just take up space on the internet.


Get $500 off our small business website package. Sign up before Jan 31, 2019.

Chapter Events 
Silicon Valley: Mastermind 2019: Mind, Body and Business on January 15
Orange County: 
Sacramento: January Business Builder on January 17
San Diego:  Third Annual Relationship Accelerator on January 23
Santa Barbara: Find Your Inner Wonder Woman on January 30
Have a chapter event to highlight or news to share? Email 
Heather with the details.  
President's Message

What are you choosing to OWN in 2019? It's the theme of our Propel event (April 28-30 - sign up today) and such an appropriate question for our ambitious women entrepreneurs! One thing I'm especially proud of NAWBO CA for owning via sponsorship in 2018 is SB 826 - which PASSED - and accelerates the number of qualified women on boards of directors beginning this year. Betsy Berkhemier-Crediare has been featured in a number of articles regarding this important step for publicly held BODs in California. And we won't be surprised when other NAWBO chapters own this progressive step within their states. Maybe 2019 is when you own your quest to be a BOD member! Get your name out there. 

Maybe it's time to own a big business expansion. Or launch a new product! Our partnership with SheAngels Pitchfest, to be held later in 2019, is the perfect place to get in front of people who can help you make that happen! It's a shark tank for women entrepreneurs! Sign up to pitch by January 31! 

Or perhaps it's your year to own being a more active member of your NAWBO Chapter. You know you receive what you put in. Jump onto a committee! It's the best way to deepen relationships. Set a goal to attend six events in a row. Be engaged and you and your peers will all prosper.

Whatever you aim for in 2019, be all in. Own it. Dream big. And make it happen.

Mindy Bortness
NAWBO-CA President 
Chapter News and Highlights
NAWBO-LA President re-elected as Chair of  LA Metro Council

Schenae Rourk, owner of Redwood Resources and 
President of NAWBO-LA was re-elected as
 Chair of
the LA Metro'  Transportation Business Advisory Council. The  TBAC is a 16 member 
organization that acts as an advisory body to Metro. 
Ventura County is celebrating its 20th annual BRAVO awards in 2019. The theme of this year's annual signature awards luncheon is "Women Elevated! Celebrating the Fearless Pursuit of Success. " The BRAVO awards shine the spotlight on outstanding business women of Ventura County, honoring them for their fearless pursuit of success, which is creating a brighter future for women business owners and women-led business ventures in our community. Nominations for the April 12 th  event are now open through January 18th  and can be completed online at
Ventura County is also partnering with Linda Drevenstedt, the founder of Life Path by Design, to host a workshop entitled "Creating Your Future: Vision Board Playshop." Attendees of this half-day workshop learn how to use goal setting, visioning and their intentions to create a highly impactful Vision Board. This process allows your creative brain and subconscious mind to help move goals and desires into reality! All are invited to attend this workshop on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00pm at the Best Western Thousand Oaks. Tickets are available at  

San Diego is  offering a Mentorship Program where mentees are matched up with experienced NAWBO
volunteers who want one on one guidance and coaching in their business journey.  San Diego is also offering Mastermind Groups, where participants tackle challenges and problems, in a forum, giv ing advice, sharing connections and providing feedback on building businesses. It's peer-to-peer mentoring  with accountability. 
Propel 2019 

April 28-30, 2019
Citizen's Hotel