November  2018
In This Issue
Our Sponsors
Bank of America CP


Chapter Events 
Sacramento: Lunch and Learn on December 5.
Ventura County:  
Holiday party on December 5
Orange County:
Holiday Mixer on December 11
SF Bay Area:  Holiday celebration on December 6
San Diego:  Holiday celebration on December 5
Silicon Valley: Holiday luncheon  on December 11
Santa Barbara: BRAVO nominations open until December 15.
Build like a Woman Contest 
Enter Entrepreneur's 'Build Like a Woman' Contest and Showcase the Inspiration Behind Your Business

Have you created an  incredible business? Are you looking for the tools to help turn a business idea into reality?  Entrepreneur's  Build Like a Woman contest  gives aspiring/current female business owners the chance to share with our audience the inspiration behind the business they have built or intend to build. 

One lucky visionary who inspires us the most will win an incredible $1,500+ prize package consisting of:


- 8 Sudara causal statement tees made by women (value $300)

- 8 Sudara everyday go-to pants to wear when relaxing or practicing self care (value $400)

- 1 Build Like a Woman digital course which gives you all the business and marketing tools you need to start or grow your business (value $499)

- 1 Sixty-minute mentor session with Kathleen Griffith, Build Like a Woman founder, with personalized advice on growing your brand (value $250)

- 1 Social media editorial shout out to the winner by Women Entrepreneur(36K followers)

Find out more from here
President's Message
I believe! 

I believe in you as a woman business owner! I believe you influence your success with your optimism and pragmatic
approach. I believe your involvement in your chapter is what helps increase the number of successful women-owned businesses in California and will continue to grow our ranks in the coming year.

It's exciting to consider our successes in 2018 and the next advancements for 2019:

- The NAWBO CA sponsored bill SB826 passed! Next year, California publicly held companies will be adding hundreds of qualified women to their Boards. Your chapter is sure to have programming around this relevant topic. Look to NAWBO National to launch a program to offer Board Certification Training to support WBOs and women in business across the country.

- Propel 2018 attracted additional sponsors, a record-breaking attendance and increased revenues. An even more enticing Propel 2019 (April 28-30, 2019 in Sacramento) is underway thanks to Hilary Lentini and her committee. Register today at and grab your room at The Citizen Hotel, too.

- We began to cross-promote and work alongside WBEC-Pacific and will continue
 partnerships with WBO-focused organizations. Anne Staines continues to connect us with PAC events in Sacramento.

- We encourage you to attend SheAngels Pitch Fest in Fall 2019. Many of our WBOs have already sent in their application for this Pitch Fest in LA. Register today at

Please reach out and let me know what you'd like to see from NAWBO CA in 2019. I'd love to hear from you directly and learn what's on your mind.
Invest in your membership, support your NAWBO Sisters in their journey and let's all grow! I believe in YOU! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year.

Mindy Bortness
NAWBO-CA President
Propel 2019 - Choosing to OWN it! 
Registration f or Propel 2019 is now open...with early bird pricing! Register by December 15 and receive a discounted rate. Read more about what's shaping up to be a fabulous conference
here .

April 28-30, 2019
Citizen's Hotel
NAWBO in the news
Maria Sharapova's biggest piece of 
advice to female entrepreneurs

From FOX Business

Maria Sharapova is not only one of world's top tennis players - with five Grand Slam titles under her belt - but she is also a savvy businesswomen.  In less than six years, she has turned her $500,000 investment into her candy startup Sugarpova into a $20 million international business.

The 31-year-old admits there was a steep learning curve for her in the business world when she first entered as she wasn't well-versed in the food industry. But despite some mishaps, it helped her succeed in the end.  "I feel that I bring a lot of fresh perspective and maybe I don't make the conventional decisions that some expert from the food business would make, but I think my expertise in traveling the world and seeing lots of things [works]," Sharapova tells FOX Business.

That is one of the reasons why the Russian-born star decided to partner with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) to help other female entrepreneurs launch their ideas Continue reading
International Conference

The Discover Global Markets: Indo Pacific Conference will be a unique forum for U.S. companies to explore sales channels and the project pipeline in the security, aerospace, and defense sectors across the Indo Pacific region.  Conference sessions and one-on-one meetings will allow participants to dive deeper into markets of interest and hear from experts on market challenges, sales outlook, and proven strategies for developing partners in Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Hong Kong India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.  

The conference takes place December 10-12, 2018 in Salt Lake City. More information is  here