October  2018
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Chapter Events 
Sacramento: 21st Annual OWL Awards on October 18

Santa BarbaraCalSavers Workshop on October 10
Orange County:

San Diego:  Women on Boards: Critical Steps to Becoming Paid Board Members on October 17
LA & SCE EDGE: Value Proposition: Perfecting Personal & Business Presentation Skills on October 15
Inland Empire:  Master Your Sales Posture on October 18.
SF Bay Area:
3 Secrets to an Awesome 1st Impression
on October 12

Angel funding event
NAWBO CA is partnering with NAWBO National, SHE ANGELS, and others to create a live Entrepreneurial PitchFest event in Los Angeles on February 23rd, 2019. 

With less than 5% of traditional funding going to women entrepreneurs, SHE ANGELS (as in angel investors) have created a way to help female business owners get ahead. 

Six selected entrepreneurs will compete for over $100,000 in combined cash and in kind services to help build sales, brand, marketing and overall successful business strategy. 

Every contestant will win either cash or services to take their product/service to the next level.  Read more and apply to pitch here by November 1 

President's Message
We did it!
SB 826 was signed by the Governor! Women of NAWBO CA-maybe we should change it to WOW-BO CA! We are women of action. We are women who build successful businesses, families, communities and find the time to volunteer countless hours toward the greater good for all women in business.  This is the moment to cheer for Betsy Berkhemer-Crediare, Lori Kammerer, Annalisa Barrett, Diane De Mailly, Anne Staines, Hilda Kennedy, Angela DiPaoli, every current/past Advocacy Chair in our 11 Chapters and probably YOU! We had over 100 WBOs in the last push alone, send in letters on their business letterhead. Thank you one and all!

SB 826 is a relevant, current nudge to require more women on boards of publicly held California businesses. This is not to be lumped in with any other issue. This is about business. Bottom line, research shows that businesses with women on their boards are more profitable. Our advocacy in this bill is the perfect blend of business acumen with a government assist. 

Other important events in the works - now is the time to go to  and APPLY to present to receive funding, coaching and possibly investment in your company! Our SheAngels event is February 23 at UCLA. It's an exciting new venture for NAWBO-CA and an audience of 400 is expected to see the exciting pitches! Plus, five of the six Mentor Coaches are NAWBO Sisters of yours!

Propel 2019 is already in full speed as well! Reserve April 28-30 on your calendars - and watch for the early bird registration. 

And many of us are still reveling in the recent National Conference in Spokane. So much fun! Hats off to Dawn Dyer, our California representative in the top three It's an exciting time to be with NAWBO - the first ever women's business organization!

Thank you! 

Mindy Bortness
NAWBO CA President 

Coverage of SB 826 on a San Diego News Show.

Women of NAWBO-CA at the National NAWBO Conference in Spokane, WA
Member Spotlight - UCLA program 
Congratulations to Megan Souza , Co-Founder and CEO of Megan's Organic Market of San Luis Obispo County. Megan was selected as Union Bank's 2018 scholarship recipient to UCLA Anderson school's Management Development for  Entrepreneurs  (MDE) Program.  Megan shares the following about her experience:

"I'm only a week into the UCLA MDE program and I feel like I've 'leveled up'. Every day we are a showered with priceless wisdom from veteran business professionals who literally wrote the books on business success. And not only are our lecturers amazing, the MDE program staff are so supportive--Elaine and Jackie went out of their way to introduce me to all the useful resources and important connections available at UCLA.

My classmates in the program have been an inspiration too. I love my cohort of creative, resourceful, hardworking, driven entrepreneurs! We've all been sharing what we know and learning from each other. It's so great to be with a bunch of like-minded people trying to improve themselves and the way they do business. I've already made several friends among my cohort and found a couple potential investors too!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the scholarship to this program! It would not have been accessible to me without the scholarship and I can say with certainty, after only one week into it, that the UCLA MDE program is invaluable to my future business growth!"

Statement from Union Bank: "MUFG Union Bank's multi-year commitment to the MDE program has enabled the UCLA Anderson School to build equity and diversity within the business community. We support MDE because we recognize that formal exposure to the tools, methods, and strategies is needed to help in the growth of women owned businesses."

Chapter Updates
Ventura County Chapter Event and Update

Venture County is  joining with community partners the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the League of Women Voters (LWV), Vision 2020 National 
Women's Equality Initiative, and Women's E c onomic Ventures, to bring together some of the best 
minds on the subject of women's advocacy and public policy in 
their community for their "Using Our Collective Voice - Using Our Vote" gathering. The event, taking place Tuesday, October 16th in Camarillo, will feature a prominent slate of community speakers, including Senator Hannah-Be th Jackson, who will discuss SB 826. The evening is open to all, tickets can be  reserved here. nds on the subject of women's advocacy and public policy

Cha pter president-elect, Lynnette Coverly, of Coverly Professional Services, is being honored as Volunteer of
the Year by Wom en's Economic Ventures at their "Empowerment  is Priceless" event, celebrating 27 years of creating successful entrepreneurs  on October 11, 2018 in Ventura.