August  2018
Revised version 
In This Issue
Our Sponsors
Bank of America CP


Chapter Events 
From Silicon Valley and BayBrazil : Brazil in the 21st Century on September 7.
From Inland Empire: 
Start up Week, September 24-28
Sacramento: Lunch and Learn on September 5.
Santa Barbara: 
SF Bay Area: 
Angel funding event in February 
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

President's Message
Growth Happens
One often-repeated NAWBO Sister quote is "I joined to grow my business. I stay because I grow." Growth happens when you step up and say YES to the meaningful events we are producing for and with you!
Sept 23-25, 2018

It is not too late to jump in and join us at the NAWBO National Conference. Speakers like Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love), Heidi Gibson (Go Daddy), Shabnam Mogharabi (Soul Pancake) and Karen Harrison (Bank of America) will inspire us from the stage. We'll have four dynamic tracks moving at once: NAWBO Circle ($1 million+ in revenues), Savvy Solo-preneur, Leadership and Big Business Growth. Go to Events at today!
History is Being Made! Women on Publicly held Corp Boards Bill SB 826
State Bill 826 - we're in the home stretch! Call or write your Representative today to garner an AYE vote. Let's make history together. There's not a better time to be involved in NAWBO and woman entrepreneurship. What an exciting time for California and the other states that are watching us in this effort. Contact our Advocacy Director, Diane DeMailly, for a sample email letter. It's not too late! ( Please note revised contact).
SheAngels Pitch Fest: UCLA, Feb 23, 2019
Do you want investors for your company? Are you starting up or moving up to your next stage? Apply right now at to be considered a finalist for this fast-paced, energy-producing women's entrepreneurial event! NAWBO-CA is the main partner and we want to produce and cheer on the Finalists, the Mentor Coaches and the celebrity investors like last year's Cat Cora (Iron Chef) and Kym Gold (True Religion Jeans). And please let me know if you'd like to be a Sponsor, Investor or Mentor Coach! Let's talk!
Propel 2019: April 28-30, 2019
Save the Date! Limited attendance at The Citizen Hotel for our jam-packed, business building, relationship growing event!
Thank you! 

Mindy Bortness
NAWBO CA President 
SB 826 press
In support of SB 826 (Jackson), Anne Staines, NAWBO-CA Past President and Angela DePaoli, Sacramento Chapter drafted an OpEd printed in  the Sacramento Bee  titled "Why do women belong in the board room? They're good for business."

NAWBO CA Member News
For the second consecutive year, NAWBO has selected a Ventura County business woman among their top three finalists for the prestigious 2018 National Woman Business Owner of the Year award sponsored by Bank of America.
Dawn Dyer of Dyer Sheehan Group, Inc. rose to the top from thousands of outstanding members nationwide and joins two other national finalists heading to Spokane, Washington in September to learn who will be named the 2018 NAWBO National Woman Business Owner of the Year. Read the press release here


Hannah Kain (Silicon Valley) has expanded her supply chain management company, ALOM, by opening an office in Amsterdam. Read more here
Board and Chapter Updates
NAWBO CA Board of Directors and Chapter Presidents recently met at Mindy Bortness' home in Escondido, CA. The group met to discuss objectives for the year, which include:
  • Increased awareness for advocacy for women-owned and small business - SB826 is perfectly timed!
  • Collaboration with other organizations to support WBOs across our stat e - SheAngels 2019, Minority Chambers, WBEC-Pacific and WBEC-West are a few opportunities to serve others and grow us all!
  • Propel 2019 - We just about sold out this year. Next year - get your seats early because the agenda will be relevant, uplifting, dynamic and fun! 

Ventura County  installed its new Board  in July, with members  representing a broad spectrum of industries, leadership and business acumen.

San Diego  is forming a Mentorship Program starting in October. Young entrepreneurs, seeking the help and guidance of experienced business woman, will be matched up with NAWBO volunteers. Mentees will receive guidance and coaching and will be pushed to move beyond comfort zones, focusing on the total development of the mentee and her business.
San Diego is also forming Mastermind Groups starting in October.  Interested NAWBO members will meet 1-2 times per month, via teleconference, to tackle challenges and problems together. It's very much peer-to-peer mentoring and holds you accountable to a group that wants you to succeed.