September 2022 Newsletter
A Message From Our President
Greetings, NAWBO Chicago! I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful end-of-Summer weather and that you were able to make time for yourself and family before we find ourselves running at the usual hectic pace of school and work schedules and then winter and all the holidays.
 
The theme this month is, appropriately enough, On The Money. (The money theme never really goes away, does it?) For many, heading into Q4 is a time to review previous quarters and assess current conditions to make micro and macro financial projections for the upcoming year. Is now the time to find a new HQ or expand operations? Or hire more staff? Or upgrade equipment? If so, how much is needed and where will it come from? Is enough revenue coming in to cover the new expenses?
Membership Spotlight: On The Money
Women business owners focus a lot of time and energy on investing in their companies, staff and clients to achieve goals and growth. Tell us about how you have invested in yourself. What are some personal investments (or commitments) you have made and what was the return?
In addition to focusing on my business and personal growth, this past year I invested in myself by putting my health at the forefront. I wanted a more consistent exercise routine so I joined a local running group.

Jessica Freiburg
Managing Partner
In an industry where there is no certification required to operate, those who choose to become certified – regardless of the requirements – obtain an upper hand. The world of event design is ever-changing: trends, colors, the couples’ desires and must-haves, all vary from year to year. 

Ebony Whitson
Owner & Creative Designer
Register Today And Learn About Your Financing Options
Ready to grow your business but not sure what type of capital you need? This presentation provides an overview of financing options for your small business. The presentation also provides tips for a successful application - empowering you to never take no for an answer.
 
This webinar is presented by SomerCor in partnership with NAWBO Chicago. The presenters include:
 
Members In The News
Congratulations to NAWBO Chicago member, Emilia DiMenco, President and CEO of the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC), on being named one of Crain's Chicago Business 2022 Notable Leaders in Community Development.

Crain's Contributing Editor, Lisa Bertagnoli said, "It takes communities to make a city, and these honorees work overtime to ensure healthy and vibrant communities in the Chicago area. They assist people in underserved and historically neglected areas; overlooked populations, for instance those with disabilities; and residents of all ages, from infants to seniors. They work at nonprofits and for-profit firms, in capacities ranging from founder and CEO to dedicated volunteer."
The NAWBO Fall Membership Drive Is Here: Spread The Love!
The 2022 NAWBO Chicago Fall Membership Drive is underway! The chapter encourages each member to reach out to a woman business owner who could benefit from joining NAWBO Chicago's extensive network. NAWBO Chicago is the premier organization for opportunity, long-term relationships, support and mentorship.

  • $47 off new NAWBO member initiation fee in honor of our 47th anniversary
  • $47 off NAWBO NextGen annual membership for young entrepreneurs
  • $25 reinstatement fee waived for lapsed NAWBO members who rejoin

Review the membership brochure below and invite a fellow female entrepreneur to join today. NAWBO Chicago is a gift that must be shared - help spread the love!
Learn The Leadership Styles That Build Performance Culture
Join Cultivate Advisors for the webinar "Scale Your Business Through A Performance Culture," on September 13 at 11:00 am. This webinar will cover:

  • Where performance culture starts in the organization
  • How to build trust and handle conflicts within your team
  • How to gain commitment, hold accountability and get results
Connect With The NAWBO Chicago Network - Place An Ad
The U.S. Department of Commerce has released a Job Quality Toolkit that provides practical guidance that business owners can use to create good jobs that attract and retain a high-quality workforce. 

Click HERE to view the most recent advocacy updates.
The agenda for next month's 2022 National Women's Business Conference in Louisville is updated with daily activities, workshops and the speaker schedule.

Make your hotel room reservation by September 15 to take advantage of the room block pricing.
Maximize Your Membership in 2022
Whether a solopreneur or a million-dollar business, NAWBO Chicago gives women-owned businesses of all levels the resources and support needed to help them grow and thrive. A NAWBO Chicago membership offers the power and benefits of an established community of women entrepreneurs.
Join a Mastermind
Premier Members are eligible to participate in one Mastermind as a Member Benefit. A Mastermind group is the same small group of women that meet on a regular basis to provide peer-to-peer discussions. Email to learn more.

Update Your Profile
Your profile is how you are represented to other members. By including details about your business, your interests and yourself, you have a better opportunity to be seen. Click here to update.
Get Involved with a Committee
NAWBO Chicago hosts four active committees: Advocacy; Diversity; Membership; and Celebration of Achievement Conference. Please find the descriptions and committee leaders here

Attend a Monthly Event
Connects are monthly small-group meetings that allow our members to come together regularly throughout the Chicagoland region. Find future events here.
NAWBO Chicago Newsletter Submissions

NAWBO Chicago newsletters are published monthly. Email October submissions to the newsletter editor by September 16, 2022.
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