May 2021 Newsletter
A Message From Our President
Elizabeth Colón
NAWBO Chicago Board President

Welcome to May! With spring in bloom and vaccination distribution well underway, we are beginning to see glimpses of normalcy. I hope you are noticing the tide changing, as well. 
This month, we are talking about leadership – as a quality, a skillset and a frame of mind that is more important than ever. As business owners, it’s our job to lead, ever mindful of how we lead, how we can improve, how we teach team members to be leaders no matter their role.   
Membership Insights: Lead the Way

As the last year has tested even the strongest of leaders, what leadership trait has been the most important to you and why?
This past year, collaboration has been the most important trait to me. I launched my business three months before the mandatory quarantine. As a founder who loves to meet new people and prefers in-person networking, quarantining was not an ideal situation for my business. But I understood the why and adapted quickly. I learned that I needed to tap into my existing network to start building my team and to identify ways to grow and sustain my business.

Lindrea Reynolds
Meet the Board: Edie Comminos

Immediate Past President, NAWBO Chicago
President & CFO, Alpha Metals Corp.
I am now in my third year on the Executive Board of Directors for NAWBO because I truly enjoy engaging with fellow board members to collaboratively develop and deliver a top-notch NAWBO Chapter. Taking a break from the for-profit world to help the NAWBO Board determine how best to be a sustainable nonprofit organization is servant leadership and very rewarding to me. 

Read more to learn about Edie's values about the NAWBO community and her hopes for the future.
Last Call for Tickets!
The 38th Annual Celebration of Achievement is tomorrow! Tickets will be on sale until 5:00 pm today so make sure to purchase your ticket. This conference grants you access to impactful sessions (you will have the access to the recordings 60 days after the event!) and time to network with incredible business leaders (there are four networking sessions!). We can't forget to mention the fun, games and prizes throughout the day.

To be a part of this annual celebration, purchase your ticket here.
Put a Team of Gies Business Students to Work for You!
The Gies College of Business is looking to engage with over 200 real-time business projects for student teams to solve in their Action Learning courses. Get to know our students through Action Learning Projects and let them help solve some of your business challenges. Always feel free to reach out to schedule a one on one or connect through email at
For more information please join our webinar Wednesday, May 12 | 2-3 pm. Register here or watch our last webinarGet to Know Gies through Student Projects.
Members in the News
Congratulations to NAWBO Chicago Member, Laurel Rundle, and her company Aha! Marketing on being featured in Wellness Marketer for the programs that Aha! has been executing during the pandemic. Read the full feature here.
Advocacy Update
New advocacy updates are posted on the NAWBO Chicago Advocacy Page. Read more to learn about administrative announcements and meetings, grants, tax credits and upcoming hearings
NAWBO Chicago and SBAC Urge You to Support Illinois Small Businesses
Small businesses and local communities are attempting to recover from the pandemic. BIG Legislation for Small Businesses and the RISE Act will help. These bills will help businesses keep their doors open, recover and thrive.

Senate Bill 1982 and House Bill 1860 will allocate 25% of federal relief funds to help struggling small businesses with 50 or less employees recover from the pandemic. These bills will provide grants to small businesses and start-ups which have been devastated by the pandemic. 

Senate Bill 2490 and House Bill 801 are the RISE Act. These bills provide a tax credit to small businesses that retrain and hire individuals who lost their jobs or businesses because of the pandemic. These bills will create jobs.

Please take a moment to send an e-mail to your legislators asking them to strongly advocate for these bills. Please click here to contact your legislators.
Maximize Your Membership
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 five active committees: Advocacy, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Marketing, 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.
If you know a woman business owner who hasn’t yet signed up to receive these amazing benefits, invite them to join our NAWBO community.
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"The Changing HR Needs in the Current Environment"
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

"Bounce Back from Burnout"
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
8:30 am - 10:00 am

"How to Make Time for YOUR Goals, Even if You're Drowning in To-do's"
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
8:30 am - 10:30 am

"How to Keep Your Air AND Your Home, Office Building or Store Safe"
Thursday, May 27, 2021
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am
NAWBO Chicago Newsletter Submissions

NAWBO Chicago newsletters are published monthly. Submit June information to the newsletter editor by May 26, 2021.

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