Community Connection: NAWBO

NAWBO-SB President Kim Clark and President-elect Amy Ackerman were featured in Cox 8's latest edition of Community Connection. Community Connection gives us a peek into what makes the vibrant Santa Barbara community so unique, blending informative interviews with images and clips of local happenings. Join host Kirsten McLaughlin, Cox Communications Public Affairs Manager, as she talks with local leaders and explores the many wonderful non-profit organizations serving the Santa Barbara area.

NAWBO-SB Announces Winners of Inaugural BRAVO Awards

Published February 06, 2015 Noozhawk

The National Association of Women Business Owners of Santa Barbara (NAWBO-SB) is proud to announce the winners of its inaugural BRAVO Awards.

NAWBO-SB’s BRAVO Awards seek to recognize women business owners and trailblazers in the Santa Barbara area who have demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation.

A selection committee was tasked with evaluating a number of nominees, accomplished women and leaders in their industries, who were nominated by NAWBO-SB members and the Santa Barbara County community.

The following women will be on hand March 12 at the University Club to accept their awards:

» Woman Business Owner of the Year — Jenny Schatzle, owner of the Jenny Schatzle Program, for her dedication to the growth of her business, the personal growth of her clients and her impact on our community.

» Entrepreneur to Watch — Maria Wilson, owner of Painted Cabernet, for her ability to identify a unique market and rapidly build and expand a successful business.

» Philanthropic Champion — Judy Hawkins, CEO of Ruby Road Leadership, for her training, leadership and organizational development to advance entrepreneurial culture in both the nonprofit and business sectors.

» Innovator of the Year — Marsha Bailey, CEO/founder of Women's Economic Ventures, for her ingenuity creating WEV and supporting over 800 men and women, loaning more than $3.5 million, and being a catalyst for over 4,000 local jobs.

» Education Advocate of the Year — Judy Bruton, special assistant to the president at Antioch University, for spearheading the women and leadership programs at the university.

» NAWBO-SB Member of the Year — Laura Knight, owner of Pascucci Restaurant, for her dedication to NAWBO and commitment to providing her time, services, and goods to any event, program or member.

» Rising Star of the Year — Jessica Lindsey, San Marcos High School student, for developing a social program to aid foster youth in Santa Barbara County, which received a large grant from Youth Making Change Foundation and for her efforts developing a financial literacy campaign for high school students.

» Rising Star of the Year — Ana Jimenez, San Marcos High School student, for her participation in the Youth Interactive program and her leadership and management of its program/business Montecito Biscotti.

» Lifetime Achievement Award — Susan Rose, trustee at Antioch University, for her commitment and dedication to the women of our community through her efforts in the public sector, education, community service and business.

Job Creators Network, NAWBO Announce New Partnership

Published January 26, 2015 Noozhawk

Job Creators Network and the National Association of Women Business Owners have announced a new partnership aimed at providing employer and employee resources to the approximately 5,000 NAWBO member businesses throughout the United States.

At nearly 10 million strong, women-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of the American economy. NAWBO, which includes a Santa Barbara chapter, leverages the unique attributes women bring to the business table to illuminate, transform and ultimately harness its wide-ranging community of entrepreneurial women into a unified, influential voice.

“Women are a major contributor and a driving force in our economy. At NAWBO, we work to ensure that regardless of size or sector or stage in business, women entrepreneurs have all the tools they need to ascend to the next level,” said Darla Beggs, NAWBO national board chairwoman. “NAWBO members are mission driven. They genuinely want to see their businesses as well as their fellow women entrepreneurs succeed.

"This drive to give back to current and future women entrepreneurs has always been at the core of NAWBO. NAWBO was founded 40 years ago by a group of women who strove to remove obstacles for women entrepreneurs. Because they knew then what is still true today — when women do well, they give it back to their employees, their communities and our economy. Efforts to educate and engage women entrepreneurs, like this partnership with JCN, really pay off.”

“Women-owned companies in the United States generated $1.4 trillion in sales last year alone,” said Alfredo Ortiz, president of JCN. “Clearly this is an enterprising segment of our economy that deserves every networking and educational resource available. That’s where Job Creators Network comes in.”

Job Creators Network will partner with NAWBO on policy issues that promote job creation and entrepreneurism among its members. NAWBO will also distribute JCN news and educational materials to all members in 60 chapters across the country to facilitate a communications program for member CEOs committed to employer to employee (E2E) education.

“We understand that some of the government policies we are seeing come out of Washington are forcing business owners everywhere to make very tough decisions,” Ortiz said. “We want to make sure women entrepreneurs have the most thorough knowledge of policies that can help — and hurt — their ability to start and grow their businesses.

“Our goal for this partnership is to create a vast workforce that is empowered to make informed decisions that will shape our future for robust business growth and job creation.”

NAWBO-SB Opens Nominations for Inaugural BRAVO Awards

Published January 22, 2015 Noozhawk

The National Association of Women Business Owners-Santa Barbara (NAWBO-SB) is proud to announce its call for entries for the inaugural BRAVO Awards.

NAWBO-SB's BRAVO Awards seek to recognize women business owners in the Santa Barbara area who have demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation.

The inaugural NAWBO-SB BRAVO Awards will celebrate the achievements of businesswomen in the Santa Barbara community by honoring women in eight distinct categories, including Woman Business Owner of the Year, Entrepreneur to Watch, Philanthropic Champion, Innovator of the Year, Education Advocate of the Year, NAWBO-SB Member of the Year, Rising Star of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 30. Nominations are open to all members of the community, not just NAWBO-SB members. Winners will be announced at the NAWBO-SB BRAVO Awards luncheon on March 12 at the University Club. Honorees must attend the luncheon. Complete nomination details are available by clicking here.

Founded in 2007, NAWBO-SB has grown to more than 75 members and is dedicated to advancing the economic development of female entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara by providing networking opportunities, support and education as well as allowing business owners to create economic strength, strategic alliances and business growth.

National Association of Women Business Owners Joins Vision 2020 as National Ally

Published January 05, 2015 Noozhawk

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is proud to announce it has joined Vision 2020 as a National Ally.

Vision 2020 is a coalition of individuals and organizations united in the commitment to achieve economic, political and social equality for women and girls by the year 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that granted women the right to vote.

"As we prepare to celebrate the 40th anniversary of NAWBO in 2015, the timing is perfect to begin this positive collaboration. The Vision 2020 mission is one near and dear to our hearts at NAWBO. We look forward to celebrating many successes in the next several years as we countdown to this historic anniversary of women's right to vote together with Vision 2020 and our fellow National Allies," said Darla Beggs, NAWBO national board chair. "We are pleased to join the Vision 2020 efforts as a National Ally and look forward to pursing our goal of offering training and education to our members about government and public policy in the hope that they will pursue public office or public policy efforts themselves."

Vision 2020 has more than 130 delegates across the nation working on local and regional initiatives. Vision 2020 also partners with more than 80 national allies representing more than 20 million members.

"We are thrilled to have NAWBO join as a National Ally and are excited to work with NAWBO members across the country," said Lynn Yeakel, founder and co-chair of Vision 2020. "NAWBO members have a lot to offer, and we look forward to partnering with them as they harness their voices and their ideas to better the world for all women."