President’s Message

I love Fall in North Carolina.  The weather is finally cooling off, the leaves are changing and everyone seems to be in a good mood.  This is a perfect time of year to get involved in NAWBO.

One of the things that sets NAWBO apart from some of the other professional women's groups is our Public Policy arm.  We take public policy very seriously and our goal is to educate our members about issues that affect us as women business owners.  This month's luncheon is our annual Public Policy Luncheon entitled: Your Business, Your Vote:  Why Education Matters.  Through a panel discussion, you will learn why your vote matters and some of the issues you should be thinking about when you go to the polls.  And as a special treat, we will have a Hot Topic Session from 11-11:30 with an update from our members who attended the Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Conference in Washington this summer.  

Please plan to join us for our November luncheon when our speaker will be Kerry Ahrend and the topic will be: Effective Communication = Increased Connection & Productivity!  Come early at 10:15 to take the DISC Assessment to help you understand and recognize behavioral patterns in yourself and others.  

We are pleased that Bianca Jones, owner of Justotech and one of our board members, will be presenting our next workshop on November 10: Is your Business Protected Against Cyber Attacks?  This is an incredibly timely issue and one we should all be concerned about.

Mark your calendars for our Holiday Social on December 9 at the home of Karen Albright, owner of BodyLase.  Delicious food will be provided by Pam Clark, The Thyme Savor.  Please register early and plan to attend.

The theme of our year is Because Members Matter.  Be sure to check out our Membership only discounts under the "Join" tab on our website.  And as always, I can be reached at  I look forward to connecting with you.

Erin Cohen

NAWBO Public Advocacy Luncheon

“Your Business, Your Vote: Why Education Matters”

WHEN:   October 22, 2014
                11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
*Hot Topic from 11:00am to 11:30am

WHERE: Embassy Suites Raleigh - Durham/Research Triangle
                 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard
                Cary, NC 27513

What are the education issues that will impact women owned businesses? How will our votes effect those issues in the upcoming election?

Questions such as these will be topics of discussion in the upcoming Public Policy luncheon.  Our speakers will focus on the topic of education as it relates to women owned small businesses.

Among our panel members we welcome:

:: Brenda Berg — President and CEO of Business for Educational Success and Transformation in North Carolina. BEST NC has a rapidly growing membership of more than 60 politically and geographically diverse North Carolina business leaders committed to improving the state’s public education system at all levels

:: Ann McColl – (General Counsel, NCAE Center)

::Dr. Yevonne Brannon (Education Director of NC State’s Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services; prior County Commissioner; and a leader in education ) . Dr. Brannon will serve as the moderator of this dynamic panel.

Please join us so that you will be better prepared for voting on education issues in the upcoming election.

* NAWBO Hot Topics: Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)

Prior to October Public Policy luncheon, join us for a report on the 2014 WIPP Annual Meeting and US Senate hearing on Women Entrepreneurship held in Washington, DC.

Women Impacting Public Policy
• Why advocacy matters to your economic power
• How you can become an advocate
• What public policy programs NAWBO-GR has planned for you

Your ticket to attend the lunch meeting covers your participation in Hot Topics.  Let us know if you are joining us by selecting that ticket.

Click Here to Register


NAWBO Mentoring Workshop: Is your Business Protected Against Cyber Attacks?

By Bianca Jones, President of Justotech

Are you unknowingly leaving your business open to a Cyber Attack? These attacks are becoming more common and small businesses are a primary target because of lax security standards. In this Workshop, Bianca Jones will teach us some simple and inexpensive steps you can take to protect your business today.

November 10, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Roper Bookkeeping
242 W. Millbrook Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609

Click here to register

NAWBO Business Book Club: NAWBO Members Only

We are most excited this year to be reading Mary Cantando's book about women entrepreneurs' successes. In fact, Mary has graciously offered to lead our book study!  As you may know, Mary is the founder of the Woman Advantage Roundtable, which provides mentoring to help women business owners cross the $1 Million mark.  Thus, to have her leading our book club discussion is quite a wonderful opportunity for our NAWBO members!  

‚ÄčThe details of our first book club meeting are as follows:

1) Date: Thursday, October 16
2) Time: 5:30pm - 7pm
3) Location: 10500 Stonton Way, Raleigh, 27615 (Karen's house/wine and cheese provided!)

Please RSVP to let me know if you will be attending,


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