• 03/30/2018 7:45 AM | Katie Hellebush

    Richmond, VA - NAWBO Richmond is delighted to announce its 2018 Women of Excellence Award Finalists. 

    The Women of Excellence Awards Program recognizes and celebrate the accomplishments of successful women entrepreneurs and community leaders. Each year NAWBO Richmond asks the local community to nominate deserving female entrepreneurs and business owners for 5 award categories: Rising Star, Entrepreneur of the Year, Community Leader, STEM and Student Entrepreneur of the Year. The Women of Excellence Awards Dinner highlights each of the nominees, their businesses and their stories.  NAWBO Richmond also enjoys a partnership with the Girl Scouts to celebrate their entrepreneurship and recognize the top selling scouts! 

    The Women of Excellence Awards Finalists for 2017-2018 include:

    BDO Entrepreneur of the Year

    • Myrf Bowry - Decorum inc and Dip a do da
    • Natalie Gordon - Avenue 42 Style Studio
    • Charis Jones - Sassy Jones Boutique

    Entec Systems Community Leader

    • Kristie Bradley - Kristie Bradley Photography
    • Mahalakshmi Challa - Challa Law Group and LeClairRyan
    • Carrie Roth - Activation Capital

    Volvo Penta of the Americas, LLC Rising Star

    • Shana Bloom - Bloom Real Estate
    • Morgan Botwinick - Whisk
    • Charis Jones - Sassy Jones Boutique

    Wells Fargo Women in STEM

    • Erica McMannes - Madskills
    • Liz Rodewald - Madskills
    • Susan Winslow - Delta Consultants
    • Marcy Williams - Kollege and Kareer 4 Youth

    University of Richmond Student Entrepreneur

    • Winner to be Announced During the Awards Dinner

    We invite all members of the business community to join us for this exciting evening to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Women of Excellence May 2, 2018.  Winners will be announce during the awards presentation.

    Our speaker for the evening is Secretary of the Commonwealth, Kelly Thomasson; our emcee Lisa Schaffner, director of public relations and marketing for United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

    We thank our sponsors for their support for the Women of Excellence:

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    NAWBO Richmond propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power worldwide.  Locally, our Richmond Chapter of NAWBO supports women entrepreneurs in all stages of their business life.

  • 03/21/2018 7:30 AM | Katie Hellebush

    Get to know your fellow NAWBO Richmond members and bring a friend! Our Annual Membership Social is a great opportunity to network with your fellow NAWBO Richmond members as well as introduce someone new to the group.

    Our NAWBO Spring Membership Drive is in full force! Consider joining now to enjoy savings on the initiation fee and an opportunity to benefit from this incredible group of women to support you through the journey of entrepreneurship.

    We are also exited to have Robin Green, Owner and President of Sandler Training Richmond - Focus Business Development, Inc., joining us to speak about growing your business and to hear from Sarah Williams, Executive Director, UnboundRVA, our April community partner!

    Our thanks to Sona Bank P.O.W.E.R. for their continued support for NAWBO Richmond Programs.

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  • 03/14/2018 11:21 AM | Katie Hellebush

    So you own a small business but you're not a tax expert. That's okay, because NAWBO recently brought a top tax expert to our members as part of our regularly scheduled Public Policy calls to discuss changes in tax policy with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Nicole Kaeding, an economist with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation, broke down the act and what it means for NAWBO members. She was joined by Loreen Gilbert, incoming chair of the NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development, and Teresa Meares, immediate past chair of NAWBO National and current chair of the NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development.

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  • 03/12/2018 11:20 AM | Katie Hellebush

    We have exciting news to share from the National Association of Women Business Owners! 

    Five-Time Grand Slam tennis champion and successful entrepreneur, Maria Sharapova, has partnered with NAWBO to provide to six NAWBO members the opportunity to participate in a 12 month mentoring and business scaling program!

    The Maria Sharapova Women's Entrepreneur Program has put out a call for applicants from which up to six business women will be selected to be part of a 12-month mentorship program.  Those selected will receive support, educational training, a mastermind group and more!

    Find out more and apply for the Maria Sharapova Women's Entrepreneur Program here. 

  • 03/08/2018 6:59 AM | Katie Hellebush

    NAWBO puts a spotlight on the 30-year anniversary of The Women's Business Ownership Act, H.R. 5050

    Washington, D.C. - The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) released "Spotlight on H.R. 5050: The Bill that Changed Everything for Women Business Owners." This white paper, sponsored by The PNC Financial Services Group, reflects on the provisions that transformed the course for women business owners and highlights the current areas for improved policy and better women involvement. The white paper includes anecdotes of NAWBO leaders who played a role in H.R. 5050, as well as assessments of the current status of women business owners from NAWBO leaders and luminaries in the women business owner community including SBA Administrator Linda McMahon and NWBC Chair Carla Harris. Right now women own an estimated 11.6 million businesses employing nearly 9 million people and generating nearly $1.7 trillion in revenues.

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