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

    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:

    For ticket and sponsorship information, please visit:


    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)

    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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  • 03/05/2018 9:00 AM | Katie Hellebush (Administrator)

    Support the NAWBO Richmond Foundation and show your NAWBO Richmond spirit by purchasing a NAWBO or NAWBO #girlbossrva t-shirt made by Amber's Vinyl Ventures.  These t-shirt purchases directly benefit the NAWBO Foundation.  We look forward to seeing all our NAWBO friends in your new shirts!


  • 03/01/2018 3:50 PM | Katie Hellebush (Administrator)

    Do you have a spring to your step?  

    NAWBO Richmond is currently holding our Spring Membership Drive.  This is a great opportunity happening NOW that will connect you with fellow women business owners.  The Spring Membership Drive is also choc full of incentives to join - such as $25 off the initiation fee.

    Currently a member? Invite a guest to attend our Spring Member Social on April 10, 2018!  

    Ready to join?  We are ready to welcome you!

    Remember - when you join NAWBO - you become a member of both the national and local organizations.

    For more information about all the spring programs and events we have planned, please visit

    You may also find more information about all the benefits of NAWBO Membership by visiting

  • 02/26/2018 9:00 AM | Katie Hellebush (Administrator)

    2018 NAWBO Richmond Executive Masterminds Facilitator

    Facilitator Role: The facilitator of the Executive Masterminds program should frame each session with a central concept and offer challenging takeaway queries that each participant can use to deepen her learning between sessions.

    Program Description: The Executive Masterminds group meets on a monthly basis. Each member joins with the agreement that they will fully invest themselves in attending the group and learning about their own business issues as well as supporting other group members with theirs. Each session focuses on a specific business goal or challenge of one member of the group. This focus person describes her business challenge in detail (both in writing before the scheduled meeting and then briefly verbally), responds to other members’ clarifying questions to learn more about the full spectrum of the issue in question, listens to feedback from each individual in the group framed as “if it were me, I would try”.. The focus person then chooses which recommended actions she commits to take over the month before the next meeting. Each member of the group reports their “takeaway”- what they learned for themselves and their business that meeting. The next month, that previous focus person reports back on the success of her actions she committed to as a result of her Masterminds session. Then the focus person for the present month describes the issue they are presenting and the process continues. This powerful format enables both clarity and accountability for the individual business owner. Not surprisingly, all members gain wisdom about their own similar business challenges in the process of focusing on one woman’s issue each time. The facilitators frame each session with a central concept and offer challenging takeaway queries that each participant can use to deepen her learning between sessions. 

    Attendee profile: Any NAWBO Richmond member in good standing may submit an application to participate in the program. Please note, an individual’s membership must remain current through the duration of the program in order to continue participation.  This program is limited to 12 participants.

    Issues Addressed:

    •        Typical focal topics participants bring to discuss in sessions include:
    •        Partnership issues
    •        Employee relations problems
    •        How and when to delegate or outsource critical business functions
    •        Decisions to add new employees, or terminate existing staff
    •        Financial issues including cash flow concerns, when to increase fees or prices, and effective collection strategies
    •        General business strategies, such as “Should I develop this new product or service?” “How can I best share a sense of urgency with my staff?”
    •        Reviews of marketing plans, web sites, brochures or advertisements
    •        Company name choices and changes
    •        Big picture perceptions of a member’s industry or profession 

    Outcomes Achieved:

    •        Outcomes for participants have included:
    •        New and strengthened relationships with other business owners who serve as an ongoing sounding board
    •        New perspectives
    •        Increased self awareness/reduced blind spots
    •        Development of a more focused business strategy
    •        Increased confidence
    •        Thoughtful risk taking
    •        Identification of new revenue streams and niche markets 

    Dates: Our monthly sessions will take place September 2018 to June 2019; specific dates and length of program to be determined once participants are selected.

    Selection process: Our NAWBO Richmond Board will be conducting the selection process and planning the 2018-2019 program.   The NAWBO Richmond Board will receive proposals between February 21 – March 21, 2018.  The board will then meet to review and will make a decision.  All interested parties will be informed of the decision the first of April 2018. 

    Proposals:  Please send your proposals to the NAWBO Richmond; P.O. Box 3632; N. Chesterfield, Virginia 23235; or by email to with the subject line of Masterminds 2018-2019.    

    Questions: Please send your questions by email to with the subject line of Masterminds RFP 2018-2019.     

  • 02/22/2018 8:39 AM | Katie Hellebush (Administrator)

    Join NAWBO Richmond for an engaging peer-to-peer mentoring session as we work together to identify best practices for attracting, hiring and retaining talent!  Attendees are encouraged to come prepared to share with fellow attendees your greatest challenges and successes. Through collaboration with our peers, we’ll aim to make 2018 a less stressful year!

    We will also hear from our March Community Partner, Junior Achievement! We are delighted to partner with Junior Achievement whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.  

    Our thanks to Ball Office Products for hosting us for this event and to our TableTop Sponsor PRIDESTAFF.  We hope that you will join us!


NAWBO Richmond
P.O. Box 3632 
N. Chesterfield, VA  23235 

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