NEWS

  • 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.

    Read article in full.


  • 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!

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  • 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 www.nawborichmond.org.

    You may also find more information about all the benefits of NAWBO Membership by visiting www.nawbo.org.

  • 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 katie@nawborichmond.org with the subject line of Masterminds 2018-2019.    

    Questions: Please send your questions by email to katie@nawborichmond.org 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!

     


  • 02/02/2018 7:52 AM | Katie Hellebush (Administrator)

    Central Virginia is home to world-leading scientific and engineering talent and capabilities. This Award will recognize an exceptional woman in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM), who has pioneered new discoveries and/or been instrumental in bringing the benefits of those discoveries to market for economic and social impact.

    The winner of this Award will have shown persistence and tenacity in pursuing scientific excellence of truly world-class quality. The judges will be looking for a significant track record of discovery, research and development.

    The Richmond NAWBO Foundation Board suggests the following criteria to be considered in the Women in STEM Award.

    NOMINATIONS CRITERIA

    Minimum Nominee Requirements

    To qualify for the Women in STEM Award, nominees must:

    • Hold a business, technology or scientific leadership role in a company whose primary product is in the STEM field OR maintain a leadership position in the STEM department of a non-STEM organization with authority over any STEM related operations
    • Hold ownership or be employed by a Virginia-based business/organization or a division/subsidiary with a significant leadership role in Virginia
    • Hold a leadership or STEM position with a STEM company OR hold a STEM position in a non-STEM company
    • Perform a managerial or ownership role within her organization and hold budgetary responsibility
    • Have a minimum of one year of managerial experience within the current organization as of the date of the nominations deadline (January 26, 2018).
    • Have a primary residence in Virginia
    • Show evidence of impact being made in a STEM environment.
    • Have pioneered new discoveries to market or made headway in this sector.
    • Can be seen as a role model to encourage other girls/women into STEM research and/or business.
    • In order to be considered, all nominations must be received by January 26, 2018.
    • NAWBO Board and Foundation members are not eligible.

    NOMINATION FORM - Nominations have been extended through Wednesday, February 14th! 


  • 01/17/2018 11:00 AM | Katie Hellebush (Administrator)

    Learn how to balance career and lifestyle!  


    Join us for our February Luncheon on Tuesday, February 13th at the Virginia Historical Society.


    We have a fantastic panel lined up, including Camille Bird, Sacred Waters Holistic Spa & Boutique; Sheila Battle, The BattleStation and 15 Minutes of Grace; and Tressa Breindel, Functional medicine practitioner and acupuncturist.


    We are also delighted to partner with the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women!  It is only appropriate that February is the month to highlight the message #GoREDGetFit!


    Register Here for our Career Women & Wellness Luncheon today!


  • 01/16/2018 1:00 PM | Katie Hellebush (Administrator)

    HB237 (Kilgore) One-stop small business permitting program. 

    Extends the date by which the State Corporation Commission and the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity are required to complete aspects of the one-stop small business permitting program from June 30, 2018, to January 1, 2020. The measure also (i) deletes a provision regarding the implementation of a hyperlink in 2014, (ii) amends the description of the processes to be established for the electronic collection and exchange of data or information, and (iii) deletes requirements for biannual progress reports.


    HB471 (Reid) State and local tax and regulatory exemptions for new small businesses. 

    Exempts new small businesses from (i) payment of unemployment, sales and use, and local license taxes and (ii) certain registration and reporting requirements with the State Corporation Commission. The bill defines an eligible business as any business that has its principal place of business in the Commonwealth, has not been in existence for more than five years, and has fewer than six employees or has paid less than $5,000 for the purchase or lease of business personal property, including machinery and tools and merchants' capital, since its inception.


    HB513 (Wilt) Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; implementation of certification programs for small businesses; definition of small business; report. 

    Changes the definition of small business, beginning July 1, 2019, to meet the small business size standards established by the regulations of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The bill provides that any business entity that the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (the Department) has certified as a small business prior to July 1, 2019, shall have such certification extended for a three-year period. The bill also provides that the Director of the Department adopt regulations that will, beginning July 1, 2019, establish a three-year certification period for small businesses to be based on the dominant business activity of each small business entity. The bill (i) includes a definition of "dominant business activity"; (ii) provides for the Department to enter into a memorandum of understanding with appropriate agencies establishing provisions for the sharing of information consistent with the requirements of state and federal law; (iii) authorizes the Director to terminate a contract with any independent certifying entities to assist in the certification of small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses based on performance or a written determination by the Director that continuing the contract is not practicable, and (iv) requires the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to evaluate the effect of the implementation of the new definition at three-year intervals, reporting to the Governor and General Assembly by December 1, 2022, and December 1, 2025.


    HB725 (Plum) Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; Virginia Public Procurement Act; definition of small business. 

    Changes the requirements of the definition of small business for the purposes of programs of the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and the Virginia Public Procurement Act to require the business, together with affiliates, to have 250 or fewer employees and average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years. Currently for these programs, a business is required to meet one or the other of these conditions to be considered a small business.

    HB726 (Plum) Virginia Public Procurement Act; small business and microbusiness procurement enhancement program. Codifies the Governor's Executive Order 20 (2014) establishing a statewide small business and microbusiness procurement enhancement program. The bill establishes a statewide goal of 42 percent of small and microbusiness utilization in all discretionary spending by state agencies in procurement orders, prime contracts, and subcontracts. In addition, the bill provides for (i) a set-aside for competition among all small businesses for state agency purchases up to $100,000 for goods and nonprofessional services and up to $50,000 for professional services and (ii) a set-aside for competition among microbusinesses for purchases under $10,000.


    HB1048 (Torian) Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans Grant Fund. 

    Directs the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (the Department) to administer a grant program to incentivize small businesses to provide retirement plans for their employees. The bill defines small business as a business with 50 or fewer employees. The bill (i) establishes the Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans Grant Fund, funded by the general appropriation act, from which such grants shall be disbursed and (ii) directs the Department to establish criteria for determining the amount of the grant to be awarded.


    HB1300 (Lopez) Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; implementation of certification programs for small businesses; definition of small business; report.


    HB1340 (Bloxom) Emergency services and disaster law; expedited inspections required for small businesses. 

    Provides that in the event that a small business has been impacted by a disaster for which the Governor has declared a state of emergency, any agency of state or local government responsible for conducting inspections for compliance with minimum established standards for health and safety shall conduct any such inspections as are required for the small business to resume normal business operations within 15 days of receipt of a request for an inspection made by such small business. The bill defines "small business" as an independently owned and operated business that, together with affiliates, has 250 or fewer employees or average annual gross receipts of $10 million or less averaged over the previous three years.

    HB1341 (Bloxom) Small Business Financing Authority (Authority); Virginia Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Fund created. 

    Creates the Virginia Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Fund (the Fund) to provide short-term direct loans to eligible small businesses impacted by a disaster for which a state of emergency has been declared. The bill provides that the Fund shall be managed and administered by the Authority with guidance from the Director of the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity and that loans provided from the Fund shall be (i) for a minimum amount of $1,000 up to a maximum amount of $5,000, (ii) provided interest-free, and (iii) repaid by the end of the loan term, which term shall be set by the Authority for a minimum of 90 days but not to exceed 180 days.

    SB318 (Ruff) Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity; implementation of certification programs for small businesses; definition of small business; report. 

    Changes the definition of small business, beginning July 1, 2019, to meet the small business size standards established by the regulations of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The bill provides that any business entity that the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (the Department) has certified as a small business prior to July 1, 2019, shall have such certification extended for a three-year period. The bill also provides that the Director of the Department adopt regulations that will, beginning July 1, 2019, establish a three-year certification period for small businesses to be based on the dominant business activity of each small business entity. The bill (i) includes a definition of "dominant business activity"; (ii) provides for the Department to enter into a memorandum of understanding with appropriate agencies establishing provisions for the sharing of information consistent with the requirements of state and federal law; (iii) authorizes the Director to terminate a contract with any independent certifying entities to assist in the certification of small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses based on performance or a written determination by the Director that continuing the contract is not practicable, and (iv) requires the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to evaluate the effect of the implementation of the new definition at three-year intervals, reporting to the Governor and General Assembly by December 1, 2022, and December 1, 2025.

    For more information about legislation and resources important to small business, please visit the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity at https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/about-us/legislation/. 


  • 01/16/2018 6:33 AM | Katie Hellebush (Administrator)

    Nominate Someone Today

    Nominations for our 2018 Women of Excellence Awards are now open. We need YOU to let us know about all the amazing women entrepreneurs out there! Please nominate a deserving woman for one of these five prestigious awards by clicking here.


  • 08/02/2017 9:16 AM | Caryn Foster Durham (Administrator)

    NAWBO Richmond is now accepting applications for a Chapter Administrator. 

    The Chapter Administrator manages the day-to-day operations and support for the NAWBO Richmond Chapter and Foundation. Implementing decisions of the Board of Directors, acting as a liaison to NAWBO National and being the face of NAWBO Richmond to members and sponsors.

    The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written skills, be organized, familiar with database management and website maintenance as well as the ability to prioritize tasks.

    A flexible schedule and working with the amazing NAWBO Richmond membership are an added perks. 

    Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 11th. 

    Click here to download the full job description.

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

For more information please contact info@nawborichmond.org or
call (804)346-5644 

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