NAWBO Spring Membership Drive – Join Now and Save $50!

March 1 – April 30 is NAWBO’s annual membership drive.  This year, NAWBO of South Jersey is matching NAWBO National’s $25 savings for a total of $50 off your membership!

“Get a seat at the table or build your own table, and make sure to include other women at that table.” – NAWBO Founding President, Susan Hager

NAWBO was founded 40 years ago (yes, 2015 is a milestone anniversary for us!) to remove obstacles and create opportunities for other women entrepreneurs across the country.  In the decades since, it’s become much more than that- a powerful community for networking and support, education, tools and resources, advocacy, mentorship, leadership opportunities and growth, exclusive benefits and more!

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely path at times.  You face unique highs and lows and challenges and opportunities that others do not understand unless they have gone down that path before you or are going down it alongside you.  It’s a special connection- a community- of leaders, visionaries, innovators and trailblazers that, when tapped into, can power your business, lifestyle and community in a way like no other.

Join now to experience the power of NAWBO and what it really means to be better together.

The Power of Connecting

NAWBO is a powerful resource for connecting and building long-term relationships with other women entrepreneurs with businesses of varying sizes and across a variety of sectors who can motivate and inspire you, share resources and best practices and more.  It’s a community of support, advice, recognition and celebration- with a 40-year history of excellence and progress- that you won’t experience anywhere else but with NAWBO.

The Power of Learning

NAWBO is a powerful resource for learning.  Through our quarterly e-learning webinars, public policy calls, leadership boot camps and Women’s Business Conference on the national level, along with our local South Jersey educational and professional development events and meetings, we provide quality education on today’s most important topics that impact your business and its bottom line.  Plus, you have access to our regional sister chapters events in Philadelphia, Central Jersey, and Delaware.

The Power of Building Your Business

NAWBO is a powerful resource for everything you need to grow your business into something bigger than you perhaps ever imagined, from ideas, to connections, to resources from both NAWBO and our extensive network of affiliate, affinity and corporate partners who offer exclusive opportunities, programs and savings to support your business growth.

The Power of One Voice

NAWOB is a powerful resource for having your voice amplified and heard. That’s because we speak as one voice on behalf of women entrepreneurs and business owners to influence the system and stakeholders in our nation’s capitol and state capitals that set the rules of the game for the business community.  Together, we can make a difference in communities, states, the nation and, ultimately, the world – because your voice matters.

Our chapter is committed to growing even stronger by bringing in 40 new members to celebrate our 40th anniversary! We hope you join us today and invite a friend (or two) along!

Click here to join now!

NAWBO SJ Announces Legislator of the Year, Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt

The National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey chapter (NAWBO SJ) is pleased to announce a final addition to the honorees for the 2015 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt as Legislator of the Year.   The annual awards gala and fundraiser is a dinner program that honors extraordinary individuals for their contributions to women and women business owners, as well as their commitment to excellence and community. This year’s gala will be held on February 19th at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.

Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt has represented New Jersey’s 6th Legislative District since 2006. As the Chair of the Assembly Women and Children Committee, Assemblywoman Lampitt has been at the vanguard of key policy issues affecting New Jersey’s middle-class and working families. She is New Jersey’s leading champion of equal pay for women, and she has sponsored a landmark package of legislation to enact pay equity in New Jersey. Assemblywoman Lampitt also authored New Jersey’s law preventing workplace discrimination against pregnant women.

Throughout her leadership of the Women and Children Committee, the Committee has covered topics including: preventing domestic violence, raising awareness about child obesity, empowering parents through ratings systems for violent video games, job creation, supporting women-owned businesses, and more.

NAWBO SJ will recognize and honor Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt for her long history of advocating for women and women business owners at the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards on February 19th, along with eleven other amazing women.

The 2015 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awardees are:

Legislator of the Year:  Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, 6th District, NJ

Trailblazer of the Year:  Donna Cristino, Jing Ai

Company of the Year:  Valerie Schlitt, Valerie Schlitt Associates

Heroine of the Year:  Dr. Esther Deblinger, New Jersey Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute

Media Advocate of the Year:  Jenny Ryan, SNJ Business People

Community Advocate of the Year:  Dr. Donna Pellegrino, The Psychology Group

Environmental Advocate of the Year:  Melissa Lee, The Green Program

Woman Entrepreneur Under 40: Molly Hayward, Cora

Women’s Health Advocate of the Year: Dr. Kathleen Baumgardner, Health Goals Chiropractic and Center for Life Enhancement

Woman Business Owner of the Year: Mindie Barnett, MB and Associates Public Relations

NAWBO SJ Chapter Champion:  Fran Davis, The Flavorful Fork

NOVA Award: Katie Walsh, Rita’s Water Ice

The 2015 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala will also feature an inspirational keynote address from Pamela Slim, acclaimed author, speaker, business consultant and entrepreneur. Slim’s keynote at the gala will center around her most recent book, “Body of Work: Finding the Thread that Ties Your Story Together,” which aims to give the reader the tools necessary to have a meaningful career in this new world of work; a world where jobs and careers are increasingly less stable and more diverse.  All VIP ticket holders will have an opportunity to meet Slim in the VIP reception room, as well as receive a signed copy of her book, “Body of Work”. You can register online at http://bgc2015.eventbrite.com. For updates follow #BGC2015.

In recent years, the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala has drawn roughly 250 attendees, mostly business women and men from the South Jersey region who come to honor the awardees, network, enjoy a great night out, and be inspired by the keynote’s address.  All proceeds of this annual fundraiser, NAWBO SJ’s largest, are used to help the chapter continue to provide education, networking & leadership opportunities to women business owners in South Jersey.  NAWBO SJ is a not-for-profit organization.

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of NAWBO. This year’s awards gala will not only celebrate the inspirational honorees, but also this grand milestone and the rich history of a great organization dedicated to the advancement of women business owners.

To learn more about the 2015 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, visitwww.nawbosouthjersey.org.

About NAWBO National

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses.  The organization currently has over 80 chapters.   NAWBO traces its origins to a small group of Washington, DC business women who began meeting informally in the spring of 1975 to talk about mutual experiences, exchange information and develop business skills.  Recognizing the value of the group, they incorporated as the National Association of Women Business Owners on July 5, 1975.  Two years later they began recruiting members from across the country, and in 1978 the first chapters were formed.   Website:http://www.nawbo.org/

2015 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Honorees

Jan. 6, 2015VOORHEES, N.J.The National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey chapter (NAWBO SJ) is proud to announce the honorees for the 2015 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala. The annual awards gala is a dinner program that honors extraordinary individuals for their contributions to women and women business owners, as well as their commitment to excellence and community. This year’s gala will be held on February 19th at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.

The 2015 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awardees are:

Trailblazer of the Year:  Donna Cristino, Jing Ai

Company of the Year:  Valerie Schlitt, Valerie Schlitt Associates

Heroine of the Year:  Dr. Esther Deblinger, New Jersey Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute

Media Advocate of the Year:  Jenny Ryan, SNJ Business People

Community Advocate of the Year:  Dr. Donna Pellegrino, The Psychology Group

Environmental Advocate of the Year:  Melissa Lee, The Green Program

Woman Entrepreneur Under 40:  Molly Hayward, Cora

Women’s Health Advocate of the Year:  Dr. Kathleen Baumgardner, Health Goals Chiropractic and Center for Life Enhancement

Woman Business Owner of the Year:  Mindie Barnett, MB and Associates Public Relations

NAWBO SJ Chapter Champion:  Fran Davis, The Flavorful Fork

NOVA Award: Katie Walsh, Rita’s Water Ice

The 2015 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala will also feature an inspirational keynote address from Pamela Slim, acclaimed author, speaker, business consultant and entrepreneur.  Slim’s keynote at the gala will center around her most recent book, “Body of Work: Finding the Thread that Ties Your Story Together,” which aims to give the reader the tools necessary to have a meaningful career in this new world of work; a world where jobs and careers are increasingly less stable and more diverse.  All VIP ticket holders will have an opportunity to meet Slim in the VIP reception room, as well as receive a signed copy of her book, “Body of Work”.   Early bird registration is available until 1/11/15.  You can register online at http://bgc2015.eventbrite.com.  For updates follow #BGC2015.

In recent years, the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala has drawn roughly 250 attendees, mostly business women and men from the South Jersey region who come to honor the nominees, network, enjoy a great night out, and be inspired by the keynote’s address.  All proceeds of this annual fundraiser, NAWBO SJ’s largest, are used to help the chapter continue to provide education, networking & leadership opportunities to women business owners in South Jersey.  NAWBO SJ is a not-for-profit organization.

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of NAWBO. This year’s awards gala will not only celebrate the inspirational honorees, but also this grand milestone and the rich history of a great organization dedicated to the advancement of women business owners.

To learn more about the 2015 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, visit www.nawbosouthjersey.org.

About NAWBO of South Jersey

Chartered in 2003, The National Association of Women Business Owners-South Jersey is a vibrant, professional group of women and men who come together to connect, learn and grow through networking and educational events.  NAWBO of South Jersey strives to help others grow in business by offering education and resource to women business owners in our region, and by providing exposure and promotion avenues for increasing member visibility.  They offer events and membership opportunities in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Atlantic, Cape May and portions of Mercer counties.

About NAWBO National

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses.  The organization currently has over 80 chapters.   NAWBO traces its origins to a small group of Washington, DC business women who began meeting informally in the spring of 1975 to talk about mutual experiences, exchange information and develop business skills.  Recognizing the value of the group, they incorporated as the National Association of Women Business Owners on July 5, 1975.  Two years later they began recruiting members from across the country, and in 1978 the first chapters were formed.   Website: http://www.nawbo.org/

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NAWBO SJ Announces Keynote for 2015 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards & Gala

Dec. 3, 2014VOORHEES, N.J.The National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter (NAWBO SJ) is thrilled to announce that Pamela Slim, acclaimed author, speaker, business consultant and entrepreneur, will deliver the keynote at the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala & Dinner on February 19th, 2015.  The annual awards gala, hosted by NAWBO SJ, is a dinner program that honors extraordinary individuals in the South Jersey region for their contributions to women and to women business owners.

A woman business owner herself, Pamela Slim embarked on her entrepreneurial path as a consultant to large companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where she worked with thousands of executives, managers and employees.  In 2005 she started the Escape from Cubicle Nation blog – a site designed for corporate employees who wanted to make the shift to entrepreneur.  Escape from Cubicle Nation is now one of the top career and business websites on the web.  Over the past eight years, Slim has developed and taught business building courses for thousands of entrepreneurs.  Her first book, aptly titled “Escape from Cubicle Nation”, won best small-business book in 2009 from 800-CEO-Read.  Slim is frequently quoted as a business expert in press such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Information Week, Money Magazine and Psychology Today.

12402089-pamela-slimPamela Slim’s keynote at the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards will center around her most recent book, “Body of Work: Finding the Thread that Ties Your Story Together,” which aims to give the reader the tools necessary to have a meaningful career in this new world of work; a world where jobs and careers are increasingly less stable and more diverse.

“2015 marks the 40th anniversary of NAWBO – an organization with an immense and rich body of work, rooted in helping and supporting women business owners across America,” notes Helena Duzenski, Director of Marketing for NAWBO SJ.  “Next year’s Beyond the Glass Ceiling awards will celebrate not only the immense body of work of the honorees, but also of NAWBO itself.  Pamela’s message in “Body of Work”, and the message of her keynote, couldn’t fit more perfectly into the intention of the ceremony.”

President of NAWBO SJ, Fran Davis, has been a longtime fan of Pamela Slim and was instrumental in securing her for the keynote.  “I was introduced to Pamela through her book ’Escape from Cubicle Nation,’ when I, like many other female entrepreneurs, was making the jump from corporate to business owner.  An Information Technology professional for over 15 years, it was scary to strike out on my own and start The Flavorful Fork, a personal chef business,” remembers Davis.  “The advice I received from Pam’s book, along with the support I received from the members of the National Association of Women Business Owners, gave me the confidence and help I needed to move forward. It was such a personal thrill for me to schedule a meeting in my calendar to speak directly with Pam about keynoting the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala. Having followed her growth for the past four years, I am confident she will provide our audience with an inspirational and actionable talk about the new world of work.”

The 2015 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala will be held at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.  In recent years, the event has drawn around 300 attendees, mostly business women and men from the South Jersey region who come to honor the nominees, network, enjoy a great night out, and be inspired by the keynote’s address.  Registration will be available soon.  Please check back athttp://nawbosouthjersey.org/ to purchase tickets.

About Pamela Slim

Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and business consultant who has been an entrepreneur for eighteen years. A former Director of Training and Development at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco, she spent the first 10 years of her business as a consultant to large companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where she worked with thousands of executives, managers and employees.

In the last eight years, she helped hundreds of people to start successful businesses. She built a powerful online presence at Escape from Cubicle Nation, a site designed for corporate employees who wanted to make the shift to entrepreneur.  At Escape, Pam developed and taught business building courses for thousands of entrepreneurs. She has worked with companies serving the small business market such as Infusionsoft, Office Depot and Citrix.

Slim is frequently quoted as a business expert in press such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Information Week, Money Magazine and Psychology Today.

Pam has an ongoing partnership with bestselling author Susan Cain and Quiet Revolution LLC, where she is helping to build the Quiet Leadership Institute, which helps organizations empower introverts to draw on their natural strengths, for the benefit of us all.

Pam is a passionate martial artist who practiced the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira for 11 years in San Francisco, where she was Executive Director of Omulu Capoeira Group, a non-profit martial arts organization. She studied Mixed Martial Arts with Edward Kelly Fiori in Arizona, receiving her black belt in July, 2013.

She is a proud mom in Mesa, AZ. Her family is her anchor, her joy and her fuel for doing important work in the world.

Website: http://pamelaslim.com/

About NAWBO SJ

Chartered in 2003, The National Association of Women Business Owners – South Jersey is a vibrant, professional group of women who come together to connect, learn and grow through networking and educational events.  NAWBO SJ strives to help women business owners and women in business to succeed, to grow, and to thrive. They offer events and membership opportunities in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Atlantic, Cape May and portions of Mercer counties.   Website: http://nawbosouthjersey.org/

About NAWBO National

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses.  The organization currently has over 80 chapters.   NAWBO traces its origins to a small group of Washington, DC business women who began meeting informally in the spring of 1975 to talk about mutual experiences, exchange information and develop business skills.  Recognizing the value of the group, they incorporated as the National Association of Women Business Owners on July 5, 1975.  Two years later they began recruiting members from across the country, and in 1978 the first chapters were formed.   Website: http://www.nawbo.org/

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Exclusive Business Workshop with The Growth Strategist®, Aldonna Ambler

Oct. 13, 2014VOORHEES, N.J.The National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter (NAWBO SJ) is pleased to offer the South Jersey community of women business owners a rare opportunity to learn from one of the top women business owners in the nation, Aldonna Ambler.  Known as The Growth Strategist ®, Aldonna Ambler is a leading expert on growth strategies for mid-size companies. Ambler is the speaker/consultant IBM brought in to help their 2500 business partners worldwide to grow their companies. Major telecommunications companies (Verizon, SBC, Pacific Bell, etc.) sponsor nationwide speaking tours (averaging 29 cities for 14 straight years) featuring Ambler’s presentations about growth strategy and resilience.  As a mentor, she has helped over 150 other women grow their businesses past the too often elusive $1 Mil/yr. level.

This exclusive workshop will be held at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ on November 17th, 8am – 12pm.  At Ambler’s request, seating is very limited in an effort to be as effective as possible in helping the women business owners who attend.  All registrants are encouraged to bring current business plans to refer to along with their toughest questions.  As a bonus, Ambler is offering the first 10 registrants a free consultation.

12382352-aldonna-amblerThe focus of the workshop is profitable resilient growth.  Ambler’s personal experience as an entrepreneur who has successfully weathered many economic ups & downs during her thirty-five years in business, coupled with her professional experience as a business consultant, mentor and growth strategist for forty-three years, are what uniquely qualify her to lead this workshop. During the session you will learn:

– What really drives profitability for your business and what stunts continued growth.
– A four-step process for strategy formulation that has helped hundreds of companies get on (and stay on) the published lists of the fastest growing privately held companies.
– How to identify the optimum size for your business.
– How to lift off stubborn plateaus.
– And much more!

“Aldonna Ambler is one of the most insightful people I know,” says Suzanne Pease, founding member of NAWBO and past President of NAWBO National.  “In every situation, whether it be consultation, a workshop, a speech, or simply a conversation, she goes to the heart of the matter and sees options and opportunities that make sense. Each time I have heard her talk, she comes up with some gem of a concept that brings an “aha! moment. Aldonna thinks big and encourages others to do the same. She gently nudges you to take the next step, not settle for good when you can attain great; all the while making you feel pride in your accomplishments.”

Ambler is also a long-standing member of NAWBO, having joined in 1980 just five years after it was formed.  She has a long history with the organization and with helping women business owners from all over the United States to succeed.  Ambler was the 5th Statewide President and served as a National Vice President three times.

“Aldonna Ambler is an incredible example of a woman business owner who continues to climb the ladder of success with one arm pulling her up to the next rung and one arm cast behind her to help those who are following behind her,” says Fran Davis, current President of NAWBO SJ and owner of The Flavorful Fork.  “We are so pleased that Aldonna will be offering this intensive, power-packed seminar to our NAWBO South Jersey members and to the South Jersey business community.”

To register for the workshop, please visit www.nawbosj-aldonna.eventbrite.com.

About Aldonna Ambler:

Aldonna Ambler’s businesses have been in the top 1% of all woman owned businesses for over 30 years.  She is often included in lists of the top .1% of WBOs worldwide.  She was selected by NAWBO as their “National Woman Business Owner of the Year” in 2000.  She was also included in Office Depot’s annual list of the USA’s.

Ambler was also in NJ BIZ’s inaugural group of “50 Top Women in Business” and “25 Women of Influence”.  She is one of the NJ Commerce and Industry Association’s “25 Women of Influence”, was a Garden State Woman magazine “Entrepreneur of the Year”, is one of New Jersey monthly magazine’s “25 Leading Entrepreneurial Women”, is one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Women of Distinction”, was a NAWBO South Jersey “pioneer” and is in Atlantic County’s “Women’s Hall of Fame.”  Recently, Aldonna was selected for

Aldonna Ambler joined The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) 35 years ago. A founding member of NAWBO SJ, she was the 5thStatewide President and served as a National Vice President three times.

As a mentor, she has helped over 150 other women grow their businesses past the too often elusive $1M per year level.

As a growth strategist, she focuses on mid-sized, privately held companies – particularly the kinds of businesses most of us own – B2B service firms, technology companies and distribution businesses.

Aldonna is the speaker/consultant IBM brought in to help their 2500 business partners worldwide to grow their companies. Major telecommunications companies (Verizon, SBC, Pacific Bell and more) sponsor nationwide speaking tours (averaging 29 cities for 14 straight years) featuring Aldonna’s presentations about growth strategy and resilience.

Visit Ambler’s website to learn more: Ambler.com.

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Nominations Open for the 2015 Glass Ceiling Awards

Sep. 29, 2014VOORHEES, N.J.The National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter, (NAWBO SJ) is excited to announce that they are now accepting nominations for their 12th Annual Beyond The Glass Ceiling Awards Gala & Ceremony.  The 2015 Glass Ceiling Awards will also celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The National Association of Women Business Owners.  NAWBO SJ is proud to be part of a national organization with its rich history of dedication, commitment and advocacy for women business owners across America.

The Glass Ceiling Awards Gala is an annual dinner program hosted by NAWBO SJ that attracts approximately 300 business owners and professionals from the South Jersey region. The ceremony recognizes and honors outstanding individuals in the local community who have demonstrated leadership roles in their professions, have been active in their communities and have served as mentors and role models for women business owners and women in business.

The gala also includes a keynote address from a prominent individual who has made significant contributions to women and women business owners.  Last year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Robin Smith, a national television personality, best-selling author, and licensed psychologist.

Dr. Robin Smith, 2014 Glass Ceiling Awards

Dr. Robin Smith, 2014 Glass Ceiling Awards

The 2015 Glass Ceiling Awards Gala & Ceremony will be held Thursday, February 19th at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.  Nominations are due by October 30th, 2014 and may be submitted toinfo@nawbosouthjersey.org.

The nomination categories are:

Trailblazer of the Year
First to explore, develop or research a new product, service, trade, medicine, technique, venture, etc. Someone who is the first to lead.

Heroine Award
Someone who is responsible for a heroic act in business, medicine, philanthropy, etc.

Legislator of the Year
A policy-maker who is creating inspiring laws or policies that benefit women business owners.

Media Advocate of the Year
A news outlet who has advocated on behalf of women business owners in the SJ community.

Woman Business Owner of the Year
A successful, business owner or entrepreneur who has had an impact on the SJ community.

Community Advocate of the Year
Someone who is an advocate of the SJ community.

Company of the Year
A company (small, mid-size or large) that has exhibited significant growth or has made significant impact on the SJ community.

Environmental Advocate of the Year
A company or individual who has made significant strides toward improving the environment, or environmental policy.

Under 40 Business Woman of the Year
An individual who is a rising star in her community, under the age of 40.

Women’s Advocate of the Year
Someone who has successfully advocated on behalf of women and/or women in business.

NAWBO SJ Nova
A NAWBO member who is a “rising star” in her field.

NAWBO SJ Chapter Champion
A NAWBO member who has “championed” our chapter and supported our growth and mission.

The 2014 Glass Ceiling Award Honorees Were:

Trailblazer of the Year – CJ DiRoma, The Asterism Group

Legislator of the Year—Congressman Jon Runyan, NJ 3rd Congressional District

Company of the Year – Eileen Unger, Emergency Preparedness Partnerships

Women’s Advocate of the Year – Lucienne Beard, Alice Paul Institute

Heroine of the Year – Betty Long, RN, Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates

Media Advocate of the Year – Marilyn Russell, WBEN-FM

Community Advocate of the Year – Lori Godorov, The Work Group

Environmental Advocate of the Year – Lori Braunstein, Sustainable Cherry Hill

NAWBO SJ NOVA – Roseann Vanella, Advanced Mediation Solutions, FamilyAffaires.com

NAWBO SJ Chapter Champion– Judy Sailer, Habitat for Humanity & Tracy Shields, ResQ

Eligibility Requirements for Nomination : Nominees must be a resident or work within the South Jersey region and must be able to accept the award in-person on the evening of the gala.

Nomination Guidelines:

Nominees should:

-be widely recognized as extraordinarily successful in their field

-have career and work effectiveness that can be documented.

-have had positive influence on others in their field and beyond.

Please submit the names of individuals or companies you might feel are deserving of one of our award categories, reason for the nomination, company the nominee is connected to, and contact information (name, email, phone number) of nominee. Submit all to info@nawbosouthjersey.org by October 30th, 2014.

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NAWBO SJ Announces Speaker for their August Professional Development Event

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) of South Jersey is pleased to announce that the guest speaker for their next Professional Development Quarterly (PDQ) event on August 12, 2014 will be Carmen Sognonvi of Urban Martial Arts in Brooklyn, NY.  Sognonvi has been featured in numerous media outlets including Inc, Entrepreneur, Fox Business, and Crain’s New York Business.  Her company, Urban Martial Arts, increased its revenues by 70%, doubled its membership base, and tripled the size of its list utilizing the techniques Sognonvi will be teaching at the PDQ.  Titled “Old School Marketing in the Digital Age”, Sognonvi’s presentation will demonstrate why old-school marketing tactics like flyers, signage and booths are still great ways to reach customers and how to connect them with online tools to create powerful results.

Held at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ, the PDQ will also include a luncheon and networking, as well as an opportunity for a Q&A with Sognonvi.   To access the registration page, please click on the following link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-school-marketing-in-the-d….  Early bird pricing is valid until July 25th, 2014.

This PDQ is hosted in partnership with the Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

About Carmen Sognonvi

Carmen Sognonvi is owner and general manager of Urban Martial Arts, a martial arts school in Brooklyn, New York. She blogs at CarmenSognonvi.com, where she shares tips on running a successful local, bricks-and-mortar business. Carmen’s views on local business, local marketing, and entrepreneurship have been featured in numerous media outlets, including Inc, Entrepreneur, Fox Business, and Crain’s New York Business. Carmen was born and mostly raised in Hong Kong, but also spent much of her childhood living in Shanghai and Belgium. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Political Science, and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two daughters.  Carmen Sognonvi’s website & blog: http://www.carmensognonvi.com/

NAWBO of South Jersey Announces the Next President, Fran Davis

NAWBO of South Jersey is pleased to announce their next President, Fran Davis of The Flavorful Fork.  Davis has been a member of the organization since March of 2011 and has served on the Board for the past two years, first as Director of Membership and, most recently, as Director of Marketing.  Having demonstrated her commitment, passion and dedication to NAWBO SJ, Davis is a natural fit to step into the role of President.

Fran Davis is the owner and creator of The Flavorful Fork, a personal chef business with a focus on healthy gourmet food.  She credits NAWBO with helping her grow her business and making valuable connections with other women in business.

“As business owners we all face challenges,” said Davis. “However, as women business owners we often face challenges that our male counterparts may not such as gender discrimination, the pressures of managing work and family, appropriately valuing our worth in the marketplace, and learning how to be effective leaders while walking the line between being perceived as too aggressive or too nice. The National Association of Women Business Owners is an organization that provides a supportive environment just for women to share the challenges we face and receive the advice and wisdom of those who have gone before us.”

Davis has a multi-varied background that she brings to her new position which includes receiving a MS in Social Psychology, 15+ years in Information Technology designing portal based solutions for corporations to improve their communication and collaboration, and, of course, her experience as a female entrepreneur with The Flavorful Fork.  She is also a columnist for Virtua Woman, has been published in a variety of academic journals, and regularly shares her knowledge and love of food within corporations, at farmers markets, and through other venues.

“I believe Fran Davis is the perfect woman to be the President of NAWBO SJ,” said Angela Venti, current President of NAWBO SJ and Business Development Manager at Investor’s Bank.  “She is very passionate about women business owners and giving them the tools necessary to be successful.  She has a wonderful agenda planned for the upcoming year and is committed to not only maintaining the level of excellence NAWBO SJ is known for, but also taking it up a notch.  With Fran at the helm, I know that NAWBO of South Jersey will continue to offer quality content, educational resources, great networking and wonderful support to both the small business and larger corporations in our area.”

The installation dinner of NAWBO SJ’s new President and Board will be June 12, 2014, details to follow.

“Birth That Book” Professional Development Event

On Thursday, April 17th, NAWBO of South Jersey will be hosting a professional development event at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ, “Hungry to Birth That Book” with Kelly Epperson.  Kelly Epperson is the author of When Life Stinks, It’s Time to Wash the Gym Clothes; 365 Days of Joy – How to be Happy Every Single Day; and JOY Droppings, Evidence That Joy Is Everywhere, Every Day, For All of Us, plus she has ghostwritten many books for others, including a New York Times best-seller that has sold over 3 million copies.  With her company, Birth That Book, Epperson coaches budding authors through the process of writing a book and helps them get published.

Lynn Bardowski, Director of Membership for NAWBO SJ and author of the #1 Amazon best-seller,Success Secrets of a Million Dollar Party Girl, understands the power of being a published author.  “If you want to be great and stand out in today’s market, you have to be able to tell a compelling story,” says Lynn.  “Whether your goal is to write a book, or connect with your customers on a higher level, it’s imperative that you get your story out there. Since writing my book my business has expanded beyond my imagination. I’m a sought-after expert, speaker and radio host – most recently interviewing Barbara Corcoran. We’re fortunate that NAWBO is able to connect SJ entrepreneurs with a world renowned expert like Kelly. I recommend you grab your ticket to Birth that Book today, and bring a friend along for the ride!”

NAWBO member, Danielle Kane, also knows the value of writing a book and is very excited to learn from Epperson.  “I recently co-authored a book called Get With The Program with my business partners and several other fitness professionals that went to the top of more than one Amazon best-sellers list,” Danielle explained. ”Before my partners and I were approached by the publishers for this opportunity, I had never even entertained the thought of writing a book.  I always thought that only ‘real’ authors and celebrities got published.  I thought it was out of my reach.  As it turns out, it’s not!  I can definitely attest to the value of being published.  It has given my partners and me a leg-up on our competition and has gone a long way to beginning to establish us as the go-to experts in our area.”

The “Hungry to Birth That Book” seminar will be held at The Mansion in Voorhees on April 17, 2014 from 11:30am – 3:00pm.  You can register and reserve your spot by clicking on the following link:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hungry-to-birth-that-book-tic…

Women Business Owners Report by NAWBO & Web.com

Nearly nine out of 10 women business owners (87 percent) are optimistic about their business’ economic outlook this year, a 12 percent increase over 2013, finds the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report commissioned by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), which boasts a local chapter in South Jersey, and Web.com Group, Inc.

The report, developed from an annual survey* of more than 600 women business owners (WBOs) from around the nation, also shows that while the state of the economy is the top concern for most (90 percent) WBOs, the majority (89 percent) are also optimistic about their overall business performance in 2014.

“Our report reveals that women business owners are optimistic about the future of their businesses and the opportunities that exist for other women to start up new businesses as well,” said Angela Venti, President of NAWBO South Jersey.  “At NAWBO, we work hard to ensure that the women business owners and professionals in our community have the skills, tools and support they need to achieve their goals.”

When asked about their biggest near-term concerns over the next six months, the top issue – cited by 90 percent of WBOs – was gaining new customers, and 81 percent are concerned about keeping their existing customers. To address these challenges, WBOs are emphasizing investments in customer service (69 percent) and marketing (62 percent) over enhancing their products (48 percent) or hiring (26 percent).

WBOs also place a higher priority on online marketing in 2014, with a larger focus on investing in their mobile presence (+13 percentage points from 2013), social media presence (+ eight percentage points), ecommerce (+ six percentage points) and website (+ three percentage points). Eighty-five percent of WBOs believe social media is important for creating and maintaining customer relationships, and 79 percent plan to invest in their social media presence in 2014.

The 2014 report also shows:

Taxes, access to health insurance and energy costs are top WBO worries.

In addition to their economic concerns, 80 percent of WBOs are worried about business tax issues, up 12 percent from 2013. As for other issues keeping WBOs up at night this year more than last, 71 percent say the cost and accessibility of health insurance is a significant issue (+ two percentage points); 61 percent cite having access to capital (+ six percentage points); and 51 percent say fuel and energy costs are a concern (+10 percentage points from 2013).

While social media marketing is a priority, WBOs lack confidence in their abilities and vastly underutilize these channels.

While 85 percent of respondents say social media is important for building customer relationships, only 67 percent of respondents currently use social media to connect with customers. That means a significant 18 percentage point gap between recognized importance and actual use of social, which leads to a tremendous missed opportunity. Just more than half (54 percent) of respondents are confident in their ability to build a social media presence for their business, and only a quarter of them are posting on social media at least once a day. Most WBOs (54 percent) are posting one to six times per week, and 23 percent rarely post at all. When they do use social media, WBOs’ preferred platforms are LinkedIn (25 percent), Facebook (21 percent) and YouTube (20 percent).

“Women small business owners recognize the importance of the web, mobile and social media to engage, capture and nurture customer relationships, and they are increasing investments in these resources to drive growth,” said David L. Brown, chairman, CEO and president of Web.com. “However, WBOs face unique challenges in social media, where they lack either the expertise or time to realize the full potential of this channel. Small business owners who prioritize the web and social media in their marketing mix – or find a partner to help them gain this expertise – will reap the benefits of increased customer engagement and satisfaction.”

To join your local South Jersey NAWBO chapter and receive the support you need to achieve success, visit http://nawbosouthjersey.org/.