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Welcome to our new NAWBO Members!

We had a very successful Spring Membership Drive and would like to welcome the following new members to NAWBO and to our South Jersey chapter:

  1. Marianne Aleardi, SJ Magazine
  2. Anne Buchanan, Anne Buchanan Interiors
  3. Meggan Ciaccia, Montecin & Ciaccia, P.A
  4. Dawn Kelly, Kelly Dental Arts
  5. Dr. Brenda Kurnik
  6. Jennifer Lavender, Lavender Property Management
  7. Susan Leming, Brown & Connery
  8. Christine O’Hearn, Brown & Connery
  9. Mary Ellen Rose, Capehart Scatchard


We Want You Back!

We know we are better together as women entrepreneurs—and we’d be even better with YOU as part of our NAWBO community. If you were a NAWBO member in the past, we encourage you to take a fresh look at our chapter and the national organization. We think you will be pleased by what you see.



NAWBO South Jersey Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners of South Jersey is pleased to announce that Fran Davis from Marlton, NJ has been named its first part-time Executive Director. Ms. Davis will lead the South Jersey chapter in its effort to propel New Jersey to be a leading state for women-owned businesses.

The appointment was inspired by the organization’s growing influence within the South Jersey business community and by the rise in woman-owned businesses in the state.

In New Jersey, a report released by American Express OPEN estimates the number of women-owned businesses grew 48 percent between 1997 and 2014. The state’s 230,000 women-owned businesses employ nearly 260,000 people and contribute $45 billion to the economy, according to American Express’s analysis of Census data.

Board President Katie Walsh said, “The NAWBO SJ Board is very excited to offer the role of Executive Director to Fran Davis. She is a talented woman with a deep passion for women-owned businesses. The board of directors looks forward to working with her to take NAWBO South Jersey to higher levels of impact and influence.”

Fran Davis comes uniquely qualified for the position. She is the owner of a personal chef service in the South Jersey region which she started in 2010. She has been a NAWBO member since 2010 as well, serving on the South Jersey board as Membership chair, Marketing chair and President of the organization. She has worked diligently to build and improve the NAWBO brand in South Jersey and has a passion for assisting other women business owners and strengthening the business community.

Ms. Davis received her B.A. in Psychology at Boston University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and received her M.S. in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut. During her 15 years in the corporate Information Technology sector, she designed and maintained technology portals for mid-sized companies helping to improve the flow of information and streamline processes within the organizations. She transitioned from corporate employee to business owner in 2010 to allow her to fulfill her dream of working for herself and to have a more flexible schedule during her daughter’s early development years.

Over the past few years she has strived to connect the members of NAWBO to their local representatives and to build partnerships with other networking, non-profit, government and educational institutions. The NAWBO Board is pleased that through her role as Executive Director she will continue to assist with the strategic growth of the organization.

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.   Website:


Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. The Indianapolis chapter, established in 1997, is the largest chapter in the country with over 200 members. NAWBO remains the only organization that solely represents the interest of women entrepreneurs in all industries. NAWBO’s mission is to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; create innovative and effective change in the business culture; build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transform public policy and influence opinion makers. NAWBO-Indy’s vision is to impact, influence and propel Indiana to be a leading state for women-owned businesses by its advocacy efforts, economic impact, diversity, influence, membership size and power.

Media Contact
Kimberly Milnes, Director of Marketing NAWBO SJ
Owner/Family Travel Boutique

NAWBO of South Jersey Announces the Next President, Katie Walsh

NAWBO of South Jersey is pleased to announce their next President, Katie Walsh, Owner of 3 Rita’s Water Ice franchises each located in Gloucester County, NJ. Walsh has been a member of the organization since 2014 and during this time has served on the Board as Secretary. Having demonstrated her commitment, passion and dedication to NAWBO SJ, Walsh is a natural fit to step into the role of President.

Nine years ago, Katie started “scooping” ice as a server at her local Rita’s. She quickly climbed the ranks into management. While a full time student, pursuing a Marketing degree from Rutgers University Camden School of Business, Katie stayed with Rita’s as a fulltime General Manager/Marketing Manager. In 2012, Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.

In 2014, Katie purchased the Rita’s Ice locations of Mantua, Woodbury, & Glassboro, NJ where she remains responsible for all business decisions. In addition to managing her three locations, Katie works as a Small Business Consultant, specializing in operations, marketing, and team building.

“As business owners we all face challenges,” said Walsh. “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.”

“I believe Katie Walsh is the perfect woman to be the President of NAWBO SJ,” said Fran Davis, current President of NAWBO SJ and owner of The Flavorful Fork. “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 Katie 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 of NAWBO SJ’s new President and Board will be September 14, 2016 11:30am-2:00pm at The Madison in Riverside NJ.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets visit:

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. Website:


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. It is affiliated with Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs) in 33 countries.

NAWBO traces its origins to a small group of Washington, DC business women who began meeting informally in the spring of 1974 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, 1974. Two years later they began recruiting members from across the country, and in 1978 the first chapters were formed. Membership is open to sole proprietors, partners and corporate owners with day today management responsibility. Website:

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Kimberly Milnes, Director of Marketing NAWBO SJ
Owner/Family Travel Boutique

Nomination Of NAWBO SJ Board 2016-2017

“Do not wait on a leader…look in the mirror, its you!”

— Katherine Miracle, speaker

Dear Colleague:

We need a few good women to help us run the South Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

This past year has been one of wonderful growth and accomplishments. Our chapter has connected with a number of local legislators such as Assemblywoman Pam Lampitt, Senator Diane Allen, and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. Our annual Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala was a huge success and received press coverage across media channels including the Courier Post, SJ Biz, the Burlington County Times, and Channel 3 News. We partnered with the Small Business Administration to bring the South Jersey community an interactive series of workshops on women-owned business certification. And more much!

We must now choose a slate of women that will continue to lead us forward and continue to provide our SJ business community with quality educational, networking and leadership opportunities for women business owners.  Please consider submitting your name and also the names of other women business owners who you feel would make good board members.

The benefits of being a board member include being able to give back to the women’s business community; involvement in public and community policy; personal connections to hundreds of other business owners regionally and nationally; and building business relationships with representatives from major corporations.   This is a great opportunity for our members to gain board experience which will strengthen your skill set and assist in your professional advancement.  Being a board member is the opportunity to make a difference in the professional and personal lives of women business owners.

While previous board experience is a plus it is not necessary. We are looking for women business owners that are team players, good communicators, and big vision thinkers who are also willing to roll up their sleeves and get the work done, You must be a NAWBO member to be considered.

Please insert names for the following open board positions to be elected.

PRESIDENT ________________________________________________

PRESIDENT-ELECT __________________________________________


We also invite you to make recommendations for the following open Committee Chairs to be appointed:

COMMUNITY RELATIONS______________________________________




Kindly return this information, along with a statement about why you are nominating this person(s) or submitting your own name for consideration, to Fran Davis, South Jersey Chapter President, PO Box 923, Marlton, NJ or email to  Nominations must be received by April 30, 2016.  All nominations and comments will be kept confidential.  We will ask for a resume or statement of qualifications from each person being considered.

All nominees will be contacted by the Nominating Committee regarding the information that is submitted and will be asked if they will accept the nomination.

We thank you for your support of the South Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Thank you.

Fran Davis,
President, South Jersey Chapter

NAWBO SJ Announces Keynote for 2016 Gala – Liz Scott

liz scottThe National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter (NAWBO SJ) is honored to announce that Liz Scott, Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand will deliver the keynote at the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala & Dinner on February 18, 2016.

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.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand began from a grassroots effort when four-year-old Alex informed her mother, Liz Scott, alex scottfollowing a stem cell transplant, “when I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand.” She said she wanted to give the money to doctors to allow them to “help other kids, like they helped me.” Scott and her husband, Jay, were happy to serve as Alex’s helpers. Alex’s first lemonade stand earned $2000. While battling her own cancer, Alex continued to set up yearly lemonade stands in her front yard.

Currently, Scott works alongside her husband, the staff and board of directors, as well as the dedicated sponsors and supporters as they continue to fight childhood cancer, one cup at a time. While at work, she is the Co-Executive Director of the Foundation, but she is proudest of her title of “Mom” to her three sons, (Patrick, Eddie, and Joey) and her daughter Alex.

Liz Scott is frequently sought after to speak to a variety of groups including businesses, schools and community groups, spreading Alex’s inspirational story of determination and courage.

Many NAWBO SJ members have long been inspired by Liz Scott and her daughter, Alex. “Alex’s story, and that of her parents and the foundation, is one of strength, resolve, and the belief that anything is possible if you persist and work together as a community. It is a truly inspirational entrepreneurial journey that we can all learn from.” said Fran Davis President of NAWBO SJ and owner of The Flavorful Fork.

More details about the Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala, including the 2016 honorees and how to purchase tickets, coming soon!


Nominations Open for the 2016 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards

The National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter, (NAWBO SJ) is excited to announce that we are now accepting nominations for their 13th Annual Beyond The Glass Ceiling Awards Gala & Ceremony. These awards recognize and honor outstanding individuals in the 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 Glass Ceiling Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2015 and attracts approximately 300 business owners and professionals from the South Jersey region.

Nominations are due by December 1, 2015 and may be submitted to

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

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

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

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

A successful, business owner or entrepreneur who has had an impact on the SJ community.

Someone who is an advocate of the SJ community.

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

A company or individual who has made significant strides toward improving the environment, or

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

Someone who has successfully advocated on behalf of women and/or women in business.

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

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

Eligibility Requirements for Nomination & Guidelines: 

 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.

 Nominees must be widely recognized as extraordinarily successful in their field.

 Nominees must have career and work effectiveness that can be documented.

 Nominees must have had positive influence on others in their field and beyond.

To nominate an individual or company, please submit the names of individuals or companies, the reason for the nomination, the company the nominee is connected to if an individual, and contact information (name, email, phone number) of nominee. Submit all to by December 1, 2015.

In addition to these awards, the Beyond The Glass Ceiling Gala features a keynote address from a prominent individual who has made significant contributions to women and women business owners. Last year’s keynote speaker was Pamela Slim, award-winning author, speaker and business consultant, who spoke about the tools necessary to have a meaningful career in today’s less stable and more diverse work world. This year’s keynote speaker will be announced soon. The event also includes a silent auction, cocktails, dinner and dessert.

Stay up to date with all the details of the event with hashtag #NAWBOSJBGC

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Celebrates 40th Anniversary

NAWBO Celebrates 40 YearsFounding NAWBO National President Susan Hager liked to say, “Get a seat at the table or build your own table, and make sure to include other women at that table.”

Getting a seat at the table and including other women there has been the mission of NAWBO for the last 40 years.  We make it our business to ensure women business owners and entrepreneurs have a strong voice with policy makers and public officials who are making decisions which impact our businesses, our ability to succeed and our bottom line.

From time to time we get asked what makes NAWBO different from the other women’s business organizations out there.

The answer is simple.  YOU are what makes NAWBO different.

Yes, NAWBO is the only membership based organization representing women entrepreneurs at all sizes and sectors and stages of business development.  That makes us unique.  But what does that mean?  That means that YOU, our members, are our value.

We believe there are four places we can provide you with greater access that will help you grow your business and your chapter – Capital– Education and resources you need to choose the best financing options for your business; Confidence–Leadership training and tools necessary to grow personally and professionally;  Community –A sisterhood of women who support women and provide the catalyst for change across the country and the world; and Capitals–An advocate for you and your business with elected officials from the Nation’s capital to your state capital.

Think of these as the four legs the NAWBO table sets upon.  At NAWBO we have a table for all women entrepreneurs.   We work to make sure your place is secured and your voice is heard.


Are You Missing Out on Millions?

Did you know that there are millions of dollars left on the table year after year for women business owners? Did you know you could get a piece of that million dollar pie if you became a certified woman business owner?

The fact of the matter is, federal procurements are required to meet a small business (and minority small business) quota yearly.  On top of that, the big contractors are required to sub-contract a certain percentage of small businesses and minority small businesses as well.  As a certified woman business owner, you help them fulfill both requirements.

Each business owner must decide for herself whether certifying is the right move for her and her business.  But make no mistake – the potential to increase your bottom line is there and it is definitely worth looking into and considering.

NAWBO is pleased to offer its members a free download of Braddock’sThe Winning Edge: How Government and Corporate Buyers Select a Small Business Supplier.  We hope this will help you make the decision as to whether to certify or not this year.

To register for one of these events:

How to Become a Certified Woman Business Owner 11/18

Overcoming Obstacles to Certification 12/16

Honor Our Founders – Value Yourself

Last month, we celebrated Women’s Equality Day. This month, we tackle something that has been off-limits or off-putting for many women business owners—budgeting and financing.

From managing our budgets to planning for our retirement to capitalizing our businesses, far too many women put themselves last or think too small.

But women business owners are a major driver and the fastest growing segment of our nation’s economy. So remember what a vital role you play in the current and future economic conditions we face. We are better and stronger together.

Also, take a moment to remember our NAWBO founding members. NAWBO was founded 40 years ago by a group of women in the Washington, D.C., area who had no one to advocate for them. They could not join any of the business groups at the time. They found that many of their colleagues across the country could not access the capital or information they needed to start a business. In many places, women could not even get their own business loans without a male to co-sign. They set out to change that for themselves and for future generations of women entrepreneurs—and they did.

We can repay and honor them for all their hard work by continuing that today—by not undervaluing ourselves or our fellow women entrepreneurs and encouraging ourselves and others to dream big.