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South Jersey NAWBO Heads to DC

Last month three of our South Jersey chapter members joined approximately 70 other NAWBO members from chapters across the country for NAWBO Advocacy Day in Washington DC.

In attendance were:

  • Fran Davis, Executive Director for NAWBO SJ and Owner of The Flavorful Fork
  • Jennifer Starkey, Co-Chair of Membership and Relationship Manager for TD Bank
  • Mariel Giletto, Director of Public Policy and Corporate Attorney for Parker McCay

This annual NAWBO National event orchestrated by Joy Lutes allows women business owners and corporate partners to connect with their peers as well as elected officials and public policy experts in the nation’s capital.

Following our day on the Hill, Fran Davis and Jennifer Starkey stayed on for the first annual NAWBO Academy for Public Service which allows NAWBO members access to the information and experts they need to pursue their paths into public service.

To learn more about Advocacy Day and the NAWBO Academy for Public Service, click here.

To learn more about NAWBO’s 2017 Public Policy agenda, click here.

Q & A with Incoming President Anne Caruso

Q&A With Anne Caruso, Incoming President of NAWBO SJ

NAWBO SJ is excited to announce that Anne Caruso of Networks Plus will be the new President of our chapter beginning July of 2017. Since its inception in 2003, Anne Caruso and her husband, Jerry, have grown Networks Plus from a small IT business to one of the region’s most sought-after providers of digital services with expanded services including VoIP and website design and consulting. This past February, Networks Plus was awarded Company of the Year by NAWBO South Jersey at the annual Beyond the Glass Ceiling Awards Gala & Dinner.

Prior to becoming President, Anne served on the board as Director of Technology. Here we spoke to Anne about her new opportunity to serve NAWBO South Jersey and the women entrepreneurs in our region as well as why other women should get involved:

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a woman business owner?

Work-life balance is probably the biggest. The life of a woman can be quite the juggling act. We’re the CEOs of our home and business. We are 24/7.  This past year I cared for my newborn granddaughter full-time at my office while running my business. I knew Networks Plus could handle it because I knew the caliber of the team I had in place, but I didn’t tell anyone for fear we’d be passed over for opportunities because of how it would be perceived. Thanks to the support of the two young women on my team, I’ve had my most successful year yet. As they say, “never underestimate the power of a woman!”

What advice would you give to a woman entrepreneur launching her first business?

Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Make yourself visible in your business community.  You don’t always need to be the one talking – listen and learn from the leaders that surround you. Joining NAWBO offers many tools for a woman entrepreneur who’s just getting started.

Why did you decide to join NAWBO and why do you remain an active member today?

Women entrepreneurs encounter challenges that are unique and different from men. I became a member of NAWBO because I was seeking a group that served women and offered support for these unique challenges I was facing. NAWBO SJ has provided me with that support as well as the opportunity to surround myself with like-minded women who are truly a sisterhood. Because of this organization, I have been blessed with the good-fortune to learn from so many amazing women business leaders in this region. And we have a lot of fun!

What advice would you give to women entrepreneurs thinking about joining NAWBO leadership?

Jump in with both feet. Don’t worry about failing – your NAWBO sisters won’t let you. The mission of NAWBO is to help other women grow their businesses.

What do you hope to achieve during your tenure as President of NAWBO SJ?

First and foremost, I would like to change the perception of NAWBO SJ from just another “networking group” to what is really is: an elite sisterhood of women entrepreneurs who propel each other to greater success. The demographics of our chapter range from bankers to chefs to home healthcare owners, attorneys, marketing experts and even a Rita’s Water Ice woman-preneur. And there is absolutely no competition within the group. I want the women entrepreneurs of South Jersey to recognize the great value of this organization and to be lining up to join. I would also like to encourage younger women in our community to join through our partnerships with Girl Scouts of America and Alice Paul Institute.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” – Maya Angelou

People often say they’re going to do something but then don’t follow through. I feel my success stems from my actions; from participating and contributing for the greater good. It goes back to the NAWBO mission to be a servant leader. It comes back to you in abundance. I also feel that mentoring our young people is so important. We need to recognize not only that they are our future, but that they mentor us as well.

If you could change one thing to open more doors for women entrepreneurs, what would it be and why?   

If I could wave a magic wand and change one thing it would be wage equality, as well as increased funding for new businesses. Sadly, it all starts with money. I’ve known many potential women entrepreneurs who had great ideas but were unable to see them through to fruition because of lack in financial resources.

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

 

NAWBO SJ Welcomes New Public Policy Director

The Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners of South Jersey is pleased to announce that Mariel Giletto from Parker McCay P.A. has been named its first Director of Public Policy.

As Director of Public Policy, Ms. Giletto will develop a new committee to help shape the pro-business agenda of the South Jersey chapter. Ms. Giletto will also work with legislators and administrations on issues concerning women business owners in the state including health care insurance, procurement, taxation, social security, education, workforce, and technology.

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.

Executive Director Fran Davis said, “We are very excited to have Ms. Giletto join the NAWBO South Jersey board to assist us with monitoring the legislative issues in the state that could impact our members.”

Ms. Giletto is a corporate attorney and currently serves as the chair of Parker McCay P.A.’s corporate department.  Mariel handles a variety of legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation and development, operations, governance and compliance, and risk management. Over the years, Ms. Giletto’s clients have included small start-up companies, non-profits, small business, family organizations, as well as large, multinational, publicly traded corporations.

Her legal representation of these companies encompasses all facets of corporate law, including contract drafting and negotiations, stock and asset purchase agreements, commercial lease and sales agreements, and corporate organizational documents and resolutions.  Ms. Giletto also specializes in matters relating to marketing, social media, and other promotional activities, including sweepstakes and other prize promotion contests.

Ms. Giletto was raised by a multi-generational family of women entrepreneurs. Growing up in a small business household and being raised by working mothers and grandmothers influenced her decision to become a corporate attorney as well as her decision to join NAWBO.  Ms. Giletto lives in Mt. Laurel with her family. She also is a board member for New Jersey Red Cross.

“I am grateful and excited to be given the opportunity to serve as the Director of Public Policy for NAWBO SJ.  I look forward to working with NAWBO to educate their members and women entrepreneurs on public policy that affects their professional and personal lives”, commented Ms. Giletto.

About NAWBO of South Jersey

The South Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO SJ) was formed in February of 2003 and was granted chapter status from the National Organization in June 2003.

NAWBO South Jersey’s vision and mission is aligned with that of NAWBO National. We are committed to empowering the women business owners of South Jersey through education, leadership opportunities, sisterhood and advocacy.

About NAWBO

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. 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 is a registered trademark of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

 

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: http://nawbosouthjersey.org/

About NAWBO

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
kim@familytravelboutique.com

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nawbo-annual-meeting-leading-the-way-tickets-26914031593

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: http://nawbosouthjersey.org/

About NAWBO

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: http://www.nawbo.org

Media Contact
Kimberly Milnes, Director of Marketing NAWBO SJ
Owner/Family Travel Boutique
kim@familytravelboutique.com

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 __________________________________________

SECRETARY:________________________________________________

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

COMMUNITY RELATIONS______________________________________

MEMBERSHIP:______________________________________________

PROGRAMS:________________________________________________

ADVOCACY:_________________________________________________

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 info@nawbosouthjersey.org.  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

SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program – Applications Now Open!

SBA offers its distinguished Emerging Leaders Program at no charge to owners and key executives of small businesses!  The program has been described by participants as a “mini-MBA” program with convenient evening classes at SBA’s Eastern Pennsylvania District Office in King of Prussia.  The class meets Wednesday evenings every other week starting in May, with graduation in November.    In order to meet the requirements for the program, the business must:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $400,000
  • Have been In business for 3 years or more
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

The goal of the program is to help established businesses grow to new levels through increased revenue and profit. Participants must fully commit to attend all sessions.

Small business owners and key executives interested in learning more about the program should visit www.sba.gov/emergingleaders  Those already interested in applying should go directly to https://www.interise.org/sbaemergingleaders and complete a very brief form about their interest.