Spring Has Sprung and It’s Time to Get Crackin’

Wednesday April 15th 5:30-7:30PM

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Cost: Member $33 | Non-member $38

Tax season is (nearly) over and it’s time to focus on something else, namely your business. Whether you need new eyes for your fledgling company or fresh eyes to help you improve your established company, NAWBO brings you two professionals to show you the right tools, resources and connections for whatever stage you are in. Come and learn what resources you need, how to access them and the best way to utilize them.

Julianna Silva- Regional Manager, WESST Albuquerque | Marketing Director image

Julianna is passionate about entrepreneurism and about helping women business owners succeed. She won’t overwhelm you with TMI but will address specifics on the tools you need to grow your business. Juliana has over 15 years experience mentoring nonprofit organizations, womeLocation:

Stacy Sacco - image
Who doesn’t know Stacy and if you don’t, it’s time you did. Why? Because Stacy is a networker extraordinaire. Stacy will tell you how to build and utilize a worldwide network. Stacy is a lecturer, professional speaker publisher and a gadabout (but in a good way).


Sheraton Uptown Hotel
2600 Louisiana NE
Albuquerque NM 87110

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April President’s Letter

image  We had a nice turnout at our first Simply Social last week. New faces and re-newed faces.  We had the time to learn about each other and each other’s businesses. Learn about goals and ideas. Share laughs and stories. And everyone stayed.
I worked in a pub in England a few decades. Shortly before 11:00, the owner (publican) would ring a bell and holler “time gentlemen, time”. Holler because by that time the regulars had become somewhat loud and raucous. I thought perhaps that I might need to adapt the “time gentlemen time” message to the mostly female crowd. All kidding aside, it was a great time.
But what we learned is that we need to get to know each other. We typically have our board meetings at the hotel on the second Wednesday of the month. We usually end around 5:30. So we are going to try something new. If you are a member, or even if you are not, we can meet after in the bar for a cup of coffee or an adult beverage or soft drink and get to know each other better. No need to make a reservation but we hope that you can join those of us on the board who are able to stay.
May is global trade month and our chapter is putting on our Third Annual Go Global with NAWBO. This year we will be talking about exporting services. We typically think of products as being exportable but not services. Additional information will be forthcoming.
Please join us on April 15 for our next meeting. I know it’s a bad day but at least it will be mostly behind us. And what better time to learn some things and have some fun and commune with NAWBO members and guests.

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NAWBO Day at the State Legislature

Enjoyable, educational and enlightening describes NAWBO day at the State Legislature.

The day started off with a private meeting with New Mexico Lieutenant Governor, John Sanchez. He talked with us about how important activism is for business. He encouraged us as individuals to reach out to policy makers year-round and let them know our concerns, hopes and needs.

Using the current Right to Work issue as an example, he noted that once the session starts the more people able to be up here and willing to give their perceptions the more opportunity there is for desired outcomes. He allowed it is a tough ask because we all have businesses to run and customers to serve.

He ended by pledging to be in the forefront on the issues important to us and to always have an open door.

It was then down to the House of Representatives Gallery to be recognized by Representative and Caucus Chair Kelly Fajardo, who was serving as Speaker for the morning session.

Next it was off to the Rio Chama, where legislators, lobbyists and locals congregate for food, libation and conversation. Our luncheon speaker was Tiffany Smyth, the Governor’s Senior Policy Advisor and incoming Director of Boards and Commissions. She gave a great overview of relevant legislation and other initiatives that the Administration is working on. Tiffany was able to address some individual issues for some of our members and was very generous in offering her availability and assistance to our attendees and other NAWBO members.

We then discussed legislation that Debbie Maestas-Traynor and I have been tracking and also providing committee testimony for on behalf of NAWBO.

The day ended with attendees going out on their own to talk with legislators, observe committees and enjoy the abundant art collection housed within the Capitol Building.

Minda McGonagle
Government Relations

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