President’s Newsletter - May 2013


image I watched with no small amount of awe, as a team of focused, purposeful women, each knowing exactly what they needed to do and how they fit into the total plan, brought to life a day of EDUCATION, INSPIRATION AND TRANSFORMATION.  I kept thinking about the performance of the pit crews at the Daytona 500—our team was as efficient and focused and integrated in their actions as any “pit crew” on the day of the big race.

And the “Big Race” was the 2nd annual NAWBO Means Business symposium.  To be there was to feel the vibration of the energy in the room during the plenary sessions as our government leaders shared their goals and perspectives on our local and state economies and the role of small business in the health and growth of those economies.  Questions after each presentation created a dialogue between our government leaders and the women business owners who are the thought leaders in our community—a perfect example of how and why our democratic form of government works.  The six breakout sessions were equally as informative and dynamic.

All in all this was a day of WOW!  A job well done, and beneficial to all who participated.  Kudos to each of our members who committed their time and energy to create an event that benefited the Women Owned Business Community on so many levels and a very special thanks to Barbara Kline and Sandy Cody for their vision and hard work.

Speaking of KUDOs, 

May is the month when we have our annual RECOGNITION Meeting—recognition of members who have made outstanding contributions to NAWBO during this past year.  Recognition of our Corporate Partners who have made it possible for NAWBO to support our women business owners in achieving success in their businesses.  We also give Tough Cookie awards to two women in the community who have overcome adversity to succeed in their business.  Please join us for lunch on May 15th to celebrate these special women.  We will also be electing our new board for next year, and Rhonda Ashcraft, Owner of Articles boutique and a Corporate Partner to our NAWBO Chapter, will be sharing her expertise about personal style and how we can leverage our personal style to reflect and enhance our brand in our business.  What does your personal style say about you, your business and your professionalism?  Come and join us in the spirit of fun and celebration.

I look forward to seeing you then!
Merri Jean Jones
NAWBO Northern New Mexico  

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