Frequently Asked Questions
You can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions here.
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What is a Hospitality Sponsor at the monthly meeting and how do I become one?
A Hospitality Sponsor is a chapter member in good standing that pays for the in-room room bar at chapter dinner meetings only (first-come, first-serve basis). Contact Debbie Dapson or Kristen Garcia for more information....Hide
The time looks wrong on my RSVP confirmation?
There is no error. The time shown on your confirmation is followed by “GMT”, which stands for Greenwich Mean Time. The web server reports that time as it is accurate regardless of the person’s individual time zone, and does not need to be manually changed twice a year to account for Daylight Savings Time. The confirmation email is generated immediately after you submit the RSVP form. So you can trust the local time stamp on the email confirmation itself when it arrives it in your Inbox....Hide
I use AOL, but can't create an account?
AOL users who are working in the main AOL browser cannot create an account. The AOL system appears to be locking out the form submission. This may be an attempt to control the spam that AOL is subject to.
There is the work-around though:
Use another web browser! We recommend you download Firefox. It is free, fast, and secure. You can download it here:
It will automatically detect which version will work on your computer. The whole download and install process will take less than 2 minutes on a high speed connection.
We think you will enjoy surfing the web in Firefox - it is safer, faster, and friendlier!...Hide
What web browser should I use?
We recommend anything except Internet Explorer! Why? It is slow, does not conform to many web standards, and is the browser most vulnerable to security flaws and spyware.
We recommend Firefox, as it is fast, safe, and has many custom features to make surfing the web much more convenient. You can download a free copy here, www.getfirefox.com
It takes less than 3 minutes to set it up on your computer.
It will automatically import all of your Favorites/Bookmarks for you too. (Look in the Bookmarks menu.)
You can automatically increase or decrease the size of the text on this site (and many others that use something called CSS) to suit your own eyes. (Look in the View:Zoom menu)
Other recommended browsers are Safari (on a Mac), Netscape and Opera.
And it is a good idea to use the most recent browser you can, as all browsers are continuously being updated and they are free.
How does the online RSVP & payment system work?
You can choose to just make a reservation or you can RSVP and pay in advance online.
On each unique event page, there is a custom “Make a Reservation” button. (Scroll down to see it!)
First click the “Make a Reservation” button.
Provide all of your information regarding the number of reservations for members, guests and meal types, and indicate whether you will be paying for your guests.
If you are making reservations for more than one person, please indicate who wants the vegetarian meal in the comments box.
When you submit the form, an email confirmation will be sent to you and to NAWBO-NNM. On the confirmation page, you will have the option to continue and make a payment on line. The total amount due has already been calculated for you and will be transferred automatically to our payment processor, PayPal.
PayPal accepts all credit cards and can also take an electronic check directly from your bank account. If you have a PayPal account, the whole process will take about 30 seconds. Even without an account, you can pay in less than two (2) minutes!
Once PayPal has processed your payment, you will receive a confirmation email from them, including the amount, and you will be returned to the NAWBO-NNM web site....Hide
Is there a fee to pay online?
No. You are charged the same amount as if you were to write a check. PayPal does charge a very small payment-processing fee, however that is deducted from the amount PayPal pays to NAWBO-NNM and it is not added to your payment....Hide
Is my online payment safe with PayPal?
Yes. PayPal has quickly become a global leader in online payment solutions with more than 71 million account members worldwide. PayPal has received over 15 major awards for technical excellence from the internet industry and the business community at large:
“PayPal’s service builds on the existing financial infrastructure of bank accounts and credit cards and utilizes the world’s most advanced proprietary fraud prevention systems to create a safe, global, real-time payment solution.”
To learn more about PayPal’s security system, visit them online.
What should I know about PayPal and "phishing?"
Phishing is the name for online scammers who send out emails pretending to be from your bank, credit card company, or from PayPal. They try to lure you in to giving away your personal information. Because PayPal is so large, it is subject to these online tricksters. You can be safe by following these steps:
- Do not open emails with attachments from people you do not know. PayPal does not send attachments.
- PayPal will never ask for this personal information in an email: Credit and debit card numbers, Bank account numbers, Driver’s License numbers, Email addresses, Passwords. Anyone asking for that information is a fake.
- Ignore generic emails, addressed to “Dear PayPal user.” They are fake. PayPal emails will be addressed to you.
- If you open an email that looks like it is from a legitimate source, but does not pass the above criteria, do not click on any links. Instead, go to the site in question by typing the address directly into your web browser. For example, type in
www.paypal.com. If any action is needed, you will see a message displayed to you after you log in.
- The more urgent the request, the more likely it is fake.
How do I join a Mastermind Group?
Click here. to learn more about our Mastermind Groups. If you are a chapter member in good standing, contact Julie Epling and she will match you with an existing group....Hide
How do I volunteer for a committee?
Please review the list of Committees and Chairs. If you are a chapter member in good standing or a corporate partner, you can join any committees that interest you by contacting the appropriate director or chair for that committee....Hide
How do I get to be a featured member on the website?
Members are chosen for the monthly “Meet a Member” feature on the website’s homepage based on their committee involvement. The Internal Communications Committee coordinates with each Committee Chair to select a deserving member, one that has been a great asset and supporter. The member will be posted for a one month period. Members will be responsible for writing their profile, limited to 50 words....Hide
Can I submit an article to publish in the newsletter?
Members or corporate partners can submit ideas for topics or articles to the Newsletter Subcommittee Chair, Cassandra Shaw. The newsletter content is reserved for chapter events, chapter news, educational articles, and member kudos. The newsletter committee reserves the right to select and edit content....Hide
Where can I find statistics on women business owners or other resources?
Our chapter website has a Business Resources section that contains a wealth of information....Hide
Do you have a Lost and Found?
Items left at the meetings are often, though not always, turned over to the NAWBO executive director. Contact Luci Dawson or 505-243-1430 if you left or lost an item at the meeting.
Items not claimed within 30 days will be discarded or donated....Hide
How do I sign up for a Spotlight at the monthly meeting?
Chapter members in good standing may reserve a monthly spotlight table and 60 second “commercial” at a monthly meeting (first-come, first-serve basis) for $50 by contacting Cynthia Nagel....Hide
What happens if the bank returns the check I use to pay for my dinner meeting?
You will be invoiced for the amount of the original check, plus a $30 processing fee....Hide
How do I sign up for or cancel a standing reservation for monthly meetings?
If you have a standing reservation for monthly meetings:
You do not have to make a reservation each month before the meeting.
If you enroll through PayPal, you can bypass the check-in/payment table.
(If you enroll by email, you must pay at the door with cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover.)
If your standing reservation is for a vegetarian meal, you will be given a special ticket at the meeting to give to your server.
If you ever want to cancel your standing reservation for a single month or entirely, e-mail Luci Dawson....Hide
What if I need to cancel my reservation?
If you cancel by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday immediately preceding the meeting, there will be no cost to you.
Except in extraordinary circumstances, if a member or non-member does not attend after making a reservation and does not cancel, it will be treated as if they attended. They will be liable for the cost of their reservation and they will be invoiced for it....Hide
How much does it cost to attend monthly meetings?
If the reservation is made by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday immediately preceding the meeting, members pay $32 and non-members pay $38. An additional $5 fee will be added if the reservation is made after the above deadline, or if no advance reservation is made....Hide
How do I make a telephone reservation?
When you make your reservation via telephone, please be sure to include the following information:
* Your name
* Your business name
* Your phone number
* How many reservations you want to make
* the name and company name of any guests
* How many reservations require a vegetarian meal
We would prefer that you not make a reservation for someone you invite to a monthly meeting, unless you intend to pay for it. Instead, tell him/her how to make a reservation so there is no confusion at check-in.
Please be sure to try our online RSVP and payment system to save time!...Hide
How do I make a reservation and what is the deadline?
You can make a reservation for our monthly meetings online by going to the specific page for that event.
The deadline for making reservations is 5:00 p.m. on the Friday immediately preceding the monthly meeting.
Are advance reservations required for monthly meetings?
Will I receive an announcement about the upcoming monthly meeting?
If you are a member, or a non-member who has signed up to join our mailing list, you will receive an e-mail announcement for the upcoming meeting between the first and third of each month.
If you are a non-member and have not joined our mailing list, you may do so on any page of our website.
Where are Chapter meetings held?
Monthly Chapter meetings are held at the new, Embassy Suites-Downtown, just west of I-25 and Lomas. Driving directions.
When are Chapter meetings held?
Regular chapter meetings held on the third Wednesday of every month. They are usually dinner meetings from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., although we do have occasional luncheon meetings. Click the “Details…” link on the specific event page on our website for the upcoming meeting schedule for that event. (Scroll down to see it!)...Hide