Dec. 2016 Newsletter


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                                                                   December 2016



Dear NAWBO Sisters, 

Gina Hitchens

With the holiday season, our schedules are filled with finishing year-end projects, festive gatherings with colleagues, friends and family. I hope you take the time to enjoy the season and look forward to next year's possibilities.

I was delighted to see so many at our Holiday Extravaganza on December 5th at Meadow Brook Hall. It was a great time to relax with fellow women business owners before all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season kicked up a notch.

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NAWBO-GDC's Top 10 Michigan Business Women's Awards -March 23, 2017 at Laurel Manor. Nominations have just opened and we have made some changes to our award categories. Deadline to submit a nomination is January 12, 2017. Awardees will be honored at our Top 10 Michigan Business Women's Awards Celebration on March 23, 2017. Please visit here to learn more and nominate a deserving woman business leader.

Save the Dates: 

  • Members Only~ Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 8 to 9 am, Grow & Connect with NAWBO-GDC, at 26677 W. 12 Mile Rd, Southfield. Start your day networking and rekindling while you learn how to leverage your NAWBO membership so you can maximize your ROI. Meet members of the GDC Board and Committee Chairs. This isn't just for new members; veteran members are encouraged to attend. Space is limited, click here to register and reserve your spot.

  • Circle of Learning ~Friday, February 3, 2017, 8 to 11 am, Business Planning and Growth at the DFCU Financial, 400 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, MI  (next to The Henry). Whether you are in the early stages of your business or ready for the next level of growth, this workshop will help you. Thanks to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and DFCU Financial for their sponsorship, we are able to offer this workshop at no charge. But you must pre-register and seating is limited. Stay tuned for more details! Registration will open in early January. 

Milestones~ I would like to recognize Carol Kirkland of Ave Office Supplies on her 10th anniversary with NAWBO.

As always, keep us apprised of your business successes and accomplishments. Share it on our Facebook and Linked in pages. In addition, we have a membership section on the website where we want to post your good news. Just email and we will make sure the correct people receive the information to promote YOU! 

I look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Questions or comments? Email me at

My best,

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Gina Goree Hitchens
26677 West Twelve Mile

Southfield, MI  48034


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NAWBO-GDC member Barbara Duran Selected As a “Top-Idea Maven” by The Woman’s Advantage®
Entrepreneur’s Advice Featured in 2017 Woman’s Advantage® Calendar

Barb DuranWyandotte, Michigan - Barbara Duran, Independent Business Owner,, was selected from over 5,000 submissions to be featured in The 2017 Woman’s Advantage® Shared Wisdom Calendar. The calendar provides advice for women business owners from influential women leaders across the US and around the world.

Barbara’s quote was selected because it was powerful yet easy to understand. Her idea is relevant to almost every woman in business today.” says Mary Cantando, creator of the calendar. “Women business owners and those who dream of starting a business will learn so much from the advice provided by Barbara and the other successful women quoted in the calendar.”

The Woman’s Advantage 2017 Calendar provides sound bites of advice on key business issues including: organization, promotion, sales, and human resources.

About Barbara Duran: Barbara Duran is the Owner of Easy 2 Send Cards, an online and mobile application for business professionals.  Barbara's company offers a time saving, cost effective relationship marketing tool that provides a solution to increasing referrals using less effort and differentiating a company from its competitors using the latest technology.

About The Woman’s Advantage®: The Woman’s Advantage® is a line of information products, including books, workbooks, audio CDs, and calendars designed exclusively for successful women business owners. The Woman’s Advantage® Forum enables women with small businesses to grow them into multimillion-dollarconcerns. For more information, call 919-841-0401 or visit

 Member to Member Request: Looking for small conference room

Looking for small (seating 10) conference room to be used once a month, 2hrs in the evening, for 6 months. Conference room to be used for Communication Advantage Strategic Workshop - may consider reciprocal arrangement - enrollment for use of room.

Contact:Corinne Barringer M.A. CCC-SLp, 248.561.9520,

NAWBO-GDC Member to present at 
MSED Professional Development Breakfast Seminar
on January 20, 2017

Ten Key Questions for Leaders: Moving from the Urgent to the Important

 Priscilla Archangel, Ph.D., President, Archangel & Associates, LLC

Program Summary:   Leaders are faced with a myriad of issues each day, but one of their most critical responsibilities is to step back from the urgent and focus on the important. They must achieve a balance between the reactionary crisis mode and the proactive planning mode. This means pausing and reflecting on how they’re influencing behaviors to ensure the right outcomes. Sign up for this workshop to learn more about the 10 key important questions, that if properly addressed at an individual, team and organizational level, will strengthen your company's effectiveness.


8:00am-8:30am:  Registration, Networking & Breakfast

8:30am-10:00am:  Presentation

10:00am-10:30am:  Q&A and Networking

Location: Management Education Center, 811 W. Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098

Cost: MSED Member – $45.00 (USD)
       Non-Member – $60.00 (USD)

NAWBO members receive member rate. Register here as a non-member and
use coupon code:NAWBO45 


Priscilla ArchangelPriscilla Archangel provides executive coaching, leadership and organizational development consulting to automotive suppliers, mid-market firms, companies transitioning through mergers and acquisitions, and non-profits. After a 30-year career as a global human resources executive at General Motors, she is now also a sought after speaker, teacher, and author/blogger. Priscilla has a passion for strengthening leaders, teams and organizations to clarify and fulfill their purpose, and believes that “everything rises and falls on leadership”.  For more information go to





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