2018 April Newsletter


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                                                       April 2018


Dear NAWBO Sisters,

Though Spring is officially here, we are still waiting for the warm weather and the flowers to bloom. While we wait, there is still a lot happening with NAWBO both at the local and national level. 

Your GDC and Advisory Boards have been extremely busy and have two wonderful opportunities to announce! We are proud to share that we have developed a partnership with the LPGA (Ladies’ Professional Golf Association). They will be holding a tournament and other events in Ann Arbor during the week of on May 21, 2018! As part of that exciting event, we will have a NAWBO Day on May 22, 2018. This will include a Women’s Empowerment Lunch, opportunity to hear from International LPGA Champions and keynote speaker, and to meet these fantastic women in a golf clinic and more! Also included are clubhouse passes for two for the four days of the tournament! Watch for all of the details very soon!  What a great way to entertain your clients or simply enjoy some family time!

AND, we have also completed collaboration with Davenport University, which will assist you, your employees and family in increasing your knowledge base or enhance your existing skills! We will be forwarding all the benefits and opportunity to enroll!

We are seeking nominations for the 2018-2020 Board of Directors. The deadline is Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Midnight. NAWBO-GDC has several open Board of Directors positions. Now is the time to step up to the next level of NAWBO Leadership. WE NEED YOU!  For  more information and to apply go here.

Our Spring membership drive goes through the end of this month. New members receive a $25 discount off the initiation fee and national raffle to win a complimentary registration (valued at $450) for NAWBO 2018 National Women's Business Conference in Spokane, WA. This is a great opportunity to let women business owners everywhere experience how NAWBO can help them leverage The Power of Collaborations that will inspire them while they are Driving Business Forward! Every woman business owner should be a member of NAWBO, and we need your help to make that a reality!  AND, at the local level for every member you recruit, your name will go into a raffle along with the new members for a ticket to the Women on Board cruise in August!  Send them this link to join

NAWBO's membership survey will close this Friday. If you haven't filled this out, please do so today by clicking this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018NAWBOMembers.  NAWBO has grown, your businesses have grown and requests for WBO sentiments and stats grow every day. This is ALL GREAT NEWS but NAWBO needs to update its data to make sure it's able to share the good news about you with our partners, policymakers and members of the media.  So, please fill this out. Don’t let the success of NAWBO and your business be a secret!

Speaking of national, there are a couple of great opportunities for members. First, The Sharapova Women’s Entrepreneur Program will select six Women Business Owners in partnership with the NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development.  All applications must be received by May 30, 2018. This 12-month program includes virtual mentorship, peer support, monthly mastermind and an education component. Go here for more information and to apply.

Second, is their “No Small Thing” video contest. Women small business owners, members and non-members are invited to highlight in a 2-minute or less video on the “one thing” that has contributed the most to their success as a small business. The deadline to submit your entry is April 20th. Go here for details.

Please join us at these upcoming events:

Comerica Bank's Women in Business Symposium~ Friday, April 27, 2018, 10 am to 3pm, MGM Grand, 1777 3rd Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226. Now in its second year, this Symposium is specifically for women business owners, executives and professionals at all levels looking for opportunities to Learn, Connect & Grow professionally, personally and financially. For more information and to register go here.

First Friday's Ladies Who Lunch~ Friday, May 4, 2018, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Gather monthly with like-minded friends at the Skyline Club located at 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI and build new relationships. Discuss current events, inspiring topics and industry specifics with NAWBO and Skyline Club members while dining at the Chef's table. $20 inclusive per person. We are thankful for UHY who is our quarterly sponsor for theses monthly luncheons. You must RSVP with NAWBO and prepay here. But, still space is limited, so "Register NOW!" as walk-ins are not accepted. Deadline is May 3, 2018, but don’t wait, we fill up quickly!

President's Reception~ Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm., Skyline Club, Southfield, MI. Celebrate the past year and welcome incoming board members at this special reception. Regsitration will open later this month.

6th Annual Women on Board Cruise~ Thursday, August 2, 2018, Ovation Yacht, board at Port Authority Dock in Detroit. Cruise the Detroit River with influential women. You will not want to miss this annual summer event. Two ticket choices - VIP reception which starts at 6 pm or just join us for the cruise only, boarding begins at 7 pm. Registration is open.

Welcome new member ~ Cyndie Streather of Higher LLCPlease reach out to Cyndie and welcome her!

Membership Milestones ~  Barbara Kasoff of Women Impacting Policy is celebrating 10 years and Carol Gatewood of Danboise Mechanical Inc. is celebrating 20 years with NAWBO. 

Congratulations to both of you!

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

As you can see, there is always a lot going on...Not ready to join the board? We would love you to join one of our committees and get to know your NAWBO sisters at a closer level (check here for more information).

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events! 

Questions or comments? Email me at President@nawbogdc.org.

My best,

 Donna's Signature

Donna M. Joseph
26677 West Twelve Mile

Southfield, MI 48034
Email:    president@nawbogdc.org
Website: nawbogdc.org

National Financial Security Town Hall Event

April 24, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT

FREE... Finance experts share at a Town Hall Event-Financial Security of African Americans -It starts with You. Detroit is the last stop! Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Wayne State University
(EACPHS Auditorium 259 Mack Ave at Brady)

**Keynote: Lisa Mesa, Enterprise Relationship Manager for LinkedIn and CEO of Fancyfied.

NAWBO-GDC's Immediate Past President, Gina Goree Hitchens is one of the panelists!

Also, Gender-based breakout sessions:

  - Men and Their Money”

  - Woman: What’s In Your Wallet?

  - Millennials: Making Moves and Money

 * Ages 20 and up are welcome.

Reception and Networking. To plan accordingly, registration is required.
Go here to register.
Space is limited so register early.

Small business workshop

NAWBO's Tanya Allen is one of the panelists at this event that is all about attracting and retaining customers. It takes place from 8 am to 1 pm at 440 Burroughs, Detroit, MI.
Go here for more information and to register.

Judy Rinkus
The Vortex Group, LLC

(248) 229-0420

Judy brings over 30 years of starting and leading successful operations in financial services, corporate debt structuring and business coaching.  She is an accomplished executive with a history of identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities to expand business and drive revenue and profit growth.  Prior to founding The Vortex Group in 2008, she held diverse executive positions with a variety of large and regional commercial banks, such as Managing Director at PNC Bank, Senior Vice President at Bank of America, and Vice President at Comerica Bank.  She also served as Managing Director at Amherst Partners, a boutique management consulting and investment banking firm.  In addition to The Vortex Group, Judy is also a partner in Barahidi Business Performance, a renowned business coaching, consulting, and training firm. 

She is also active in a variety of professional and civic organizations, including The Association for Corporate Growth, Walsh College (President’s Advisory Board), National Association of Women Business Owners, Inforum (former member of the Board of Directors), Leader Dogs for the Blind and The Detroit Athletic Club.

Judy is a graduate of University of Michigan Ross School of Business with a concentration in finance.

The Vortex Group is a management consulting firm located in Troy, MI which specializes in finding debt capitalization solutions for small and mid-sized companies in a variety of industries.




26677 West 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48034
Phone 313.961.4748