October 2018 President's Message


October 22, 2018


Priscilla ArchangelFall is finally here, and we have a jam-packed schedule of opportunities for you to Connect, Learn and Grow.

Last month I had the pleasure of attending the National Women's Business Conference in Spokane, WA. This was a wonderful time of connecting with women who understand what you do, why you do it, how you do it and your challenges.

•  We learned to address fear as the amazing Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love taught us how to identify our priorities and set boundaries, which is “anything you put a circle around and don’t let people violate it.” As women we sometimes erroneously think we’re holding it all together. Not!

  • We learned leadership strategies for our businesses! Topics included:
    • How to Win Investor’s Confidence
    • Powerful Public Speaking
    • Marketing Your Business
    • Fueling Your Personal Heath and Business Success

  • We met the winners of tennis star Maria Sharapova’s Entrepreneurial Institute, which she launched in partnership with NAWBO, and learned about their business challenges and strategies.
  • Bank of America a National Sponsor announced the launch of their Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell University. This is an online program where you can learn in-demand skills and apply them immediately in your organization. Click here for more information. 

  • NAWBO’s Values are Historic!
    • Humility
    • Integrity
    • Servant heart
    • Team player
    • Open-mindedness
    • Reliability
    • Inspiring
    • Communication 

  • We celebrated the upcoming 30th anniversary of the passage of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 (HR 5050) which was spearheaded by our NAWBO fore-sisters to enable women entrepreneurs to independently pursue access to capital without the requirement for a male relative to co-sign.

Please mark your calendars to join us at these upcoming NAWBO events that will help you Connect with others, Learn new insights and Grow your business.

  • Ladies Over Lunch– Are you interested in learning more about NAWBO? Or, just would like to network with current and prospective members? Join us every first Friday for lunch at the Skyline Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register via our website by November 1st for our next lunch on November 2nd.

  • Peer Mentoring– We are excited to introduce Compass Circles, our new premier-level member only peer mentoring support experience. Women business owners with shared needs in similar business models will meet for two hours monthly in small groups to exchange ideas and experiences that will support connecting, learning and growing. An informational meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 13 from 8-10 a.m. at New York Life, located in American Center, 27777 Franklin Rd. Ste 2220, Southfield. This kick-off is open to both current members and soon-to-be members. Women who sign up will then be assigned to groups, and a facilitator will work with them to ensure a focus on topics of interest to the group. Each group is designed to be a sisterhood of like-minded women who will encourage and support one another, not promote themselves. Register for the informational meeting here. 

  • Fashion in the D Holiday Luncheon – Slip on your red shoes to kick of the Holiday season in style with a fashion show and shopping. The holidays will be here before you know it. Registration is open for our annual Holiday Affair which takes place on Thursday, November 29th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pi Banquet Center in Southfield, MI. This will be a fabulous opportunity to learn more about our consumer-focused businesses. 

Membership has its benefits! This is the final two weeks of our membership drive. Please help us get the word out. Invite other women business owners to join NAWBO by October 31st and they will receive a $25 discount for on the NEW member Initiation Fee. This is automatically reduced at check out for membership. In addition, each new member will receive entry to a raffle to win a Member Spotlight on the NAWBO National homepage - 12 Spotlights will be given away! And, those former members who lapsed will get their $25 reinstatement fee waived. With National and Local resources, NAWBO is a powerful resource for building relationships with other women entrepreneurs, learning about business topics and accessing information to help you grow your business. So please share with others why they should join and ask them to visit our national website for more information and nawbogdc.org for upcoming local events.

And with Membership comes Virtual Programming through our National organization. Each month you’ll find topics to help you operate and grow your business. These are scheduled the second Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. On November 8th, the topic is Simple Steps to Eliminate Employee Risk. For more information go to here

Congratulations! We love to hear news about our members, so if you have received a significant award, or been accepted in to a business program, please share it with us at admin@nawbogdc.org.   Congratulations to our board members:

  • Jennifer O'Brien of Accounting Business Solutions by JCS was accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program which provides practical business education,
    access to capital, and a supportive network of advisors and peers. GS10KSB is a $500 million investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital and business support services.
  • Tamika Brown of RSVP Premier Group, LLC who received a scholarship from General Motors to attend the “Building a High Performing Minority Business” program in November at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH. The curriculum includes strategy and operations topics to help business owners leverage the value chain to their full advantage.

And here are other events where our members can connect, learn and grow!

Ceiling Crashers Investing in Women sponsored by Planning Alternatives will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.  Check-in at 7:30 a.m. Panel/Q&A 8-9:30 a.m. Check out the exciting guest panelists and please RSVP at CeilingCrashers.com

The Michigan Department of Transportation is holding their 2018, 7th Cohort of the Bonding and Education Program (BEP) beginning October 30, 2018. The purpose is to build relationships with entities for procurement/contract opportunities. For more information contact Kathleen Jones at Jonesk49@michigan.gov or call her at 313-965-2350. Register here.

Interested in International Trade? Register to attend Current International Trade Issues in Automotive Industry presented by the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Troy Marriott Hotel. For registration go here or contact their office at dtt_ktc@kotra.or.kr

I am looking forward to connecting with all of you at one of our upcoming events! 

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

My best,


Priscilla Archangel, Ph.D.
26677 West Twelve Mile

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






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