President's Message - January 2019




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


January 24, 2019


Priscilla Archangel

NAWBO has so many opportunities for you to Connect, Learn and Grow in 2019! Many are either at a reduced rate or are part of your membership benefit package. Remember, membership has its privileges! 

All Chapter members and corporate partners are welcome and encouraged to join a local committee that enhances connection and matches your interests. Check out the opportunities here.  

Make sure you have your Office Depot Store Purchasing Card. Members now save up to 80% off thousands of products and services! Contact Tisha Hammond, Membership Chair, at, to make arrangements to secure yours.

At NAWBO, women mean business. Access our online member directory by logging in the membership area at to update and manage your profile and connect with the entire membership base for business development and networking opportunities.

Are you maximizing your membership with the opportunities? 

Please mark your calendar and join us for these upcoming local events:

Peer Mentoring– We are excited to present 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 personal and professional growth. Several groups will be formed based on need and interest, each designed to be a sisterhood of like-minded women who will encourage and support one another. 

Our first Compass Circles group got off to a great start with a meeting at My Moroccan Spa in Dearborn. Owner, Spa Director and NAWBO member Mahasin Berkan shared her vision and journey to providing an atmosphere where busy women can relax, rejuvenate and regenerate. We shared learnings and discussed business challenges to support one another.

An informational meeting for a second Compass Circle group will take place Monday, January 28th from 8-10 a.m. at AmeriCenter, 26677 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield, MI. This initial meeting 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. Space is limited, so register here for the January 28th meeting.

Ladies Over Lunch– Are you interested in learning more about how to get the most out of your NAWBO membership? 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 January 31st for our next lunch on February 1st.

Top 10 Michigan Business Women Awards - Save the date! On Thursday, March 28, 2019 we will celebrate the accomplishments of women business owners and leaders at the Somerset Inn in Troy. This will be our 25th Anniversary of recognizing such remarkable women, so mark your calendar. This will be an experience you won't want to miss. Sponsorship opportunities and registration will open soon.

National NAWBO provides learning through Virtual Programming each month (except for December). You’ll find topics to help you operate and grow your business. These are scheduled the second Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. On February 14th, the topic is SOARing to High-Performance. For more information and to register go here

Michigan Women Forward Women Up & Learn takes place on March 15, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business. This summit brought to you by the Michigan Women's Foundation is designed for women who have a passion to own their own business. For more information go here.

The 2019 NAWBO Survey was emailed out to all members last week. I encourage you to fill out as this will provide our National NAWBO organization with sound data to help them provide learning to meet member needs, and to influence public policies that will improve the business environment for women business owners. Plus, there will be a nationwide chapter competition that will include a Member Spotlight and National Women’s Business Conference registration to the winning chapter small, medium and large. 

I would like to thank PNC for drawing attention to NAWBO's role in advocating for passage of H.R. 5050 in the U.S. Senate 30 years ago.

Here is an article on PNC's website and also the article featured in their publication INSIGHTS for Women in Business.

Speaking of Advocacy, Save the Date: NAWBO National Advocacy Day will be held June 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. NAWBO’s annual Advocacy Day provides you with the opportunity to learn about and weigh in on the issues impacting your businesses; share and discuss best advocacy practices with fellow NAWBO members, and ensure that your voice is heard with decision makers in Congress and the President's Administration. We will meet with key leaders from both political parties and provide you the opportunity to start or strengthen your connections with the people elected and appointed to serve you. For more details go here.

Welcome to our new members

I am looking forward to connecting with all of you in 2019! 

Questions or comments? Email me at

My best,


Priscilla Archangel, Ph.D.
26677 West Twelve Mile

Southfield, MI 48034