President's Message - March 2021

March 4, 2021


March is Women's History month and one of my favorite times of the year. It represents empowerment, advocacy, and a reminder that we are stronger together! Both our national organization and some of our corporate sponsors have virtual events planned in celebration of women's history and in particular women business owners. Please see the list further in this letter.

The call for NAWBO GDC Board Nominations will be opening later this month.  One of the best decisions I ever made was joining the NAWBO Greater Detroit Chapter Board for the connections and learning from other women business owners to grow my business. We are always looking for more empowering women to become engaged and involved whether serving on a committee or serving on the board. Look for the application to be sent out soon and if you have questions about serving, contact me at [email protected]

NAWBO’s annual Spring Membership Drive kicks off this month through April 30th. Now is a great time to join with new members receiving $45 off the one-time new member initiation fee. Also, everyone who joins during the Membership Drive will be entered into a raffle to win a complimentary virtual registration (valued at $195) for WBC2021. Let’s grow our NAWBO Sisterhood and invite other business women owners to join. For more information visit our national site at

Application process has opened to apply for a Comcast RISE grant. This $5 million grant program will provide 100 individual $10,000 grants to eligible Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-owned, small businesses located in these geographic areas: Atlanta, GA (Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties); Chicago, IL (Cook County including the City of Chicago); Detroit, MI (also including Hamtramck and Highland Park, MI); Houston, TX (Harris and Fort Bend Counties); and Philadelphia, PA (City of Philadelphia and City of Chester). Additionally, Comcast RISE also offers the opportunity for businesses across the country to apply for marketing and technology services from Comcast Business and Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable. Deadline to apply is March 14, 2021. For full details, eligibility requirements, and to apply visit

Our national organization who is keeping us up-to-date on latest advocaty issues, asked us to share that If you are a sole proprietor, DO NOT apply for PPP until the new loan calculation comes out from the Biden Administration, expected to come out by the end of this week or early next week. If you are a sole proprietor still in the application process, cancel your current loan in process and wait for calculation to be released. Also, the SBA has run some calculations and 99.7% of PPP loans have been forgiven, so for those of you hesitating, they wanted to get that information out there.

Attend these Virtual Events in Upcoming Months to Help You Retool, Rebuild, and Revive.

Friday, March 5, 2021, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Ladies Over Lunch, this virtual monthly first Friday networking event is a great way to connect with other members and receive some great tips from a fellow member. Featured speaker is Nadine Burns with a focus on women and wealth, the money numbers you need to know.  Zoom link sent once registered for event

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 11 am, Become a Data Expert by Cracking the Analytics Code, our alliance partner Davenport University has invited NAWBO members to attend their joint event with Automation Alley. If you're allowing your company's data to collect dust, you're leaving money on the table. Learn how to unlock the power of their data to make better informed and optimized decisions. Visit here to learn more and register for this free event.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 11 am to 4 pm, HERstory in the Making. This free virtual international summit hosted by our national organization NAWBO is for women powering big dreams (that’s YOU!) Held on Zoom, with translation enabled, this event features a meet and greet, state of global WBOs; roundtables on doing business internationally; and speed networking. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to connect with WBOs around the globe powering their big dreams! Visit for more information and to register.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, Comcast Business invites NAWBO members to Toast to Women Owned Businesses. RSVP to this free event by March 18 and receive two complimentary bottles of wine to enjoy while being led through a virtual wine tasting experience by a sommelier from ONEHOPE Winery.

Every Tuesday, noon to 1 pm, NAWBO (our national organization) virtual Lunch & Learns have some great topics that will help you with your business, and they are free too! Visit for list of topics and to register.

Every Wednesday, 5 pm, NAWBO has their Community Connects Zoom calls. Grab a favorite beverage and join by video to connect, share best practices, and support one another in an interactive chat format with other businesswomen across the country. Visit this page to register to receive the link to join.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, 2021 Top 10 Michigan Business Women Awards. This event honors remarkable Michigan women who are making a difference in their organizations, communities, and in business. Held annually, it brings together women entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and community leaders for a time of inspiration, recognition, and celebration. Register at

Friday, May 14, 2021, 12:30 to 3:30PM EDT, 2021 Comerica Bank Women's Business Symposium. Developed specifically for women, this event provides business owners, executives, and professionals an opportunity to Learn, Connect & Grow professionally, personally, and financially. Keynote speaker is Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and New York Times Bestselling author of Brave, Not Perfect. For more information and to register visit here

We have one new member join our NAWBO GDC sisterhood this past month and two of our NAWBO GDC sisters are celebrating their 5-year member anniversary. Check them out on our website

I look forward to seeing you virtually at our upcoming events. Questions or comments? Email me at [email protected]

Wishing you good health,


Charmaine Brown
26677 West Twelve Mile
Southfield, MI 48034
Email:    [email protected]




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