President's Message - Sept. 2018


September 25, 2018   

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Priscilla Archangel, Ph.D.

September has been very busy for NAWBO GDC. We kicked off the month and end of summer with our monthly Ladies Over Lunch, the first one since our summer break. 

Golfing Anyone? – Our annual PARtners Golf Outing was held September 17th at Northville Hills Golf Club. Sixty golfers played 18 holes and some took part in the clinic. This annual event is always a great way to Connect, Learn and Grow, as well as to raise funds for NAWBO and NAWBO/EXCEL. Congratulations to our winning foursome Chris Joseph, Todd Williams, John Polakowski and Joe Loniewski. And thank you to our sponsors UPS and PNC Bank; in-kind sponsorships from Sam’s Club, Bordine’s Nursery and Comerica Bank; Sellers Buick GMC as the hole-in-one sponsor and UHY for the winner’s circle. View pictures from the event on our website.

Public Policy Advocacy – Yesterday, we partnered with the American Arab Chamber of Commerce as part of Comerica’s Quarterly Business Series for a complimentary breakfast meeting with legislators to learn more about proposals on the November ballot. Legislators present included Senator David Knezek, Representative Abdullah Hammoud and Representative Sylvia Santana. Also, in attendance were Donna Stallings, City Councilwoman of Lathrup Village and Dana Nessel, Democratic Candidate for Michigan Attorney General. We discussed topics such as legalizing recreational marijuana, paid sick time, increasing the minimum wage, voting reform and independent legislative redistricting. Whether you’re a solopreneur or employing a large workforce, it’s important that we all stay informed to make the right decisions for our businesses.

National Women’s Business Conference – I’m currently at the NAWBO National Conference in Spokane, WA. This has been three days of dynamic and motivating speakers where we learned strategies for building our businesses, supporting our chapters and advocating for policy initiatives that support each of you. Our own Tanya Allen, president of the Greater Detroit Chapter in 2015-16, is on the National Board of Directors. This is also the 30th anniversary of HR 5050, the NAWBO sponsored bill that enabled women business owners to secure credit in their own names without a male cosigner. This sounds unbelievable in this day and time, but it’s true. I’ll share more about the conference in our October Newsletter.

Membership has its benefits! 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 other why they should join and ask them to visit our national website for more information and for upcoming local events.

Please mark you calendars to join us at these upcoming 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 networking 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 October 4th for our next lunch on October 5th.

Navigating Financial Empowerment Circle of Learning – Do you feel energized when you’re hitting your business goals, but drained when you think about your personal financial planning? Join us at 8 a.m. on October 19th for an interactive discussion to learn how wealth planning affects your journey to financial empowerment. Leaders of Planning Alternatives will provide insight on the proper process, available resources, what to look for in choosing the right advisors, and the benefits of organizing your financial roadmap. This is a complimentary event but you must register via our website.

Peer Mentoring – We are excited to introduce COMPASS, our new 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 share ideas and experiences that will support connecting, learning and growing. An informational meeting will take place in November and is open to both 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. Stay tuned for more information!

Holiday Luncheon – Save the Date!  The holidays will be here before you know it. Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 29th to kick of the season in style with a fashion show and shopping. More details and registrations will open in October. This will be a fabulous opportunity to learn more about our consumer-focused businesses. And ladies, pull out your red shoes! More information to follow!

Welcome to our New Members!

Congratulations on Your 5 year Membership Milestone

Congratulations on Your 15 year Membership Milestone

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

Questions or comments? Email me at [email protected]

My best,


Priscilla Archangel, Ph.D.
26677 West Twelve Mile

Southfield, MI 48034
Email:    [email protected]





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