President's Messge - September 2020

September 2, 2020


As summer winds down, children going back to school (although many not physically but at home online), NAWBO GDC is preparing for some upcoming events that we hope you will attend.

Join us virtually on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 to celebrate the Top 10 Michigan Business Women honorees.  This event is free, but you must register to attend. Join us at 10:30 am for networking with the awards program beginning at 11:00 am and ending at noon. We are delighted to be honoring this year:

Emerging Business: Lisa Ludwinski, Sister Pie  
Millennial Entrepreneur: Stephanie Steinberg, The Detroit Writing Room   
Giving Spirit: Lauren Rakolta, DFM Solutions  
Innovation: Anika Jackson & Kelli Coleman, The TEN Nail Bar 

Warrior: Tisha Hammond, The Small Business Cheerleader 
Pinnacle: Sharon Madison, Madison Madison International 
Diversity Champion Corporate:  Monica Martinez, Comerica Bank  
Diversity Champion Business Owner: Stephanie Burnley, Devon Industrial Group | DIG 
Words of Wisdom: Antoinette Turner, SET Enterprises, Inc. 
NAWBO/EXCEL Young Entrepreneur: Ariana Foster, Blown Right Past Balloons  
Greater Good: Jackie Kallen, Boxing’s First Female Manager  

Our annual PARtners Golf Outing will take place on October 5, 2020. A portion of the proceeds supports our 501(c)3 organization NAWBO/EXCEL whose mission is to provide on-going education, support and mentoring to girls and women wanting to start or grow a successful business or have professional careers. Whether you are an avid golfer or a novice, we have something for you. And, if you don't feel comfortable attending a golf outing but still want to support us, you can purchase a pass and golf on a day of your choosing. The golf committee is putting in place and following protocols, to provide a safe environment for us to meet outside. to learn more about the outing and to register please visit here

Virtual Events this Month to Help You Retool, Rebuild, and Revive 

Every Tuesday, noon to 1 pm*, NAWBO (our national organization) Lunch & Learns are back. Visit for list of topics and register for the these free webinars. 

Every Wednesday, at 5 pm, NAWBO will have 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 business women across the country. Register here to receive the link to join.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Wayne State University program will host a webinar to help small businesses understand and prepare their financial statements.  This free 90-minute virtual webinar is open to all. Choose to attend either September 17th or September 22nd. To register for 9/17, 3:30 pm: 
or 9/22 9:30 am:

National Women's Business Conference
I encourage you to attend this conference and being virtual, it really cuts down on the cost to attend. This conference has something for all women business owners, where you are from solo-preneurs, to those running a start-up from their kitchen table and thinking about bringing on their first employee, to those who have far surpassed the $1 million mark and now trying to identify their future successor. NAWBO's WBC is going completely virtual, September 21-23 with additional programming three days following the conference.  For just $195 for members, experience six days of live programming (with access to recorded sessions post event) from 25+ keynotes, general sessions and breakouts. To learn more visit

Member News

I have sad news that member Sherry Day passed away recently. She was president of NAWBO GDC from 2005-2006 and before retiring had owned Executive Resources-Human Potential Consultants, LC. We send our condolences to her family.

The Fall membership drive started yesterday and goes through October 31st. New members receive $45 off the one-time new member initiation fee (normally $100) in honor of NAWBO's 45th anniversary. If you know a women business owner who is not a member, this is a great time for them to join. Plus, there are rewards for members who refer new members. Learn more about our NAWBO Referral Program here. (note you will need to log into your membership account to view)

I hope see you virtually at our Top 10 event and in person at our golf outing. Questions or comments? Email me at [email protected]

Stay healthy and safe Sisters!


Charmaine Brown
26677 West Twelve Mile

Southfield, MI 48034
Email:    [email protected]

*Note due to the Women Business Conference. there will be no lunch and learn on September 21st.




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