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  • To Email or Pick Up the Phone? Balancing High Tech with High Touch January 2, 2020

    Technology is amazing. It allows us fast and easy access to a world of people, opportunities and information resources. It enables us to work whenever and wherever we want. It keeps us on track and propels our speed and efficiency. Yet there’s nothing like an old-fashioned phone call or face-to-face meeting to build or strengthen a relationship and fuel inspiration and creativity.

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  • Here's to a Great 2019 and an Even Better 2020! December 4, 2019

    As women business owners, we’re habitually dreaming big, setting goals, working to power those goals, and regularly assessing wins and areas for adjustment. And there’s nothing like the end of a year to take stock in a big way—a way that not only makes us feel proud of how far we’ve come, but also reignites our excitement, creativity and drive for what lies ahead in the new year.

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  • What It Means to Be a Servant Leader November 6, 2019

    "Many people think of servant leadership only in relation to their NAWBO or other volunteer commitments. But servant leadership is more than a style of volunteerism.  While a long-standing concept, in today’s business world servant leadership is considered a highly innovative style that will likely become the norm given the current workforce shift.

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  • In the Service of Others November 5, 2019

    In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

    To me, November conjures up thoughts and the smell of pumpkin, the rustle of leaves, flag football on the front lawn, family, and Thanksgiving – a time to remember the blessings in our lives, and to think and act toward those who are less fortunate.  I encourage everyone to try and volunteer or donate to the many organizations that support the underserved and bring some extra cheer where it might not have happened without you.  

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  • Our Time as Women Business Owners is Now October 2, 2019

    When I accepted the responsibility of becoming the next NAWBO Chicago President, I was a little bit scared to lead a group of strong, talented women. Having spent my entire career in male-dominated industries, the thought of serving the female entrepreneurial community seemed daunting. But then I met our wonderful members and realized just how strong our organization is. NAWBO Chicago is filled with inclusive, empowered WBOs. Within NAWBO, members find a safe-place to discuss the challenges of your business, family and balance. You can find a tribe of women supporting one another. 

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  • More Courageous Than You Think August 27, 2019

    Courage is faith in our convictions that there is more out there, that there is a better way and we have the power to make it happen. It’s being unafraid to abandon the orthodox way of doing things and leave the comfort of the known to venture into new territory.

    It took some serious courage to start your own business. And you’ve needed courage at every turn – through adversity and limited resources—as you have hired employees, expanded and diversified your products and services, and grown by entering new states or even international markets.

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  • How Can NAWBO Chicago Assist You? August 6, 2019

    The year is really flying by and I can’t believe we are already nearing the fourth fiscal quarter!

    While I’m not ready for summer to end, this is the right time to review the year and plan on where you want to be next year and in the next five years. Some of you may have heard about a new show on HBO called “Years and Years” that has a fascinating premise: in the first episode, time moves forward five years in the future. How amazing if we could see where we’ll be in five years!

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  • Don't Burn Out, Burn Even Brighter June 28, 2019

    “I’m up to my eyeballs.” “I’m exhausted.” “I feel like I have to do everything myself.” Have you ever uttered these sentiments? Or something similar?

    The life of a woman business owner can be hectic and overwhelming at times, whether you are a solopreneur working out of a home office or the head of a multi-million-dollar operation with several locations. Naturally, there will be times when you feel on the verge of a burn out. The key is to recognize the signs and then take control so you don’t burn out, but instead, burn even brighter.

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  • Farewell from President June 5, 2019

    Dear NAWBO Chicago,

    I want to thank you for one of the best years of my life. Serving as President was one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had, and I am so proud of this group that I led and represented each day.

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  • Listening is Leading: A Conversation with Edie Comminos June 5, 2019

    Ask her how she’s feeling as she takes the reins as NAWBO Chicago’s incoming president, and Edie Comminos gives a warm, honest answer.

    “It seemed soooo far off 18 months ago when I said yes!” she says with a laugh. “Now that it’s actually here, I’m excited and energized and just a little bit scared. Remember, the industry I’m in is all men. The prospect of leading a group of amazing, talented women is a huge challenge and I love that.”

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