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  • A Message From Our President April 1, 2020
    It was nearly ten months ago that I was seated as President, anxious yet confident – similar to that feeling of starting a new job. I was excited and hopeful to assist our talented and dedicated board to foster growth and strengthen the organization.

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  • Self-Care Tips for Stressful Times April 1, 2020

    Stress has a significant impact – on the mind, the body, and on our emotional landscape – which causes us to react quickly, often without thinking of the effects of our reactions. While the sudden impact of COVID-19 is undoubtedly a stressor for all of us, managing our own stress is crucial not only for self-care but so we can respond vs. react to these new challenges in our businesses.

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  • NAWBO Chicago COVID-19 Business Resources March 27, 2020

    At NAWBO Chicago, we have been working around the clock to stay on top of the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, recommendations and resources and to develop a plan that will support you and keep you connected during this challenging time. We are gathering resources from our partners and other trusted organizations to help you navigate the changing business world. We will continue to update this page, along with our member programming as more information becomes available.

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  • Numbers Don't Lie (So Be Sure to Know Yours) March 4, 2020

    If numbers don’t lie and they tell a compelling story (and they do), there’s no time like the present to know your business numbers as we push through the heart of tax season and head into the 2nd quarter of the year. In fact, it’s critical to keeping your dream alive and well – and growing – for years.

    According to NAWBO member, past conference speaker and serial entrepreneur Allison Maslan, who addressed knowing your numbers in a recent article, it starts with three things: getting the support you need, focusing on sales and measuring everything:

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  • A Successful Business Story Starts With A Healthy You February 4, 2020

    As a woman business owner, your number one priority is running a successful company. Without success, there would be no business. But the real priority, which most of us rarely consider, should be you and your health. If you’re not operating at your best, how can you expect to run your best company?

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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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