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Minnesota Newsletter

Apr 18
NAWBO MN Newsletter

Are You a Dynamic Entrepreneurial Woman
Looking to Get More Involved in Exciting Initiatives?
NAWBO-MN Position Openings:
  • President Elect
    • The National Association of Women Business Owners - Minnesota Chapter (NAWBO-MN) has been growing, continuously improving and is looking to bring on our next President-Elect! This inspirational leader will take over as President on July 1, 2020.
      If you are looking for the opportunity be a game-changer and grow in leaps as a central leader, this is it! For NAWBO MN members who have already been provided leadership through committee work or as a member of the Board, please consider nominating yourself. if you know of a NAWBO member with excellent leadership skills, please consider nominating her.
If you are a NAWBO-MN member (or want to be) interested in getting more involved with strategy, planning and decision making, please consider joining one of these committees:
  • Membership (includes opportunity for Member Chair or Co-Chair role)
    • Designing and implementing processes to increase our membership and drive engagement
  • Awareness
    • Further defining our mission & vision and getting our brand out to the community through social media, PR and other marketing platforms
  • Programming (includes opportunity for Member Chair or Co-Chair role)
    • Developing our programs & events to meet the needs of our membership, sponsors, partners and prospects
  • Public Policy
    • Participating in planning a public policy event backed by NAWBO to support women in business and small business in general 
Joining a committee is fantastic experience if you are interested joining as a future Board Member and making an impact!
Interested? Please click link below for application,
complete and submit by Friday, April 26th.
Apply Here  
We have so many incredibly talented and diverse women business owners-who represent all generations, industries and stages of business growth-at the table...but there's always room for more. Starting March 1st, refer three or more members who join at the Premier annual membership level and you will receive a complimentary registration to our biggest and most impactful event of the year: The National Women's Business Conference (WBC) hosted by NAWBO National.
Simply tell all the new members you refer to put your name in the "referred by" field when they sign up for Premier annual membership so that you will receive credit. Once you have successfully made three or more member referrals, a team member from NAWBO National will be in contact to get you registered for this year's WBC.
Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
Time: 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Investment: FREE to Members
All members are encouraged to join us for our FREE New Member Breakfast! This is a wonderful opportunity to network and meet new members as well as NAWBO-MN leadership. We encourage you to bring business cards, network with other members, and begin to build new relationships! Complimentary light breakfast will be provided.
Register Here  

Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Location: Midpointe Event Center, 415 Pascal Street North, St. Paul, MN 55104
Time: 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Investment: $20 NAWBO & WBDC Members || $40 Non Members

Come and join entrepreneurs from both NAWBO-MN and WBDC for this speed networking-style breakfast! Engage in opportunities to increase your access to a variety of resources, grow your support system, make meaningful business connections and leave with your batteries recharged for the work ahead!

We look forward to giving you a warm welcome and introducing you to the great women in both NAWBO-MN and the WBDC. Come to experience supportive networking at this event!

The morning will begin at 7:30 a.m. with open networking and breakfast, followed by three rounds of structured networking at 8 a.m. 

Don't forget to bring plenty of business cards!
Includes: continental breakfast, open networking and structured networking program.
Thank you to our Partner:
Thank you to our Host Sponsor:
LABAnnouncing New "Learning Lab!"
Avoiding Nightmares and 

Pitfalls of Contracts
Members Only Event
Date: Tuesday,  May 21st, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Investment: Free to members! - Registration Required
Walk away from our first Learning Lab with a better understanding of common terms and clauses found in contracts. Hear about contract nightmares to help you avoid pitfalls and minimize risks to your business.
Meet our First Learning Lab Host:
Carol Moss, Attorney at Law
& NAWBO-MN Board Member
Hellmuth & Johnson
We are so excited to announce this new opportunity for our members called "Learning Lab!" Learning Lab is a program for members, by members! Here's how it works:
NAWBO members and their organizations have an opportunity to host other NAWBO members at their place of business to provide a learning experience specific to their expertise. Learning Lab hosts provide location, lunch and learning on topics that will help our member business owners maintain and grow successful enterprises. Attendance is free. In addition to relevant education, the Learning Lab also provides hosts an opportunity to share in depth information about their business and supports overall member networking. 
If you want to be a Learning Lab host you will complete a simple Learning Lab application form. This will identify content, expertise and background of instructors and the leave behind materials that will be created for the learning experience. The applications will be reviewed by the NAWBO Programming Committee who will work to schedule the Learning Lab and discuss details, such as the maximum capacity for your event, etc. The Programming Committee will take care to space "like industry" member organizations and similar topics so that they are not back to back. 
We encourage you to be a Learning Lab host; all members are invited to participate! Click here to download & fill out the speaker request form.
For more information, please contact Julie Kimble, Programming Chair and board member at juliekimble@kimbleconsult.com.
(Note that we will test this new program throughout 2019 and based on your feedback determine if we continue on in 2020.)
Register Here  

ACHIEVEAchieve! Awards Gala 
& Annual Meeting

Save the Date
Celebrating our Amazing 2019 Achieve! Award Winners
Gala Dinner, Annual Meeting and Achieve! Awards Celebration
Thursday, June 20th, 2019 | 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The 2019 Achieve! Awards Include: 

WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR - Our most prominent award - this honor recognizes the innovation and perseverance of a woman business owner who has experienced noticeable success operating a business that has grown exponentially over the past year.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - This award recognizes a NAWBO member who owns a million-dollar business. She has propelled her industry forward, created opportunities for other women, and experienced significant business growth for 20 years or more.
ESTABLISHED WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER AWARD - This award goes to a business owner, founder, or acquirer who has been able to achieve sustained business growth for 10 years or more by shifting her business gradually to take advantage of available opportunities.
EMERGING WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR - This award recognizes a member who owns an emerging post-startup business with significant potential for long-term success and growth with at least a three-year track record.
FOUNDER OF THE YEAR - This recognizes a member who has shown ingenuity, determination and grit by starting her business from scratch as a majority owner and successfully sustaining, growing and expanding her business for five years or more.
DISRUPTER OF THE YEAR - This award recognizes a member who typically operates in a male-dominated industry and challenges the status-quo by breaking down gender barriers and broadening opportunities for future women owners.
MEMBER OF THE YEAR - This award recognizes a member who demonstrates passion for the NAWBO mission, strong chapter engagement, and has consistently served the chapter in a leadership and/or lead volunteer role for three years or more.
ADVOCATE AWARD - This award recognizes a woman business owner or a corporate partner who demonstrates exemplary vision in providing opportunities for women business owners, supporting them, advocating for them, or helping guide them toward success.
GENERATIONAL AWARD - This award honors the significant accomplishments of a second generation (or more) member operating the family business. Her leadership has continued to enhance and make a powerful impact on her organization's success and growth.
INNOVATION AWARD - This award recognizes a member with an innovative product or service which has taken an existing idea to new heights or introduced something revolutionary to the marketplace that shows potential for long-term success.
PARTNER OF THE YEAR - This award recognizes an outstanding community member and/or agency that has worked closely and consistently with NAWBO-MN to promote the advancement and success of women business owners through means such as sponsorship, advocacy, and/or community engagement. 
Winners to be announced soon!