Dear Members:

Fall is upon us, reminding us that change is imminent with temperatures decreasing and leaves falling from the trees. It’s a wonderful time to reflect on our summer vacations and look forward to the beauty of autumn leaves. With NAWBO, we’re constantly changing and resetting like the seasons to help our members become empowered in their businesses and we hope you’ve taken notice!

On September 17th, we were honored to have Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor, and Madison Nguyen, Executive Vice President of Silicon Valley Organization, spearhead our conversation about “Women in Politics”. It was a perfect evening to learn, talk and share about women in politics and how they’re changing the political world in increasing numbers from a local to national scale.

The evening was a reminder of our past advocacy efforts, and how we must keep moving the needle toward other milestones for women business owners. Just over 30 years ago, NAWBO helped in the passage of HR 5050, allowing women to qualify to take a business loan without a male counterpart. Last September, we celebrated NAWBO’s success with SB 826, requiring CA publicly-held companies to have at least one woman on board by the end of 2019 and more in the future. Simply put, we just built an unlimited number of tables and have an open invitation for many women to join us! Our founder, Susan Hager, believed in bringing your seat to the table, and if you don’t have a table, build one. Then bring other women with you.

On October 22nd, we look forward to an educational and interesting topic on laws that will impact our businesses in 2020. We are grateful for Perkins Coie LLP, an international law firm that is known for providing high value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client services, for hosting this upcoming event in Palo Alto so we can stay informed and be proactive! We hope you can join us and please feel free to share with others, as you don’t need to be a NAWBO member to attend this special occasion.

Our board of directors continue to be a dedicated and hardworking board of volunteers bringing together impactful and worthwhile programs and events, and we encourage you to get involved and become a committee member to strengthen our NAWBO sisterhood. We cannot do this on our own. By joining our leadership team, you become part of the women business owners who help make positive changes in our communities and beyond.

Warmest regards,
Flordelisa Harris