March 2012

Maureen’s Brags

Rachel Owens, Succession Strategies. The Santa Ana Chamber sponsors an annual Difference Makers event celebrating extraordinary people in our community. They are honoring Rachel Owens as the 2012 Small Business Person of the Year. Rachel has made a difference in the following areas by being:

  • Founding member of NAWBO OC
  • Founder of the Cal State Fullerton Family Business Council
  • Board Member of Small Business Financial Development Corporation for 7 years
  • NAWBO CA board member for 15 years where she is currently director of education
  • Current WBI President

Erin Duran, President of Clutter Bugs, officially launched her new online home study course called Secrets of a Professional Organizer:  Time Management & Productivity made especially for women entrepreneurs, business owners and network marketers. It is a four-part course with TONS of time mastery strategies with special concerns for women and it is packed with bonus productivity tools that I promise to get 8 hours back into your week!

Karen Gifford is Founder and Principal of Gifford Management & Leadership Coaching. Karen’s efforts over the last year with one of her clients resulted in a new banking relationship and a significant line of credit that will allow the company to achieve its vision as a leader in the Audio/Visual Systems Integration business. In a tough capital market environment, Karen helped her client attract a field of bankers who competed for the business –several of whom were NAWBO members or Corporate Partners.

Mary Frank of Bamboopink, reports that February was an exciting month because their hand designed on-trend chic fashion jewelry was shown during Fashion Week in New York, worn by presenters at the 14th Annual Costume Designer Guild Awards, and the collection even made it into the Oscar Swag Bags.

Dee Elliott Vice President, King Relocation Services, recently made “Master’s Club” which is an honor is awarded by Unigroup Worldwide, part of United Van Lines, to those who excel in sales achievement. Dee was one of 200 people out of thousands of sales executives worldwide to receive this honor.

Lauren Ellermeyer’s company Beyond Fifteen, a Public Relations firm and NAWBO-OC Corporate Partner signed two new big clients in the first two months of this year! They are expecting to sign another two or three in March.

Mary E. McCurdy of Mary Etta Designs in February successfully completed the verification process for WMBE. She will now be recognized by the Joint Utilities as a women and/or minority owned business when competing for procurements by public utilities participating in the Utility Supplier Diversity Program.

Elaine Gennawey, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney has been asked to be the guest speaker at the first of a special three part series for Baby Boomer Women. She will speak about Understanding Social Security as part of your Retirement Strategy. The presentation will be on Thursday, March 22 @ 5 pm at the Florence Sylvester Memorial Senior Center in Laguna Hills.