January 2010
NAWBO Ventura County - 
January 28, 2010 Dinner Meeting

The Mission of NAWBO Ventura County is to provide education and encouragement for the growth of women business owners and creating an awareness of our presence through a single voice in our community.

Our goals for the 2009 - 2010 session are to provide many opportunities to help you be successful.

Our upcoming dinner meeting on Thursday, January 28, 2010 is an example of the goals we set for this year and of our commitment to you as NAWBO members.  This is not a dinner that you will want to miss.  Please see below for the details.

And, to make your attendance even more inviting, if you attend our January 28, 2010 dinner meeting and bring a friend or associate, you will receive a free night at our February Business Expo.  That includes dinner and a 3 foot marketing table to exhibit your business offerings.  This is a $90.00 value and it provides you the opportunity to showcase your business.  You don't even have to be a member of NAWBO VC to take advantage of this opportunity.

We hope to see all of you at our upcoming events.

Sandy Allan

Thursday, January 28, 2010
A Taste of SCORE!

Learn from individuals with real-world experience! An opportunity for any business owner or manager, to spend an evening with SCORE, the counselors to Americas Small Business, and a resource partner of the Small Business Administration. 

It's an evening to experience SCORE's confidential, one on one, speed counseling. Receive a "taste" of the type of help you can receive for your business from SCORE throughout the year here in Ventura County.

Bring your questions, issues and challenges that you are facing. The expertise of the SCORE counselors for the evening is especially versed in the areas of:

* Sales 
* Insurance 
* Sales Promotion 
* Business Planning 
* Marketing 
* SBA Loans 
* Financial Planning & Management
* Management
* Advertising
* Social networking
* Distribution
* Planning
* Operating a business
* Strategic planning
* Networking
* Operations
. . . . . and MORE! 

SCORE counselors are retired and semi-retired, successful business executives and professionals who offer their time and expertise strictly on a volunteer basis. They want to help YOU be successful!

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More Events...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
NAWBO VC's Power To Business Conference
Location:  Amgen Campus, Thousand Oaks, CA

You have seen the flyer,  Now see the speakers for the conference...

Ana R. Harvey, 
Director of the SBA's Office of Women's. Business Ownership

John W. Murray,
Vice President, Southern California Minority Business Development Council (SCMBDC)

Linda J. Denny, 
President and CEO Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Washington, D.C.

Ken Ashford, General Manager, Business Outreach Program-Fostering Economic Development, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Glen V. Constantino, Assistant District Director, Small Business Administration (SBA), Los Angeles

Oscar Dominguez, Vice President, Manager, Union Bank (Valencia)

Renee Lebran, Rustic Canyon Investment

Kay Barzon, Founder, DMR Business Solutions, Inc.

David Allen, Founder of the David Allen Company -  world's
leading authority on personal and organizational productivity and author of the worldwide bestseller, "Getting Things Done"

Jim Cathcart, renowned author and award-winning motivational
speaker honored in the Speaker Hall of Fame; founder of the Cathcart
Institute of motivational training.

Farryn Melton, V.P. Global Strategic Sourcing and Chief
Procurement Officer, AMGEN

Pamela Eason, VP Global Procurement and Chief Procurement
Officer, PFIZER, Inc.

the Art of Stress-Free Productivity".

Prosperity Seminars  from 101 Leaders Institute

Patricia Fripp - "Presentation Skills"

Saturday, January 23, 2010, 9 AM to noon - Sherwood Country Club

Don Hutson, coauthor of the NY Times bestseller: The One Minute Entrepreneur, with Ken Blanchard.   Don is one of the world's top Sales Trainers.

Thursday, February 25, 2010, 9am to 11:30am - Sherwood Country Club -

NAWBO members will receive a 2-fer to attend either of these events.  Every member of NAWBO will be allowed to attend one of these two seminars for free if you bring a business friend along at half price. That means that you attend for only $100 instead of the normal $199, and you can take the opportunity to build business by bringing along a coworker, customer or prospect. You mustpreregister by phone or email in order to attend since Sherwood CC is inside the gated community.



The latest Laws and Regulations that may affect your business in 2010

New Government Regulations For Small Business Workshop from SCORE

A must attend for all small business owners!

Hear directly from the government agencies that most affect small businesses.  This workshop will explain the Regulations, New Laws, How To Comply and How To Avoid Possible Fines and Fees.

Participating in this workshop will be the:

  • California Franchise Tax Board
  • Board of Equalization (BOE)
  • Employment Development Department (EDD)
  • Department of Industrial Relations
  • Cal/OSHA
  • Workers Compensation
  • IRS and Others

Great time to ask questions

Still Only $49    Includes valuable handouts

Sign-up Now.  Seating is limited.

Saturday, January 30, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

at Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033
North Campus Road - Room JCC

Thank you, Corporate Partners, for your support!!!

Amgen logo

Anthem Blue Cross

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and to our supporting member

Balance Your Books

Member of the Month

Susan Stone 

Many of you know Susan, but you can learn a little more about her.  Those of you who don't know Susan.....Get to know her.  You will be pleased that you did!

Susan Stone grew up in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills.  She has lived in Agoura Hills for 27 years.

After her first year of Spanish in Jr. High, Susan was invited to spend the summer with a family in Puebla, Mexico.  The experience changed her life forever.  Susan is now fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese and English and continues to study other languages.  She has lived in Mexico, Spain, France and Brazil and her travels include Angola, The Republic of Georgia, Israel Taiwan and China.  She raised her son David Adler bilingually in Spanish. 

Susan graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, earned 3 life teaching credentials from UCLA and CSUN and was a teacher and Bilingual/ESL administrator within the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Disenchanted with the school system Susan returned to UCLA to study marketing, advertising and public relations and completed their program for a Professional Designation in Marketing and Merchandising.  When GTE hired her as an independent contractor, she formed her own marketing and public relations firm and worked for a myriad of companies including IBM, Adray's, Brookside Savings & Loan and the Salick Cancer Center.  In 1987, one of her clients recruited her to Commercial Real Estate.  Susan worked for Beitler and Daum Commercial, and served on an Advisory Committee for the Daily News.  When the commercial market soured in the early 1990s, Susan changed to residential real estate with the Jon Douglas Company.  She has been with White House Properties since 1995 where she has been in the top 5% in production company- wide.  She has her broker's license, a GRI and SRES®, has taught first-time homebuyer's classes for Bank of America and has written articles for both The Daily News and The Acorn.  

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Susan Stone, GRI, SRES®
DRE Broker's License: 01002647
Broker Associate, Realtor®
White House Properties
Tel: 818 865-0944
Cell: 818 634-8502
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Come to our January 28, 2010 dinner meeting with a friend or associate and get free admission to our Feburary 2010 Business Expo.  This offer include a free dinner and a 3 ft. marketing table at the Expo.
Offer Expires: January 28, 2010

NAWBO Ventura County

National Association of Women Business Owners 
Ventura County
Newsletter November 2009
In This Issue
Why NAWBO - Listen to WIIFM
Member of the Month
November Dinner Meeting
Member of the Month
Let's get to know Danya Smith better!  Danya joined NAWBO VC three months ago and she's a great addition to the organization.  

We're honored to have you as a member, Danya!

My name is Danya Smith and I am a mom to 4 kids. Adam is 20, Justin is 20, Corey is 18, and April is 17. My wonderful husband Steve and I moved to the Conejo Valley area just over 2 years ago. We moved from Santa Clarita which was our home town for about 20 years. Adam and Justin have moved and both doing well in their endeavors. Corey is currently attending Moorpark College and April is a Junior at Westlake High School.
I began my career with State Farm just over six years ago. I currently work for Dennis Predmore's agency and have been with his office for over 3 years. I am fully licensed in auto, home, health, bank and life insurance products.  Also, I carry my Notary Commission. Currently I am taking my fifth course from The American College to obtain my Life Underwriting Council Training Fellowship or LUTCF.
State Farm insurance began in 1922 and it is a mutual company The company offers over 90 products from auto, home, condo, renters, business, boat, umbrella, personal article, annuities, disability, life insurance and so much more. Your referral is my greatest compliment.
Our Corporate Partners
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Anthem Blue Cross


and our Member Sponsor

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Upcoming Events - 
Watch the presses and mark your calendars

Check on our Calendar of Events on the web site and watch for more information....
November Monthly Dinner Meeting - See above

Happy Thanksgiving

We have much to be  thankful for!

Annual Holiday Party with a Feng Shui Advantage


January Monthly Dinner Meeting with guest speaker 
CEO of 1-800-Dentist


Power to Business Conference

You won't want to miss this all day event!


Tentatively scheduled annual business expo


Annual Bravo Awards Luncheon

Spanish Hills 
Country Club
It is often that I reflect on the value of being a member of NAWBO.  And then at our recent monthly board meeting the group had a discussion about the benefits of membership in this professional nationwide organization.  I think we sometimes forget what we can get from our membership if we take advantage of what's available.

I am sure you have all heard of that famous radio station WIIFM (What's in it for me?)  I am now going to ask that you sit back and listen to WIIFM....

The following Mission Statement says it all.  What woman business owner would NOT want this support when running a business?  I sure know I need it!

Mission Statement

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) 
propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community,creating innovative and effective change in the business culture and building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations, as well as transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers.

Personally, my membership with NAWBO VC has brought me the following benefits, just to name a few...

The value of business education, mentorship, and growth.  At least once each month we have a program that provides informative guidance on how we can be better business owners.  I have received guidance from other NAWBO members that has made me a stronger business owner.  I have grown, both as an individual and as a business owner, because of the benefits of NAWBO.

The opportunity to build new relationships and alliances, gain trust in fellow members, to be referred to new clients by fellow members, to refer business to trusted members, and to gain some really great friendships as a side benefit.

Attendance at the national conferences and visits to Sacramento for Public Policy Days.  If not for NAWBO VC I would not have had these opportunities to meet many other NAWBO members, hear fantastic speakers, attend great work shops, and to actually meet with government officials and to have the opportunity to ask them how they are going to help business owners.

Women are now half of the U.S. workforce, more than half of college enrollment, and the primary earners in more than two-thirds of American families. While we're doing so much to move forward, it's an interesting opportunity to look at where we have been and the impact that women business owners make-and to look ahead and plan our course.

We have enormous opportunities for success.  How better can we take advantage than by being a part of an organization that is solely structured to aid in our successes? I don't know of any other organizations that provide that same Power to Business.  

When you listen to your radio station....WIIFM....what comes to mind when measuring the value of being a NAWBO VC member?  Listen carefully, I think you will be amazed if you are truly taking advantage of what's available.  And, most importantly, get involved!

November Dinner Meeting - Thursday, November 19th
Nov 20009 Spkr

Thursday, November 19, 2009
5:30 pm Networking; 6:30 pm - 8 pm Dinner and Program
Palm Garden Hotel, Thousand Oaks

Do you find networking easy, fun and effortless? 
Do you know how to create, develop, keep and manage
your connections? 

Learn these secrets and more from Kathleen Ronald, "Queen

of Business Networking," an unparalleled networker, an
internationally renowned speakertrainer, and the founder of Speaktacular.  Kathleen has more than 25 years of 
experience providing inspirational keynotes and training 
seminars to Fortune 500 companies, small business, and 
professional associations.

Click here to register. 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION thru Friday, November 13
Members $35; Non-members $40; Guests of members $35
AFTER November 13 and at the door: $45 for everyone.

Nordstrom "Shop 'til You Drop" Breakfast
A good time had by all!

On Wednesday, November 4th,  our group of 17 met for a fantastic breakfast, a "what's in for fall" style show, and we were then let loose in the Nordstrom store to take advantage of the 1/2 Yearly Sale....and what a sale it was.  

I have determined that we can label this day as a day of education.  It was for me.  I learned the new excuses as to why we must buy.  Now, if I can just quote a few so that you will be able to grow with this same knowledge.

"I lost the hanger for this sweater.  Now I must buy it!"

"These jeans do wonders for my figure.  I must by them".  I heard that from three different NAWBO shoppers so it must be true.

"These necklaces are on sale and we heard that we should layer many necklaces at one time so I must buy them"

"Bravo is coming up in May 2010.  This dress matches the theme of the luncheon.  I must buy it!"

And, then there were at least two NAWBO that were so excited, they didn't lock themselves in the dressing room; they locked themselves out of the dressing room.  Not sure you want to learn from this!

Due to the great success of this event, and also due to popular demand, we will be having the same event next year.  If I were you I would plan on attending!  You will be a much better shopping business owner...I know I am!

We hope to see you at our November dinner meeting.

Thank you to all of our Corporate Partners, Member Sponsor, Board Members, and Members of NAWBO Ventura County!  It's a privilege to be associated with you!


Sandy Allan, President
NAWBO Ventura County


October 2009            Happy Halloween

NAWBO is a national organization of women business owners with local chapters in every state. NAWBO fosters education for the woman business owner.

Our Mission...

NAWBO VENTURA COUNTY is committed to providing education and encouragement for the growth of women business owners and creating an awareness of our presence through a single voice in our community.

We have lots happening!


The next few months are going to be very busy.  Our commitment to you at the beginning of this year was to provide more education and benefits.  And, that's what we are going to do.

Please see Elaine's aritcle below about some of the events we have planned for the balance of 2009.

Please also plan on attending our Ribbon Cutting for NAWBO VC at the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce on , Thursday, October 15th, beginning at 4:30 PM.  We just joined the Chamber and we want the city of Camarillo to know about us. Come help us tell others about NAWBO VC.

And, we are going to kick off 2010 with a bang!  We are very excited about an all day conference that is currently being planned for Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at the Amgen campus.  It's a day packed with great business educational information.  We plan to end the day with a fantastic keynote speaker, followed by a reception whereby all can meet and network with other attendees.  We hope that this is the start of something big in 2010 and beyond!
Our comrades, SCORE, also have many great educational events happening starting in October and NAWBO VC members can take advantage of great workshops at discounted pricing.  Visit their websitefor the dates and times.

Look forward to seeing you!  If you have any questions please let us know.

Sandy Allan,

Welcome New Members...

My Membership Committee, which includes Anthony Mitchell and Sheryl Tuchman, is very excited about five recent additions to our roles in the last two months. Our two newest members, who were introduced at our last dinner meeting, are Jennifer Gross and Nancy Mayerson. Jennifer is the owner of Databasics in Newbury Park and specializes in database programming. Nancy is the owner of Mayerson Marketing & Public Relations and specializes in, you guessed it, marketing and public relations. They are both on our roster at in addition to being plastered all over the internet so feel free to give them a call and make them feel welcome.

In addition to the many wonderful events that are being planned, we will be having a New Member Breakfast very soon. Please watch for up-coming announcements as to the time, date and place of this event.

I also know that you all have some wonderful ideas so please don't be shy. Contact me at (818) 874-4005 x.206 and let me know your thoughts. 



Neil Palache, Financial Coach
Founder and CEO
The Wealth Creator Company, Inc.
Membership Chair

As you will see from Christa's article about being Member of the Month, she forgets to tell about herself.  So, I guess I just have to add a little about Christa.  Christa is such a great person to know.  She always has a smile on her face, she's always willing to help, and she enjoys her family so much.  She is a Past President of NAWBO VC.  And, this year she and Jake have graciously let the Board of Directors use their conference room for our board meetings.  Thank you so much Christa and Jake!

AXICOM, Inc. provides responsive, customer-service oriented and affordable tech support to small businesses, schools and non-profits.    We are not just the "computer guy" who shows up at your office to fix a problem until the next one crops up.  AXICOM offers  complete and ongoing solutions for businesses' computer and network needs, and every product and service is aimed to be budget-friendly.  As a first layer of protection for a business, we install firewalls and other security measures around the network.  Then, for desktops and servers we install AxiGuard, a 24x7 remote monitoring and maintenance service that constantly runs anti-virus and anti-spyware software, deletes temporary files and your Internet cache (old websites you've visited, cookies, etc.) and watches for any failing hardware components.  We have three different AxiGuard plans-Silver, Gold and Platinum.  The Silver Plan is a basic plan starting at $24.75 per PC/per month and servers at $174.75 per server/month.  An analysis of Silver plan pricing shows this to be a great value.  Gold and Platinum plans include Help Desk and on-site support for the entire network at a fixed monthly rate.   Other products that we offer include AxiVault for remote data backup,  AxiBlock for anti-spam and AxiExchange which is hosted Exchange.   In addition to providing non-intrusive and price-friendly technology solutions, AXICOM also offers monthly seminars and workshops centered on technology topics.  October will feature an Ergonomics seminar, Search Engine Optimization (SEO ) seminar, and Facebook training.   In November, we will have a Windows 7 Sneak Peek seminar on November 12.  

Christa Nonnemaker manages the administrative side of AXICOM.  She oversees payroll and HR issues for the 7 employees,  supervises the A/R and A/P, plans and implements marketing strategy, and coordinates the monthly seminars and workshops.   AXICOM was started in 1996 and serves clients in the Conejo and San Fernando Valleys.  For more information about AXICOM, visit

.  To sign up for AXICOM events, go to the website and click on the Events tab.  We look forward to seeing you at one of our events!

Office Location:
31352 Via Colinas #104
Westlake Village, CA  91362

Social Media Expert Impresses Members 

Starr Hall, an accomplished publicist and social media strategist worldwide, wowed everyone at the NAWBO-VC September  dinner meeting held on September 24th, at the Palm Garden Hotel.  

She delivered an informative presentation with an engaging and enthusiastic delivery. Many people went away with new strategies on how to grow their business through social media. Starr is the author of "GET CONNECTED-The Social Networking Toolkit for Business". She has grown her personal business 238% through social networking in the past 8 months alone! Starr also hosts a national on-the-dial radio show- Keeping Company, and she is a regular columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine dot com and Central Coast Magazine.  

Don't miss the October meeting

On October 22nd, Ursula Mentjes, Inspirational Speaker, Author and Sales Coach, will inform with " Master the Principles of Selling with Intention and Double or Triple Your Sales This Year.  "Whether you're a sales professional or entrepeneur, Ursula Mentjes can transform the way you think about selling. You'll learn how to increase sales with less effort and less stress --- without compromising your ethics or values.  Applauded as an Inspirational Speaker, Author, Certified Sales Coach and Neuro-Linguistic Programmer, Ursula delivers an interactive and engaging presentation that will teach you how to release limiting beliefs and fears about selling.

Opportunity Drawing: Bring a gift to the October meeting for the drawing and get a chance to speak about your business. Plus you'll be recognized on our website for a month. 

Fashionable Breakfast at Nordstrom - November 4th  

Also mark your calendars for the Fashionable Breakfast at Nordstrom to be held on November 4th at the The Oaks mall. There will be a fantastic Tapas-style Breakfast (small plates meant to be shared) and a fashion show complete with cosmetic tips, personal shopping tips and gifts. Then guests will be the first to shop at the Nordstrom Women & Children Half-Yearly Sale. Come get a taste of the tapas-style breakfast at the chic Blue Stove café in Nordstrom and then get ahead of your holiday shopping. As they say, you can shop 'til you drop! 

"Secret Strategies of a Networking Queen" - Kathleen Ronald  - November 19th

Do you find networking easy, fun and effortless?  Do you know how to create, develop, keep and manage your connections?  Learn these secrets and more from Kathleen Ronald, "Queen of Business Networking", an unparalleled networker, an internationally renowned speaker-trainer, and the founder of Speaktacular. Kathleen has more than 25 years of experience providing inspirational keynotes and training seminars to Fortune 500 companies, small business, and professional associations. Author of the soon-to-be-released Networking Bible, Kathleen excels at helping people develop personal, authentic strategies that build net worth by building a network. She has founded successful networking groups, Fortune 10/10 (a women's investment group), and WOW (Women of Wealth) Ventures and co-founded WIN (Women in Networking

Holiday Party - December 10th

Get ready for lots of holiday fun with NAWBO-VC.  You'll enjoy celebrating with your friends and colleagues. 

Issue: 200910
Corporate Partners 


Metropolitan Water District

Union Bank

Technology & Operational Solutions, Inc.

Site Server Hosting

Pacific Coast Business Times

Anthem Blue Cross

The chapter appreciates the support of our Corporate Partners.

Member Sponsors 

Balance Your Books

Thank you for being a Member Sponsor!

Do you have trouble remembering to register for the monthly dinner meetings and end up paying the higher price because you didn't get registered in time to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration?
Would you like to know that your reservation is made and that you need to worry about contacting us only when you won't be able to attend a dinner?
You can do that!  Just ask one of the board members for a "Standing Reservation" form.  it will soon be available on the NAWBO VC web site.
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