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September Power Series —Panel Discussion: Putting the Profit in Nonprofit




There is tremendous satisfaction in helping others.  It also makes good business sense.

Every community has service organizations that need more support and business leaders, who want to help, but are not sure which opportunity offers the best way to invest their limited time, talent and financial resources.

It’s time they all had a forum to talk.  The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB) will provide an informal opportunity to do just that on September 11 at 5:00 at the Inn at Gig Harbor.  Business and service organization leaders, who are interested in better serving the special needs in our community, are encouraged to attend. This event is free to AWOB members and first time guests. The fee is $25 for all others, payable at the door.

Non-profits rely heavily on businesses directly or indirectly.  Service providers are limited in the help they can offer by the support they receive.  Every day we have children in our area who go without because the resources, which service organizations have available, simply cannot stretch far enough to reach all those in need.

Community business leaders can only be leaders if they are there when the community needs them.  We all have young people and special needs individuals that need our help.  Whether its rooted in helping employees, better serving customers, or being an effective member of the community, business leaders need to know where they can help and how they can get that help.

To get conversation going, representatives of four non-profit organizations will briefly describe what they do and why they do it.  The panelists will be Nancy Hohenstein, who will discuss how Altrusa serves children’s needs; Jennifer Hardson, will outline the services offered by the South Kitsap Helpline/Foodbank; Nicci Walsh will share the valuable work done by Hope Sparks; and Gina Anstey will describe the various ways Tacoma Community Foundation helps those in need.

“AWOB offers a natural venue for this important conversation,”  Lisa Markman, president of AWOB, observed,  “since AWOB is a non-profit run by women business leaders who care about their community.”

Contact: Lisa Markman


Our monthly meetings feature topics of interest to female entrepreneurs. You will meet other women business owners, share your challenges and experiences, and walk away with information that will take your business to the next level. Bring your business cards to enter drawings for prizes donated by members of AWOB. Bring a door prize from your business and have a few minutes to promote your company. This event is free to AWOB members and first time guests. The fee is $25 for all others, payable at the door. Join AWOB and attend all of the events for free! You can join at this meeting. If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, be sure to do so! Please join us after the meeting in the Inn’s Restaurant for after hours, where we will enjoy no-host drinks, food, and continue our conversation and enjoy each other’s company. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Membership is open to any woman who owns her own business, is a partner in a business, is an independent contractor (1099), or is thinking of starting a business.  Membership is also open to business students, retired business owners, non-profits or trade associations that support women who own their own businesses, and any non-business owner who wishes to lend support to the organization and its mission.
Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB)
Our mission is to  empower women entrepreneurs to achieve higher levels of  business success. We provide our members with opportunities to hear excellent speakers, discuss timely subjects, meet other business owners while gaining insight and inspiration to grow their business.