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Power UP for Impact Conference and Showcase

FOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE Monday, August 31, 2015   The rush back to reality has begun.  Summer’s over, school is in session and it’s time to find a jump start that will put us back in the swing of the work world. Here is a suggestion… Power UP for Impact is a Conference and Showcase for Women in Business (men are welcome as well). It happens Saturday, September 26, at The INN at Gig Harbor starting at 9 am and features  four dynamic speakers in a full day of information and education, wrapped around a Showcase of about 40 women-owned businesses who are ready to serve. The day will begin with registration opening at 8:45 am.  Tickets may be purchased on line in advance at Eventbrite.com or at the door if there are still any available.  There are only 140 seats, and the ...

Sypowicz Success

When Carrie Sypowicz and her husband Tim began their business about four years ago, they were under no illusion that it would be a difficult challenge.  But then, Tim was used to difficult challenges.  He was an ex-Marine, after all.  But he brought his courage and she brought her business smarts, and together they worked day and night to build a Pro Group Networks, a managed services provider of IT systems for small and medium sized companies. Both had solid IT experience, combining 20 years of knowledge working with system design and maintenance, web hosting and computer services. “It can be really expensive for small and medium sized organizations to afford in-house IT departments,” says Carrie.  “Unless they have significant expertise on staff, they struggle.  We are ...

AWOB Presents…

  FOUR   DYNAMIC  SPEAKERS OFFER ALL DAY TUTORIAL  ON  SURVIVING,  THRIVING FOR  WOMEN  BUSINESS  OWNERS   Over 100 women in the South Sound region have set aside the fourth Saturday of September as a day to re-energize themselves and their women-owned businesses as summer winds down and the holiday season approaches. The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB) is a 5-year old organization created to support women who own, or want to develop, businesses in the Thurston, Pierce, Mason and Kitsap county area. The Power UP for IMPACT Conference and Showcase for Women in Business will present four dynamic women whose business and coaching experiences qualify them for headliner status on the speaker’s podium. The day begins with Nancy Solomon, founder and president of Women Th...

January Power Series – The Power of WHY

Presented by Speaker/Coach Deborah Olive   Mark Twain once said: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out WHY.” WHY are you doing what you are doing right now? Maybe the question is: WHY are you NOT doing what you love?  What fits your talents, skills, and dreams? If you are asking any of those questions, it might be time for some clarifying conversation with a coach that can help you find the answers. The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB) monthly Power Series presents Deborah Olive, speaker, Certified Coach and owner of Olive Global Solutions, to introduce the New Year with some ideas for approaching (or confirming) the direction of your professional and personal life. “Far more effective than writing resolutions is to ...

AWOB Power Series: Live Your Truth Workshop

Focuses on Gifts, Passion and Possibilites Stacy Duhon has been there. After 17 years as a successful manager in a biotechnology company with a lucrative future, she felt as if she were dying inside. She examined her heart and her dreams, ignored the nay-sayers who pointed out how impractical it was, and returned to school.  She acquired a Masters Degree in Coaching to go with her Masters in Statistics, then resigned from the biotech company and opened her own coaching firm, eager to share her perspective on finding and living a personal truth with women. Duhon tells her listeners:  “Listen to the whispers within, own their power, and take action on your dreams so you can have a satisfying future and a meaningful and fulfilled life.” The results, she says, will help you gain th...

When The Tax Man (or Woman) Cometh

FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE: Power Series Presents: When The Tax Man (or Woman) Cometh Who Do You Call? The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB) has the answer:  The Tax Busters!  A panel of three top-notch experts in  Financial Planning, Accounting and Tax Law who are ready to offer their expertise on the complexities of tax issues and how to avoid them. The panel appears at AWOB’s monthly Power Series get-together on March 11, 5:30 pm at The INN at Gig Harbor, and is open to members and first-time guests at no cost.  Returning guests are $25. The panel  features Tax-Time information and Q&A responses from experts: Beverly Cox, Certified Financial Planner with 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, offers personalized big picture thinking that is creative an...

The winners are …AWOB Announces Winners of 2014 Crystal Star Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The winners are …AWOB Announces Winners of 2014 Crystal Star Awards The Stars shone brightly at the Crystal Star Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony recently, as three outstanding women business owners were recognized as the top performers in their categories in the South Puget Sound region.  Sponsored by the Alliance of Women-Owned Business and selected by a panel of independent judges, the Crystal Star, Rising Star and Shining Star Awards are presented by AWOB biannually to women who inspire, open doors and  make a difference today and tomorrow. Crystal Star Award, acknowledging the outstanding role a woman has played over the years in enhancing the status of all women business owners through her creative vision, determination,success, and leadership in her busin...

Finalists Named For Crystal Star Awards

For Immediate release FINALISTS NAMED FOR CRYSTAL STAR AWARDS Nine Women to Vie for 3 AWOB Business Recognition Awards  Nine women who are business owners in the south Puget Sound region were surprised Wednesday  to receive a red rose and the personal notification that they had been selected as finalists for the bi-annual Crystal Star Awards sponsored by the Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB). The Crystal Star Awards Program honors women business owners who inspire, open doors and make a difference today and tomorrow. Jill Neumeister, President of AWOB, the sponsoring organization, shared her enthusiasm for the people who were selected from over 60 nominees. “The caliber of women finalists in this year’s Crystal Star Awards showcases the incredible amount of professional...

3 Judges Selected For Crystal Star

The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB) this week announced the selection of three regional public figures to be judges for the upcoming Crystal Star Awards honoring outstanding women business owners from Pierce, Mason, Kitsap and Thurston counties in Washington State. The awards are sponsored by the Alliance, and are presented every other year to women who inspire excellence, run successful businesses, open doors and make a difference in their communities.   The judges include Jeff Rounce, publisher of the South Sound Business Examiner; Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor; and Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent. Anderson and Lent served as judges for the 2012 Awards and agreed to serve again in 2014.   “These women bring their ‘A Game’ to small business.   Their success stories challenge ...

Call For Nominations – AWOB Crystal Star Awards 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE… CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – AWOB CRYSTAL STAR AWARDS 2014 The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses has announced the Nomination and Application Period for The Crystal Star Awards is open. AWOB’s Crystal Star Awards are presented to exceptional women business owners whose leadership, creativity and success in their business and community have enhanced and empowered many other women business owners in the four-county region it serves. After a very successful inaugural Awards Event in 2012, AWOB intends to best its own efforts bi-annually and is reaching farther to spread the word, raise awareness, and find as many qualified Nominees and Applicants as possible. The two original Crystal Star Awards include the Rising Star Award, recognizing a woman entrepreneur primarily ...

November Power Series – Rotating Roundtables

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…   ROTATING ROUNDTABLES AGENDA ANNOUNCED BY AWOB In its continuing effort to strengthen the business expertise of women entrepreneurs in the community, the Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB) has announced its November Power Series meeting will offer six roundtables addressing key business issues. The AWOB meeting, 5:00p on November 13th tables on team building, professional development tips, financial planning, secrets for effective negotiations, and powerful questions for business planning. The discussions will be facilitated by women business owners with particular expertise in their respective fields including Beth Rees, Lou Guinn, Kathleen North, Lynn Jabs, Shirley Hansen, and the AWOB president, Lisa Markman. Each attendee will be able to rotate through th...

October Power Series – Turn Your Messes Into Successes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AWOB (Alliance of Women Owned Businesses) October Power Series Topic: Turn Your Messes Into Successes Presenter: Dyann Lyon When: October 9, 2013, 5pm Where: The Inn at Gig Harbor Learn How to Turn Your Messes Into Successes with local business and community leader Dyann Lyon at The Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB) Monthly Power Series Wednesday, October 9 at 5pm at the Inn at Gig Harbor. “There’s not a person alive, or dead, that didn’t make a mess of things at times,” says Lyon, who is a Usana Health Sciences Gold Director and has owned more than one successful business in her long career in the south Sound. “If they didn’t, they weren’t living, that’s for sure!” AWOB’s Power Series is a public offering from this membership group, founded ...