2017 December Newsletter


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                                                        December 2017


Dear NAWBO Sisters,

The holiday season is here and one event you won't want to miss out this season is our Annual Holiday Extravaganza on Thursday, December 7 at the Silver Garden Event Center in Southfield. Attending this event is a great way to reconnect with fellow members, corporate sponsors and other friends of NAWBO-GDC. There will be a number of women-owned vendors including some young female entrepreneurs offering unique holiday gifts including cosmetics, jewelry, handbags and food products. The evening will also include wonderful food and live entertainment. Part of the proceeds benefit NAWBO/EXCEL which promotes, encourages and mentors girls and young women to become entrepreneurs. So purchase your ticket today by registering online here

Our Public Policy committee plans to increase outreach to legislators but to do this we really need to hear what are your most pressing needs and roadblocks women business owners and generally women in the workforce face. Please help us define what those issues are by answering our very short survey here.  

Upcoming Events:

Holiday Extravaganza ~ Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:30 pm. at the Silver Gardens Event Center, 24350 Southfield Rd., Southfield MI. Network, shop and dine on scrumptious food.  A portion of our proceeds will assist in underwriting our non-profit NAWBO/EXCEL, which is a program encouraging young women to become entrepreneurs. Register here for this event.

First Friday's Ladies Who Lunch~ Friday, January  5, 2018, 11:30 am  Gather monthly with like-minded friends at the Skyline Club located at 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI. Discuss current events, inspiring topics and industry specifics with NAWBO and Skyline Club members while dining at the Chef's table. $20 inclusive per person. To attend you must RSVP by calling the Club at 248-350-9898. 

Top 10 Michigan Business Women's Awards ~ Thursday, March 1, 2018, 5:30 pm at the Regency Manor & Banquet Center in Southfield. Our signature event honors outstanding women in the business community in ten diverse categories.  Our keynote speaker this year is Carla Harris, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Morgan Stanley. Registration will open in January. 

Welcome new members ~  Sandy Rochette of Worldwide Interpreter. I also want to welcome fellow NAWBO member Kay Carrico of Experts in Exports who is moving to Michigan from New Mexico. Please join me in welcoming them!!

Membership Milestones ~  Monique Henderson of Mohen & Associates is celebrating 5 years with NAWBO.

As always, keep us apprised of your business successes and accomplishments. Share it on our Facebook and Linkedin pages. In addition, we have a membership section on the website where we want to post your good news. Just email admin@nawbogdc.org and we will make sure the correct people receive the information to promote YOU! 

Keep an eye out for the Circle of Learning Programs scheduled at the first of the year! Great way to learn and meet new members!

As you can see, there is always lots going on...we would love you to join one of our committees and get to know your NAWBO sisters at a closer level (check here for more information).

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events! 

Questions or comments? Email me at President@nawbogdc.org.

On behalf of myself and the entire NAWBO-GDC Board, we wish you and yours a joyous holiday season and are thankful for your support!

My best,

 Donna's Signature

Donna M. Joseph
26677 West Twelve Mile

Southfield, MI  48034
Email:    president@nawbogdc.org
Website: nawbogdc.org

Holiday Event

Dawna Kelly
Abrakadoodle of Wayne County

(734) 495-0900

Dawna Kelly is the Executive Director and franchise owner of Abrakadoodle Art Education in Metro Detroit. Abrakadoodle is a premier, curriculum based, international art education program that partners with schools and community sites to deliver quality art programs for students ages 2 through High School. Additionally, as demand for community based art programs increased, Ms. Kelly opened an Art Studio for Kids in Canton, MI which offers afterschool programs, summer camps, birthday parties and specialty workshops. 

As a successful business owner for the past 11 years, Ms. Kelly was recently featured in the September 2016 Issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, and has received numerous "Top Producer" franchise awards. She was also featured in the September 2008 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine.

Prior to owning an Abrakadoodle Franchise, Ms. Kelly spent most of her career as a Management Consultant specializing in Business and Strategic Planning, Operational and Financial Assessments, and Technology Leadership with large corporations such as Ford Motor Company, Microsoft and Deloitte Consulting.  Ms. Kelly strong desire for business ownership, passion for adding value, relationship building and helping others lead her to NAWBO.

Ms. Kelly, who is originally from Columbus, Ohio, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Spelman College and an MBA from Purdue University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, working out, cooking and spending time with friends and family.  Ms. Kelly is also a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Preferred Realtors in Plymouth, MI and enjoys helping buyers/sellers connect with the best real estate opportunities in the Metro Detroit area.





26677 West 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48034
Phone 313.961.4748