2017 November Newsletter


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                                                         November 2017


Dear NAWBO Sisters,

It is hard to believe, we are “rolling” into November! Last month we attended the National Conference in Minneapolis with the theme of “Together We Dare!” It was motivating and entertaining and we had the opportunity to meet women from all of over the world. Erin Brockovich was the opening speaker and had everyone “fired-up.” If you have not yet had the opportunity to attend our National Conference, join us next year in Spokane. (Check out the national website here for more information.)

We started the month with our first Advisory Board meeting (click here to view the board). What great inspiration and mentorship! We walked away with a wonderful foundation for our upcoming year!  It is our mission to enhance our membership services and develop strong a viable programs. We will be sharing some of those “Innovative” ideas very soon! Shortly afterwards, we held our Partners Luncheon. This provided us the opportunity to say thank you to our sponsors for their ongoing support and share the exciting events planned for the upcoming year! It is their sponsorship and partnership that allows to grow. Check out our calendar for “Coming Attractions” here!

There is still time to nominate that Michigan business women who you admire. Every year, our “Top Ten Event,” which this year takes place on March 1, 2018, honors outstanding women in the business community in ten diverse categories.  Award descriptions are listed below or you can go here to read more about these awards. WHO DO YOU KNOW that meets or excels in one or more of these profiles?  This is your opportunity to recognize them by nominating them for the award. All you need to do is click on the link and fill in the information and submit it electronically.  You can submit more than one nomination and you can self-nominate. You do not need to be a NAWBO member to nominate. Honorees do not have to be a NAWBO member, although we would like them to join NAWBO-GDC if they are a women business owner. Deadline is November 30, 2017.

Upcoming Events:

First Friday's Ladies Who Lunch~ Friday, December 1, 2017, 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. 

Holiday Extravaganza ~ Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:30 pm. at the Silver Gardens Event Center in Southfield. You won't want to miss this party where you can reconnect with fellow members, sponsors and other friends of NAWBO GDC while shopping at a number of women-owned vendors offering an array of unique holiday gift items.  You will enjoy great food and live entertainment and much more. A portion of our proceeds will assist in underwriting our non-profit NAWBO/EXCEL Program for our young girls. Register here for this event.

Welcome new members ~  Dawna Kelley of Abrakadoodle of Wayne County, Debra Fears of Fearless Fotos, LLC Solution, LLC ,  Gina Hoensheid of Seatsational, Sandra Y. Scott of Farm Bureau Insurance of MI and  Tinesha Cherry of Tinesha Cherry Speaks. Please join me in welcoming them!!

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! 

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.

My best,

 Donna's Signature

Donna M. Joseph
26677 West Twelve Mile

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

top 10 criteria

Nominate an influential woman here.


Chenita W. Gary
Optimal Virtual Staffing Solution, LLC

(313) 744-3834

1420 Washington Blvd Suite 301, Detroit, MI 48226

Aligning her passion with her purpose, Chenita Gary aims to empower others to succeed. Whether helping people to optimize their business operations or improve their communities; she is sought after in various settings. She is the Founder & Lead Efficiency Director of OVSS, LLC. 

Currently, she's a Fellow with EJAM (Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan), TEDxWomenDetroit Planning Committee member and a recent graduate of Build Institute. She has 20 years of Executive Administrative experience working with non-profit, corporate and government entities. Studying Business Administration at Davenport University, has complemented her hands-on experiences and helped to hone her multi-faceted skill set. 

She serves as an advocate with Mothering Justice, a statewide organization working to improve the lives of Michigan families. 2016 she was elected as Precinct Delegate of 166 under the 13th Congressional Democratic District, U.S. Congressman John Conyers.

In addition to her political and professional duties, Chenita mentors young women. She has been affiliated with organizations such as the Belle Isle Conservancy, Walker's Legacy and the NAACP Detroit Branch. Her work history includes H&R Block Corporate and Quicken Loans Operations. Recently, as an Appointee, she served in the role of Executive Assistant to the City of Detroit's Mayor, Michael E. Duggan. 

Chenita's humility and resilience is infectious, inspiring those who engage with her.  As a devoted mother of three, she remains committed to her community while making Optimal Virtual Staffing Solution, LLC the best and only solution for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Looking for ways for your company to give this year.
NAWBO Member Renee Holmes of Orchards Children's Services
has requested we share this with you.


ways to give

For more information about Orchards Children’s Services
or its holiday “Season of Giving” program, please contact
Vicki Orleans at vorleans@orchards.org or visit orchards.org.




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