March 2017 Newsletter


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                                                                 March 2017         



Dear NAWBO Sisters, 

Gina HitchensAnother successful NAWBO-GDC Event! It was so great to see so many of our members and partners attend our 2017 Top 10 Michigan Business Women Awards. We honored ten dynamic award recipients and the special Greater Good Award was presented to Carla Plachla of Fast Switch, ltd. 

Our keynote speaker Linda Mitchell, Senior Director of the National Evangelism Team at Microsoft Corporation delivered  an inspiring message encouraging women to embrace the path of technology. She cited that “we have a long way to go” especially in this industry but are making great strides to break that “glass ceiling”!

As always we are very appreciative and send a hearty thank you to our 2017 Top 10 sponsors and advertisers. Please view the full list of this year’s sponsors and honorees. Additionally I would like to send a special thank you to this year’s Co-Chairs, and NAWBO-GDC Directors, Gia L.Todd and Jennifer O’Brien! Check out all the photos here

Donna carGood Karma comes to those who dedicate their time and service! We are thrilled to congratulate the winner of our raffle of a 2-year lease for an Equinox! Our very own Donna Joseph was the lucky winner. 

Call for Board Nominations
NAWBO-GDC has a number of open Board of Directors positions and is seeking nominations. Now is the time to step up to the next level of NAWBO Leadership.  Stay tuned for more details. Remember…Good Karma comes to those who serve!

WE have a busy spring coming up!

The 2017 Membership Drive goes through April 30. New members receive a $25 Discount off the initiation fee and rejoining members save as well. New this campaign NAWBGO-GDC will offer current members a REFERRAL BONUS for your friends who join and mention you as a referral! Go here to join. Save and begin reaping the benefits of membership.

This is a great opportunity to let women business owners everywhere experience how NAWBO can help them leverage “The Power of Collaborations” that will inspire them while they are Driving Business Forward! Every woman business owner should be a member of NAWBO, and we need your help to make that a reality!

First Friday’s Ladies Over Lunch~ Friday, April 7, 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. This month enjoy conversation and lunch as we discuss the importance of Developing Strategic Business Collaborations. RSVP by calling the Club: 248-350-9898. 

Circle of Learning~ Thursday,  April 27, 8 to 11 am, How to Use Social Media to Grow Your Business at Bank of America, 2600 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48084 Registration at

Circle of Learning~ Thursday,  May 18, 8:30 to 11 am, Caring for Others while Caring for Yourself at the University of Phoenix, 26261 Evergreen Rd. Southfield, MI. Thank you to our sponsor AARP that allows us to make this event free to everyone. Registration will open in early April.

Annual Meeting ~  Wednesday, June 7th. Mark your calendar as we recap the year and welcome our incoming board members. 

Welcome new members ~ Dorothy Dumas of Great Lakes Organic, Renee Holmes of Orchards Children's Services, Anne Mervenne or Mervenne & Company, Jean Bosworth the Bank of America and the brand ambassador to our chapter for Bank of America (a NAWBO partner).

Milestones~ I would like to recognize Mashell Carissimi of JMC Electrical Contractor LLC and NAWBO/EXCEL president on her 5th anniversary with NAWBO.

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

I look forward to seeing you in March!

Questions or comments? Email me at

My best,

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Gina Goree Hitchens
26677 West Twelve Mile

Southfield, MI  48034

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Anne Mervenne
Mervenne & Company
1316 S Main St

Royal Oak, MI, 48067-3247

Anne is the President of Mervenne & Company, a public affairs and governmental relations consulting firm. Anne founded her firm after serving in various positons for nineteen years in state government in Michigan, including 12 years in the administration of Governor John Engler. She is also a Co-Director of the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University.

 Anne serves on the Board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan where she chairs the Enterprise Risk Committee. She is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Citizens Research Council and the Steering Committee for the Center for Michigan based in Ann Arbor.  In 2013, the Women’s Official Network  recognized Anne with their prestigious “Wonder Woman Award” to recognize her many contributions in helping women in Michigan, the Middle East and Asia develop skills to become effective advocates and political leaders.

Ms. Mervenne earned a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Urban Studies from James Madison College of Michigan State University in 1982.





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