I am so pleased to be serving as the president for the Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, a dream I’ve had since I wrote my check and was the first charter member of the NAWBO Colorado Springs Chapter in 1996.
And, as much as I am an entrepreneur, I am a team person … I want to do more, have a greater impact. Thankfully, five years ago a NAWBO member introduced me to the Maricopa Small Business Development Center … and, wow, what a ride it has been.
This year, the Maricopa Small Business Development Center will help local businesses raise $50 million in capital, generate an additional $35 million in sales, help dreamers launch 150 businesses, and see more than 700 businesses either retain or create new jobs!
Previously, I’ve defined my success by owning a million-dollar business and employing a large number of people. Through the support, friendship and leadership of my NAWBO sisters, I realized I don’t need to build an empire to be a successful NAWBO member, or even its president.
Let’s talk about the future. You may know that NAWBO works to:
STRENGTHEN the wealth-creating capacity of our members and promote economic development; CREATE innovative and effective changes in the business culture; BUILD strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations; and TRANSFORM public policy and influence opinion makers.
And I promise — no, I commit to you — that’s what we are going to do this year … perhaps like never before. But I’m not going to do all those things; we are.
It is not my job, as the president, to drive an agenda or create a new program. It’s my job to lead our organization into the future. And for us, that future is 2020, not 2015 – 2016.
So I ask for your support, guidance and collective wisdom. Join me in making this year the very best it can be … Tell me what you think is in the best interest of NAWBO … not just now or the next 12 months, but in 2020 and beyond.
And, by the way, I’m speaking to each one of you (NAWBO members and non-members)!
Best wishes for continued success,
NAWBO Phoenix Chapter
Galaxy Consulting Services
Years in Business: 20
Join NAWBO: 2008