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Mon, May 19th - 8:55AM

Women Business Owners Announces New Chapter Forming in Pinole and San Francisco Areas

Women Business Owners (WBO) is an international 501c3 non-profit organization, founded in February 2004. WBO members have been providing local business groups around the country for several months now. Recently, some members of WBO have decided to start local WBO business chapters.

Tashia Flucas is currently forming WBO Chapters in the Pinole and San Francisco, California areas. “I wanted to create more networking with women within the community. WBO has a great outlook and I share a vision that WBO has of bringing women together. I will be holding 2 meetings – 1 in Pinole and 1 in San Francisco. My hope in holding these networking meetings is to build beneficial relationships and inspire women in their businesses – I always say, “the sky’s
the limit!” Tashia replied when asked why she decided to become a WBO Chapter Leader.

Tashia will be starting her meetings in June. The first meeting for Pinole is scheduled for 11:30am Wednesday, June 11 at the Pinole Library, located at 2925 Pinole Valley Road, Pinole, CA 94564. Attendees are able to purchase a light lunch during this meeting.

The first San Francisco meeting will be a breakfast meeting and is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 20th, location and time to be announced. For more information on these meetings, please contact Tashia at 510.455.4597 or email at tashia@womenbizowners.org.

Members are allowed to attend 3 meetings free of charge. The format of the meetings will consist of refreshments, sharing of WBO’s mission and vision and how WBO can provide resources and assistance for women, a guest speaker, and then time will be allotted for networking.

Tashia goes on to explain that the WBO meetings are different than other group networking meetings in that the cost of the meeting and membership with WBO is very affordable for women in business or women just starting their businesses. WBO is building a support network for the woman and her business. They offer member 2 member benefits, a referral program and many other benefits for their members. WBO’s support is different from industry-specific support – they focus on the woman behind the business, as well as the business itself. WBO assists women to obtain resources they wouldn’t be able to obtain independently.

Tashia is the owner of tmf Accounting Services, 2643 Appian Way, Suite A-3, Pinole, CA 94564. She can be reached at phone 510.455.4597; fax 510.706.7711 or email service@tmfaccountingservices.com. Her website is http://www.tmfAccountingServices.com. Tashia started her business in September 2001, providing professional, affordable accounting services, tax preparation and payroll services for small business owners, home-based business owners,
entrepreneurs, and service-based business owners. Tmf Accounting Services’ pledge is to create an environment that will cause their clients to view them as a trusted advisor and partner. Contact Tashia to get the best in class services.

WBO President and Founder, Anna Campbell says, “We are working on providing buildings/office space for women to operate their businesses from. WBO will be able to purchase vacant buildings in targeted cities with the support of national and local contributions and donations. WBO will renovate these buildings to accommodate a minimum of 10 office spaces, 1 boardroom, and an open front area for a receptionist. (1 office space will be used for a WBO Branch Office). We will rent out each space for $200-$1,000 (depending on size of space) a month for return revenue. Each office will be equipped with internet service, phone jack, and one phone answering line.”   WBO’s motto is, “We are building businesses, one building at a time!”

Planned upcoming events for WBO include an online event, The JULY EXPO, where women will learn, shop, laugh, and network in an online conference room. Women from all walks of life will be joining together to grow their business, meet other women, and share what they have learned through networking.

This year’s event runs for three days: Thursday, July 17 – Saturday July 19, 2008. Times are: Thursday & Friday 7:30am-6pm PST/10:30am-9pm EST, Saturday 7:30am-2:30pm, PST/10:30am-5:30pm EST.

The JULY EXPO is open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information on the vendors and sponsors of the event, or to join in the festivities on July 17-19, please visit the JULY EXPO site at www.womenbizowners.org/july.

In October, WBO is holding its first offline National Business Convention in Houston, Texas. Women from around the world will be joining together for business connections, business growth, and personal connections. 500 women entrepreneurs will be sharing in the knowledge and benefits from our 23 seminar, keynote and motivational speakers.
Learn how to work effectively and efficiently so that your personal life does not suffer in the beginning years. Learn how to join together and make mastermind groups, support groups, and other related teams of women that support, guide, and stimulate each other. It is a phenomenal experience to join together and share wealth of knowledge and to know that you’re not alone.  Visit the convention site at http://www.womenbizowners.org/convention.

For more information on these events and WBO, please visit http://www.womenbizowners.org.

To become a speaker, vendor or sponsor for the July Expo or the WBO National Convention, contact the WBO Events Director, Anita Bruton by email at anita@womenbizowners.org or by phone at 877-889-5011.


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Mon, May 19th - 8:54AM

LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER SELECTED AS SEMI-FINALIST FOR $1,000.00 SMALL BUSINESS GRANT FROM IDEACAFE.COM

Newnan, GA - Gazelle Simmons of Admin Services has been selected from over 700 applicants as a semi-finalist in the running to receive a $1,000.00 small business grant from Idea Cafe.com, a top-rated website for small business. The field of semi-finalists for this grant will be reduced to finalists and the winner will be determined by the vote of IdeaCafe.com’s 32,000 members worldwide and announced online on June 24, 2008.

 

Being in business since 1998 as a Virtual Assistant, Vice President of Women Business Owners, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, recent author of two books and founder of two networking groups in Newnan, all contributed to Ms. Simmons being selected.

 

Admin Services specializes in data entry, presentations, word processing, database management, editing and proofreading, mass mailings, thesis and manuscript processing as well as a host of clerical and secretarial services for small business owners, independent contractors, website owners, financial advisors, photographers, realtors, writers and individuals looking for administrative assistance.

 

Women Business Owners is an international 501c3 organization, founded in 2004. The organization provides education and support for women business owners throughout the world with online and offline educational resources, classes, workshops, mentoring, seminars, networking and referrals.

 

Francie Ward, CEO of IdeaCafe.com, explained that the semi-finalists for this grant, Idea Cafe’s Small Business Grant in Honor of Longtime Business Expert, Kent Capener, “demonstrated an inventive approach which will inspire others who come to IdeaCafe.com seeking advice on starting and running a business. Plus they’ve shown us they have a plan to reach out and help others in some way.” IdeaCafe.com, online since 1995, is known for its “Fun Approach to Serious Business” ™ and popular CyberSchmooz community forum to help small businesses get informed, network and thrive.

 

More information about Admin Services can be found at http://www.admnsrvcs.com and Women Business Owners at http://www.womenbizowners.org

 

More details about Idea Cafe’s Small Business Grant can be found in The Small Business Grant Center at http://www.ideacafe.com


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Mon, May 19th - 8:53AM

Neighbors Helping Those In Need

Last year, when the Earnest Holley Memorial Theater was flooded, they
suffered devastating losses and had to shut down to make the necessary
renovations. Once the theater reopened, they began to raise money with
ticket sales but were still in desperate need of costumes for their actors.

That’s when Anna Campbell, President and Founder of Women Business
Owners (WBO), stepped in and used her networking skills to enlist the
help of a local neighborhood business owner, Tina Campbell (no
relation), owner of Designer Consignor.

To aid the theater’s costume department, Tina graciously donated
clothing from her store, which will be used as the costuming needed for
upcoming performances. Designer Consignor, located at 2614 Chestnut
Ridge Dr, Kingwood, Texas (behind Steinmart), is an upscale consignment
boutique that is affordable and very friendly. Designer Consignor has
been assisting their community by donating clothing for other
businesses, as well. Store hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am-6pm.
Phone number 281-359-8002.

“I am very grateful to Anna and WBO for connecting me with the Earnest
Holley Memorial Theater, giving me the opportunity to assist them in
their time of need” Tina said.

The incredible Earnest Holley Memorial Theater started in June of 2001,
run out of a two-car garage by two brothers and a sister-in-law with a
lot of determination and a dream. The theater, now owned by Sonny and
Suzette Holley, located at 326 Fellows Road, Houston, Texas, is now a
reality with 1360 sq ft. that seats 55.

*The mission of The Earnest Holley Memorial Theater is to provide an
intimate theater where local actors can perform on live stage. Their
goal is to help and support these actors and to provide a theater that
their community will be proud of. The theater is a place where the
actors may live out their passions for stage presentations. They work
extremely hard to provide theater productions that will remain with you
long after you have left the theater.

There are 2 new plays opening at the Theater, “War Letters” and “Laundry
and Bourbon”. WBO’s own Anna Campbell is playing the role of “Karen” in
“War Letters”. The Theater is celebrating their Grand Re-Opening on
Friday May 2, 2008. The shows will run from May 2-17, 2008 on Friday and
Saturday evenings. Reservations may be made by calling the theater at
713.253.2192 or visit
http://www.earnestholleymemorialtheater.com/current_shows.

The goal of WBO is to unite companies like these together, matching
needs with resources.

“WBO is connecting many organizations and groups throughout the world to
help each other in many ways. That is just one of the many ways we at
Women Business Owners are able to help fellow women entrepreneurs,” says
founder, Anna Campbell. For more information about Women Business
Owners, please visit their website at: http://www.womenbizowners.org.


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