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04.10.2013: Linda McCabe of Optimal Level, LLC, will be speaking at the Independent Educational Consultant's Association (IECA) Spring Conference, Pre-Conference Workshop. Linda will be speaking about Small Business Success. (find out more about IECA)

04.01.2013: Congratulations to Lenore Weiss, Full Circle Architects, for her kitchen design in TRENDS Top 50 American Kitchens. (read more)

03.07.2013: Congratulations to Julie Savitt, AMS Earth Movers, Inc., on her recent Chicago POW! Award. Julie was one of nine honorees highlighted at this inaugural award ceremony. All honorees are innovative female leaders who forge new paths and create leadership models for the women who follow. (read more)

01.27.2013: NAWBO Chicago President-Elect, President and CEO of TH Hilson Company, Lori Hilson Cioromski, was the feature speaker at Benet Academy Mother's Club Mother and Daughter Celebration. Lori's lively talk shared her life experiences as a woman business owner and helps girls realize their full potential. Click here for a video of Lori's speech. 

01.6.2012:  Phyllis Malitz, CPA, Won the “2011 Women To Watch” Award from American Institute of CPAs and Illinois CPA Society. (read more)

12.7.2011:  Kris Martinez Farrell’s Martinez Creative Group scored coverage in the Wall Street Journal. (read more)

10.27.11: Norma S. Zeiger, ASID of Entwine Interiors and NAWBO Member, won an award at the ASID Illinois Design Excellence Awards Dinner on September 29, 2011.  Her beautiful kitchen renovation earned an Honorable Mention in the "kitchens under 200 sq. ft. category.”  Click here to see photos.

10.25.11:  NAWBO Member and Financial Advisor, Jeffrey Simon, CFP®, was named to the 2011 FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Managers (SM) list in the October issue of Chicago Magazine. This is the second consecutive year that Simon was honored with this award. The FIVE STAR Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager Award is limited to less than two percent of all wealth managers within the Chicago area. Wealth managers are rated by their clients and other financial service professionals on customer service, integrity, knowledge/expertise, communications, value for fees charged, attainment of financial objectives, quality of recommendations and overall client satisfaction.

10.05.11:  Elaine Quinn was a guest on the Channel 26 (WCIU) Morning Show, "You and Me in the Morning" on October 4 to discuss the current Work-from-Home Revolution and her new book, There's No Place Like Working From Home. The book is an easy read, filled with practical advice for people who love working from home and want to stay motivated and productive. Click here to watch the news clip!

09.30.11:  NAWBO Member, Bela Gandhi, is a finalists for Crain's "A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur" online video contest. The goal of the contest is to give us an insight into the entrepreneurial experience--mistakes made, lessons learned, plans for the future. Let us know which entrepreneur, you feel, best represents this experience. Video voting ends Friday, Sept. 30. Click here to vote!

09.11.11:  Charisse Witherspoon, president/CEO of Witherspoon Marketing Group, Inc., (WMG) was quoted in the September 11, 2011 Mississippi Link newspaper regarding her memories of September 11, 2001. Click here to read the story.

08.03.2011:  TeleSight, Inc., a surveying solutions firm, owned by NAWBO Chicago Member, Ann Knowles, has been awarded Sears’ prestigious Partners in Progress Award for the third time. Click here to read the press release.

04.11:  “Not All Coaches Are Created Equal” Optimal Level Founder and CEO Linda McCabe just taped a segment for the radio show “Business Buzz,” which offers hot business topics, and cool guests sharing advice, plus sizzling tips about women’s skills and talents. Click here to listen.

04.11:  Just what is intellectual property? Do we all have it? How do we use it? Hear the answers to these and more questions as Michele Katz, Intellectual Property attorney at Husch Blackwell, talks to Karyn Pettigrew at Unity Online Radio about the things we probably don't know, but should. Click here to listen.

04.11:  The winners of the 2011 Chicago I.S.E.S./N.A.C.E. Awards were recently announced. Congratulations to NAWBO Chicago member Ellen Harte and Tasty Catering who walked away with the following awards:  Best Corporate Event Under $25,000; Best Corporate Event Over $75,000; Best Picnic; and Best N.I.C.E. Team Event. Tasty Catering was also listed in Crain’s top 10 best places to work!

04.12.11:  New NAWBO Chicago member, Gayle Nicholas, Managing Director of Tandem HR, wanted to share Tandem HR's  recent achievement of being named Crain's top 30 Best Places to Work  (look under honorable mention).

03.19.11:  NAWBO Member Janet Kaiser, President of Century Metal Spinning Company and ExCell Kaiser LLC, was awarded the Rose Mottl Leadership award from the Tooling and Manufacturing Association. The Rose Mottl Leadership in Manufacturing Award is presented to recognize outstanding women who have worked to advance the manufacturing industry and whose efforts serve as an inspiration to current and future generations of women in manufacturing. It is meant to honor women that have shown great leadership and made significant contributions to manufacturing.

02.11:  NAWBO Chicago member, Lori Hilson Cioromski, President of TH Hilson, together with SE and Cabot, put together an amazing career for 57 Chicago State University students. Click here to read the press release!

02.04.11:  Congratulations to Julie Yusim — the director of marketing for Duxler Complete Auto Care, and the co-leader of the North Shore Business Development Group — who is receiving the Best Networker of the Year Award from the Skokie Chamber of Commerce at the Annual Board Installation and Member Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 4th at Maggiano's Little Italy in Skokie.

01.30.11:  NAWBO Chicago member and Professional organizer Pooja Gugnani, was featured on NBC’s “Tips of the Trade” segment taking viewers inside one of her client’s homes to show how she gets rid of the clutter and gets organized. Missed it? Click here to watch it. Congratulations Pooja!

01.11: NAWBO member Bela Gandhi has been featured in the media several times over the past couple months!

Chicago Tribune 01.20.2011
Behind The Scenes With Tyra Martin - WGN Entertainment Producer - 01.19.2011
WGN Live Interview 01.19.2011
WGN Live Interview 11.30.2010

01.01.11 Kathy Malamis and Charmagne Topacio, of the Tressler LLP Chicago office, have been promoted to partner, increasing the size of Tressler’s female partnership to 23 women practicing throughout the country. Read press release

11.29.10:  The Fall 2010 issue of Supplier Diversity Review published an article featuring NAWBO Chicago member Lori Hilson and her outreach efforts.

Click here to read the article.


09.24.10:  WCIU TV aired a special Chicago Chocolate Tour led by founder Valerie Beck, NAWBO Chicago President, for Food & Drink Reporter Tom Bastounes, and you can watch it here. 

09.14.10:  Princess Clark-Wendel discusses how to teach your kids that money does not grow on trees with Monique Caradane on the Perspective Show on Fox News Chicago. Watch the video clip!

08.02.10:  Looking For Work? Nanny Buisiness Is Booming. NAWBO Chicago's very own Mary Dombrowski was on the news. Check it out!

07.26.10:  Rebecca Busch was on the WGN Midday News with Tips for Getting Your Personal Healthcare Portfolio In Shape. Click here to view the video clip.

06.16.10:  Full-service gas makes a comeback!  ABC7 News did a feature on Forrest's Duxler. Check it out.  Full-service gas.

04.12.10:  NAWBO's Young and Empowered Roundtable Leader Erica Miller-Mahin Featured in Crain's Chicago Business:

04.05.10: Rebecca S. Busch of Medical Business Associates, Inc. was quoted in the Chicago Tribune in an article about educating consumers on medical spending.
Learn more

03.26.10: Lema Khorshid of Fuksa Khorshid, LLC. and Anna Maria Viti-Welch of Guy Viti Insurance Agency, Inc. will be Panelists at a workshop at ScoreChicago focusing on Setting Up, Running and Operating a Green Business. Learn more

03.24.10: Cheryl Krueger, President of Growing Fortunes Financial Partners, LLC, was quoted in this New York Times article, How to Self-Diagnose Your Financial Health

03.24.10: President Angelika Coghlan to be a Panel Speaker at Crain's Seventh Annual Women Business Owners Tell All

03.22.10: Valerie Wilson Reed, CEO of Valcooks LLC, has designed an enchanting and practical line of aprons exclusively for HSN shoppers. Watch Valcooks! on HSN at 2 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2010. Host a “Valcooks on HSN Party”: Learn more

03.19.10: Rebecca S. Busch of Medical Business Associates, Inc. will be speaking about Healthcare Fraud at an ACFE lunch at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago. Learn more and register here

03.11.10: President Angelika Coghlan won the SBA Women's Business Champion Award for the District and for the Region. She is now up for the National award where she is competing with 8 others.

03.10.10:  Mattine Gallentine of MG|Computer, Inc. accepted award for the Downers Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber Choice Awards in the overall Business Excellence category:

03.03.10:  NAWBO North Shore Business Development Group business owners donated their time and talent on "Job Shadow Day." Learn more


Michele Katz was named a 2010 Illinois Rising Starby Illinois Super Lawyers

02.01.10: Valerie Beck, founder of Chicago Chocolate Tours, was interviewed about her business for a segment that aired on WGN TV in February 2010. She was also featured in a new promotional video for the Office of the City Treasurer as the winner of the 2009 Elevator Speech Contest; the promotional video launched in February 2010 and is designed to generate interest in the 2010 contest. The videos are at

01.25.10: Cynthia Duke's Christie Technology Corporation Achieves Select Certification from Cisco in the United States. Download PDF of Press Release

Karla Lewis' BEST FRIENDS Diamonds & Gems named in Newcity 2009 Best of Chicago:
Best place to buy women’s jewelry

12.15.09: The Business Ledger  | 
"Making common-ground connections that last" by Angelika Coghlan

12.14.09: Karyn Pettigrew spoke to Garrard McClendon of CLTV about motivation

11.13.09: Kathryn McKechnie owner of Crescendo Apparel was featured on NBC5 News

07.22.09: CBS News | Letty Hudson featured on CBS Early Show

04.02.09: Today's Chicago Woman | WOMAN ABOUT TOWN | NAWBO and Neiman Marcus | Download PDF

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