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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Call for Nominations: 2015 OWL Awards!

NAWBO Sacramento invites you to nominate an outstanding woman in the Sacramento Valley Region as recipients of our 2015 OWL awards. 
Briefly, this year's event promises to be great. The event will be held on October 15th, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Sacramento. The nationally recognized jazz musician Dave Bass will be performing. Media personality Kitty O'Neal will be our host. We have strong sponsors in the form of CHASE Bank, Niello Volvo of Sacramento, SocializeLA.com, Party Concierge, Sacramento Business Journal, KFBK News Radio, Comstock Magazine, Barry & Lynda Keller Foundation, among others. 
Featured on Fox40 (http://fox40.com/2015/06/23/women-business-owners-are-on-the-rise/) and our local Univision station here in Sacramento.
Go nominate that outstanding woman now and please spread the word. 
2015 OWL AWARDS NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS
WHAT IS THE OWL AWARDS?
The Outstanding Women Leader (OWL) Awards were established in 1997 by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Sacramento Valley chapter to acknowledge and celebrate outstanding women leaders in the Sacramento business community. The event is a tribute to top achievers among women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders who have advanced the status of entrepreneurial excellence and community leadership.
WHEN IS THE NOMINATIONS PROCESS OPEN?
June 22 to August 1
WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES TO NOMINATE?
1. Woman on the Way Award
(Up and coming business owner, less than 5 years in business)
2. Woman Innovator Award
(Successful business owner in a non-traditional business)
3. Luminary Award
(An individual lighting the way for others)
4. Executive Woman Award
(Senior level corporate woman)
5. Vision Award
(An organization whose vision provides opportunities for girls or women)
6. Wise Woman Award
(Business Woman of the Year)
7. Achievement Against All Odds
(Success despite unfavorable circumstances)
HOW WE SELECT OUR CANDIDATES 
We look for candidates with outstanding and impactful works in the Sacramento Valley region. We also consider supporting letters submitted in behalf of the nominee by credible and influential names in the community, among other factors.
HOW TO COMPLETE OWL ONLINE NOMINATIONS 
A. All nominations for the OWL Awards are to be submitted using our OWL online nomination form. Link: http://nawbo-sac.org/form.php?form_id=18&c=1
B. Under the ‘Award’ category subheading of the form, please select the category/categories for which you are nominating your candidate.
C. Under the ‘Nominator’ subheading, provide the requested contact information about you the nominator. For example: your name, email address etc. Also indicate how you know the candidate.
D. Under the ‘Nominee’ subheading, please provide the requested contact information about your candidate.
E. Under the ‘Statement’ subheading, please describe, in not more than 500-750words, why you believe this candidate merits the Award you have nominated her for.
F. Under the ‘Supporting Letters’ category submit documentation you believe explains why your candidate merits the nominated award. Examples of supporting letters/documentation include prior honors and awards, newspaper/magazine features, and a CV.
CONTACT US FOR QUESTIONS
For any questions you may have, please email nominations@nawbo-sac.org.
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Barry & Lynda Keller Community Fund Announced as Sponsor for the 2015 OWL Awards!

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 14, 2015) — The Barry & Lynda Keller Community Fund has been announced as sponsor of the 2015 Outstanding Women Leader Awards (OWL Awards) taking place on October 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Sacramento.

Now in its eighteen (18th) year, the OWL Awards, produced by the National Association of Women Business Owners Sacramento Valley (NAWBO-Sac), is Sacramento Valley’s leading event paying tribute to women entrepreneurs and business leaders who are advancing entrepreneurial excellence and community leadership.

“We are pleased to partner with Barry & Lynda Keller Community Fund,” said Mónica Nainsztein Rodríguez, President of NAWBO-Sac and founder of SpanishOne Plus Translation Services.

“The Community Fund looks and continues to provide positive, long-term benefit to Sacramento’s local community through the establishment of positive incentives and awards recognizing excellence in attitude, leadership and achievement.”

The Barry & Lynda Keller Community Fund is a part of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation’s (SRCF) donor-advised portfolio which serves to encourage targeted, thoughtful giving to organizations that are creating tangible, measureable impacts upon the communities most pressing issues.

“The OWL Awards provides a comprehensive mix of collaborative and dynamic interaction that creates a positive environment for women business people and entrepreneurs,” said Barry Keller of Barry & Lynda Keller Community Fund.

“Our purpose in sponsoring this program is to encourage excellence in leadership, innovation and diversity in Sacramento Region’s entrepreneurial environment, and to recognize the critical need for women to be a foundational part of our business ecosystem.”

Nominations are now open for one woman to be chosen in each of the following categories:
Woman on the Way Award: Up and coming business owner, less than 5 years in business
Woman Innovator Award: Successful business owner in a non-traditional business
Luminary Award:
An individual lighting the way for others
Executive Woman Award:
Senior level corporate woman
Vision Award:
An organization whose vision provides opportunities for girls or women
Wise Woman Award:
Business Woman of the Year
Achievement Against All Odds:
Success despite unfavorable circumstances
For more details and to nominate an outstanding woman for the OWL Awards, please visit http://www.nawbo-sac.org.

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For further press inquiries, please contact Uduak Oduok, Esq. at media@nawbo-sac.org.

ABOUT NAWBO Sacramento Valley

NAWBO- Sacramento is the region’s premier organization and voice for women business owners. Our goals are to provide women business owners with appropriate educational, social, economic and political programs to assist them in making effective changes in their business culture, including, building strategic business alliances and affiliations, influencing opinion makers and strengthening the wealth building capacity of our members. We value and seek a diverse and inclusive membership no matter how large or small your business.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NAWBOSac Featured on Fox40 + Nominations for OWL Awards Now Open!

Sacramento, CA -June 24, 2015 – The National Association of Women Business Owners Sacramento Valley (NAWBO-Sac) was featured on Fox40 Sacramento, on Tuesday’s morning segment, represented by Uduak Oduok, the 2015 Outstanding Women Leader Awards (OWL Awards) Event Chair. In the segment, Oduok discussed the rise of women business owners in Sacramento and the OWL Awards.
The number of women-owned firms in the Sacramento region is nearly 60,000 (59,200), an increase from 56,700 in 2014, according to a 2015 “State of Women-Owned Businesses Report,” commissioned by American Express OPEN.
Those businesses produced combined annual revenue of $9.4 billion, up from $8.5 billion in 2014.
NAWBO-Sac’s OWL Awards, which is now open for nominations, is a prestigious event established in 1997 to honor the achievements and accomplishments of some of Sacramento Valley’s most hard working and successful women entrepreneurs who have excelled in business and community leadership.
On October 15th, 2015, members of Sacramento Valley’s influential business and leadership community, among many, will gather for the annual event to honor these winners and learn from their inspiring stories. The event will be hosted by KFBK radio personality Kitty O’Neal; and will be held at The Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento.
The deadline for nominations is August 1st, 2015 and one woman will be chosen in each of the following categories:
Woman on the Way Award: Up and coming business owner, less than 5 years in business
 Woman Innovator Award: Successful business owner in a non-traditional business
 Luminary Award: An individual lighting the way for others
 Executive Woman Award:Senior level corporate woman
 Vision Award:
An organization whose vision provides opportunities for girls or women
 Wise Woman Award:
Business Woman of the Year
Achievement Against All Odds: 
Success despite unfavorable circumstances
To view the NAWBOSac’s feature on Fox 40, please visit http://fox40.com/2015/06/23/women-business-owners-are-on-the-rise/
For more details and to nominate an outstanding woman for the OWL Awards, please visit http://www.nawbo-sac.org.
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For further press inquiries and/or for interviews with Monica Nainsztein Rodriguez, President of NAWBO-Sac, about the OWL Awards, please contact Uduak Oduok, Esq. at media@nawbo-sac.org.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Uduak Oduok Honored as Ladybrille Woman of the Month, June 2015.

Sacramento, CA (June 3rd 2015) -- Ladybrille Magazine, the pioneer digital platform and authority on African fashion in the West’ and voice for the African woman entrepreneur, is pleased to honor Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) as its Ladybrille Woman of the Month for June 2015, for its special anniversary issue.

The Ladybrille ‘Woman of the Month’ is a monthly feature on the magazine’s website and podcast show ‘The Ladybrille Woman Podcast Show,' that celebrates outstanding women, locally and internationally, for their brilliant contributions to society.

Ms.Uduak is a speaker, attorney, journalist, author and recognized visionary and trailblazer. In June 2007, she founded Ladybrille Magazine, a digital platform celebrating brilliant women entrepreneurs and leaders, and the pioneer voice for African fashion in the West.’ Under her leadership, the magazine pioneered the movement to help de-stigmatize the negative images of Africans in the West by exposing Africa’s youthful, urban and explosive fashion industry to the Western masses, through its influencers. The magazine has also provided strong visibility and resources to hundreds of women owned businesses, especially African women entrepreneurs.

“It is an honor to officially join our powerful and inspiring community of Ladybrille Women alums after eight years of honoring so many,” said Ms. Uduak on being named Ladybrille Woman of the Month for June 2015. "I am humbled."

“For the past seven years I have the pleasure of working with Uduak and she continues to inspire me in so many ways,” said Elfonnie Inokon Anusionwu, an Engineer and Ladybrille Contributor who conducted the exclusive interview with Ms.Uduak. “Her work ethic is admirable. She is so hardworking, so focused and she just truly defines the term “trailblazer.””

Ms. Uduak's interview is now available on the Ladybrille Woman Podcast show at the following link: http://www.ladybrillemag.com/msuduak

About Ladybrille Magazine
Founded in 2007, Ladybrille® is the pioneer digital platform and authority on African fashion in the West and voice for the African woman entrepreneur. The magazine also celebrates women entrepreneurs and brilliant leaders worldwide.

For more info visit www.ladybrillemag.com.
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