NAWBO-LA in the News

11.12.2015 | NAWBO-LA Member News
Madelyn Alfaro and Maria's Italian Kitchen are featured in an article titled "Family Affair" in the Fall 2015 issue of Beyond the Acorn magazine. To read the article on the Beyond the Acorn website, click here

10.30.2015 | NAWBO-LA Member News
CR&A Custom, Inc. collaborated with Hewlett-Packard to transform an emergency room at White Memorial Hospital in Boyle Heights. It was a unique project because they are the first company in the world to print and install HP’s newest substrate meant for highly trafficked areas, such as hospitals – the goal was to make an environment that would make a child in a potentially traumatic situation feel calmer, comfortable, and as though he isn’t sitting in a hospital. It ended up being called “The Aquarium” because of its underwater theme. To view a video about this project, click here.
To download a PDF describing the CR&A, HP, and White Memorial Medical Center Collaboration, click here 

10.6.2015 | It's the Law: California Women Get Equal Pay
It's being called the nation's most aggressive attempt yet to close the salary gap between men and women. The California Fair Pay Act, effective Jan. 1, aims to ensure that employees who perform "substantially similar" work receive equal pay.. To read the entire Los Angeles Times article, click here.

10.1.2015 | Girls Build LA Challenge and Girl Empowerment Month
NAWBO-LA is a cooperating agency for The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education's Girls Build LA Challenge and Girl Empowerment Month (October 1-31). The GIRLS BUILD LA CHALLENGE (GBLA) is designed to encourage girls in L.A. to reach their full potential, pursue their education and challenge them to be problem solvers in their communities.
To donate to the Girls Build LA Challenge, please click here.
The LA Fund invites you to take the #BlueShirtSelfie Challenge. Download the PDF flyer here.

9.11.2015 | NAWBO-LA Member News
Zeesman Communications, Inc. was inducted into the Winners' Circle at this year's Supplier of the Year Awards presented by Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council (SCMSDC).  Bonnie Nijst, President and CEO of Zeesman Communications, Inc. was a former NAWBO-LA President. To learn more about the event and the award, click here.

9.9.2015 | NAWBO-LA Member News
NAWBO-LA member Renee Fraser will be the Moderator for the Japan America Society of Southern California Women's Leadership Counts Initiative, "Leadership Dialogue: How to Navigate Toward Your Greatest Potential." The event will take place November 3, 2015, 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City at Beverly Hills, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.   Tickets will be $45 for Members, $55 for Non-Members, $100 Admission includes NEW one year JASSC Individual Membership ($75 value).  Register at or call 310-965-9050 ext.105.

8.18.2015 | Savings by Design
Savings By Design is a statewide program that offers technical assistance and attractive incentives to promote long term energy efficiency. As much as $150,000 in Owner Incentives and $50,000 in Design Team Incentives per project can be realized. As a bonus, the Department of Water & Power is open to increasing the size of the Owner Incentive award to $500,000. There is no fee for owners or design teams to participate in the program. To download a PDF about the Savings By Design program, click here.  Also, please visit the statewide program website: .

7.23.2015 | Private Grants for Women-Owned Businesses
Private Grants you may not have heard about. Read this article "11 Grants for Women-Owned Businesses You Need to Know About" in

3.25.2015 | NAWBO-LA Member News
NAWBO-LA member Renee Fraser's Advertising Agency, Fraser Communications, won an American Advertising Award for their First 5 California television commercials. The First 5 California campaign, Talk. Read. Sing. focuses on early childhood development during the first five years. The award in the category of Public Service Campaign reflects the traction Talk. Read. Sing. has earned through their ads. 
To view the "Successful Futures" television commercial, click here.
To view the "Anthem" television commercial, click here.

3.4.2015 | NAWBO-LA Member News
Madelyn Alfano, Owner & CEO of Maria’s Italian Kitchen, was the featured guest on the "Business Rockstars" syndicated radio show, heard on over 100 radio stations. Madelyn joins ThinkThin’s founder Lizanne Falsetto for a great Rockstars Women segment. View the video of the interview here. 

1.31.2015 | NAWBO-LA Member News
NAWBO-LA member Renee Fraser's Advertising Agency, Fraser Communications’ water conservation campaign for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California received the 2014 Public Communications Award from the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

Paula Chiocchi, president and founder of NAWBO sponsor Outward Media, Inc., was recognized by the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business as the Bronze Award winner in the “Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services” category, earning praise for her efforts to transform email marketing practices through new approaches to email data licensing, delivery and accuracy.

Hilary Lentini of Lentini Design & Marketing, Inc. has been named a 2015 Person to Watch by GDUSA.

7.22.2014 | NAWBO-LA welcomes Carmen Rad as President of the Board
Professional Woman's Magazine announces Carmen Rad, President of CR&A Custom, Inc as the 2014-2015 incoming NAWBO-LA President of the Board. Read the entire article here.

5.13.2014 | NAWBO-LA Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon in The Power Player
The annual NAWBO-LA Awards Luncheon recognizes top business achievers and advocates in the women’s business community who have established a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence and contributed significantly to the advancement of women. Read more.

11.28.2010 | Carmen Rad on Fox News: Hispanic Business Booming
NAWBO-LA board member and President of CR&A Custom, Inc., Carmen Rad, was highlighted on Fox News. Watch here.

11.12.2010 | IW Group Secures Top Recognition from the Association of National Advertisers
Named the first-ever All Time Award Winner in the Asian category, IW Group also takes home the grand prize for MetLife's advertising campaign and recognition for its McDonald's work at the 2010 ANA Multicultural Excellence Awards. Read more about Nita Song and the IW Group.

10.29.2010 | Madelyn Alfano on CNBC - Small Business Council
Beezer Molten, president of Half-Moon Outfitters, and Madelyn Alfano, president of Maria's Italian Kitchen, tell CNBC how their businesses are doing on Black Friday. Watch here.

10.29.2010 | Madelyn Alfano on CNBC: Big Business of Small Business
Getting insight on the midterms from small business owners, with Madelyn Alfano, president of Maria's Italian Kitchen, and Justin Moore, CEO of Axcient. Watch this segment of CNBC Small Business Council, aired October 29th, with NAWBO-LA's President.

10.11.2010 | Los Angeles Times: Small businesses, prepare for elder-care emergencies
Employees — or even owners — may suddenly need a lot of time to look after an aging parent. Here are some ways to keep the company stable through that situation. Read more about Vicky Y. Brown, owner of Idomeneo Enterprises.

10.11.2010 | Mimi on Indy TV
Mimi Donaldson, author of "Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life" was interviewed on FOX and CBS morning shows in Indy. Click here to watch. In her new book Mimi teaches “women how to watch football.” And women are “a natural” for this contact sport that mimics life, because they have commitment, they’re great team players, good leaders and in tune with intention, which “makes you unstoppable.” The efficiency of the game, offense and shaking things off so you can move forward.

10.10.2010 | Press Release: Loreen Arbus Honored
Television Producer/Philanthropist Loreen Arbus was Honored with the Artistic and Philanthropic Visionary Award at the 7th Annual Alfred Mann Foundation Gala celebrating Innovation and Inspiration benefiting the revolutionary medical and scientific research advancements of The Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research. Click here to read more.

8.27.2007 | CEO Sought by NAWBO-LA
Highly regarded Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA) seeks a Chief Executive Officer to manage the membership association, corporate sponsor relationships, board relations, staff and annual budget for the 501(c)6 NAWBO-LA chapter, and the 501(c)3 charitable education non-profit, NAWBO-LA Enterprise Institute. Click here for full details.

12.18.2007 | Gov. Schwarzenegger Holds Press Conference at California Hospital Medical Center to Discuss Health Care Reform
Governor's health care reform pass. The comprehensive proposal will reform the health care system by asking insurers, individuals, providers, government and business to share responsibility for Californians' health. Click here to watch the press conference. Click here for the dialogue.

12.17.2007 | BET Networks Recognizes the Achievements of Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks, Dr. Cornel West, Richard Parsons, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd with "THE BET HONORS"
BET Networks announced THE BET HONORS, an evening dedicated to recognizing the achievements and contributions of distinguished African American leaders in their fields. Hosted by Cedric “The Entertainer,” THE BET HONORS will celebrate and recognize Alicia Keys (Entertainment), Tyra Banks (Media), Dr. Cornel West (Inspirational/Education), Richard Parsons (Corporate), the Honorable Maxine Waters (Government) and Janice Bryant Howroyd (Entrepreneur). Click here for the press release.

1.20.2007 | Gov. gives firms his prescription for healthcare
"L.A. business leaders praise Schwarzenegger for tackling the difficult issue but are more guarded about support for the plan's specifics." This article in the Los Angeles Times features a photo of Renee White Fraser, Ph.D., President /CEO of Fraser Communications and Past President of NAWBO-LA with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. To view the photo and for the complete story:

Our NAWBO-LA President, Bonnie Nijst, was interviewed for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric on January 9th to share our perspective about the Governor’s healthcare reform proposal and how it impacts small businesses. For the news article, click here; for video footage, click here .


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