Continuing to Prosper in 2012-2013
One year ago, I stood before you after I took the oath of office for the San Antonio Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. I spoke of NAWBO’s future. How we needed to support each other and connect each other both in business and in life. I have received great support from all of you and I am truly grateful for it. Over the past year we faced many challenges. The support from my board, corporate partners and my friends, made my decision to accept another term as president an easy one. With the support of a strong Board of Directors and great Corporate Partners, we were able to not only survive a bad economy, we were able to maintain and prosper.
What are the indicators of surviving and prospering?
Just a couple of months ago the San Antonio NAWBO Chapter was nationally recognized as having the best member retention rate out of all chapters our size across the U.S. That is exciting news. Just last week, we received the news that NAWBO-San Antonio is a finalist for a North Chamber Athena Award. Thank you Corporate Partner Yvonne Fernandez of Security Service Federal Credit Union for nominating NAWBO-SA and allowing us this exceptional opportunity. And again recently, National NAWBO’s President’s Assembly Steering Committee asked me to step into a National role on their committee. Such a role allows San Antonio to be a liaison for chapters to the National organization. What an honor.
Surviving and maintaining means you aren’t taking away your core programs because they are what make us strong. We did not reduce our teen scholarships. We maintained them by giving out $20,500 each year. We not only gave them out, we revamped the program, made it stronger and in the process were able to secure funds to support the scholarships. Again, thank you to great support from our leadership, our corporate partners and our community friends.
We did more than survive. We prospered. Through great corporate partner support, we were able to invest in an integrated website that has helped us to better target our audience and to speak to our membership more strategically. We prospered by attracting new members and retaining better than 65% of current members. We prospered by supporting each other, helping each other to grow our businesses and to get stronger. We chose to lift each other up by putting our hands out not only to give assistance but to receive assistance. We prospered because we were and still are willing to go above and beyond expectations for our members and our corporate partners. We prosper because we look beyond and choose to empower, influence and impact business women in all sizes and types of businesses. We prosper because we are not alone. By ourselves we cannot accomplish much. However, by helping each other, we are able to do more, be more, give more, as well as create more. And more business is just what this country and economy needs. It is the small to medium sized business owner who will help to pull this country out of its economic black hole. And we women business owners will play a huge role in helping to make this happen.
So when I look into the future of NAWBO - San Antonio, I see great things happening. I see strength. I see diversity. I see our corporate partners stepping up, continuing to support us as we support them. I see our executive board working to develop stronger programs, more dynamic programs in addition to expanding the association to capture a significant percentage of the more than fifty thousand women business owners in the metro area. By doing this, our association will rise up to be the best and most sought after women’s business association because there will be no other to compare it to…..
I challenge each of you to be willing to step up, give more, and connect more and in doing so receive more. Remember it is in the giving that we receive. Release past hurts, fears, anxieties and miss-understandings. Allow yourself to move past, grow, develop, and become the best woman owned business that you can be. Allow yourself and your company to lead by example. When you do, all will follow and you will not wonder how and where it started.
Thank you all for allowing me the honor and privilege to serve you. For it is in serving you that I have learned to be the best me. It is in serving you, our corporate partners and community that I have been given the rare opportunity to lead this chapter, grow and develop myself and my business. I look forward to an exciting year ahead. I have an exceptional board to work with. Our Corporate Partners, Executive Member Partners and Alliance Partners all make it worth while. There will be challenges along with great successes. I look forward to taking the journey with each of you.
Posted by Patsy Foxworth on 5th July, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
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