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Fourteen Women Complete NAWBO Mentoring Program

Women who have completed NAWBO's mentoring program over the past two years have made a large economic impact.

Phoenix, AZ, July 03, 2015 --( Fourteen women business owners and their mentors met recently at Western International University to celebrate the completion of their nine-month NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Phoenix Chapter, Mentoring Program. Each participant was given 90 seconds to creatively summarize what they had learned through the program.

“All of the participants made great strides in their business and were successful in meeting goals they had set,” says Program Director Paula Wittekind of CDQ Learning for Results. “When we tallied all of the figures from this year and last, the economic impact was quite substantial:
- 33 new jobs were created by participating companies;
- More than $250,000 in capital was invested in the companies; and
- Participating companies reported increased revenues of more than $900,000.”

The program kicks off each September and features a different speaker each month on topics about developing and growing a business. Mentees and mentors then meet outside of the monthly group sessions to talk about how to implement new ideas into their business and work on their individual development goals.

“As entrepreneurs, we often have big, grandiose ideas and want to do them all at once,” said Mentee Tracie Rollins of The Rollins Advantage. “My mentor, Jody Owen, helped me focus on what would move the needle in my business, what to do now and what to do later. I grew my business 375 percent during the time of the Mentoring Program.”

“Because of this program, I now have more tools to use in my business,” says Mentee Jenny Milpacher of DeMille Global. “I have a solid plan for growth, and my business tripled during the program.”

“The Mentoring Program allowed me to build relationships with other like-minded businesswomen and draw on each other’s support,” says Mentee Inna Korenzvit of KORE Bookkeeping Solutions. “I doubled the number of clients and revenue so I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is not seeing the growth they want.”

“The program showed me how valuable a mentor can be,” says Mentee Sara Korn of WriteSmith. “The other side benefit is wonderful in-depth networking. I knew I needed help with bookkeeping and hired KORE Bookkeeping after I got to know Inna through the program.”

2015-16 Mentoring Program
Woman business owners who want to participate in the next Mentoring Program must meet the following criteria:
- Have a vision, goal and commitment to developing their current business or business idea;
- Have a high level of commitment to the nine-month program (September 2015 to May 2015);
- Be willing to dedicate 7-10 hours each month to attend topic sessions, meet individually with their mentors, complete assignments directly related to the development of their business;
- Be a current business owner for a minimum of one year (recommended, but not required); and
- Join and keep an active NAWBO membership for the duration of the program. Proof of membership must be received prior to the September kick-off session.

Mentors should have the following qualifications:
- Will commit to attend the September and October monthly sessions and are able to dedicate 1-2 hours each month to meet individually with their assigned mentee (meeting place, format and time determined by each mentee-mentor pair);
- Have three years as a business owner, or other equivalent experience; and
- Have a proven business development and growth record.

NAWBO University on July 8, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., will provide more information to interested applicants. Applications will be accepted through July 31. For more information or to apply online, visit or contact Wittekind at or 480-759-2989.
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