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NAWBO-The National Association of Women Business Owners Miami Chapter is an essential resource for women business owners and professionals committed to moving their businesses forward - and who freely give and receive wisdom, support, resources, and opportunities with other powerful and successful women. The members of NAWBO Miami support each other. We are women business owners who help other women business owners. When you succeed, we all succeed.

NAWBO is the premier organization in the United States representing the interests of all women business owners. NAWBO Miami is the one of the organization's more than 70 chapters, offers a wealth of opportunities ranging from contacts and networking to learning, advocacy and growth.

You are invited to attend our monthly Educational Networking Dinners. Learn about upcoming events, opportunities, and programs - subscribe 
to the Miami chapter's monthly e-newsletter. There are many benefits to joining NAWBO Miami. For additional information call NAWBO Miami at 786-519-4860 or send an email to

Looking for greater opportunity, mutually beneficial relationships and friendships, and expert training for you and your business? You are in the right place and we welcome you!


Above: Past President Kelly Sastre, now living in Jacksonville, greets our members.

Above: Outgoing NAWBO Miami President Anne B. Freedman, of Speakout, Inc., welcomes Coral Gables City Commissioner Patricia Keon, who conducted the Installation of the Board of Directors. She also spoke on how women entrepreneurs can influence government on the local level.

Above: New Board of Directors. An evening of camaraderie, great food and reminiscing at Seasons 52 was capped by the installation of the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. Seated, left to right, President Jennifer Ohl, Immediate Past President Anne B. Freedman, Program Chair, Lynne Seidner. Standing, left to right, Vice President Karen Lapekas, Media Relations Chair Gail Shivel., Public Policy Chair Millie Herrera, Secretary Susan Troy, Communication Chair Alma Kadragic, Member-at-Large Diana Herrera, Membership Chair Debra Silverman and Treasurer, Evelyn Hsu. 


Fantastic Kick-Off for New NAWBO Year


What a night! We came, we ate well, and we tripped down memory lane with an upbeat photo recap of our fabulous networking and educational events. We were inspired by the comments of City Commissioner Patricia Keon, along with remarks by our outgoing President Anne B. Freedman and our newly installed President Jennifer Ohl-- and we kicked off the new NAWBO year in style.


A great turnout meant every seat was taken and no one minded being in tight quarters with such great folks, including new Fort Lauderdale NAWBO President Joyce Hunter, immediate past Fort Lauderdale President Yvonne Gruber, and our very own past President, Kelly Sastre.


Anne thanked the 2013-2014 Board for their contributions and dedication throughout the year with some affectionate teasing directed at her hard-working fellow leaders. She shared how NAWBO had opened doors for her in terms of new business opportunities in the U.S. and abroad, as well as personally. Jennifer recounted how joining NAWBO and the relationships she developed have helped her settle into her new home town. She encouraged those attending to get involved on a committee so they can benefit the way she has since joining several years ago. 



New NAWBO MIAMI Joint-Membership at Trustee Level

With Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce


If you want to expand your business relationships in the Coral Gables area, consider a new benefit of NAWBO Miami membership. You can become one of an exclusive group of members to participate as a Trustee level member in the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, able to attend their many meetings, networkers, and special events. A limited number can be a part of this special offer. For this year only, the cost is $325 for one year (in addition to your NAWBO dues). Please send checks payable to NAWBO Miami by June 30 to Treasurer Lynne Seidner,

Sign up for the National Women's Business Conference in September


Early bird registration is now underway. Go to to sign up!

Save the date:
July 14th "Not Your Usual Networker"

Everything You Wanted to Know about Extra Virgin Olive Oil at Evoobottega

Jana Higginbottom decided to start Evoobottega when she realized that special olive oil and balsamic vinegar weren't easy to find in Miami. Friends visiting from North Carolina had brought a gift of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar from a store in north Florida. She began buying from that store's website and eventually decided Miami was due for an Extra Virgin Olive Oil - EVOO - tasting bar.

So last December she opened Evoobottega at Riviera Plaza on Dixie Highway in Coral Gables to "offer the truly fresh oil" and "to educate people that not all olive oils are alike." At Evoobottega you can taste the best by sipping directly or dunking bread before buying. Once you try, says Jana, you'll understand the difference.

The EVOOs available now at Evoobottega come from the Southern Hemisphere (Chile, Peru, South Africa, Australia) and the Northern hemisphere USA (California), Italy, Portugal, and Spain. The balsamic vinegar come from Modena, Italy.

NAWBO members and guests can ask Jana questions and taste the EVOO difference at the next NAWBO mixer, 6-8 pm, Monday, July 14.
Click on the links below to Register:
Pre-Event Discount:
Members $20
Guests $25 
At the Door: Members $30, Guests $35  
We have a lot of excellent speakers and panel discussions to look forward to.  Mark your calendars for the second Wednesday of each month, for NAWBO.  

Our mission is to help each other succeed. We share know-how, contacts, networking, encouragement, friendships, fun, and empathy for the challenges only another business owner understands.