My Business Changes Lives, and NAWBO is Where I’m Meant to Be

Why did I join NAWBO Phoenix?  When I created my business in 2013, I was approached by a new BNI Chapter looking for 20 members to obtain a charter.  As a new business owner, my abundance in BNI was multifold: (1) Learning how to construct my 30-second commercial; (2) Reportability on the required scorecard requirements; and, (3) Leads-based referrals. Sadly, the men did not care about what I did nor understood what I did.  I made a conscious effort every week to do my 30-second commercial on men’s styling.  To no avail, I received no business from them.  After a year in BNI, I looked to join and connect with like-minded women.  I was seeking leadership and growth for my business.  Since I believe I have a business that changes women’s lives, I sought long-term relationships, support and referrals.

NAWBO Phoenix has always been known as that place, that group of entrepreneurs who understand that path I was traveling.  Upon joining I connected with so many NAWBO Sisters, who not only got me, but they got my business.  What I put into NAWBO, I certainly receive back.  My ROI has come in the form of:

  • Business threads of long-term relationships and support in the chapter’s culture.
  • Genuine women who share success and trials with their peers.
  • Increased my revenue potential and immediate cash flow/network.
  • A Graduate of the NAWBO Phoenix Business Mentoring Program, May, 2016.
  • A desire to be around successful, positive, strong women who believe in the potential in themselves and others.
  • My NAWBO Phoenix Sisters have provided referrals which consist of 40% of my business.

Entrepreneurship can be a lonely path at times.  You face unique highs and lows and challenges and opportunities that others do not understand unless they have gone down that path before you or are going down it alongside you.  It’s a special connection – a community – of leaders, visionaries, innovators and trailblazers that, when tapped into, can power your business, lifestyle and community in a way like no other.  Please JOIN NAWBO if you are interested in:

  • The Power of Connecting and building long-term relationships with other women entrepreneurs with businesses of all sizes and from all demographics and business sectors who can motivate and inspire you, share resources and best practices and more. It’s a community of support, advice, recognition and celebration – with a 40-year history of excellence and progress – that you won’t experience anywhere else but with NAWBO.
  • The Power of Learning NAWBO is a powerful resource for learning. Through our quarterly e-learning webinars, public policy calls, leadership development trainings and National Women’s Business Conferences, as well as local chapter events and meetings, we provide quality education on today’s most important topics that impact your business and its bottom line.
  • The Power of Building Your Business NAWBO is a powerful resource for everything you need to grow your business into something bigger than you perhaps every imagined, from ideas, to connections, to resources from both NAWBO and our extensive network of affiliate, affinity and corporate partners who offer exclusive opportunities, programs and savings to support your business growth.
  • The Power of One Voice NAWBO is a powerful resource for having your voice amplified and heard. That’s because we speak as one voice on behalf of women entrepreneurs and business owners to influence the system and stakeholders in our nation’s capital and state capitals that set the rules of the game for the business community.  Together, we can make a difference in communities, states, the nation and, ultimately, the world – because your voice matters.

Right now is the best time to JOIN.  NAWBO is currently holding their Spring Membership Drive, March 1 through April 30, 2017.  New Members and Former Members SAVE $25.  There are several levels of memberships, Premier, Introductory, Virtual and Supporting as well as options to pay annually or monthly.  Please go to and click the JOIN NOW tab. 

Joining NAWBO was one of the best business decisions I made.  I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.  If you know of a woman business owner who would like to be part of our NAWBO Phoenix Chapter to grow and expand her business beyond her dreams, please share this opportunity with her to JOIN NAWBO NOW!

With Gratitude,

Clarisse Ringwald
Director of Membership
NAWBO Phoenix Chapter





  1. Ditto and love this article. Deep authentic relationships always wins.

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