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2020 Annual Meeting


On behalf of the AWBC, thank you for attending the 2020 Annual Membership Meeting September 1-3, 2020.

What an incredible turnout we had! It was so wonderful to see your faces and feel your presence

despite not assembling together in person - we were certainly together in spirit.






CARES Act Funds Panel Rescheduled

The breakout session on how WBCs are spending Covid funds was rescheduled as a stand-alone presentation on Wednesday, September 9 - to catch a recording HERE.

Session Recap - SBA Administrator, Jovita Carranza

Jovita Carranza, who serves as the 26th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) joined us via video. She was followed by a live “inside the locker room” talk with Associate Administrator, Allen Gutierrez. AWBC is grateful for the role SBA played in our 2020 Annual Meeting - thank you!


Session Recap - WOSB Certification

Barb Carson, Deputy Associate Administrator of the SBA shared the latest information about the New WOSB Certification. Barb and her team did a wonderful job of breaking it down to help us  better understand the process. Revisit her presentation here which includes links to additional resources, as promised.

Session Recap - Lunch with Lucy/ BrainTrust

Sherry “Lucy” Deutschmann hit a home run with her talk on empathy as a central characteristic of a profitable company culture. She’s also the architect of BrainTrust, founded in Nashville, TN. As you requested, we’re working with her to  create an opportunity where you can invite your clients to hear her speak! In the meantime, you can connect with her on LinkedIn here.

Official Annual Membership Meeting

Find the official minutes to the meeting here.

Congratulations to the newly inducted AWBC Board Members (videos here):

Kristin M. Andreski- Sr. VP, ADP Retirement Services

Diane Bevan- Executive Director, Idaho Women’s Business Center 
Klassi Duncan- VP Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Deidre Hillman- Program Director, Women’s Business Center North Dakota
Rana Shanawani- Executive Director, Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship (NJ)
Jessie Yankee- Director, Missouri Women’s Business Center

Your AWBC 2020 Officers are:

Amy Bunton, Chair of the Board

Ann Madsen, Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Governance Committee
Nicole Liatos, Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Membership Committee
Ingrid Marielos Marthy, Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the External Affairs and Outreach Committee
Zoe Dean-Smith, Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Capacity Building Committee
Diane Bevan, Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Fund Development Committee
Anne Flynn Schlicht, Treasurer

Gwen Pokalo, Secretary

Thank you, Bonnie Nawara!

We bid farewell to Bonnie Nawara, an AWBC Board Member for the last 6 years. In that time, she’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and provided us the foundation we needed to continue our track of success. Hear from Bonnie here

Advisor of the Year Award - Sponsored by GrowthWheel International

This year was the first time that we’ve recognized an Advisor of the Year and our wonderful sponsor, David Madie, announced that Susie Rios, the statewide Outreach Director of the Idaho Women's Business Center East won- see the announcement via this video

Words from National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)

We also heard from a strategic supporter of AWBC Liz Sara, Chair of the National Women’s Business Council and Founder and President of Best Marketing where she consults with more than 90 small businesses in the high-tech sector. 

A Message from AWBC’s League of Extraordinary Women

Our League of Extraordinary Women is helping empower women business owners around the globe. The League is here today thanks to Marsha Bailey and many of you that have provided your input into the philanthropic membership category to help AWBC grow. Hear from Nipa Nobel, owner of MTX here.

New Women’s Business Centers this Year!

We welcomed the 7 newest Women’s Business Centers, awarded by SBA in Maryland, West Virginia, South Carolina and California. 

Wells Fargo - Open for Business Fund and Small Business Resource Center

Our last speaker of the annual meeting portion of the day was Ruben Barrales, the Senior Vice President, External Relations who shared information on the Wells Fargo  Open For Business Fund and our Small Business Resource Center. Learn more about what Wells Fargo is doing for small businesses here.


State of Small Businesses with ADP 

Ahu Yildirmaz, Co-Head of ADP Research Institute® and Vice President of Corporate Strategy at ADP talked with us about the state of small businesses in today’s economy. We will have her presentation available ASAP.

Grow with Google

Over 100 people joined in for the last session all about how to grow your business using Google presented by Anastasia Kudrez and you can see her entire presentation here. If you want to know more about how to become a Grow with Google Partner, learn more here

Be an Event Insider!

Do you want to help AWBC organize and produce the next couple of events? We’ll be putting on quite a show with Wine Women and Shoes in November and the Leadership Conference in December, if you’re interested in joining either of these event teams, please email Corinne Hodges at


Thank you to our League of Extraordinary Women


Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!

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