#45, Women & Their Reproductive Rights

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About three weeks ago, I was quoted in an article by Christine Michel Carter (Forbes), The Unexpected Impact of Birth Control on Female Entrepreneurship https://www.forbes.com/sites/christinecarter/2018/03/01/the-unexpected-impact-of-birth-control-on-female-entrepreneurship/#79fbc119707b, well, the conversation continues as I lend my voice again about women and birth control. In an article written by Jeffrey McKinney (Black Enterprise) Birth Control, Reproductive Rights Key to Black Women Entrepreneurs’ Success http://www.blackenterprise.com/survey-birth-control-black-women-entrepreneurs/, I had a lot to say about how #45 is causing women and their reproductive rights to become an option instead of a necessity.

In my continued effort to speak not only for small businesses but minority and women https://thejegroupzone.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/back-to-basics-for-business-growth/, I am standing in the forefront to help out voices to be heard. We must speak loudly and strategically above the white noise from writing to our elected officials to voting in those that have our best interests at heart. “In order to succeed, we must continue the journey as small business owners with the support from Congress, government and elected officials.”

What are your thoughts about #45, women and their reproductive rights?

BUSINESS ENHANCEMENTS

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As the year is ending there are so many things that still need to get done. One thing that comes to mind is training.  Training is extremely important to the growth and maintenance of your business.  There is a plethora of training platforms to choose from.  But what type of training to choose is the rub?

First, let’s discuss training platforms.  For your training pleasure you can take training in a variety of ways from webinars, Periscope and in-class to on-demand.  The type of training that you choose all depends upon your budget and availability.

Secondly, if there is a restriction on either your time or budget no worries there are a lot of classes designed especially for you.  If you are looking for something quick and power-packed consider taking an on-demand, webinar or Periscope type training session.  If you have the time and resources and desire a little more personal interaction consider attending a seminar or conference based upon ideal needs.

Lastly, training should not be looked upon as an inconvenience or a time waster.  Begin looking at training as a way of staying in compliance, growing your business or looking for ways to work smarter and not harder.  As you change your mind about it, your process will change as well.

Do it today by finding a training platform that works for you before the Holidays kick in.  And while you are at it schedule time to take some more training in the first quarter of the following year.  This will help you to get a head start into the arena of scheduling your training sessions and in being on your way to scaling up.

Connect with me at Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup), @JEGroupBizLinkedIn, Facebook to see what we are doing next, receive consulting or training services, speaking engagements or for copies of Get the Cheese, Avoid the Traps: An Interactive Guide to Government Contracting for your business or certification program.

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Vernita Naylor
Founder/Owner Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup)

“Don’t think small, think business” Vernita Naylor

Vernita Naylor (Jabez Enterprise Group – JEGroup) Speaks in Dublin

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We all know that as a business owner it can be daunting in the day-to-day operations in managing your business.  There are so many resources available to help business owners from growing your business, and maintaining balance to building and marketing your brand in today’s world.  What is a business owner to do and where can they turn?

Vernita Naylor, Founder/Owner Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup) and Author, Get the Cheese, Avoid the Traps: An Interactive Guide to Government Contracting was invited to speak at the Dublin Rotary Club about a topic close to her heart….the small business owner.  Vernita was featured in the Dublin Rotary Club, The Dublin Shamrock Newsletter where in ‘There’s Nothing Small About Being A Small Business’ she outlined some principles on what a small business owner can use to help grow their business.

The S.M.A.L.L. Principle was developed after years of research in reading the successes of businesses like HP and Starbuck and testing the material.  You too can grow your business using these principles they are simple and easy to use but will take some effort on your part: 

S – See what your competitors are doing and how you can do it better.  HP did it best by not focusing on what their competitors was doing but instead decided to build in quality into their products while creating and maintaining synergy with their internal customers, their employees.  When the employees are happy the business grows.

M – measure your business against your competitors to see what is lacking.  Southwest is a great example they created a strategy that stood the test of time.  When the airline market tanked during the recession they instead saw gross profits. Their business model is simple low prices, excellent customer service and low overhead and operational costs.

To see an excerpt about what Vernita says about the rest of the principles in The Dublin Shamrock Newsletter on page 3 click here.

Available for speaking engagements, training or workshops connect with us at Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup), @JEGroupBizLinkedIn, Facebook or to see what we are doing next.

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“Don’t think small, think business” says Vernita Naylor.

Vernita Naylor
Founder/Owner Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup)

Chat with Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) (Series 5)

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In Series 5 we are winding down on Day 2 at the National Press Club. As a part of the Top 100 Businesses chosen nationwide we got a change to get up-close and personal with Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) at the National Press Club. Before giving you more information about our chat with Administrator Contreras-Sweet, we want to say thank you to our Keynote Speakers: New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Senator Gillibrand spoke about women entrepreneurship and how paid family medical leave is improving State to State while Senator Klobuchar discussed immigration reform and workforce development. Remember, don’t forget to read Small Business Leadership Summit Mixer (Series 1), Access to Capital (Series 2), Technology and Minority Entrepreneurship (Series 3) and Taxes and the Economy (Series 4). 

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet was extremely personable and engaging as she spoke with us about several things that was important to us as business owners from inspiration, innovation and access to capital to the SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative. She provided us inspiration when she told of her journey to America. She came to America from Guadalajara, Mexico as a child with the inability to speak English. Once Maria began to learn English, embrace the encouragement of her family and began to gain her footing in America she established great success and prestige. Maria held several positions within the financial industry and one of her greatest accomplishments was founding, ProAmerica Bank in Los Angeles. Prior to being selected by President Obama as the Administrator for the Small Business Administration (SBA) ProAmerica Bank’s target market was the small to medium businesses within the Latino community. Maria’s goal was to bring business empowerment and to help the Latino community scale up as business owners.

As it pertained to innovation she told us that anything is possible it all depends upon how you look at it. Not only is Maria an example but she provided us several other examples of how people used what was around them to make a difference. Let me share a few of them with you:

  • Specialized spoon for those living with Parkinson’s, the spoon minimizes the shaking effect when eating
  • Sustainable mushroom products to replace Styrofoam products
  • Weekly quilt classes on Youtube that helped the business owner to increase sales and to become a solid brand

Maria created a new name Smart Bold Accessible for the Small Business Administration (SBA) because she envisioned a different and better path for SBA and its services. In this vision she notes a few things that can be either changed and/or improved immediately to fit into the name that she has branded for the SBA. Maria is working diligently to see it happen. She has taken on the financial industry again by seeking programs to improve access to capital and contract opportunities especially for Women Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs). For better resources in acquiring access to capital for business owners there is the SBA LINC. SBA LINC is a system that is similar to the Match.com process. Like Match.com you, the business owner answer specific questions in which you are then matched more precisely with an approved SBA lender that would best suit your business needs from staring a business and tenant improvements to working capital.

In order to help Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) to scale up Marie has taken the charge to improve the programs that focus on women. Marie realized that women were one of the most disadvantaged and underrepresented businesses and knew that in order to level the playing field that there were several elements that needed to be changed and/or improved. Marie is working on more set-aside programs for women businesses.

Another great opportunity that Marie mentioned was the SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative that is similar to being certified under the SBA 8(a) Program. The Initiative is a seven-month training program designed to help growing businesses deal with the challenges of scaling up.   The program is free and hosted in special areas depending upon host funds.

There are so many things that one can do to scale up from incorporating a new marketing strategy and partnering with another like business on a particular contract to either adding and/or improving an existing product or services. Share with us what you are doing to grow your business. We would love to hear from you. Of all of the submittals we will choose a few comments to post, will it be yours?

Connect with us @JEGroupBiz on Twitter, or Jabez Enterprise Group on LinkedIn or Facebook to see what we are doing next or to see your post. For economic development for your business’ growth don’t forget to pick up your copy of Get the Cheese, Avoid the Traps: An Interactive Guide to Government Contracting today.

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Vernita Naylor Founder/Owner
Jabez Enterprise Group  (JEGroup)
Author, Get the Cheese, Avoid the Traps

All photos courtesy of Vernita Naylor, Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup) Unless Otherwise Noted.

We were Nominated!

9th Annual Oakland Indie Awards Nomination

Come out and celebrate with Vernita Naylor and the Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup) on our nomination at the Oakland Indie Awards on May 29.

ABOUT JEGroup

Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup) is an Integrated Business Resource (IBR) Company that provides business development and government contracting education and training services to corporate (B2B) and government (B2G) entities.  We provide these services through various means from written articles, training, panels and consulting to motivational speaking.  In servicing our clients their stakeholders have been able to obtain the training necessary to build capacity, increase their business revenue, become empowered through education and make improvement in their business infrastructure.  We are always looking to partner with government or corporate entities with an interest in providing education and training services for their stakeholders.

We are also advocates for underrepresented and disadvantaged (small, woman, Veteran and minority-owned) businesses where recently we were chosen as one of the top 100 pioneering small businesses nationwide and received a special invitation to the White House.  Vernita Naylor will be taking the concerns of these businesses to the White House and give them a voice there.  We also help buyers meet their diversity and inclusion goals by connecting them with qualified suppliers.  Our services are ideal for growing businesses.

For more information about us or our services visit www.jabezenterprisegroup. com or 1-800-865-0701.

To join us at the Oakland Indie Awards on May 29 and purchase your tickets go to www.oaklandindieawards.com.

How are you getting your education?

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Get the Cheese, Avoid the TrapsAfter the workshop I will be signing my latest book, Get the Cheese, Avoid the Traps: An Interactive Guide to Government Contracting which is a step-by-step guide to help you better leverage your business, certification, and understand how to partner with both government and corporate entities using your goods or services.  See you there!