Top 100 at Google Washington, D.C. (Series 7)

Google Washington, D.C.

I wanted to save Google for last because their presence was felt and known throughout our three days in Washington, D.C. so welcome to Series 7. I was shocked to learn that they had a Google Washington, D.C. office and it was beautifully set up. On Day 2 we ended the day with a Google hosted Awards Program and Reception. This was such a great treat because not only were we able to get a chance to visit one of their many offices but we got a chance to celebrate the success of three businesses as they received the 2015 Small Business Award. Please join us in celebrating with Virginia McAllister, Iron Horse Architects who received the Technological Innovation Award; Chancee Lundy and Veronica Davis, Nspiregreen who received the Community Development Award and Beverly Hanstrom, Colorado Medical Waste who received the Sustainability Award. Congratulations ladies for helping to make this world a better, greener and sustainable place to live. If you want to read more about these ladies click here. Afterwards the party was on with great networking, music and excellent food. What a great way to end a business day.

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At the end of Day 3 we attended a Google Technology Training. The training “Let’s Put Our Cities On The Map” is designed to help business owners maximize their online presence with insider tips and best practices for online marketing. Here’s an overview about the training and how the program works visit https://www.gybo.com/business. On the business page you will see either “Check My Business” or see a search box with “Does Your Business Info Show Up On Google?” enter your business name and city. Your entry will determine if you already have a business presence on Google Maps. If so your information will populate quickly like Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup) did then you will have the ability to edit the information if needed.

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If your business does not currently exist on Google Maps you will see “Your Business Isn’t On The Map” then you will have the ability to add your business name and city. Once you have taken these steps you are on your way to enhancing your online presence using Google. In some cities you may have the opportunity to attend a Google Hosted Event designed to help you leverage your business online, create a free website and much more. If you are a business owner and interested in learning how Google can help you grow your business there are a wide array of tools and/or resources available visit Google Apps for Work.

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If you are one of the Business Capacity Building Partners such as SCORE, SBDC or one of the Chambers of Commerce there is a program designed for you visit https://www.gybo.com/partners. As a part of this effort your organization will be considered a Google Official City Partner where you will have the ability to help businesses within your area to scale up and maximize their online presence with free resources and hosted workshops using Google tools. As business owners there are a lot of tools and resources available to help us in our businesses ask for a referral in your network or social group.

Once again thanks to John Arensmeyer, the Small Business Majority team and Google for such a great wealth of information, networking and the opportunity to be chosen as one of the Top 100 Small Pioneering Businesses Nationwide. This is our last series of the Small Business Leadership Summit and if you missed any of the Summit Series you still have time to catch up: Small Business Leadership Summit Mixer (Series 1), Access to Capital (Series 2), Technology and Minority Entrepreneurship (Series 3), Taxes and the Economy (Series 4), Chat with Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) (Series 5) and Summit at The White House (Series 6). If you have any comments and/or questions about the Small Business Leadership Summit 7-Part Series please contact us at services@jabezenterprisegroup.com.

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 pick up your copy of Get the Cheese, Avoid the Traps: An Interactive Guide to Government Contracting today in paperback or on Kindle.

If you need a consultant to help take you to the next level in your business or need some training on supplier certification programs, building supplier-buyer-prime relationships or on government contracting call us at 1-800-865-0701 or email services@jabezenterprisegroup.com remember these services are designed to help you with your ideal corporate or government partners.

We appreciate you taking the time to connect with us and look forward to connecting with you again soon.

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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.

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Summit at The White House (Series 6)

Rhea Aguinaldo (Small Business Majority (SBM)), Christin Evans (The Booksmith) and Vernita Naylor (Jabez Enterprise Group – JEGroup)

Here we are at the White House on our last day of this world wind adventure. To kick off Day 3 we received a welcome from Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama with a video address from Silvia Burwell, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Then we got a chance to interact with other members of the Obama Administration from Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative; Mark Mazur, Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Seth Hanlon, Special Assistant for Economic Policy, National Economic Council; and Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers to Joe Goffman, Associate Assistant Administrator & Senior Counsel, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

During this half day session at the White House we obtained insider information of what was coming through the pipeline from the Trade Agreement, Taxes, and The Economy to The Climate Change all of which was of great interest to us as business owners. Later, we were able to ask specific questions surrounding policies as well as discuss other matters that concerned us. One suggestion came from a Southern California business owner concerning energy efficient products. It was suggested that there should be a federal credit issued for using energy efficient products. As we all know that if something like this would become a federal law we would then be able to create a more green, healthy and sustainable environment for future generations.

As the session is ending and we head back to Google-you will hear more about them in Series 7 which is our last series-John Arensmeyer, Founder & CEO, Small Business Majority closed out the three day Summit. Let me say that as one of the Top 100 business owners that received this special invitation we obtained a lot of perks during our three days in Washington, D.C. from meeting other business owners from other States, interacting with members of the Obama Administration and having Google as the Title Sponsor to not only being the voice for other businesses but getting our own voices heard.

I have been asked constantly did we get a chance to personally meet President Obama and First Lady during our time in D.C.; unfortunately we did not, but despite not having this occur this was still a great opportunity for all of us. If you are interested in finding out more about the Small Business Majority click here. If you missed any of the Summit Series you still have time to catch up: Small Business Leadership Summit Mixer (Series 1), Access to Capital (Series 2), Technology and Minority Entrepreneurship (Series 3), Taxes and the Economy (Series 4) and Chat with Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) (Series 5).

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 pick up your copy of Get the Cheese, Avoid the Traps: An Interactive Guide to Government Contracting today in paperback or on Kindle.

If you need a consultant to help take you to the next level in your business or need some training on supplier certification programs, building supplier-buyer-prime relationships or on government contracting call us at 1-800-865-0701 or email services@jabezenterprisegroup.com.

We appreciate you taking the time to connect with us.

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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.

Small Business Leadership Summit 2015 Mixer (Series 1)

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SERIES I – ARRIVAL DAY NETWORKING MIXER AT SLIPSTREAM

We as business owners do a lot from staying current on policies and other matters concerning us and supplying the demands for our goods and services to continually providing quality customer service. But we can’t do it alone; we know that it’s our team that helps us to stay the course. As you work in the passion of your visions and make those tough decisions do you realize that people are always watching? Well they are.

Recently, I along with other business owners was chosen as the top 100 of the most innovative small businesses nationwide. We received a special invitation from Founder and CEO, John Arensmeyer of the Small Business Majority to join him, the Small Business Majority Team and policymakers at the White House for the Small Business Leadership Summit 2015 where we were the voices for other business owners. Let the JEGroupZone take you on a journey as we lay out the series of the three-day Summit in Washington, DC. In this series you will not only get a chance into our world but have the ability to meet some of the other business owners that were represented there.

Arrival Day – Informal Networking Mixer at Slipstream which I missed due to bad weather throughout the U.S. in coming from California. I instead went to Meiwah Restaurant located extremely close to the hotel and had a delicious meal of Chicken and Black Bean Sauce with Rice. Now even though I missed this special event let’s hear from Hipatia Lopez, Owner, Empanada Fork (New Jersey) tell us about her experience at the mixer.

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Photo Courtesy: Hipatia Lopez (Empanada Fork, New Jersey)

”I took the Amtrak Train from New Jersey and arrived in Washington, D.C. just in time for the mixer. I got my name tag and started to meet a few of the Small Business Majority staff which was great to finally be able to put a face to all the emails going back and forth. I decided to literally go around the room and introduce myself to the other small businesses. The energy in the room was great. We all seemed excited to be there and experience this great opportunity given to us. It was interesting to hear what States were represented in the room and to learn a little bit about their business.”

This whole experience to me was “Meeting of the minds.” “If you have the passion to succeed and willingness to learn then you will” “Dream Big.”

Thank you Mrs. Lopez, Owner of Empanada Fork from New Jersey, for sharing your experience with us on arrival day at the Slipstream Networking Mixer. If you are interested in learning more about Mrs. Lopez and Empanada Fork visit her at www.empanadafork.com, email hlunico@yahoo.com or call 973-985-0379. Also, you can stay connected with her on Twitter or Instagram: Empanadafork.

In our next series you will hear about all of the wealth of information that we received from access to capital and tax rates to our breakout sessions, as well as, a few surprises. So remember everything that you do, do it with greatness because you never know who is watching you. How do you define greatness? Drop us a line and let us know.  Of all of the submittals we will choose a few comments to post, will it be yours?

Connect with us on Twitter @JEGroupBiz, or LinkedIn: Vernita Naylor or Facebook: Jabez Enterprise Group to see what we are doing next. We will be meeting at the Sacramento Black Book Fair, Underground Books, Sacramento, CA Saturday, June 6 12 noon. If you are in the Sacramento area tomorrow come and chat with me and other women as we talk about the challenges that women face as business owners.

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Vernita Naylor Founder/Owner
Jabez Enterprise Group  (JEGroup)
www.jabezenterprisegroup.com/