Newsletter: National Financial Capability Month 2017 – U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team: A Win for Gender Equality – The Untapped Potential of Black-Owned Businesses

National Financial Capability Month 2017: How is Your Financial Literacy?

April is National Financial Capability Month, 30 days dedicated to recognizing the importance of financial literacy for a stable future and teaching Americans to establish sound financial practices. Originating from initiatives to educate the youth on healthy financial habits, the Senate passed Resolution 316 in 2004 officially dedicating the fourth month of the year to financial literacy.

Adopting financial habits today that situate you for success tomorrow is fundamental, and Americans need help. In a recent release, President Donald Trump addressed the country’s common financial concerns, “Empowering Americans to make independent financial decisions and informed choices is critically important to our Nation’s prosperity.  Yet more than half of households today do not have 3 months of funds saved for emergency, and most families with children are not currently saving for college.  In addition, a majority of working Americans worry about running out of money in retirement, and nearly a third of workers have no retirement savings at all.”

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U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team: A Win for Gender Equality

The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) has ratified a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with U.S. Soccer-the sport’s American governing body-securing among the new benefits, higher pay and better travel conditions. The new CBA is an influential contributor to the success of women’s soccer in the U.S. and women’s sports around the world.



The Untapped Potential of Black-Owned Businesses

The latest research from the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), The Tapestry of Black Business Ownership in America: Untapped Opportunities for Success, assesses the economic fortitude and potential of Black-owned firms, identifies the opportunities and obstacles for these business owners and addresses the ways in which policies and investments can contribute to the success of Black entrepreneurs.

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A Helping Hand for American Employees

This week, the House of Representatives passed the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation making it easier for companies to offer employees business ownership opportunities. The bill received support from Democrats and Republicans alike and was approved by a vote of 331-87. In a release, the House Financial Services Committee articulated, “It [the bill] would update a nearly 20-year-old Securities and Exchange Commission rule that inhibits employee ownership opportunities due to burdensome disclosure requirements.”



NAWRB Roaring Thirty Award Nominations!

The NAWRB Roaring Thirty Awards honor the women leaders in the housing ecosystem making a difference with a seat at the table for women. These are trailblazers succeeding through unprecedented obstacles and demonstrating women’s power as influencers in business.



April 2017 marks the 49th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. Each year REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing laws as well as their commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.

New Report: Women’s Participation in Business Incubators and Accelerators

Women entrepreneurs are a vital component to the U.S. economy, as they are responsible for the creation of both new businesses and jobs. However, despite the rapid increase in number of women-owned firms in recent years, women-owned businesses face significant barriers to growth, including limited access to capital and networks.



 NAWRB sheCalls

NAWRB sheCalls provide industry updates, training and access to important resources for women in housing. Call in to find out what you’ve been missing!

Sharon Asar, Deputy Ombudsman, CFPB Ombudsman’s Office

Discover resources offered by the CFPB Ombudsman’s Office for women-owned and small businesses from Sharon Asar, Deputy Ombudsman, CFPB Ombudsman’s Office!

Women: How to Get Involved

Call-in to find out how to get involved as a woman in the housing ecosystem, from taking advantage of your resources to participating in the many women’s groups changing the game today!



Upcoming Events 

If an event involves women’s equality and supporting the women’s movement, NAWRB strives to be there. Join us to take part in making a better tomorrow!

April 14: NAWRB Certified Delegate Spokeswoman Training

NAWRB Delegates possess the unique opportunity of being a leading voice for women in the housing ecosystem and increasing their outreach on a national stage. Leverage your skills as a leader and influencer in the women’s movement to start making a difference.

May 10-11: Women Network California Women’s Conference 2017

From businesses to nonprofits, this conference is a resource sharing proven strategies from some of the world’s leading women. Opinion leaders, industry executives and celebrities will empower you to create change in your life.

May 13: LA Sparks Opening Game

Join NAWRB at the LA Sparks opening game! This year, NAWRB will host monthly trips to see the LA Sparks! We will provide tickets, transport and food for up to eight people, at minimal cost.

July 16-19: NAWRB 4th Annual Conference, Women’s Collaboration for the Future

The NAWRB Annual Conference will highlight actionable solutions to increase women’s gender equality in the American workplace. The only way to beat the competition tomorrow is by preparing today. Register to take your business to new heights!

Newsletter: NAWRB InnovateHER Challenge Winner & Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from NAWRB!

Observed the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is a holiday honoring the women and men who have died in military service for the United States. Memorial Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1971, and was originally known as Decoration Day in the years following the American Civil War. Americans commemorate the day by attending memorials and cemeteries, holding parades and hosting neighborhood barbecues.

This year, Memorial Day also commemorates the centennial anniversary of America’s entrance into World War I. Also named The Great War, it saw 4.7 million Americans serve-a representation of over 25 percent of the American male population aged 18 to 31 at the time-and more than 100,000 lose their lives.

As we spend the long weekend with our loved ones, we remember and honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.



NAWRB Co-Hosts InnovateHER with SBA: Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Jennifer Stewart-Tai, President and Founder of City Girl Prepper, for winning the InnovateHER Challenge co-hosted by NAWRB and the Small Business Administration (SBA)! This morning, NAWRB co-sponsored the InnovateHER Innovating for Women Challenge 2017 at the Lutron Electronics Training Center in Irvine, CA. This competition is inspired by the need for innovative products and services to assist working women and their families.



Nominate a Woman Leader in Housing! Deadline May 31, 2017

NAWRB Roaring Thirty Awards honor women leaders in the housing ecosystem enhancing the industry and making a seat at the table for women. Our nominations are an opportunity to celebrate passionate women making an impact. From executives on the frontlines to incredible women behind the scenes, we need your help to highlight today’s leading women who walk the walk.

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Strengthening the Women’s Culture

What a profound statement! It is with the same fervor as Madeleine Albright that NAWRB supports other women. Like the first female U.S. Secretary of State, we believe that other women, organizations, companies in the public and private sectors and the government must follow suit. As the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) movement continues working for equal access to resources, equal representation, equal pay, it is crucial to create unwavering unity among women to advance women’s culture.



NAWRB Nexus Conference 2017: Early Bird Special Ends May 31, 2017

The NAWRB Conference is the nucleus, the center, and the source of business sustainability. As a non-partisan organization, NAWRB still has a seat at the table. Our relationships at the forefront allow us an inside look at government contracting forecasts. What opportunities does the future hold? Millions of dollars in procurement contracts and vendor relations were secured from connections made at the 2016 NAWRB Conference. Unlock your business growth!



 In the News!

FHFA Issues Request for Input to Improve Access to Credit for Qualified Mortgage Borrowers with Limited English Proficiency

The FHFA has issued a Request for Input on issues facing qualified mortgage borrowers with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) throughout the mortgage life cycle process.

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon Appoints Four Senior Executives

Peter Cazamias for the Office of International Trade; Robb Wong for the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development; Allen Gutierrez for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development; and Michael Hershey for the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs.



Upcoming Events

If an event involves women’s equality and supporting the women’s movement, NAWRB strives to be there. Join us to take part in making a better tomorrow!

June 8: C.A.R. WomanUP! Conference

This one-day event dedicated to the empowerment of women will help you grow your business, develop your career and connect with other leaders in the California brokerage community.

June 8-9: IMN 2nd Annual Residential Mortgage Notes, Non- & Re-Performing Loans Symposium

With approximately $20 billion in non-performing loans already sold in 2016, the conference is well-timed for the industry to discuss the trading in the market.

The National Advocacy Conference is the largest advocacy event of the year focused solely on the issues facing real estate finance.

June 20-22: WBENC National Conference & Business Fair 2017

With three days of programming, the conference features lectures and presentations from today’s thought leaders, engaging panel discussions and more.

June 29: The Latino Coalition Economic Opportunity Summit

Guest speakers will delve into the most topical issues during a day that will cover TLC’s “four C’s” of business ownership: Capital, Capacity, Contracts and Cost.

July 16-19: NAWRB 4th Annual Conference, Women’s Collaboration for the FutureThe NAWRB Annual Conference will highlight actionable solutions to increase women’s gender equality in the American workplace. The only way to beat the competition tomorrow is by preparing today. Register to take your business to new heights!

NAWRB Honors the Top 50 Revenue Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) in the Housing Ecosystem

The National American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes are the standard used by Federal statistical agencies when classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. The Small Business Administration (SBA) sets the Small Business Size Standards in accordance with these NAICS codes.

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend from NAWRB!

Observed the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is a holiday honoring the women and men who have died in military service for the United States. Memorial Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1971, and was originally known as Decoration Day in the years following the American Civil War. Americans commemorate the day by attending memorials and cemeteries, holding parades and hosting neighborhood barbecues.

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Millennials Driving Real Estate Investment

Millennials are Driving the Trend in Real
Estate Investment

Many have been skeptical that Millennials are interested in homebuying, but various reports show Millennials’ growing interest in real estate investment. A RealtyShares report on Americans’ investment preferences indicates that 55 percent of Millennials are interested in real estate. This interest is mirrored in research from Fannie Mae that states 85 percent of Millennials see real estate as a good investment.

A recent Forbes article shows they are driving the trend of real estate investment and investing less in the stock market. A little over half of Americans were investing in the stock market last year, a decrease from almost two-thirds in 2007. In the report, Millennials were asked to choose the “best-performing investment since 2000.” While 40 percent reported uncertainty, 25 percent chose the stock market, and 20 percent of Millennials believed real estate performed the best since 2000.

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Desirée Patno, NAWRB CEO &
President, Named Top 4 Real
Estate Influencer to Follow

“I am honored and humbled to be Ranked #4 amid the Top 10 Real Estate Influencers to Follow from Entrepreneur.com. As NAWRB continues our mission to advance women’s diversity and inclusion in the housing ecosystem, I am energized by the depths of conversations we are having to drive women to the forefront with accountability and results. Finding passionate, committed strategic partners and individuals in moving the needle in the right direction for women to have a seat at the table for economic growth is a dream come true.” -Desirée Patno

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Women Entrepreneurs Make
Progress on the Policy Front

When I first began advocating for women entrepreneurs over 15 years ago, I was excited to take on the challenge. At that point the majority of meetings I went to on Capitol Hill consisted mostly of men, and no one was focusing on women business owners. For the first five years, I spent most of my time convincing the Congress that women business owners cared about economic issues that affected the growth of their business instead of the social issues “women” cared about. Not only was there a lack of understanding about women entrepreneurs, there was also a disparity between male-owned and women-owned businesses. The women’s business community’s favorite phrase was “we want a seat at the table.”

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NAWRB Nexus Conference

2017: Early Bird Special Ends
May 31, 2017

The NAWRB Conference is the nucleus, the center, and the source of business sustainability. As a non-partisan organization, NAWRB still has a seat at the table. Our relationships at the forefront allow us an inside look at government contracting forecasts. What opportunities does the future hold? Millions of dollars in procurement contracts and vendor relations were secured from connections made at the 2016 NAWRB Conference. Unlock your business growth!

Register Today!



NAWRB Roaring Thirty Award Nominations! DEADLINE May 31

The NAWRB Roaring Thirty Awards honor the women leaders in the housing ecosystem making a difference with a seat at the table for women. These are trailblazers succeeding through unprecedented obstacles and demonstrating women’s power as influencers in business.

Nominate Today!



In the News!

The Federal Government Achieves Small Business Procurement Contracting Goal for the 4th Consecutive Year
The federal government has reached its small business federal contracting goal for the 4th consecutive year, awarding 24.34% ($99.96 billion) in federal contract dollars to small businesses.

Census Bureau Highlights Travel Data
The U.S. Census Bureau released a series of travel-related products to highlight travel dataduring peak tourist seasons.



Upcoming Events

If an event involves women’s equality and supporting the women’s
movement, NAWRB strives to be there. Join us to take part in making
a better tomorrow!

May 25: InnovateHER Challenge 2017
NAWRB is excited to announce that we are once again co-sponsoring the InnovateHER Challenge 2017 with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)! The InnovateHER competition aims at discovering women entrepreneurs with innovative ideas.

June 8: C.A.R. WomanUP! Conference
This one-day event dedicated to the empowerment of women will help you grow your business, develop your career and connect with other leaders in the California brokerage community.

June 8-9: IMN 2nd Annual Residential Mortgage Notes, Non- & Re-Performing Loans Symposium
With approximately $20 billion in non-performing loans already sold in 2016, the conference is well-timed for the industry to discuss the trading in the market.

June 20-21: MBA National Advocacy Conference 2017
The National Advocacy Conference is the largest advocacy event of the year focused solely on the issues facing real estate finance.

June 20-22: WBENC National Conference & Business Fair 2017
With three days of programming, the conference features lectures and presentations from today’s thought leaders, engaging panel discussions and more.

June 29: The Latino Coalition Economic Opportunity Summit
Guest speakers will delve into the most topical issues during a day that will cover TLC’s “four C’s” of business ownership: Capital, Capacity, Contracts and Cost.

July 16-19: NAWRB 4th Annual Conference, Women’s Collaboration for the Future
The NAWRB Annual Conference will highlight actionable solutions to increase women’s gender equality in the American workplace. The only way to beat the competition tomorrow is by preparing today. Register to take your business to new heights!

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NAWRB Co-Hosts InnovateHER with SBA: Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Jennifer Stewart-Tai, President and Founder of City Girl Prepper, for winning the InnovateHER Challenge co-hosted by NAWRB and the Small Business Administration (SBA)!

This morning, NAWRB co-sponsored the InnovateHER Innovating for Women Challenge 2017 at the Lutron Electronics Training Center in Irvine, CA. This competition is inspired by the need for innovative products and services to assist working women and their families.

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Putting Tools in the Hands of Women Entrepreneurs

At the Small Business Administration, we recognize that helping small women-owned businesses is critical to our economy.  Women-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing segments.  In fact, from 2002 to 2007, the growth of women-owned firms outpaced firms owned by men at a rate of 4-to-1.

The impact women-owned businesses have on our economy is easy to see: they employ more than 7 million workers and generate more than $1 trillion in revenue each year.   The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is committed to helping these businesses start, succeed, and grow, with opportunities for women-owned businesses existing in all of SBA’s core program areas.

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