Beyond Abuse: Finding Our Voice on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

It started with a phone call from Capital One Financial Corporation on January 14th, 2016. “Ms. Patno, are you the sole owner of Desiree Patno Enterprises, Inc.?”

That simple call was how I found out that my husband’s accountant had been dispersing my unsigned business checks illegally, with some going into her personal accounts and several others paying her bills directly.

I was (and still am) angry that not only my trust was betrayed, but after years of hard work and developing a reputation as a successful businesswoman in the housing and real estate sector, I was, to put it quite simply, duped.

How could this happen to me? And if this could happen to me, in my mid-fifties, plugged into and engaged fully in my businesses, what happens to women older than me, with fewer resources at their fingertips and perhaps cognitive issues?

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Ready, Set, Grow: An Interview with Rosalind Booker!

In addition to a cup of coffee, NAWRB kicked off our Wednesday with an incredible sheCall, Ready, Set, Grow! Living in the “I Can Consciousness – Knocking the ‘t’ off of Can’t” Works!, featuring NAWRB Certified Delegate Spokeswomen Rosalind Booker, Principal Broker-Owner, Arbrook Realty and Terry Rasner-Yacenda, Broker/Owner, Reno/Tahoe Realty Group, LLC.

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Older Americans Month 2017

John F. Kennedy designated May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month after meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, encouraging all Americans to honor older people across the country. Every year since, the president has issued a formal proclamation during the month of May in support of older Americans. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter officially changed the observance’s name to Older Americans Month.

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FDIC Economic Inclusion Summit 2017: Highlighting Real Issues

Today, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) hosts its first Economic Inclusion Summit exploring strategies to bring consumers into the financial mainstream. NAWRB CEO & President Desirée Patno and Government Relations Chairwoman Silvia N. Rathell are in attendance, participating in the mission to increase the involvement and impact of disenfranchised American consumers.

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NAWRB Digs Our Heels into the Ground in Washington, D.C.

With National Small Business Week just five days away, what better time for NAWRB to attend decisive Washington, D.C. meetings and events? As a leading voice for women and women-owned and small businesses in the housing ecosystem, we recognize the importance of being on the edge of new developments and maintaining our pivotal relationships in the nation’s capital.

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NAWRB Announces Ten-X as a Premier Strategic Partner

The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) is proud to announce Ten-X as a Premier Strategic Partner.  A real estate technology industry powerhouse, Ten-X recognizes the importance of growing the community of women and women-owned and small businesses in the housing ecosystem.

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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.

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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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