SOMERSET, NJ - The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) announces its Annual Spring Luncheon Conference and Expo, Business Ignition 2019: Set Your Business on Fire. This statewide event will take place on March 28 at the The Imperia, 1714 Easton Avenue, Somerset from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

This conference will feature a panel, including: Dr. Lisa Aumiller, DVM, veterinarian and founder of HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and Rana Shanawani, executive director of the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp. (WCEC), in Chatham, New Jersey. In Dr. Lisa’s presentation, she will tell us what helped her set HousePaws ablaze for rapid growth. Rana Shanawani will cover how to develop a village to grow your business. The panel will be moderated by Jill Johnson, co-founder/CEO of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, in Newark, New Jersey, who will lead an interactive Q&A session following the panel presentation.

There will also be brief presentations by NJAWBO’s Public Policy Leader, Robin Berg Tabakin, president of Technoforce LLC, in Randolph, New Jersey, and Hester Agudosi, Esq., Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Treasury, State of New Jersey. Tabakin will provide an update on the NJ Board of Public Utilities Supplier Diversity Development Council, and Agudosi, New Jersey’s first Chief Diversity Officer, will provide an update on the progress being made toward New Jersey’s supplier diversity initiatives. In a brief Sponsor Spotlight, Diana Meneses, marketing director at Donnelly Energy, in Wayne, will explain how business owners can take advantage of the energy efficiency initiatives offered by the New Jersey Clean Energy Program™.

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The cost for this event is $65 for NJAWBO members and $85 for nonmembers who register online, and $95 for walk-ins. Space is limited. Register by March 26 at https://www.njawbo.org/event/2019-SpringConf.

Founded in 1978, the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) is the longest-standing, statewide organization of women business owners in New Jersey. Its primary objective is to encourage and support business ownership by women, provide a legislative voice for the interests of women-owned businesses, and offer leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities for business owners. NJAWBO is sponsored by PSEG, Investors Bank, Kearny Bank, Schumacher Chevrolet Automotive Group, Donnelly Energy, and BCB Bank. Media sponsors include North Jersey Woman, CYACYL, and TAPinto.net. For more information about NJAWBO, visit www.njawbo.org or email njawbo@njawbo.org.

Panelists

Dr. Lisa Aumiller, DVM, is a veterinarian and founder of HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service, headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Twelve years into her career as a veterinarian, Dr. Lisa left a traditional hospital-based practice and founded HousePaws, a modern veterinary house call service. HousePaws began as Dr. Lisa’s Mobile Veterinary Service in 2010, with Dr. Lisa and one veterinary technician working from a minivan. After developing a business plan and working with some community business partners in getting over hurdles of funding and incorporation of the new practice, they were on the road! Word quickly spread about what they were doing in the South Jersey area, and the business really took off. Dr. Lisa needed to hire more mobile veterinarians to keep up with demand, so a decision was made to change the business name to HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service in 2012.

In 2013, HousePaws opened its first brick and mortar hospital at 801 Centerton Road, in Mount Laurel, NJ, complete with modern surgery, kennel, and radiology facilities, as well as a suite of exam and consultation rooms—all with a comfortable homelike feel—bringing that feeling of comfort to their hospital. The company offers mobile and traditional veterinary care for small animals. HousePaws tends to most of its patients’ needs in their own homes and, unlike most mobile veterinary clinics, offers the luxury of its own hospitals for those clients who prefer traditional, in-hospital appointments or for those patients who need surgery, dentistry, radiology, or ultrasound. The expansion of HousePaws into new service areas led to the creation of two addition veterinary hospitals located in Atco, New Jersey, and Morrisville, Pennsylvania, and a new HousePaws mobile service in Bergen County, NJ.

Rana Shanawani is the executive director for the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp. (WCEC) in Chatham, New Jersey. The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp. (WCEC) helps elevate women to business success through education, counseling, mentoring, and entrepreneurial training. As a non-profit organization, it provides women with the business education and financial literacy programs to enable them to build sustainable companies while offering them the power of and access to like-minded professionals with whom they can share trials and celebrate successes.

Rana Shanawani was a non-profit consultant helping international organizations in strategic management before joining the WCEC. In 2004, after working as a UN consultant for several years, she served as the CEO of BIDAYA, a chapter of the Prince’s Youth Business International in Syria. During her tenure there she received the Takreem Achievement Award for Best Young Entrepreneur and was selected to meet with President Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship. She has received her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins and her Bachelors in biology from Cornell University.

Panel Moderator:

Jill Johnson is the co-founder/CEO of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), in Newark, New Jersey. She has nearly 30 years of experience as a business strategist with expertise in financial analysis, marketing, and business development, and earned her B.A. in economics from Harvard University. Jill is an advocate for community businesses and microenterprise, and is a leading authority in the area of minority inclusion in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. IFEL is an independent, not-for-profit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship, and has expertise in creating and implementing small business programming in support of larger economic development objectives.

Jill Johnson is a speaker on topics including community economic development, business plan development, entrepreneurship, minority and women small business growth, and access to capital. She is a member of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Entrepreneurship Council.

SDDC PRESENTER

Robin Berg Tabakin is President of Technoforce LLC, a leadership training and consulting firm located in Randolph. She co-founded the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp. (WCEC), which is an SBA Women’s Business Center. She serves as Chairwoman of the New Jersey Government Records Council (GRC), which adjudicates claims for denial of access to government records. Ms. Tabakin is a member of the NJ Board of Public Utilities Supplier Diversity Development Council (SDDC), where she served as 2016, 2017, and 2018 Conference Chairwoman. She currently serves as SDDC Secretary and co-chair of the 2019 conference. Robin is also the Public Policy Leader for the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO).

INVITED GUEST SPEAKER:

Hester Agudosi, Esq, Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Treasury, State of New Jersey, is a veteran government leader with diverse experience that spans over twenty-five years. She began her career in public service as a prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and transitioned to serving in senior management positions in government that include Chief of the Office of Bias Crimes and Community Relations and Chief of the Prosecutors Supervision and Coordination Bureau for the Division of Criminal Justice; Deputy Director of Equal Opportunity for the Office of the Attorney General; and Director of Equal Opportunity and Public Contract Assistance for the Department of Environmental Protection. She was appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to serve as the first Chief Diversity Officer for the state of New Jersey.

NJAWBO SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT:

Diana Meneses is marketing director at Donnelly Energy, in Wayne. An energy efficiency firm based in Wayne, NJ, Donnelly Energy helps utilities and small businesses take advantage of reduced upgrades to commercial lighting, heating and cooling systems, and refrigeration. As an exclusive contractor with Direct Install from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™, Donnelly Energy helps clients’ lower energy costs and their carbon footprint in an effort to help keep New Jersey Green.