Panama City Local Chapter of National Association of Professional Women Launched With a Focus on the NAPW Tools Available to Business Owners

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NAPW Panama City Local Chapter launched this January with their first networking meeting and focused on the availability of tools for business owners and entrepreneurs on NAPW.com.

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I am currently exploring the idea of becoming an entrepreneur,” Jeraldine said. “I feel that NAPW would be a great organization to help her to get started in the right direction.

The NAPW Panama City Local Chapter began its meeting at 6:00pm on January 14th, 2012 at Panera Bread located on 23rd St of Panama City, Florida. Trish Morrissette, Chapter President, opened the networking meeting by welcoming everyone. She then talked about the Panama City Chapter, which has just been activated with her as the President.

The Panama City Local Chapter had previously met for a pre-launch dinner at Panera Bread on December 17th, 2011. It was the perfect setting for a small group to talk and discuss the premier of the local chapter for Panama City. Trish Morrissette had kicked off the meeting by welcoming everyone, briefly speaking about the premier of the Panama City Chapter and upcoming ideas for the 2012 year. Members were asked to introduce themselves and tell a little bit about their business. They were also asked to be thinking on creative ideas for the chapter as well as ideas on how to market the local chapter so that they could bring in new members. The Launch meeting in January followed a similar agenda.

Trish introduced Vicki Drown as the Vice President of the Local Chapter. She provided guest-attendees with information on NAPW though many were already familiar with the organization. Brochures were passed out to be read, discussions were held about the history of NAPW, networking within the organization and utilizing the tools to network beyond the organization. The Chapter also discussed the NAPW website and information on how to become a member. Guests were provided with membership levels and associated benefits, as well as contact information for the Membership Services division to call and discuss their personal needs with a Membership Coordinator. Guests were advised that they could apply for membership online as well. Next, the chapter moved right in to the most important part of each meeting, individual introductions and networking.

Trish formally introduced herself as the President of the Panama City Local Chapter for NAPW. She also discussed her company, Professional Translations, Inc. She is the President/CEO of Professional Translations, and she also talked about her top clients as well as how much of her business came out of the Panama City area. Trish expressed her interest in expanding her business in the Panama City area by networking more and increasing her marketing budget. “I feel that NAPW is a great opportunity to expand my networking circle,” she said.

Vicki Drown was excited to be an official member of the NAPW Panama City Local Chapter. She was also nominated as the Vice President of the Chapter and is looking forward to all the opportunities and exposure that this will provide. Vicki discussed her role as an independent sales consultant for the company Pure Romance. She also gave out fabulous samples for guests to try.

Omecia Langston is currently in school to get her degree, but she has a non-profit organization that she is looking to expand by networking and joining the NAPW organization. Omecia spends her time feeding the needy and the homeless, particularly during the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Karen White is a Mary Kay consultant. She specializes in providing facials and is very interested in how NAPW can help her expand her business.

Jeraldine Dickinson is a full time RN nurse who does Home Healthcare. “I am currently exploring the idea of becoming an entrepreneur,” Jeraldine said. “I feel that NAPW would be a great organization to help her to get started in the right direction.”

Felicia Massilieno is the owner of Fancy Dollar. She sells beautiful costume jewelry at the inexpensive cost of $1.00 per item. In her shop, you can find accessories such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, headbands, scarves, and more. Felicia is extremely excited about getting started with NAPW.

Zenovia Andrews is the co-pastor of Kingdom Agenda International Ministries. She is looking to expand her church brand by networking with professional women all over the Panhandle region, and she is excited about all the wonderful things that NAPW has to offer.

Jocelyn Mathis is the co-pastor of Marketplace Ambassadors International School of Prophets. She is also looking to expand her church brand by networking with professional women all over the Panhandle region, and she is also excited about all the wonderful things that NAPW has to offer.

Catrina Garrett is owner of Classy Classy Designs. She designs and sells jewelry at a low, inexpensive cost. Catrina wore examples of her jewelry for everyone to have a look at. She is interested in networking and expanding her business and feels that NAPW would be a great opportunity for her.

After everyone introduced themselves and their businesses, the group discussed many ideas that may be implemented in future meetings in the upcoming year. The Chapter decided to have their meetings every 3rd Saturday of each month, starting at 6:30pm CST. They also discussed how each member could present a topic of interest to the group, or bring samples of their work.

The location for the next meeting will be announced on the Chapter Page on NAPW.com. Vicki Drown will do a special presentation on her business, Pure Romance.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Panama City Local Chapter and/or NAPW please visit http://www.napw.com.

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