October 2017  

President's Report

September was a wonderful month for our chapter. Carol Hayse kicked it off at our Information & Libation Event at Sullivan’s in Peoria Heights.  She shared her inspiring story about how her faith, love of family, and determination led her to take over her husband’s carpet and flooring business after his untimely death.  With the help of her son John, she was able to continue the success of Ron’s Carpets located on North Adams Street in Peoria.  

Then after a year of planning, the combined efforts of Women in Leadership and NAWBO paid off! Our conference – Pathways to Success – The Courage to Lead – was a total success.  We came close to meeting our goal of 200 women and completely met our goal of organizing a sensational conference that promoted personal development, unity and excellence in leadership.  I would personally like to thank Pat Drake who represented our chapter as Co-Chair of the committee.  She devoted endless hours of her own time to get sponsors, prepare marketing materials and see to it that the details were all in order.  I would also like to thank Michelle Rouland, Sharon Law, and Alice Anthony for their amazing contributions to the committee.  It was a pleasure working with these incredible women and joining forces with the talented women of the Peoria chapter of Women in Leadership.

Next month we have another wonderful Information and Libation Event led by Denise Jacobus, our regular Wednesday evening meeting on the 18th and the National NAWBO Conference from the 14th through the 17th.  This year the conference is in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  There is still time to register for those wanting to attend the conference! 

Have a great October everyone!

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Welcome New Members

Chris Heine of Ideas + Logic has rejoined our chapter.  We are very happy she chose to do so. 

Chris brings a variety of work experiences to her clients marketing strategy. Prior to starting her own company, she worked for many small businesses, a large utility and multiple start-ups. She found she has a gift for taking in lots of information, processing it and transforming it into a plan that helps move your business forward. 

The name of her company, Ideas + Logic, refers to her ability to create and combine “surprising ideas” with “smart strategies” to deliver killer marketing. And then to automate these for you, so that you can identify your success steps and then repeat them. Chris primarily focuses her business on marketing strategy, marketing automation and web development.  But she also can do copy writing, graphic design, digital advertising, email marketing and direct mail.

Chris works with a variety of companies. She generally starts with a no-obligation, no-charge first time meeting. After that, she will create a written proposal. Then the collaboration begins. Working collaboratively is one of the great joys of marketing work for Chris. The place where your knowledge of your business and her marketing ideas and know-how come together, and help propel your business forward, is also the place where Chris experiences the greatest work satisfaction. 

Chris has three adult children.  In her spare time she loves to paint and draw and is involved in a life drawing class at the Contemporary Art Center.  She also is a volunteer with the Peoria Sculpture Walk.  She is on the board of Look! It’s my Book! She has a dog and a cat - both of which are older (13 1/2) - so taking a walk with her dog is enjoyable.  In addition, she is an avid reader and a member of a book club.   

Welcome to new member, Jessica Ford.  Jessica is a financial advisor for Kinsey Wealth Managment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.  Her mission is to build long term relationships based on trust and providing sound professional advise and superior service.  Making sure your wealth continues to work in support of the goals you have established takes careful planning.  Such planning is not a single event - it is a process.  As your life circumstances change, so must the investment strategies used to stay on course toward meeting your objectives.  Jessica works one on one to design those investment strategies targeted to your specific needs and goals.

Jessica is married to husband, Jared, has a bonus daughter Lyla, a rescue dog Butterscotch and a new baby on the way!  She volunteers with St. Jude, was involved in the creation of the Greater Peoria Honor Flight, and helps prepare and deliver over 800 meals to those in need on Thanksgiving in her home town of Burlington, Iowa. She also continues to donate time and energy to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and other fundraisers in the Peoria and Burlington communities.

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Calendar of Events


October 18, 2017 from 5:30-8 p.m.

Presented By:

Katie Arnholt Kim, Director and Small Business Specialist for the Kim Group 

Katie will provide an overview of the current economic and business climate of the Peoria county and surrounding areas.  She will also provide her perspectives on the opportunities business owners have to work with governments to enhance their businesses, including sharing first hand experiences of how to partner with government , unlock potential subsidies, grants  and/or financing options.  

LOCATION: Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria, IL

COST: $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

To register go to: 

For more information, please contact  or call 309.692-2225 and leave a message


November 15, 2017 from 5:30-8 p.m.

Presented By: Chuck Rice, brio Employee Development LLC

Chuck has always been passionate and truly believe in making a difference on how people interact in the business setting. It is such a large part of our existence that improving awareness of self and others is critical.
Perceptions are foundational to the paradigms we act upon daily. On some level he always knew this but did not always value and appreciate the concept. Rather than be frustrated he did something about it and formed brio Employee Development.

After Chuck's presentation we will honor our Corporate Partners and Pearl Sponsors.  Without them, we could not do what we do in educating and empowering the next generation of women entrepreneurs and leaders.

LOCATION: Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria, IL

COST: $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

To register go to: 

For more information, please contact  or call 309.692-2225 and leave a message

Please reserve the following dates on your calendars.  Additional details will follow in our October newsletter.

December 13 - Christmas Party

LOCATION: Mt. Hawley Country Club, Peoria, IL

COST: $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

To register go to: 

For more information, please contact  or call 309.692-2225 and leave a message

January17 - Lunch Meeting at the Ivy Club

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Information and Libations


Information and Libations is an informal way to network, obtain information and hear a presentation from a woman business owner/leader. 

October's Topis is: Cyber Liability and the exposures and issues facing business today

Having been at Kuhl Company for over 12 years, Denise Jacobus is finding new customers, building an insurance programs for each client and most importantly, letting them know where their exposures are and what they can't insure although they can minimize their losses by putting the right policies and procedures in place. She will share the latest trends and has guaranteed not to bore us with the typical insurance information!

DATE: October 5, 2017

Time: 4 - 6 p.m.

Location: W. E. Sullivan's, Peoria Heights

Future dates:

November 2, and December 7. 

Meetings are free to attend but please notify if you are attending as we need a count for the restaurant space.  Your only cost is your food and drink.

Information and Libations happens the first Thursday of every month!

If you haven't already, make sure you "LIKE" CI NAWBO on Facebook.  All events are announced there in addition to our website.


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Special Events

It's a Zombie Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria! 

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Are you a fan of the Walking Dead or just Halloween in general? Well we have a treat for you! Dress up as your favorite zombie or Halloween character for a hauntingly good time on the Illinois River. Kickapoo Junction will be performing. Hors D’oeuvre buffet is included.

DATE:  Saturday, October 28.  Boarding at 7 p.m.  Cruising from 7:30 - 9:30.  Adults are $26 and children $13.

Bring your spouse, family members, friends and make this an evening to remember!  Don't wait to sign up as cruise size is limited.



Back by popular demand

If you did not have the opportunity to go on our Small Business Shopping Poker Run and then enjoy a late lunch/early dinner at Biaggi's, you need to mark your calendar NOW so you don't miss this fun event. 

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Leading Mindfully in Uncertain Times, by Cindy Byrd                       

Maybe like me you’ve discovered you’re one of the 143 million people whose personal information was hacked in the Equifax debacle over the summer. I distinctly remember saying to my husband when I found this out, “Great!  As if life isn’t challenging enough, now I have one more thing to worry about!”

What I really meant was the Equifax breach is one more circumstance being added to a growing list of uncertainties – a list that includes increased frequency and magnitude of natural disasters, terrorism and cyber attacks, and regular protests about immigration, healthcare, and human rights.  Eric J. McNulty, with the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, argues that there have been more turbulent periods in our history.  He goes on to say that what is higher now than it has been for some time is perceived turbulence and uncertainty.

It can be tempting when uncertainty and turbulence rise, whether real or perceived, to disengage, wish it away, or wonder why our “leaders” don’t do something to change things. One of my favorite quotes is from Lily Tomlin who said “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that, and then I realized I was somebody.”   Now more than ever, our world needs moral courage, ethics, and the kind of personal leadership that embraces responsibility and accountability.  The kind of leadership that not only asks what can I do but also how should I do it so that I’m truly demonstrating my values and showing sincere compassion for others?  Thankfully, we saw a lot of people showing that kind of leadership after the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida.  But will people shift away from those higher levels of engagement and humanity and back to disengagement once the disaster relief efforts are over?

As female leaders in our families, our businesses, and our communities, we are fortunate to already possess a tendency for values-based leadership and for demonstrating compassion.   However, not all female leaders are wired the same; some will need to take an honest look at their tendencies and work harder to gain insight and self-awareness.  I talk with employees all the time who experience duplicitous female executives and supervisors, those who do not walk the talk, those who only give lip service to company values but do not practice them day to day, those who openly berate and belittle employees, and the list could go on.  Sadly, such individuals also are not being held accountable for these uncivil and inappropriate actions and behaviors, and so it continues unchecked.

It’s truly upsetting to know these very real tendencies exist on top of the turbulent and uncertain times I described above.   One has to wonder if these negative executives and supervisors are acting out in their own way because of the same uncertainties and turbulence – and perhaps more, such as fall out from company reorganizations and restructurings.  As McNulty additionally stated in his article, “everyone is wrestling with uncertainty.”   Even so, it’s no excuse for a lack of integrity, abdication of accountability for ones actions, or mistreatment of others, intentional or not.

What is the answer? While there is no magic bullet, mindfulness practice is a very powerful tool for reducing stress, building resilience, and opening the mind to options.  It also fosters empathy, compassion, and civility.  We all have the power to choose to live mindfully in a mindless world, to become more thoughtful, and to be more intentional about creating great experiences for those around us.  I’m reminded of this quote from Anne Frank, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  So what are you waiting for?             

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Member News

Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) September 13, 2017

Heating up. Significant job growth. Optimism about the economy. Across the country, Express Employment Professionals office owners are reporting positive signs from their local communities. And when asked to describe the current employment environment, they offer many reasons for hope, as well as concern about the lack of available workers.

It’s a worker’s market, according to Terri Greeno, Crystal Lake, Illinois, Express office owner.

“The economy is heating up, there’s no question about it. It’s getting ready to break loose, and we need more people to meet the demand. Our market has seen increased base-pay rates, and even with that increasing, people know they have options, so they are still highly mobile. More so than ever before, workers can leave a job because of hours, location, coworkers or supervisors and find another job if they have the applicable skills,” she said.

Meanwhile, new survey results released today from Express show only 10 percent of businesses report their local markets are “trending down.”

In a survey of 533 businesses, respondents were asked, “As an employer, what is your perception of the current employment environment in your market?”

Among respondents, 46 percent said “staying the same,” 44 percent said “trending up,” and only 10 percent said “trending down.”

In the previous quarterly survey, 51 percent said “staying the same,” 42 percent said “trending up,” and 7 percent said “trending down.”

Yvonne Rockwell, an Express office owner in Santa Clarita, California, reports that employers in her market have positions sitting open because workers are in high demand.

“I’m seeing a lot of uptick, even in the general labor and warehouse sectors,” she said. “It seems like everyone needs entry-level workers right now. Overall, I’m pretty optimistic. We are seeing more companies looking for people than not.”

In Mobile, Alabama, it’s a similar story, according to Express office owner Chris Ashcraft.

“I believe the current environment is trending up, as there is a lot of optimism about the economy,” he said. “Our heavy industry clients in steel, aerospace, shipbuilding, and construction are busy. I am hearing these companies already talk about having orders placed into the next year. In our local market, I believe we will see wages go up to recruit the right talent.”

Janis Petrini, an Express office owner in Grand Rapids, Michigan, also sees a strong local economy causing businesses to grapple with a worker shortage.

“Many companies in our area have the potential for continued growth, but as the unemployment rate continues to drop, the lack of available workers will be a significant challenge,” she said. “We are expecting much slower employment growth over the next several months because all available workers are already employed.”

In most communities across America, the local economy seems to be improving or holding steady, according to Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

“Good economic news doesn’t come without its challenges,” he said. “Finding new workers is today’s challenge—and one that employers and policymakers will need to tackle as long as our economy continues to grow.”

The survey of 533 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, was conducted in June 2017 to gauge respondents’ expectations for the third quarter of 2017. Previous surveys were conducted to cover hiring trends of the quarters indicated.

If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Sheena Karami, Director of Corporate Communications and PR, at (405) 717-5966.

About Robert A. Funk Robert A. “Bob” Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has more than 770 franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve and was also the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

About Express Employment Professionals Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.05 billion in sales and employed a record 510,000 people in 2016. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. For more information, visit

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