Mary McCarthy Testifies on Behalf of NAWBO For House Bill 103

NAWBO’s very own Mary McCarthy, owner of the Women’s Small Business Accelerator and Your Management Team, provided testimony on behalf of NAWBO during a meeting of the Ohio House Economic and Workforce Development Committee to support House Bill 103 on April 15, 2015.  HB 103 would create the Ohio Women’s Policy and Entrepreneurship Week and it would create the Women’s Policy and Entrepreneurship Committee in Ohio.  Mary did a fantastic job and helped secure NAWBO as a policy resource on women’s business issues for Ohio legislators.


NAWBO Columbus Announces Finalists for Visionary Awards Gala

PRESS RELEASE: Blackwell, Grote Adams, Harris, and Lee Named 2015 Visionary Award

DeLay Announced as Recipient of Women’s Business Champion, Colón as Member of the Year

Columbus, OH (April 13, 2015) - The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Columbus chapter, is proud to announce the four finalists for the 2015 Visionary Award:

  • Kimberly Blackwell (CEO & Managing Partner, PMM Agency)
  • Dianne Grote Adams (President, Safex)
  • Kristen Harris (COO & Co-Founder, Portfolio Creative)
  • Peichen Jane Lee (President & CEO, UNICON International)

The finalists were announced Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Visionary Cocktail Reception held at High Line Car House. The event was attended by more than 50 past Visionary Award honorees, NAWBO Columbus board members and corporate partners, and other VIPs.

NAWBO Columbus also recognized two additional award honorees at the Visionary Cocktail Reception:

  • Sharon DeLay (Founder and President, BoldlyGO Career and Human Resource Management) – Women’s Business Champion
  • Helen M. Colón (Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services) – Member of the Year

All six women will be honored at the 2015 Visionary Awards Gala on July 17, 2015, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

About the Visionary Awards: In its 18th year, the NAWBO Columbus Visionary Award is bestowed upon a local woman business owner who has achieved success with her business while making notable contributions to her community, her industry, and to initiatives for other women in business. NAWBO Columbus hosts this coveted award as a prestigious way to recognize and showcase the amazing women who not only own and operate businesses that are vital to Ohio’s economy, but also find time and resources to identify needs and drive social change.

About NAWBO Columbus: National Association of Women Business Owners, Columbus, Ohio Chapter, is Central Ohio’s premier organization for women business owners. With 200+ members earning more than $1.3 billion in annual revenues and employing more than 8,000 people, NAWBO Columbus has established itself as the go-to place for inspiration, resources, and opportunities for female entrepreneurs. For more information on membership, upcoming networking and educational events, and more, visit

For more info, to request interviews, or to reserve a press pass for the gala, please contact:
Amanda L. Sage, Vice President of Communications, NAWBO Columbus



BWC Premium Payments Set to Change to Prospective Payments in July Sign-up for programs to save on BWC costs by May 29, 2015

The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has changed the way it will collect premium payments for private employers beginning July 1, 2015.

Private employers will begin paying premium payments prospectively. Currently, your premium invoice is sent in January which includes the previous six months of insurance coverage. The good news is that the Bureau has done extremely well with their investments and they are paying your first prospective payment in 2015. You will still receive your usual invoice in 2015 for the last six months of 2014 , but according to the BWC, you will not have a double payment. Your next invoice will be sent at the end of August 2015 and it will be to pay for the months of September and October. Going forward, you will receive bimonthly invoices, however, you will have the opportunity to choose whether you would like to remain on the bimonthly payment schedule or choose monthly, quarterly or annual payments.

In late May, BWC will mail all private employers a notice of estimated annual premium based on your reported payroll for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. This is not a bill, but you should review the notice for accuracy.

As part of the prospective billing implementation, enrollment is currently underway for private employers to sign up for several of the Destination: Excellence programs designed to help businesses improve workplace safety, enhance injured worker care and save money on workers’ compensation costs.

Private employers can sign-up with BWC between now and May 29, 2015. Click here to view the Destination: Excellence brochure which includes more details about the programs and enrollment deadlines. Destination: Excellence Brochure In addition, the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation has hired a Small and Minority Business Advocate to help small and minority businesses in their dealings with the BWC. Melony Bryant can be reached at 614-995-5023.