July President's Message


July Greetings to our NAWBO Columbus Members and Corporate Partners!

I am very pleased to announce that the 2016 VISIONARY AWARD LUNCH will feature a Special Presentation by the COLUMBUS PARTNERSHIP regarding the SMART CITIES AWARD recently announced for the City of Columbus! 

The SMART CITIES AWARD is a once in a generation event, and one that will have a legacy for generations to come.  How will this affect our local economy?  What is the expectation around increased transportation and logistics as relates to our community? How might this change effect our businesses?

I cannot think of a better way to recognize our Visionary women business owners, … but with a Visionary announcement for the future of our City!

Please join us for this awesome event.  Tickets, tables and exhibit booths are still available :

NAWBO Columbus - Visionary Packages & Marketing Opportunities

Hope to see you all July 29 at VISIONARY!!!

Laura MacGregor Comek


Columbus gatherings offer support to women in business

Click HERE for the article that appeared in the Columbus Dispatch

Meet Catherine Callard, Wealth Management Advisor, Fifth Third BankĀ 

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $141 billion in assets and operates 1,254 full-service Banking Centers, including 95 Bank Mart locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,593 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has an 18.3% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2015, had $297 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $26 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC

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What motivated your organization to get involved with NAWBO?

Diversity and Inclusion are part of the Fifth Third culture and we are impressed by the great work NAWBO does to help women owned businesses thrive in Central Ohio.  Fifth Third is committed to promoting financial wellness in our community and we recognize the significant impact women owned businesses have on our economy.  NAWBO provides educational programming and networking opportunities that are of interest to our clients and perspective clients and we are proud to be able to introduce them to the organization via our corporate partnership.

What does your company offer NAWBO members and why is this important to them?

NAWBO members are able to participate in our Membership Advantage Banking program.  Fifth Third Bank Membership Advantage provides exclusive banking benefits and valuable financials tools--at no cost to participating businesses and organizations.  Employees from various businesses are eligible for Membership Advantage just by an organization participating in the program.  With Membership Advantage, participants have the opportunity to improve their financial wellness which may help improve their workplace satisfaction and productivity--rewarding employers and their business. 

Membership Advantage Benefits include:

• Simplified, straightforward checking and savings solutions

• Exclusive banking benefits and discounts

• Personalized banking services

• Financial empowerment seminars

Financial Education Tools, Planning and Advice -- Through our EmpowerU program, we offer complimentary financialempowerment sessions on topics such as:

• Budgeting and Saving Money

• Preparing for Home Ownership

• Boosting Your Credit Score

• Strategies to Slash Your Debt

• Saving for College

• Protecting Your Identity

What is the one best practice you’ve learned from working with businesses in your company that our members should know? 

Both individuals and businesses need a financial partner.  There is an important distinction between a partner and service provider; a distinction that becomes very clear during difficult times.  It is critical to establish and nourish banking relationships as financial institutions have deep expertise in all aspects of a company’s balance sheet and income statement, as well as the personal wealth strategies associated with a business owner.   Bankers can be a great resource for ideas, information, and best practices.  We are constantly learning about the unique nuances of each company and individuals we work with, which allows us to continually provide the best advice and services possible for our clients.