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Who, How & Why To Certify?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – AWOB PRESENTS Power Series Wednesday February 12th , 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Inn at Gig Harbor,
 3211 56th ST NW, 
Gig Harbor WA 98335

A Conversation for Women & Economically Disadvantaged Businesses
Led by Julie Tappero and a Panel of Experts

What does it mean to be certified as a Woman-Owned or Economically Disadvantaged business? And why would someone want to do it?

For Julie Tappero, it meant facing a complex process to submit a successful application. And then she did it three more times to receive additional certifications.

But it was worth it, says Julie, because that certification opened broad opportunities to expand her businesses’ access to lucrative contracts with local, state and federal governments as well as government contractors. Certification is often seen as a reliable indicator of credibility that can expand a business’s marketability.

Julie Tappero is the founder of West Sound Workforce, a professional staffing and recruiting firm in Kitsap and Pierce Counties. She currently chairs the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance and the Olympic Workforce Development Council. She’s one of the founders of the non-profit Alliance of Women Owned Businesses and serves in leadership positions for the Staffing Association of Washington and the regional chapter of the Society of Human Resource Managers. She also writes a monthly article on human resources and workforce management for the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal.

At the Alliance of Women Owned Businesses’ monthly Power Series program, Ms. Tappero will be joined by a panel of experts on the process of obtaining certifications, including Linda Jadwin from the Board of National Business Owners Corporation; Mary Jo Juarez representing Astra Women’s Business Alliance; and Debbie McVicker, Deputy Director of Washington State’s Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise.

The Alliance of Women Owned Business is a membership driven non-profit organization formed for the purpose of supporting women-owned businesses in the West Sound and South Sound regions, serving Mason, Pierce, Kitsap and Thurston Counties. RSVP's are appreciated. To RSVP go to

Our monthly meetings feature topics of interest to female entrepreneurs. You will meet other women business owners, share your challenges and experiences, and walk away with information that will take your business to the next level. Bring your business cards to enter drawings for prizes donated by members of AWOB. Bring a door prize from your business and have a few minutes to promote your company. This event is free to AWOB members and first time guests. The fee is $25 for all others, payable at the door. Join AWOB and attend all of the events for free! You can join at this meeting. If you haven't renewed your membership yet, be sure to do so! Please join us after the meeting in the Inn's Restaurant for after hours, where we will enjoy no-host drinks, food, and continue our conversation and enjoy each other's company. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Membership is open to any woman who owns her own business, is a partner in a business, is an independent contractor (1099), or is thinking of starting a business. Membership is also open to business students, retired business owners, non-profits or trade associations that support women who own their own businesses, and any non-business owner who wishes to lend support to the organization and its mission.

Alliance of Women Owned Businesses (AWOB)
Our mission is to empower women entrepreneurs to achieve higher levels of business success. We provide our members with opportunities to hear excellent speakers, discuss timely subjects, meet other business owners while gaining insight and inspiration to grow their business.