For many, 2020 has resulted in the loss of income, some may even feel they have lost faith in our medical system, and some have gone to the extreme and have lost trust in our government. 

Because of 2020’s challenges, it’s crucial to continue to hold events like SPEAK OUT. The Central Coast Chapter of NAWBO has decided to move forward with its annual event, SPEAK OUT. There’s a time and place where business owners can be vocal, and this is it. 

Our goal is simple at this event: to provide a space for business owners to SPEAK OUT about what they need from local government officials to support the success of their business. 

SPEAK OUT is a non-partisan event. Businesses will be given the opportunity to SPEAK OUT on topics impacting small businesses, like Coronavirus impact lending, Local & State Ordinances, Long Term Energy Reliance – Access to Capital, and Water Resources. Ticket prices vary from $5.00 to $200. Free tickets available for those experiencing extreme hardship.

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Central Coast California promotes, supports, and educates women business owners in achieving success. The event will be held virtually on Friday, October 16, at 5 p.m. in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

What I’m most excited about is the opportunity to share with the Central Coast what NAWBO has been doing across the country. Elle Patout serves as the national chair in Washing D.C., and she will be providing a national update along with Vikita Poindexter, who serves at the current President of the California Chapter. Both with be giving updates on our advocacy efforts at the state and national level.

Your elected officials who have RSVPed: Heather Moreno Atascadero Mayor, Erica Stewart SLO City Council Member, Miriam Shah Grover Beach City Council, and Dan Shadwell, who is seeking the position of Mayor in Pismo Beach. 

Thank you to our Corporate Partners, who support local women business owners and helped our chapter become one of the fastest-growing in the nation. 

Silver Sponsors -SoCal Gas, Tim Mahoney, and Bank of America, Stephanie Smith. 

Bronze Sponsors – Ameritas Investment Corp, Beth McGill, CPFA, Avila Traffic, Kellie Avila, Community West Bank, Shannon Martin, Idlers Home, Jennifer Idler, Spectrum Charter, Lisa Ludovic, Dolphin Bay Re-sort, Erica Krueger and Edward Jones, Victoria Sexton. 

More information, including online registration, is available at  

Sarah Santana is an independent columnist for Morro Bay Life; she is the president of Santana Wealth Management and serves as the Public Policy Chair for NAWBO Central Coast. NAWBO Central Coast California NAWBO Central Coast California is a local chapter of a national organization whose mission is to propel women, entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power worldwide. For more information and membership, visit