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Want to learn about blogging? Class tonight in Miami.

The Miami chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners is hosting a hands-on session on how to blog for Dade and Broward county women business owners. It's today (Jan. 10) from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Biscayne Centre, 11900 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

President Anne Freedman told me members and non-members are invited, and that there will be drink served to calm any first-time blogging fears. It costs $45 for non-members and $25 for members.

Here are more details from the NAWBO event release:

Contact: Anne B. Freedman, 305-273-6640,President, Miami Chapter, email: anne@speakoutinc.com or info@nawbomiami.org. Valeska I. Jacques PR Director 786-218-1021, valeska@uvium.com

StateWide Blogging Party to Give Florida Women Business Owners Chance to Launch Their Own New Media Outlet
January 10, 5-7 p.m.
Biscayne Centre 11900 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Blog, blog, everywhere a blog – but what is it and where is ours?

Knowing that fear of technology was a potential hurdle but wanting to take advantage of a new, fast and a free way to communicate with and among members, the Miami Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners decided to combine two passions: education and having fun. The result is a first ever statewide "blogging party" with a goal of teaching women entrepreneurs in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orlando and Lakeland how to create and conduct business networking through an association “blog” for their chapters and one for their own businesses at the same time.

“We wanted to eliminate the anxiety some people have about new Internet technology by making this a really fun learning experience,” said Valeska Jacques, CEO of uVium, Inc., who will be giving in-person,hands-on instruction to Miami and Fort Lauderdale women business owners. A blog is a new online media outlet that allows instantaneous, 24/7 communication between the writer and readers. Those at the party will be joined via Internet conferencing by members of the Orlando and Lakeland chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Biscayne Centre, an office condo at 11900 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami, has donated the use of its wireless conference room for the meeting. Participants are invited to bring their laptop.

“We’re excited about the new opportunities for quickly and easily sharing ideas, information and expertise through blogging and how we may use this as a way to network with other women business owners throughout the state,” said Anne B. Freedman, president of Miami Chapter,NAWBO, and owner of Speak Out, Inc. Cost for the “Blogging Party” is $25 for members and their guests. $45 for non-members and at the door. Space is limited. RSVP@nawbomiami.org or by calling 305-271-6797.

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Anne B. Freedman

Thanks so much for posting the information, Bridget. We had more than 30 women entrepreneurs from Miami Dade and Fort Lauderdale come and grapple with creating their first blogs -- a sight to behold! Our first ever NAWBO Blogging Party leader, Valeska Jacques, CEO of uVium, Inc., stretched our minds around the potential and immediate rewards of blogging, while answering questions from those of us totally new to blogging as well as the more experienced, including one participant, Heidi Richards, who has four blogs.

What I came away with was how thoughtful and frequently updated blogging can help make your website more attractive to the search engines, and for some people, can be even more important to their business than a website. I promised myself to launch my own this month! New NAWBO member Jenny Callicott of Cel-Trek Global Roaming, Inc., told us that being written up in an industry blog has generated more than $1 million in business for her new firm, which provides discounted roaming services for cell phone users out of the country.

When the new Miami NAWBO blog has an e-mail address I'll post it, (we expect that by early next week) so interested business owners can communicate with our members find out more about our chapter, and the state-wide blogging and national activities of the Association.

Thanks again, Bridget, for your interest and coverage. This response is my first ever to a blog! If you have any recommendations on how to post a response more effectively, or any tips, please let me know and I'll pass them along to our members, too.

Valeska I. Jacques

Thanks Carey for writing about us in your blog! Here is a link as to what resulted from the party and the official launch of our NAWBO Miami blog:
http://nawbomiamiwomenbusinessnetworking.wordpress.com/

Bridget Carey

Thanks, Anne - I'm honored to be your first. ;)

Glad to hear the event went well! I think it's great that you all put this together.

Bridget Carey

Hi Valeska - congrats on getting the blog started. Can't wait to read the next entries. I've saved it to my Google reader.

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