This Month’s Twitter Chat: The State of Women-Owned Businesses with Diane L Tomb and Roseann Duran #WBOchat

by Tinu Abayomi-Paul on February 4, 2013

twitbirdsuitcaseFor a special treat this month, we get to spend an hour talking with Web.com’s Chief People Officer Roseann Duran and NAWBO’s president Diane L. Tomb!

It’s such an incredible opportunity. We’ve never had two guest experts, not to mention how rare it is to be able to chat live with two top female executives, and ask them anything that comes to your mind. (Not just my mind, yours too! But we’ll come to that.)

This month, we’ll be talking about The State of Women-Owned Businesses.

Among our discussion points will be the somewhat surprising results of a survey of Women Business Owners  that the two organizations, NAWBO and Web.com, have freshly concluded. I can’t give too much away, as that’s one of our main topics in the chat, but among the things to be discussed are:

  • What keeps women business owners up at night
  •  2013′s marketing trends among women business owners
  • The role of mobile marketing is companies run by women
  • Business challenges women business owners are facing
  • Credit and the female business owner
  • Your questions!

I’d love to relay your questions to our guest experts, so please leave any questions you have in the comments if you’re not sure you’ll make it to the chat.  I can ask on your behalf if there’s time, then you can read our archived copy. Or you can attend the chat and ask questions yourself.

More About Our Guests for the State of Women-Owned Businesses chat.


Diane Leneghan Tomb, President & CEO, National Association of Women Business Owners

Diane serves as President and CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO®).

Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the voice of America’s more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing interests of women entrepreneurs across various industries.

In this role, Diane is responsible for advocating on behalf of women business owners in our nation’s Capitol and State Capitols across the country.  She is also responsible for developing programs that navigate women entrepreneurs through various stages of their business growth.


RoseannDuran133x200Roseann Duran, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Web.com

Ms. Duran has served as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer since October 2011 and as Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer since August 2010.

She is responsible for organizational effectiveness strategies, corporate communications and the company’s corporate culture.

From March 2002 until August 2010, she was Chief Marketing Officer at Web.com. Prior to joining Web.com, Ms. Duran was managing partner and founder of Odyssey, Inc., a company specializing in strategic planning and marketing for small businesses and Internet companies.


I’ll have more about each of our experts for you in coming days.

Attend the Next Women Grow Business Chat, Live

Every second Monday of the month at noon, the Women Grow Business community has a Twitter chat. We usually have a guest expert, announced on our blog prior to the chat. You can subscribe to our blog, our Facebook or Twitter page using the links in the upper right corner of the page, to get the announcement of our next guest delivered to you.

To be reminded when the chat is approaching, you can also sign up for free on our Eventbrite page.

How do you follow The #WgBiz Twitter chats?

  1. Log into TwitterTweetchatTweetgridTweetdeck, or any other Twitter tool that lets you isolate a hashtag.
  2. Follow our Twitter hashtag #wgbiz. (In Twitter you can use the search at the top of the screen, in Tweetchat or Tweetgrid, once you’re logged in, you’ll see an area for you to enter the hashtag at the top of the screen. In Tweetdeck, you can create a column that searches for that hashtag)
  3. Arrive as early as 11:45 a.m. to introduce yourself, send us a link to your site, and share your latest project, as well as to meet the other chatters.
  4. Make sure you’re following the host, in this case me (@wgbiz is the official channel, while @Tinu is my personal handle), and then featured guest(s) (not sure if our guests this month are tweeting from personal or business accounts, so stay tuned to this week’s updates). This way, you can easily follow the conversation, send questions during the chat, or follow up  later.
  5. Have fun! :) Our free twitter chats are meant to be educational, sure, but also lighter fare than a teleconference or webinar.

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