Belles, Bags, & Bubbles Event A Success

Belles, Bags, & Bubbles Event A Success

Every year for the past three years, NAWIC Guam hosts its annual fundraising event, Belles, Bags & Bubbles. This is one of NAWIC Guam’s premiere networking events. Women and men come together for a night filled with fun, drinks, food, and bags! This year, the event committee chairs, Ms. Monique Baysingar, and Ms. Barbie Agahan worked together with the ladies of NAWIC to round up donations of new and gently used bags and purses to be auctioned off at the event. All proceeds raised from the sales of the bags are used to fund two of  NAWIC Guam’s community outreach programs: Block Kids, and the NAWIC Guam Scholarship. Each of these community outreach programs supports NAWIC’s mission to help increase awareness of women in the construction industry.

This year’s Belles, Bags & Bubbles event was held on December 3 at the Nissan Showroom. A big thank you to our friends at Nissan, especially Mr. Ron Castro for offering the showroom to host this fabulous event. It was a great turnout with the support and participation from the island’s construction industry partners and local vendors that provided food, donated door prizes, in-kind services, pre-ticket sales, and in-kind donations. Because of their gracious contributions, NAWIC Guam was able to raise over $5,000. NAWIC Guam would like to recognize and extend our sincerest gratitude for the contributions made by our sponsors and vendors to ensure the success of this event. Thank you to all our guests who attended and made the purse auction a fun highlight of the event. NAWIC Guam appreciates all your support. We look forward to next year’s event and we hope to see more new faces. Check out photos from this year’s event.

Sponsors, Vendors & Contributors:

  • Nissan
  • Osh Solutions
  • Hensel Phelps
  • B&G Food Services
  • Frontier Supply
  • Pernix Guam, LLC
  • Fastenal
  • Bank of Guam
  • Aon Guam
  • Century Insurance
  • Comfort Auto Air Conditioning
  • Moylan’s Insurance
  • Triple J Enterprises
  • Pacific Wine & Spirits
  • Pacific Indemnity Insurance Company
  • Payless Supermarket
  • South Pacific Petroleum
  • Barrett Plumbing
  • IP&E
  • Origami Owl – Candice Tria

Companies who purchased tickets in quantity to support:

  • Take Care
  • Calvos Selectcare
  • Bank of Guam
  • Cassidy’s
  • Pernix Guam, LLC
  • Hensel Phelps
  • Frontier Supply
  • Barrett Plumbing
  • Medical Dental Services, Inc.
  • Pacific Human Resources (Grace Donaldson)
  • Greenscapes (Jennifer Nelson)

Purse donors:

  • 1st Lady Christine Calvo – non-member (Adztech)
  • Nancy Tan – non-member (Moylan’s)
  • Natalie Calvo – non-member (Island Certs)
  • Jaime Endo – non-member (Pacific Indemnity)
  • Marriessa Aguon – non-member (Pacific Indemnity)
  • Soraya Vongjalorn – member ICC
  • Peggy Denny – member Denny Environmental
  • Monique Baysingar – member Pacific Indemnity
  • Narci Dimaoala – member Amazon Construction
  • Jessica Barrett – member Barrett Plumbing
  • Karen Storts – member Pernix Guam
H-1B and H-2B Cap Exemption for Guam and the CNMI – USCIS Reminds Employers that Exemption Ends December 31, 2014

H-1B and H-2B Cap Exemption for Guam and the CNMI – USCIS Reminds Employers that Exemption Ends December 31, 2014

The Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA), Public Law 110-229, included a provision that exempted H-1B and H-2B nonimmigrant workers performing labor or services in the CNMI and Guam from the Congressionally-mandated H-1B and H-2B annual numerical limitations (the “cap”) from November 28, 2009 to December 31, 2014.  After December 31, 2014, H-1B and H-2B nonimmigrant workers performing labor or services in the CNMI and Guam will no longer be exempt from the H-1B and H-2B annual cap. All H-1B or H-2B petitions for workers in Guam or the CNMI received on or after January 1, 2015, or (if received before that date) with employment start dates on or after January 1, 2015, will be subject to the annual H-1B or H-2B cap unless otherwise exempt.


The Winner – Shared by Jaylene Kent

The Winner – Shared by Jaylene Kent

I decided to be a great runner, determined to win every race,

To bask in the glory, to tell all my story, to make sure the world knew my face.

For years I had dreamt of the conquest, gold metals and fortune and fame.

So I gave up my leisure, I sacrificed pleasure, and worked every day at my game.



Marketing Your Small Business

Marketing Your Small Business

1383335_729462833746019_1377035871_n[1]Denise Mendiola-Hertslet, program coordinator for the Bank of Guam Women in Business Program and Microcredit Training Program and senior business counselor at the UOG-Guam Small Business Development Center, will be a keynote speaker at the NAWIC Guam’s upcoming meeting scheduled for September 16, 2014.  Denise will address “Marketing Your Small Business,” sharing her experience and expertise in marketing and business development.

Denise has over 12 years of experience in marketing, business development, and management in the public and private sector with an emphasis in training and marketing; and over 10 years as a small business owner, including Real Woman Magazine, RW Media, LLC, I.P. Coffee Co. and Guma’ TASA.

Denise is also a Certified Business Counselor; Certified Credit Counselor; Certified Intermediate Export Counselor, Certified NX Level Trainer and FastTrac Facilitator; Profit Mastery Facilitator. In addition, she is the Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Microcredit Institute that administers the first microcredit loan program on Guam; Founder of Guam Soup Stock, a community-supported micro-grant initiative; Certified Master Food Preserver, California License; and Project Coordinator for Local First! Guam.

Other activities include host of the Women in Business Radio Talk Show on NewsTalk K-57, Past President of Soroptimist International of the Marianas, Immediate Past President of the Guam Council of Women’s Clubs, Secretary of the Rigalu Foundation, Secretary of the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce, co-founder of the WIB Wine & Whine events and creator of the Random Women’s Rally “RaWR!.”  Major awards include the 2004 SBA’s Women in Business Champion, 2006 ASBDC State Star, and 2012 ASBDC State Star.


The Builder

The Builder


I saw them tearing a building down

A team of men in my hometown.

With a heave and a ho and a yes yes yell,

they swung a beam and a sidewall fell.

And I said to the foreman, “Are these men skilled?”

“Like the ones you’d use if you had to build?”

And he laughed and said, “Oh no, indeed…

the most common labor is all I need…

for I can destroy in a day or two

what takes a builder ten years to do.”

So I thought to myself as I went on my way…

Which one of these roles am I willing to play?

Am I one who is tearing down as I carelessly make my way around?

Or am I one who builds with care, in order to make the world a

little better… because I was there?


This was an inspiration poem found and read by Ms. Jessica Barrett, Barrett Plumbing during the August General Membership Meeting.  Thanks Jessica for sharing.

Women Owned Small Business Program

Women Owned Small Business Program

On August 11, Al Sampson, Deputy for Small Business, presented Women Owned Small Business Program to the NAWIC Guam membership meeting.  Mr. Sampson’s invaluable contribution to the meeting made it a great success.  NAWIC Guam appreciates the time Mr. Sampson took out of his busy schedule and we thank him for sharing his insights and expertise with our members and attendees.  His presentation is available for those who wishes to view or save it for their use.