MAKE A #FRESHBOOKS START TO THE NEW YEAR! January 27th 2014 Two Sessions 12pm and 6:30pm


What can Freshbooks do for you and your business?

For the Calling All Female Entrepreneurs series , Freshbooks is the accounting tool. One of the participants owns a staffing company. She started using Freshbooks and loves the system. The staffing company started making invoices in October 2013. They wanted to go back and enter January through September because they noticed a couple of payments did not match the invoices. The company STILL had money on the table and FRESHBOOKS helped them “see” it. Their question was could they put in payments without sending them to the clients. In just 15 minutes, we showed the company how and collect additional money from the clients.

This system is incredibly simple and it is FREE for 3 customers then just $19.95 per month for customers 4-25!


  • Ease of Use
  • Accessible Anywhere
  • Get PAID faster
  • Time tracking
  • Expense Reporting
  • Profit/Loss Statement
  • E-mail Notifications
  • Project Management
  • Integration with Paypal
  • Branded Invoices
  • Balance Sheet
  • Fabulous Business Accounting Reports

Click HERE to register.

Learn more about Nicole Newman and Newman Networks HERE


Upcoming Events: Shining a Bright Light on Small Businesses


Get closer to your customers through social media

Engage, Listen and Monitor most effectively

Tuesday, September 24th 2013 – Online


Universal Muslim Business Association  Networking Mixer

Topic: The Mindset of and Entrepreneur 

Keynote Speaker: Nicole Newman of Newman Networks

Thursday, September 26th 2013 – Philadelphia

To RSVP, Contact

or call 215-430-2441


#100BusinessGirls 2 Year Anniversary Dinner

Celebrating Let’s Do Brunch!

Saturday, September 28th 2013 – Philadelphia


Newman Networks & The Credit Women’s
4th Annual Business and Technology Expo and
Customer Appreciation Event

Network and Learn about cost effective marketing options for your
business such as Contactually, MyEmma and Freshbooks and more!

Sunday, September 29th 2013
The Chamounix Mansion – Philadelphia

The 36th Annual Celebration of

Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week.

October 1st – 3rd 2013 – Philadelphia

The National Association of Women Business Owners

Women’s Business Conference 

October 2nd-5th 2013 – Miami

PRNews Digital PR Summit

October 16th 2013 – NYC

The 10th Anniversary of the 

Pennsylvania Conference for Women

November 1st 2013 – Philadelphia

NABFEME Philly and SVEDKA Vodka Presents: “WOMEN WHO JAM!”

NABFEME Philadelphia & SVEDKA Vodka Presents:


The National All-Female Music Showcase staged in the 

“City of Brotherly Love”

Philadelphia, PA August 28th 2013 – The Philadelphia Network of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment, Inc. (NABFEME) is excited to bring WOMEN WHO JAM!, the nationally respected “all-female” music showcase, to the “City of Brotherly Love” and“Sisterly Affection.”  The showcase hits the stage Wednesday, September 11th at the Mezzanine Super Club at 6:00 p.m.  Already a popular fixture in cities likes Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, D.C. and Charlotte, Philadelphia, a city with unmatched musical history and influence, will provide the perfect location to introduce and highlight female entertainers.

The September 11th showcase will feature Philadelphia’s own, Diamond Sky and Kachina plus Baltimore natives, Veda and Chaquis Maliq.  “Philadelphia is one of my favorite cities to visit; my career is connected to its musical heritage, I love the entertainment opportunities and supportive atmosphere offered to musicians, artists and entertainers,” says CEO and Founder of NABFEME, Ms. Johnnie Walker.  Ms. Walker further states, “I look forward to visiting Philly for this event.”

Philadelphia native Kelley Jackson of New York based Huff Events & PR states that the event’s location, the newly renovated Mezzanine Super Club, will create a sexy vibe for female businesses, musicians and professionals to network and enjoy sweet SVEDKA cocktails.  “The Philadelphia market is a wonderful choice to present our specialized cocktail hour that features many of our refreshing brands. We’ve even created a special cocktail for this event called “The NAB-TINI,” a blend we hope all the ladies will enjoy,” says Jackson.

“Each year large events like the Wawa Welcome America 4th of July Celebration and Made in America bring huge crowds to Philadelphia increasing revenue dollars while providing fun and entertainment for the entire city,”  says Angela Starkey, Head of Operations for NABFEME Philly. She adds, “It’s our hope that Philadelphia will become the next selected city for a national WOMEN WHO JAM! annual concert, it all starts with a few jam sessions to turn this dream into reality.”  

Event: NABFEME Philly & SVEDKA Presents: WOMEN WHO JAM! 

When: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Where: Mezzanine Super Club, 17 East Price St. Philadelphia, PA

Time: 6:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

The SVEDKA Vodka Happy Hour will precede the 7:30 p.m. WOMEN WHO JAM! Showcase 

Media Contact: Ernestine Johnson

RSVP for press/media credentials:


About WOMEN WHO JAM! –  Women Who Jam! is the heartbeat of women in music!  All cultures, all backgrounds, all genres united under one passion… the Women Who Jam movement!  This vibrant, inspiring and popular all female brand of entertainment features a weekly radio show, CD and “live” music showcase.  Each entity provides an outlet for fan engagement while creating a wide range of marketing opportunities for artistic exposure plus the most favorable conditions for women to promote and market their creative energies.

WOMEN WHO JAM! Radio is heard in various markets on traditional FM radio and on the and every Friday at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)…just visit these sites and click “Listen Live.”

About NABFEME – The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. is a 501 (c) (6) nonprofit organization.  The organization represents a community of professional women who are committed to leadership and excellence in the music and entertainment industries. Members provide unique perspectives and services that help support the professional advancement of women.  A global networking and empowerment community that aims to set the standard of excellence for women in entertainment, NABFEME members and associates include women from record labels, schools, studios, venues, television, radio, print, new media, law firms, medicine, real estate, finance, style & beauty, government and non-profit organizations.  The organization meets regularly, hosts active electronic discussions, provide professional development programs and seminars while offering a rich body of ideas and information helpful to women. 

Vision –  To be recognized as the world’s most respected professional organization for women of color in music and entertainment, while working together to create value and build a strong support system, one opportunity at a time.

Purpose – To promote the entry, development and advancement of professional women of color in music and entertainment.

2013 ABFF Comedy Wings Competition Semifinals in Los Angeles Sunday, April 21, 2013


Nine breakout comics compete for a chance to perform at the 2013 American Black Film festival in Miami.

The Comedy Wings competition is American Black Film Festival’s national search for emerging comics. The goal of the competition is to provide a platform for talented yet undiscovered comedians to break into film and television. Nine semifinalists from around the country have been chosen to compete for a chance to perform at the Finals event (sponsored by HBO) during the 2013 American Black Film Festival in Miami. The Semifinals competition will be hosted by comedian and actor, Guy Torry in the main room of the Comedy Store in West Hollywood, CA.

Click HERE for Tickets

ABFF 2013 Press Releases:



JUNE 19-23

Film Life Inc. announced that the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) will be returning to South Beach for the 17th annual event and has named actor Omari Hardwick (Sparkle, Middle of Nowhere and For Colored Girls) as the 2013 Festival Ambassador.

The ABFF is a five-day retreat and international film market dedicated to strengthening the Black filmmaking community. Established in 1997, the core mission of the festival is to showcase quality Black films and promote cultural diversity in front of and behind the camera. ABFF’s winning formula comes from the quality of its programming and expert production. Films, coupled with panels, master classes, celebrity conversations and high profile social events hosted by leading media companies, attract top-tier talent and approximately 5,000 festival goers to the annual event. HBO is the festival’s founding and premier sponsor.

“Omari Hardwick is one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. He shares our vision for Black cinema and understands the importance of nurturing new artists and maintaining diverse voices in this business that sometimes overlooks those outside the mainstream;” states Jeff Friday, festival founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc. “the role of the ABFF Ambassador is to broaden public awareness of the festival as well as its mission, which is to encourage collaboration and support between Hollywood and the independent film community.” Click HERE to read the full Press Release


Quickly establishing himself as the pulse of comedic entertainment, funny man Kevin Hart, will bring his threshold of jokes and laughter to the 17th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF). Film Life, Inc. announced that Hart’s upcoming concert film “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” (Codeblack Films/ Lionsgate) will make its national premiere as the esteemed festival’s closing night film. Undoubtedly hilarious and primed to be a hit, ABFF is thrilled to deliver this comedic treasure to festival-goers on Saturday, June 22. The 17th Annual American Black Film Festival runs June 19th to the 23rd in Miami, Florida.

Hart, who hosted NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ this past weekend (March 2nd), has been climbing his way to the top of entertainment in the same fashion as a young Eddie Murphy by using a three part platform inclusive of successful runs in stand-up, television, and film. Currently, Hart is the star of BET’s (Black Entertainment Television) mock reality series “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” a hilarious crack at the never-ending phenomenon we know as reality television. Having already garnered success with his film, “Laugh at My Pain,” (Codeblack Films) Hart’s new film, “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” is a cinematic echo of his triumphant 2012 comedy tour ‘Let Me Explain,’ which sold 540,000 tickets and generated $32 million in ticket sales. It is unquestionably one of the most successful comedy tours of all time, and has helped to establish Hart as one of the biggest names in entertainment.

Hart was one of the stars of last years hit movie “Think Like a Man,” (Screen Gems), a relationship flick based on the Steve Harvey book of the same title. “Think Like a Man” producers Will Packer & Rob Hardy (Rainforest Films), along with its director Tim Story and cast, were honored last year by Film Life Inc. at the 16th Annual American Black Film Festival for its theatrical success. Click HERE for the full Press Release.

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Philadelphia NAACP 2013 – 104 Influential Black Women In Philadelphia Awards Luncheon

This event will recognize some of the most successful women in the Philadelphia area.

This year’s 104 deserving women were chosen from hundreds of nominations from the ranks of community leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs.  

This is an occasion to celebrate women who are redefining excellence. As always, there will be plenty of humor, anecdotes and the opportunity to renew acquaintances and network. It is an afternoon you won’t soon forget!

Time: Sunday, March 24, 2013 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Host: Alice Harris
The Grand Ball Room @ First District Plaza (Philadelphia, PA)

3801 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Click HERE for details.

Congratulations to Nicole Newman of Newman Networks on her recognition as Philadelphia NAACP 2013 – 104 Influential Black Women In Philadelphia


Winners Circle: GVMT and Associates Men’s Cook-Off #5 Crown TOP Chef!

Congratulations to King Of The Tri-State, The TOP CHEF & King of the Kitchen Bardre Parrish who beat 14 other chefs for the title.

Special thank you to all of the sponsors like Philadelphia Tribune, The Steven Knight Show,  Chike Evans, Phl17, Omega Optical, Black Professionals News, #100BusinessGirls, vendors, volunteers, coordinators, chefs and guests and so many more for their support of Prostate Cancer awareness and Prostate Health International.

Special Congratulations to the honored Prostate Cancer Over Comers. Visit for more details on this year 10th Annual Gary Papa Run on Father’s Day 2012 benefiting the continuance of Prostate Cancer Awareness in our communities

Meat Winners:

3 Place-LatinPulled Pork – Frankie Smith

2 Place- Braided Short Ribs – Michael Drummond

1 Place- Barbecue Chicken – Bardre Parrish


3 Place- Sweet Potato Whip – David Simms

2 Place- Banana Pudding -Frankie Smith

1 Place- Bread pudding – Frankie Smith


3 Place- Fried Cabbage – Shawn Biggers

2 Place- Crack Beans – Brian Moody

1 Place- Seafood Salad  – Joseph Merritt


3 Place- Vegetable Lasagna – Tony Kerrin

2 Place- Bisque of the Sea – Ray Lilliston

1 Place- Hot Penne pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Creme Sauce -David Simms

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[For Immediate Release]Who’s The King of The Kitchen? YOU Decide at Men’s Cook-Off #5 Saturday, February 18th 2012

Who Will Be Crowned “Top Chef?”

Philadelphia Based Small Business and Chefs from the tri-state area join forces to whip up their best dishes while supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness.
(February 8th, 2012 – Philadelphia, PA) Join GVMT & Associates for Men’s Cook-Off #5 February 18th 2012, at the Ukrainian Gymnasium (801 8th Street 8th & Brown, 19123) located in the Northern Liberties. The evening’s competition is being hosted by Mr. Chike Evans of The Steven Knight Show ( Men’s Cook-Off #5 is also a call to action for Prostate Cancer Awareness (PCA) and is supportingProstate Health International (PHI), a division of the Foundation for Breast & Prostate Health (FBPH) ( “I would like to do whatever I can to ensure diseases such as Breast and Prostate Cancer are no longer prevalent in our communities. The best way to do that is by making people aware, knowledgeable, focus on recovery and by supporting organizations such as FBPH. I would like to see a future without these cancers in our lives.” – Gregory Brown of GVMT & Associates. Proceeds from Men’s Cook-Off #5 will be donated to Prostate Health International.Chefs, Cooks and Barbecue Pit Warriors will be preparing their signature dishes and competing in five different categories ranging from entrees to desserts. These creations will be voted on by the attendees, the winners will be crowned “Top Chef”, and rewarded cash and prizes up to $3,500. Share in the excitement with Danny Parker of the annual Real Men Cook, David Simms of Philadelphia’s Eatible Delights Catering, Brian Moody of the annual Philly’s Men are Cookin’, Baltimore’s Own Overseer Gordon Biggers and more great cooks for a night full of Prostate Cancer Awareness, entertainment and good food. Not only will the Men’s Cook-Off #5 guests enjoy the dishes of their favorite chefs, they will be entertained by comedian Tee Macaroni, VIP’s will have selected seating and served by our hostess.GVMT & Associates, the chefs and the organizers are pleased to support PHI and the importance of providing prostate cancer awareness to the men in our communities. Gregory Brown has been able to fight off the possibility of getting prostate cancer by becoming knowledgeable and doing what he needs to do to know his status by getting screened. PHI is a local supporter of prostate cancer awareness and they tirelessly provide awareness programs to our communities. They annually coordinate the Gary Papa Run on Father’s Day ( The beloved Gary Papa, a 6ABC Sportscaster was also a board member of FBPH, becoming their spokesman in subsequent years. “We pledge to continue Gary’s mission to conquer this disease by promoting prostate cancer awareness and education as well as free screening for this disease for men in the Delaware Valley.” – Prostate Health International

Who: GVMT & Associates Men’s Cook-Off #5

What: Benefiting Prostate Cancer Awareness
When: Saturday, February 18th 2012
Where: Ukrainian Gymnasium 801 N. 8th Street (8th and Brown) Philadelphia, PA 19123
Why: 5th Annual Cook-Off Competition showcasing the best cuisine and highlighting the importance of Prostate Cancer AwarenessFor more information, to purchase tickets and to donate visit: all of the cooking and competing fun on Facebook and Twitter

For press and media inquires contact:


The Winner’s Circle: The 7th Annual I’m Still Here Networking Mixer & Holiday Shopping Night

The 2011 7th Annual I’m Still Here Networking Mixer and Holiday Shopping Night was a successful and highly motivating evening that gathered like minded individuals supporting a wonderful cause and fellow business owners. Shopping was definitely a keen interest to our guests as they mixed and mingled while learning more about our Presenters and Omega Optical’s vast selection of trendy and classic eye wear which kept everyone busy during the night. Along with tasting the delicious Eatible Delights Catering, Jin-Ja, Make It Happen Creations and Organo Gold, which kept their palate busy as well. We would like to send a special Congratulations to all of our 7th Annual Networking Mixer &  Holiday Shopping Night Raffle Prize Winners. We thank you ALL for your donations and support of the Omega Optical Scholarship Foundation. Your donation at the door placed you in the running to win the Donor Door Raffle Prize which was a Kiehl’s Gift Basket donated by their Rittenhouse Location. (Tom, it was truly a pleasure working with you.)  Purchasing a Raffle Ticket made you eligible  to win these prizes:  Designer Hang Bag – Amin Fashions, Passion… Who Needs It? – Evolutions Consulting, Literary Candy Books Basket – Signature Styles Promotions, Kidult Tote Bag – Why PR, Embezzled Hand Designed Glasses – Syncrani Styling Network,  Billionaire Girls Club V-neck T-shirt – Why PR , Jin-Ja  Basket – Jin-Ja, Billionaire Made T-shirt – JB Productions, and Investing and Building Wealth with $50 – Mkemo London. Thank you to all of our raffle prize donators.

Your Market Place Presenters for the evening included: Divine Islam – Traci Lynn Jewelry, Suzette Fulton – Bountiful Design Productions, Shawn Gibson – Necessary Accessory, Sabah Kunle – Sabah By Design, Barbara Roane – B + B Fashions Karanja Patterson – Debonair Extraordinaire, Keith Chennault – Realty Mark Absolute, Mkemo London –, Amin – Amin Fashions, Jamal Johnson – The LIMU Experience, Aisha Winfield –  Blues Babe Foundation & Jr. Music Executive,  Angeline Campbell – Promo Est/Khemist, Anthony Howard – The Foundation Insight Studios, Alberta Paden and Anita M. Brown – Organo Gold and Helena – Make It Happen Creations

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Photos by: Shawn Rivers Photography and Distorted Love Photography We would like to thank all of the Sponsors, Contributors, Market Place Presenters, and our Guests for being a part of this years Mixer. We would not have been able to have such a successful event with out you and your participation is appreciated. Click HERE to learn more about Omega Optical, their Foundation and stay tuned for more information on their initiatives to support the futures of local college students.

Click HERE to see more Photos from Shawn Rivers Photography and HERE for Photos from Distorted Love Photography Be sure to visit Philadelphia Weekly’s Facebook Page HERE for more photos.

Philadelphia Entrepreneurs Provide Opportunities While Showcasing Their Talents

Still Making The Donuts and Supporting Our Future
Philadelphia’s Small Business Community Continues To Network & Shine Presenting Great Products For Your Shopping Pleasure
[For Immediate Release] (November 3rd 2011 Philadelphia, PA) The Seventh Annual I’m Still Here Networking Mixer and Holiday Shopping Night will be held on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at Omega Optical in one of the most notable and tallest buildings in the City Of Philadelphia, The Comcast Center (1701 JFK Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19103). The I’m Still Here Networking Mixer was created as a way to continually introduce the concept of direct marketing, public relations and edgy grassroots promotions to the “Taste-Makers” of the tri-state area. The idea relates to the ability to provide venue awareness, product identity, and economic growth and support in the Philadelphia social and business professional network.
Donate to the Omega Optical Scholarship Foundation when you arrive and enter to win a Kiehl’s gift basket door prize (valued at $150). Purchase a raffle ticket and become eligible to win a designer hand bag, books, t-shirts, tote bags, and many more exclusive items. Proceeds benefiting the Omega Optical Scholarship Foundation a 501 (3)(c) non-profit organization providing financial assistance to Philadelphia college students. Omega Optical is also providing our guests with exclusive discounts up to 25% off the purchase of any frame or sunglasses. To RSVP, Donate and the latest updates visit:

Come and enjoy the delectable dishes of Eatible Delights Catering and taste Jin-Ja Sips. Connect with friends and our Market Place Presenters:  B+B Fashions, Realty Mark Absolute,, Traci Lynn Jewelry, Sabah By Design, Necessary Accessory, Debonair Extraordinaire, Amin Fashions, Bountiful Design Productions, Blues Babe Foundation, Jr. Music Executive, Khemist, Promo Est., The Foundation Insight Studios and LIMU Business. Special Invited Guests include: Anthony Henderson – Celebrity Fashion Stylist, Baba T. Renfrow – Distante & Synergy, Mike Jerrick – FOX 29 Good Day Philly, The Lovely Ladies of 3BG Marketing Solutions and Phoenix PR, Anton Moore – B.E.T, Tuesday Gordon – Joan Shepp, Stacy Wilson – Flygirrl, Exponent Entertainment, Robert Mendelsohn – Philadelphia Tribune and YOU!

This wonderful evening of networking and shopping is courtesy of: Omega Optical, Why PR and Marketing, Eatible Delights Catering, Optimized Koncepts, Kiehl’s, Philadelphia Weekly, Jin-Ja, JB Productions, Bountiful Design Productions, Shawn Rivers Photography, Beckett Concepts, Flute Pro Shop, DiMe Universal, Literary Candy Books, Syncrani Styling Network, Black Professionals News,, Ends Hair Design and Day Spa, Entrepreneur Works, Evolutions Consulting,, DJ Truuf and and many more.

WHAT:  The 7th Annual I’m Still Here Networking Mixer and Holiday Shopping Night Proceeds benefiting The Omega Optical Scholarship Foundation
WHEN: Thursday, Nov 10th 2011 6pm-9pm
WHERE: Omega Optical at the Comcast Center 1701 JFK Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19103

For Press and Media Inquiries Contact:

Electronic Ink Sheds Light On The Positive: The T-Mobile and AT&T Merger

By Joseph Weiss

Chairman, Electronic Ink

The current state of the economy has many elected leaders searching for the innovation that will help to drive job creation.  Broadband Internet, most agree, delivers the promise of opportunity and the potential to create hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the country.

That’s good news, but if you live in Philadelphia there’s also some disconcerting news.  About 40 percent of the households in the city are without Internet service, according to Mayor Nutter.  And approximately one quarter of the city lives in poverty.  As the chairman of an international design company that relies on digital technology, it has become abundantly clear to me that the broadband revolution has the potential to transform our economy, but we must redouble our efforts to close the divide.

I agree with President Obama that expanding access to broadband is one of the best things that we can do to get our economy moving in the right direction.  According to a recent study by ConnectedNation, a modest increase in broadband adoption would have a total economic impact of $5.6 billion annually in Pennsylvania alone, contributing $3.9 billion to direct income growth and creating 104,000 jobs for workers in the state.

Whether your field is international design or sales, e need to encourage and support private sector initiatives that expand access to high-speed networks.  The proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, for instance, would provide private sector funding to build out its wireless network infrastructure across the nation.  These improvements would extend the reach of AT&T’s 4G LTE service to cover an additional one million square miles, including 55 million more Americans.

This merger would be a positive development for communities across the nation that do not currently have access to high-speed wireless technology.  It would also help address growing concerns about the capacity of wireless networks to meet continued increases in demand due to the popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices.

The current state of our economy makes plain the urgency of finding solutions.  By expanding access to high-speed wireless service and improving its quality and reliability, we can take an important step toward turning the economy around.  And that’s something that people in every household will cheer.

For More Information Contact:

Scott Freda
Franklin Square Group