News – NAWBO Southern Nevada Joins Forces With Lexicon Bank

September 8, 2021   |   Written By Lexicon Bank
News – NAWBO Southern Nevada Joins Forces With Lexicon Bank

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Southern Nevada Joins Forces With Lexicon Bank to Celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month

The Community Business Lender and Women’s Business Group will Co-host a Networking Event at the Bank’s Branch in Tivoli Village Featuring a Panel of Extraordinary Las Vegas Business Women

LAS VEGAS, September 8, 2021— Lexicon Bank, Nevada’s community-focused banking partner, is  teaming up with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Southern Nevada to celebrate women-owned businesses in honor of National Women’s Small Business Month on Thursday, October 7th from 5:30- 7:30pm. The two will host a free networking event focused on empowering growth and feature a Q&A panel with remarkable Las Vegas women business leaders. The event will be held at Lexicon Bank in Tivoli Village.

Event panelist include:

Diana Bennett - CEO and Co-Founder, Paragon Gaming

  • One of the most respected gaming executives and philanthropists in the Southern Nevada community, Ms. Bennett is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Paragon Gaming. Ms. Bennett has led turnaround, management, and development efforts for multiple properties, including the Riviera Hotel, Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta. She serves as a founding board member of Lexicon Bank, president of the Bennett Family Foundation, and is actively engaged in the Las Vegas community, supporting Three Square Food Bank, Noah's Animal House, the I Have a Dream Foundation, and Black Mountain Institute, among others

Chaka Crome, Esq. - Owner, Crome Law Firm 

  • Born and raised in Las Vegas, Chaka Crome has worked in law for her entire professional career specializing in family, small business, and personal injury. She is the owner of Crome Law Firm which is a firm designed to help those in need of legal advice get help. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Clark County Library Foundation and volunteers in the Children’s ministry at Canyon Ridge Christian Church.

Dr. Souzan El-Eid, MD, FACS - Breast Surgeon, Comprehensive Cancer Centers 

  • Dr. El-Eid is a breast surgeon at Comprehensive Cancer Centers where she treats patients with cancer and non-cancer related diseases of the breast and has served as principal investigator for several clinical research trials. She currently serves as the Medical Director of the Breast Care Center and co-chair and co-moderator of the Breast Tumor Board at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center and is a cancer liaison physician for its cancer program. She currently serves as secretary for the Nevada Oncology Society.

Lelia Friendlander - Owner, TuffSkin

  • Lelia Friedlander is an owner/partner with her husband for TuffSkin Surface Protection, based in Southern Nevada. TuffSkin is a proprietary product developed specifically for stone countertops to eliminate etching and staining. Lelia and her team serve companies like MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, Virgin Voyages, Holland America, Hilton, Starwood Properties, and many others. Lelia is the recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award in the category of Construction in 2018.

Elena Ledoux - COO, Boss Security Screens NV, AZ, NM; CEO, Superb Maids

  • Elena Ledoux is the CEO and founder of Superb Maids which became the number 1 maid service in Vegas in 2 years. She is also COO of Boss Security Screens in NV, AZ, and NM. Among many awards, Ms. Ledoux is the recipient of the 2021 Women Who Inspire Nevada Award and the 2020 US Small Business Chamber's Dream Big Finalist.

Sonia Petkewich - CEO, Taurean Consulting Group; NAWBO President

  • Sonia Petkewich is the owner of Taurean Consulting Group. With over 20 years in the staffing industry, she holds a wealth of experience. During the 2020 Pandemic, she saw a need to support small businesses and launched a mastermind group called Catalyst Collaborative Mastermind. Sonia also serves as President of the Southern Nevada chapter of NAWBO.

The panel will be moderated by Mindy Kermes, Lexicon Bank VP, Sr. Relationship Manager and proud member of NAWBO Southern Nevada.

Attendees are invited to wear pink in support of Lexicon Bank’s October Community Spotlight Susan G. Komen Nevada, a transformational nonprofit that strives to support those affected by breast cancer today, while tirelessly searching for tomorrow’s cures. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a check donation will be made to Susan G. Komen Nevada. Event panelist Dr. Souzan El-Eid, MD, FACS will also share helpful tips on preventative screening.

“We are excited to partner with NAWBO to celebrate the incredible women in our community,” said Stacy Watkins, Lexicon Bank President & CEO. “Women-owned and operated businesses are an essential part of our community that contribute significantly to our economy and are powerful contributors to gender equality.”

Topics discussed will include growing and financing your business, adapting during the pandemic, managing work-life balance, breaking the glass ceiling, and empowering other female business owners and leaders.

"We are very excited to partner with our corporate partner, Lexicon Bank, to celebrate women-owned businesses,” said Sonia Petkewich, NAWBO Southern Nevada Chapter President. "There is so much experience and strength in our chapter which is only enhanced with local partners like Lexicon Bank.” 

The event will be limited to 50 attendees. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

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Founded in 2019, Lexicon Bank is Nevada’s community-focused banking partner. Lexicon Bank provides private, personal, comprehensive banking services to business and personal banking customers, placing an emphasis on creating and nurturing a long-term relationship. By providing personalized services to all customers, Lexicon Bank helps to foster Southern Nevada’s economy and community – ultimately helping to grow the Las Vegas local business economy. The bank is redefining banking as it should be in the Las Vegas Valley and Southern Nevada by creating a private bank for small businesses no matter the size. Lexicon Bank is located in Tivoli Village at 330 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 150. The bank is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and can be reached by phone at (702) 780-7700 or online at Lexicon Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

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The National Association of Women Business Owners Southern Nevada works to connect women to the resources, people, information and organizations that can help them achieve their personal, business and political goals.

Founded in 1975 by a group of like-minded businesswomen to serve as the voice of women business owners and advocate on behalf of their entrepreneurial interests, NAWBO is proud to carry on that legacy and serve as the collective voice for women entrepreneurs of this generation and the next in the Nation’s Capital and state capitals across the country. NAWBO Southern Nevada member businesses range in size from sole proprietorship to those with hundreds of employees and represent a variety of industries.

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