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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Dawn Taylor is starting a local ABWA chapter

  • Dawn Taylor, Edward Jones financial advisor, determined that she wanted to join the American Business Women’s Association if she could ever find the time.

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  • Dawn Taylor, Edward Jones financial advisor, determined that she wanted to join the American Business Women’s Association if she could ever find the time.
    Now she’s developing a chapter of the organization in Pittsburg and is serving as its first president.
    “ABWA is an organization that educates, enriches and empowers women in the community,” Taylor said. “It offers a network for women that enables us to learn and grow together. Even women who are now home raising families may want to keep their hand on the pulse of the business community.”
    She said she became interested in ABWA while working in an Edward Jones branch office in Topeka.
    “The financial advisor I worked for had been in ABWA for many years and invited me to meetings several times. I went to a few and saw the value and worth of the organization, but I had to drive several hours to work and it really made for a very long day if  I stayed for an evening meeting. I decided that if I ever did have an opportunity I would join ABWA.”
    Taylor moved to Pittsburg in November when the Pittsburg office opened.
    “I went to the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce and asked for information on the ABWA chapter, and they said there was no organization here,” she said. “A week later, a lady walked in the door and asked the same question. We put our heads together and decided to start one.”
    Pittsburg did formerly have an ABWA chapter, but it disbanded several years ago.
    The new group, which had its first meeting in March, is now up to 13 members and meets on the third Tuesday of the month in the Watco basement.
    “We’re not just limiting the group to Pittsburg,” Taylor said.  “We’re trying to get the word out to women in Girard and Columbus, and I believe Joplin doesn’t have an organization going in that area.”
    She said the group needs to have 30 members before it can receive its official ABWA charter. It has six months to do this.
    “We have $90 annual membership fees,” Taylor said. “Student fees are $50, and women 70 and older pay $40. Membership gives women access to the web site with lots of training, a magazine, newsletter and the monthly meetings. ABWA also provides scholarships and grants to women who are college juniors, and we hope to be able to  provide that in the future.”
    She said that there is a featured business speaker at each meeting who provides tips and pointers.
    “I was amazed at what some of our local businesses can provide,” she said.
    Taylor, who has been with Edward Jones nearly seven years, was born in Fairview, about an hour from Topeka, and raised on a farm in White Cloud. She came here with husband Michael, a retired elementary school  principal from Sabetha who works at Home Depot.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Pittsburg has been warm and embracing,” Taylor said. “I look forward to growing my business, meeting people in the community and becoming part of the community.”
    Women interested in joining the Pittsburg ABWA chapter may contact her at 620-231-0071.

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