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AEC Named for the 2nd Year as Semi-Finalist of National Moms In Business Grant

Abstinence Education Council Again Places Nationally in Nation’s First Crowdfunding Business Grant

West Oneonta, NY, March 12, 2012 — The National Association For Moms In Business (NAFMIB), the leading association representing the fifteen million entrepreneur, executive and CEO moms in the United States has named Arline Saiki as a national semi-finalist for a chance to win a $50,000 package of business growth tools and cash for the Abstinence Education Council.

The grant is expanding and innovating the way mom business owners can get capital for their businesses. The Moms In Business Grant uses the internet phenomenon of “crowdfunding” to give mom business owners a better chance at launching a new business or current business project. It’s the first and only business grant competition to utilize crowdfunding.

The Abstinence Education Council aka AEC-I Decide's mission is to reduce high risk behaviors particularly regarding issues related to human sexuality, with emphasis on abstinence before marriage, by providing information to our community about making choices which are best for individuals, families, and the community as a whole, for their future happiness, health and success. AEC serves Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties in Central NY.

AEC’s goal is to receive $5,000 in the Moms In Business Grant crowdfunding race. Last year, AEC came in second in the competition, raising more than the $2000 goal. AEC is also offering a unique twist to their fundraising efforts this year based on their M.O.M. - Model, Organizer, Mentor workshop. This is a contest within a contest. This year we are using our grant to produce a book about the job of mother as models, organizers or mentors. Wanted are your stories and tips about what you or your mother did to focus or form your family or yourself or how you  (or mom) built the faith which inspired your family or yourself. Help us to create an inspiring and practical book of stories and tips about the job of mom to help guide other mothers and to help fund AEC‘s work.

The Moms In Business Grant Race will start March 12, 2012 and conclude on April 30, 2011.   NAFMIB is calling for local support and asking the community to provide backing to AEC’s grant funding profile.  More information about the grant can be found at or to share your story go to this link and check out rewards on the right hand side of
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About National Association For Moms In Business
The National Association for Moms in Business (NAFMIB) is the voice of the 15 million entrepreneur, executive and CEO moms. Founded on the core values of Growth, Balance, Wisdom, and Enrichment, NAFMIB offers education, networking, support and advocacy for moms in business.  NAFMIB is a division of The International Association of Working Mothers is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making a significant difference in building and sustaining healthy communities by unlocking the potential of working mothers through advocacy and education.  Through our programs, we serve as an advocate and resource for economic and social justice by providing opportunities for working mothers to cultivate leadership to build strong families and strong communities. Go to 

About the Abstinence Education Council (trade name - AEC-I Decide)
The Abstinence Education Council gives workshops and presentations on character development, life skills, health, goal-setting, and relationships for ages 8 and up including pre-teens, teens, single moms and parents in Central NY, primarily Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties. We also set up outreach booths and tables at county fairs and at community, college and church venues.

peerbackers is a new way to fund entrepreneurs. It is an online funding platform that allows business owners to raise capital from their “peers” – in small increments – in exchange for tangible rewards to those who contribute. It was founded by Sally Miller Outlaw and Andrew Rachmell of Palm Beach County, Florida.

Inspirational Poster for "M.O.M. the Rock" 

MOMS – Want a confidence boost? Looking for healthy tips for your family?

Looking to improve your lives?


3 Steps to Helping Your Family Be Healthier and Happier in 2012- Starting with Mom.

1. Discovering yourself- M.O.M. (Model, Organizer, Mentor), the Rock.

2. Developing the whole person.

3. Defeating Deadly Diseases – you are what you take into your mind,
     body, soul and spirit!

Please join us for fun, prizes, gifts and some great health tips for your whole family!

Where:                Born Again Books, 
                            20 West St., Edmeston

When:                 Saturday, February 18,
                            2012, 10 AM – 12 PM

Sponsored by: AEC-I Decide, Village of the Vine, Shears 2 You, Preferred Toastmasters and LIFE with special guests.

IMPORTANT: Due to limited space, reservations are necessary.

Please email us at for reservations and questions.




 Moms at our workshop at Born Again Books in Edmeston- Feb. 18, 2012

Deborah and husband/board president Vince Ferraccioli read and sing to our Circle of Friends - October 2011

AEC display -  State University of Binghamton -Community Volunteer Fair - October 5, 2011

Spiedie Fest, Binghamton August 5-7, 2011  (from left to right - Arline, Deborah and visiting advisory board member Anne Miyamoto Timmins)

Photo of our booth at the Otsego County Fair, August 2 -7, 2011

Browsing Archive: July, 2010

Purity Rocks!

Posted by Arline Saiki on Thursday, July 15, 2010, In : Purity Rings 
 "Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas—the teen-pop trio who stand, at this very moment, on the brink of hugeness—wear the metal bands on their fingers to symbolize, as Joe puts it, ‘promises to ourselves and to God that we’ll stay pure till marriage.’
“The Total Awesomeness of Being the Jonas Brothers” at
Jonas Bros. photo from free download 4/2009 Good...

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June 29, 2010 -Actress Geena Davis at the U.N warns about portrayal of women in media

Posted by Arline Saiki on Sunday, July 4, 2010, In : Women and violence — Academy award-winner Geena Davis warns the U. N. that the "hypersexualization of women" in the media is a major factor in negative attitudes and violence toward women. Even young children are being indoctrinated into the "idea that girls hold a lesser position in our society, that they’re less important.." through images on TV and in movies.
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