The National Organization

National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO®) is the voice of America’s 10.6 million women-owned businesses. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy. National Association of Women Business Owners is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries.

National Association of Women Business Owners started as an informal meeting of women business owners in the Washington, D.C. area who met to trade information about federal contracts, bank credit, and other business issues. Every few weeks, more women began attending the group and it became clear that there was a great need for a formal organization devoted to helping women business owners, so NAWBO was created.

Today the organization features chapters in almost every metropolitan area in the United States. By combining the knowledge, networks, and expertise of its diverse membership, board of directors, and staff, NAWBO works to:

  • STRENGTHEN the wealth creating capacity of its members and promote economic development
  • CREATE innovative and effective changes in the business culture
  • BUILD strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations
  • TRANSFORM public policy and influence opinion makers

NAWBO’s strength comes from the diversity of its membership. Businesses range in size from sole proprietorship to hundreds of employees. Members hail from every business industry – from construction and importers, to retailers and service providers – and represent all areas of the country.

Membership is open to sole proprietors, partners, and corporate owners with day-to-day management responsibility. Active members who live in a chapter area automatically join both their local chapter and national. There is also an At-Large Chapter for women business owners outside the chapter areas.

Our mission is to help CONNECT WOMEN to the RESOURCES, PEOPLE, INFORMATION and ORGANIZATIONS that can help them achieve their personal, business or political goals. Become a member today by visiting our National NAWBO site to join.

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. The organization currently has over 60 chapters. It is affiliated with Les Femmes Chefs d’Enterprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs) in 33 countries.

NAWBO traces it origins to a small group of Washington, DC, business women who began meeting informally in the Spring of 1974 to talk about mutual experiences, exchange information and develop business skills. Recognizing the value of the group, they incorporated as the National Association of Women Business Owners on July 7, 1975. Two years later they began recruiting members from across the country, and in 1978 the first chapters were formed.

The National headquarters is based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

General Mailing Address:
National Association of Women Business Owners
601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
South Building, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20004

Phone: 800-55-NAWBO (800-556-2926)

Fax: 202-747-0692 (general correspondences only)

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