Advocacy

Advocacy

NAWBO provides a platform for women business owners to come together as one voice that translates into a formidable economic force and an effective agent for change in the business environment.

NAWBO was founded in 1975 to open doors for women entrepreneurs by transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers. In the beginning, there were twelve women business owners who met informally in the D.C. area to share information about federal contracts, access to capital and other issues related to their businesses.

NAWBO has continued to represent the issues and concerns of small and women-owned businesses at the national and state levels. Through Congressional testimony, public policy conferences and member education, NAWBO has been at the forefront of advocacy on behalf of women business owners and the issues that impact their companies. Join with NAWBO to represent the interests of the fastest growing segment of the economy.


  • In 2017, NAWBO will continue to pursue a public policy agenda that positions NAWBO at the forefront of issues that impact our members while continuing to increase our visibility and credibility with elected officials, agency personnel, peer organizations and members of the media. We will also continue to build and strengthen partnerships and coalitions and credibility to ensure our members are represented and seen as thought leaders on issues of importance to business owners.

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  • Check out the latest NAWBO announcements regarding our advocacy and support for women business owners.

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  • Why advocate?  The Public Policy 101 Series is designed to provide NAWBO chapters and members with the information and resources they need to effectively engage in public policy and advocacy.

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  • NAWBO Advocacy Partners provide NAWBO with more opportunity to speak to decision makers on behalf of our members and women business owners in general on issues that are most important to women entrepreneurs today.

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  • From learning about the legislative process to tracking a bill in Congress, the NAWBO Advocacy Toolkit has the information that you need to better understand the inner workings of the federal government.

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  • To help shape developments in Washington, DC, NAWBO will endorse select candidates for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.  Candidates for state, county or local office are currently not being considered.

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  • Please join NAWBO in helping to bring about an evolution in today’s legislative climate. Support issues critical to the economic success of women entrepreneurs across the United States, and allow your voice to be heard in Washington, D.C.

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