2019 Public Policy Agenda | NAWBO

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2019 Public Policy Agenda


In 2019, NAWBO will continue to pursue a public policy agenda that positions NAWBO at the forefront of issues that impact our members. 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.

We will continue to work with the Congress and the Administration on issues relating to and impacting women business owners, as well as look ahead to the upcoming census to ensure women business owners are accounted for accurately.


Access to Capital

NAWBO believes access to capital is integral for women entrepreneurs to be able to start new businesses and successfully grow existing ones. For our nation’s economy to continue to expand, it is critical for Congress to focus on supporting programs with a proven track record of success that help financial institutions through added incentives for providing capital to small and women-owned businesses.

Education and Workforce

NAWBO understands that an educated, prepared workforce is a key to growing businesses. We will look to support legislation that encourages and increases opportunities to fill and accelerate the pipelines between the workforce and employers with a specific interest in legislation impacting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. We will also look for opportunities to weigh in on behalf of our members on issues like health care, pension reform, and paid leave and workplace flexibility.

Government Contracting and Disparity Studies

NAWBO supports efforts by Congress to increase the allocation of federal contracts to be performed and/or fulfilled by small businesses, particularly women-owned businesses, and also believes federal agencies should be held accountable to achieve their small business contracting requirements. NAWBO believes that functions and services that are widely available in the private sector should not be performed by federal agencies. NAWBO also supports efforts to ensure authentication of small and women owned businesses in federal contracts.

In addition, NAWBO will engage as appropriate on state and local disparity studies to ensure that contracting dollars are being well spent and accounted for. 

International Trade

NAWBO encourages the negotiation and approval of trade agreements with other significant open new markets, leveling the playing field and improving the competitiveness for U.S. women business owners. NAWBO also supports improving and strengthening trade promotion programs to assist small women-owned businesses in exporting their goods and services.

Regulatory Reform 

Federal regulations impacting business and the accompanying uncertainty this generates can have a harmful effect on the U.S. economy by dampening business investment, growth and job creation. Overall NAWBO would like to see a regulatory environment that operates as effectively and efficiently as possible and includes feedback and engagement from business owners at all points during the rulemaking process.


NAWBO will continue to monitor the implementation of the tax reforms passed in 2017 and assess the impact on our members.  We will work with relevant committees on legislation that may additionally aid micro, small and medium sized businesses.


NAWBO supports policies that will encourage more start-ups and enable more of them to grow and expand. We believe that investments in the technology infrastructure could increase international competitiveness and that the modernization of laws, regulations and rules regarding data could help create investment opportunities and spur job creation.  We also support policies aimed at understanding and addressing the obstacles many small business owners encounter that keep them out of the patent process.

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