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  • NAWBO Poised to Effect Positive Change and Growth May 14, 2010

    It has been said many times that a company is either growing, or it’s dying—there’s nothing in between. When the market is soaring, growth comes externally, in the form of sales and revenue. When the economy takes a hit, a company’s emphasis is instead, on besting internal operations, furthering quality processes for greater efficiency and refining strategy to gaining market share rapidly when the turnaround occurs.

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  • NAWBO Hits the Hill May 7, 2010

    Guest blog from Kelly Scanlon, 2009-2010 Public Policy Chair

    In April, members of NAWBO’s Public Policy and Executive committees descended on Capitol Hill for a series of meetings with legislators, White House executives and SBA officials. The meetings were designed (1) to open a dialog between policymakers and NAWBO that would give NAWBO an opportunity to share the concerns of women business owners and (2) to learn firsthand about the current legislation and proposals coming out of Washington intended to address the economic challenges small businesses are facing.

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  • Why did you join NAWBO? April 30, 2010

    To be inspired by a powerful network of other women entrepreneurs?
    To learn from industry experts on how to build your business?
    To leave a legacy for future generations of women business owners?
    To make an impact and power women business owners into greater spheres of power?
    To gain insight into international forums with information from women leading the charge around the globe?

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  • How Federal Stimulus Dollars are Impacting the Green Initiative April 29, 2010

    Since last year, businesses in every sector have been looking for ways to build their businesses by accessing federal stimulus dollars. A large part of the stimulus package went to businesses that are developing new types of clean energy. Still, there are significant opportunities for businesses who want to sell their green products to the government.

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  • Green Really Can Mean “Green” for Business Owners April 26, 2010

    Recognizing our impact as individuals is critical. But as business owners, we have even more purchasing power and potential profitability in the push to “go green.” Consider a recent study by Miller-Zell. The study shows that 1/2 of all shoppers indicate a willingness to pay a premium for green products. Plus, 79 percent of shoppers are more likely to pay a premium at for green groceries. Boomers tend to be less likely to spend on green products than Gen Y shoppers, 62 percent of whom are more willing to pay for green items.

    —Helen Han, NAWBO President and CEO

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  • Why Sustainability Matters Here Most April 14, 2010

    According to Co-Op America, industrialized nations represent just 20 percent of the world’s population, but do the bulk of the damage to the environment, particularly because much of the production and development occur in these countries. The average American buys 53 times as many products as someone in China. This makes one American’s consumption of resources equivalent to 35 Indians and 13 Brazilians. Obviously, we need to not only take a look at what we produce and how we’re producing it, but how much we consume and the resources used to make that happen.

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  • Building a Sustainable Small Business March 31, 2010

    Going green is more popular than ever. Whether it’s gaining access to stimulus money, attracting more customers, an acute focus on the needs of our environment—or a combination of all three—NAWBO members, women and businesses around the world are considering the source of their projects more than ever before. This month, as we gear up for Earth Day Celebrations, we’ll look at why sustainability matters, what the impact means for small businesses and how federal stimulus dollars are impacting the green initiative.

    —Helen Han, NAWBO President and CEO

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  • Public Policy, Advocacy and Women Business Owners February 26, 2010

    Businesses around the U.S. are ready to move forward, our entrepreneurial spirit ready to take control of the current economy and forge ahead. NAWBO’s women business owners are doing just that. And, as a major portion of the business sector (small, privately owned companies), that has the greatest impact on how our nation responds from a recession. NAWBO members are poised to impact our economy, communities and public policy in the year ahead.

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  • Access to Capital—Still Our Greatest Challenge February 1, 2010

    Access to capital for small business owners is still our greatest challenge, yet there are still emerging ways that women can overcome this obstacle.

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  • Why Women Can Make an Even Greater Impact on Economic Development December 7, 2009

    Helen Han, NAWBO President and CEO, explains the status of women in the United States and their overall impact on the economy.

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