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  • STEPPING OUT December 9, 2013

    Do the holidays and year-end feel like they come sooner every year? Research shows there’s actually a reason for this. When we are younger, we constantly experience and learn new things that take time to anticipate and process. As adults, we have often “been there, done that,” and aren’t as willing to step out of our comfort zones to try new things. Yet, doing so is critically important for an organization like NAWBO and for the thousands of women business owners we serve.

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  • NAWBO Boards Are Great Places For Servant Leaders November 8, 2013

    At last month’s NAWBO Women’s Business Conference, our current, past and incoming presidents were invited to stay on through Saturday for a very special event in their honor. We had invited Joe Iarocci, CEO of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, there to speak to our own servant leaders that drive the success of NAWBO through their passion and excellence. If you’re not familiar with the servant leadership philosophy and practices that have been proven to enrich lives, build better organizations and create a more caring world, the term was introduced in 1970 by Robert K.

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  • Celebrating 25 Years of a Landmark Legislation October 24, 2013

    A 25-year anniversary is something to celebrate—especially when it’s the anniversary of a landmark piece of legislation that ushered in a transformation in women’s enterprise development.

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  • Touching The Next Generation August 12, 2013

    As successful women entrepreneurs, it’s an honor and an obligation to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs, especially young women and girls. YEA! (The Young Entrepreneurs Academy) that is redefining entrepreneurship education in America presents a tremendous opportunity to do just that. YEA! is a groundbreaking afterschool program that transforms middle and high school students into confident entrepreneurs.

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  • It’s Clear: Women Make Great Leaders July 11, 2013

    A blog in the Harvard Business Review (March 2012) by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman confirms what we, as women business owners, already know: women make great leaders. It’s clear here at NAWBO and in companies worldwide.

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  • Celebrating Equal Pay and Small Business June 10, 2013

    This morning, I was honored to stand among an audience of almost entirely women in the East Room of the White House to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. Here, President Obama recognized the gains we’ve made in the past five decades and the gender wage disparities that still remain (women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men).

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  • Getting Our Fair Share May 13, 2013

    NAWBO has long been outspoken about the importance of achieving the 5 percent Federal procurement goal for women-owned small businesses. After all, failure to achieve this goal has been costing women business owners—one of the largest and fastest growing economic engines today—an average of $5 billion a year in lost contracts.

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  • Best Practices and Leadership Development Strengthen Us All April 8, 2013

    As an organization dedicated to the growth and success of women entrepreneurs, some of our greatest strengths are the best practices we share and leadership development opportunities we offer. These best practices provide new insights and fresh ideas that inspire the kind of bigger, bolder thinking it takes to thrive in today’s world.

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  • Optimism Breeds Success, and Women Business Owners Are Indeed Optimistic February 12, 2013

    Optimistic people are found to be more successful because they believe in their efforts and are more willing to put in the work, and take the risks, needed to get there. That might mean a leg up this year for the NAWBO members who participated in a brand-new survey from NAWBO and Web.com. I was proud to jointly unveil our ‘2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses’ survey and discuss the findings and the issues that continue to impact WBOs live on Twitter with Roseann Duran, Web.com’s executive vice president and chief people officer.

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  • It’s a New Year to Engage and Advocate January 14, 2013

    A new year is the chance to start a fresh page and embrace the possibility of new things. We hope you’ll look at NAWBO in much the same way in 2013. It’s a year where we have moved beyond the fiscal cliff for now, but still face slow economic recovery and uncertainty regarding key issues like spending, taxes and health care. The voice—and success—of women business owners is more important than ever. There are so many ways to engage with us—nationally, locally and as an advocate for your business and other women business owners. How far you go is really up to you.

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