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  • Small Yet Powerful October 10, 2016

    When you think of something that is “small yet powerful,” a few things might come to mind: A computer chip, an engine, medicine, a diamond, a bullet, etc. For me, I also think about small business—the 28.8 million small businesses in the United States today to be exact, which according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, account for 99.7 percent of all businesses in the U.S. and provide jobs for 56.8 million employees.

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  • Our Voice is Our Power September 13, 2016

    When NAWBO was founded 41 years ago, there were no other business advocacy groups for women entrepreneurs, so the founders of NAWBO created their own. Decades later, we are proud to advocate on behalf of all women business owners and support others who do the same.

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  • Equality: What Does It Mean? August 9, 2016

    Equality means different things for different people—and generations. For the women who founded NAWBO more than 40 years ago, it was about being able to take out a line of credit to start or grow their business without their husband, brother or father cosigning. For women business owners today, it’s about equality in pay, in the boardroom, in elected offices, in government procurement opportunities and more. And for women in other parts of the world, especially in developing nations, equality often takes on a completely different meaning—like the ability to work or receive an education.

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  • Technology: It’s Everywhere…or Is It? July 14, 2016

    Technology is everywhere—entwined in nearly every area of our lives. As women business owners, in particular, it makes us faster, smarter and more efficient. It connects us with employees, customers and vendor partners and even with family and friends while at work or on the road. It allows us to share ideas and resources, advocate and lead with our NAWBO sisters across the country when we’re not able to come together in person. And it enables us to be on the leading edge of today’s business tools, processes and solutions.

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  • Education Keeps Us Current and Competitive June 6, 2016

    As entrepreneurs, education opportunities present themselves in so many ways. We learn from other women business owners as part of NAWBO or by serving on the national or a local chapter board. We benefit from attending conferences, like the National Women’s Business Conference, and training events in our industries and fields. And many of us take advantage of more traditional education opportunities, like earning specialized college degrees or becoming certified women’s business enterprises.

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  • It Takes Money to Make Money April 1, 2016

    You’ve heard it before: It takes money to make money. As women entrepreneurs, we know this all too well as we work to access the capital we need—whether it’s through personal savings, traditional bank loans, venture capital money or even crowdfunding—to start new ventures or grow existing businesses to the next level.

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  • Leadership in the Spotlight March 10, 2016

    As women business owners, when we think about the topic of leadership—the theme of this month’s issue of NAWBO ONE—a lot of things come to mind. We are leaders in our businesses, households and communities. We have friends, customers and vendor partners in prominent leadership positions in corporate America. And, of course, with election season in full swing, we think about our political leaders—both male and female—and the issues we care about most that we hope they’ll embrace and support.

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  • Beauty and Strength of Diversity February 15, 2016

    The great late poet and author Maya Angelou once said, “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

    February is Black History Month. It’s a great time to reflect on the beauty and strength that diversity does indeed bring to our lives and our businesses as women entrepreneurs. New information. Different perspectives. Individual expertise. Unique backgrounds. These are just a few of the benefits.

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  • Here’s to a Happier and Healthier You in 2016! January 13, 2016

    As women, we’re natural caregivers. We take care of our family and friends, and as women business owners, we also care for our employees, customers and vendor partners, often putting our own health and wellbeing last on the long list of priorities. This can result in stress, wreak havoc on our health and, ultimately, take away our ability to care for others in the way we like.

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  • A Year to Celebrate and Build on December 10, 2015

    Time flies when you’re having fun.

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