About | NAWBO



  • “NAWBO is a great organization for women entrepreneurs that provides an outlet for women business owners across the country to share their creativity an inspire and support each other in their pursuits.”

    Katrina Markoff

    Founder, CEO and Chocolatier of Vosges Haut Chocolat and Wild Ophelia

  • "I am fortunate to be a woman in America who was given the opportunity to achieve her dream. I want women everywhere to have that same opportunity and am pleased to work with the NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development to increase opportunities for women entrepreneurs."

    Sara Blakely

    Spanx founder and head of The Sara Blakely Foundation

  • "...We worked hard to position the emergence of women business owners as a growing segment of the women's movement and to develop the organizational base and structural guidelines for a national association. "

    Susan Hager

    Founding NAWBO National President

Did You Know . . .  

  • The Chicago Area Chapter is among the largest of NAWBO’s more than 70 chapters in the U.S. 
  • The Chapter’s more than 400 members represent businesses in all major industrial, service and retail sectors. 
  • Formed in 1978, Chicago NAWBO provides women business owners with leadership, education, procurement and networking opportunities. It also serves as a voice for its members on economic, social and public policy issues. 
  • Chapter members represent a variety of races and backgrounds and come from all areas of business including service, manufacturing and retail. Member companies vary in size from one employee to several hundred. 
  • The organization’s signature events are the Annual Celebration of Achievement Luncheon (held each spring), the Annual Meeting/Installation (held each June) and the THRIVE Conference (held each fall in conjunction with Crain’s Small Business Week). These are the largest events of the year, and you won’t want to miss them!  
  • To recognize and encourage the talents of its members, the Chapter annually honors the NAWBO Woman Business Owner of the Year and Member of the Year and presents a New Venture Award for the most promising new business.