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General Questions

What is NAWBO?

The National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO®) is the premiere partner of choice for women entrepreneurs seeking tools to accelerate into greater economic, social and political spheres worldwide.

NAWBO was founded in 1975 by a group of women entrepreneurs in the Washington D.C. At the time, there were no business organizations with membership open to women entrepreneurs. So they created their own. Their vision and legacy led to today’s NAWBO.

Since our founding in 1975, NAWBO has helped women grow and scale their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single, unified voice to shape economic and public policy.

With nearly 60 chapters and 5,000 members, NAWBO is the only dues-based organization in the United States that represents women entrepreneurs across all industries. There are chapters of NAWBO in nearly every major metropolitan area. NAWBO is also represented in more than 60 countries across the world.  

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What is NAWBO's mission?

Our founding mission says it best – We are creating leaders for a world of change.  A lot has changed since our founding in 1975, but what remains unchanged is NAWBO’s commitment to women entrepreneurs. 

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by: strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers. 

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What is NAWBO's diversity policy?

In principle and in practice, NAWBO values and seeks a diverse and inclusive membership. NAWBO shall seek full participation in the organization by all women business owners regardless of race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. NAWBO’s goal is to fully represent the diverse makeup of the women business owner community through increased representation within ethnic and minority communities and to expand access to leadership opportunities.

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Does NAWBO certify businesses?

NAWBO does not provide certification services. You may contact one of the following organizations:

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Where can I find statistics on women business owners?

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Where can I obtain funding for my business?

NAWBO itself does not provide funding for women starting businesses. The following links lead to helpful resources:

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How do I submit publication requests to NAWBO?

We welcome the opportunity to receive and review your publication requests.  Please submit your request in writing to [email protected] Your request will be reviewed by our publication staff and you will be notified if your submission will be published. 

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Are there any speaking opportunities at NAWBO?

Contact one of our local chapters by going to the NAWBO Chapter Map. You may contact your local chapter to inquire about speaking opportunities.

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Membership Questions

Who qualifies as a NAWBO member?

NAWBO is proud to be made up of so many strong and vibrant women entrepreneurs who want to help other women succeed.  New NAWBO members should be able to easily find their place and the membership level that best fits their business needs within NAWBO and join. Please click here for a complete list of membership categories and the member only member benefits associated with each category.     

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Is chapter membership required?

Yes. If there is a chapter within 45 miles of your business, National NAWBO members are automatically enrolled in the chapter, and the dues include the cost for both national and local chapter dues.   If there is not a chapter in the member’s area, the member can join as a virtual member. 

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How much are annual membership dues?

NAWBO membership dues vary depending on your membership category and which chapter you join.

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How do I update my reoccurring payment?

Login at www.nawbo.org and select Payment Options & Reoccuring Payments. Please read NAWBO reoccurring payment authorization terms and conditions.

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How do I pay my dues?

JOIN/RENEW online at: www.nawbo.org/join
MAIL applications/renewals with check payments to: NAWBO, P. O. Box 826157, Philadelphia, PA 19182-6157
FAX applications/renewals with credit card payments to: NAWBO Accounting: (202) 403-3788
PHONE: 1-800-556-2926
The mail-in option will delay the prompt posting of your membership dues. We encourage online dues/renewal payment or fax-in option to expedite your dues processing.

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How do I renew online?

To renew your membership online please, log into Your NAWBO Dashboard. When you are on the Main Menu, click on “Renew Your Membership.” If you encounter difficulties, email [email protected] or contact Deborah Snyder, Director of Membership at [email protected] or call 1-800-556-2926.

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What is my login and password?

The default login is your first initial + your last name + the last three digits of your Member ID number. Your password is your Member ID number. You may edit your login and password at Your NAWBO Dashboard. Click on "Forgot Password" next to the login box on the home page of www.nawbo.org to receive your login information by email.

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How can I find a chapter in my area?

Visit the NAWBO Chapter Map and click on your state to find chapters in your area. NAWBO has over 60 chapters across the United States.

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How do I access the Membership Directory?

To access the Membership Directory, log into Your NAWBO Dashboard. When you are on the Main Menu, click on “Membership Directory.”

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What happens after I join NAWBO?

You will receive an automated  welcome email with your member login and password information. You should make sure that you login and update your member profile. Members are encouraged to reach out to your local chapter to find out about upcoming events and member engagement opportunities. Please contact Deborah Snyder, Director of membership [email protected] or call 202-536-2665 if you have any additional questions.

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Chapter Questions

How do chapters manage their accounts online?

Designated chapter administrators may: update chapter account profile; update chapter leadership roster/membership contact information; access and download chapter reports; and designate the Chapter Rebate Recipient. If you are having trouble logging in or aren’t sure who currently has administrative access for your Chapter, please contact [email protected]. for assistance.

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How are chapter rebates processed?

Chapter rebates are processed on the 15th of each month. Make sure that each chapter has a “Chapter Rebate Report Recipient” designated on the chapter roster; and that the national office has the most updated bank information to make an ACH deposit in your account.

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How can I start a NAWBO chapter in my area? 

If you are interested in starting a NAWBO chapter in your area, contact NAWBO at [email protected].

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