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  • “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

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of America's 10.1 million women-owned businesses and is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries. Today the organization features chapters in almost every metropolitan area in the United States and is represented in 33 countries across the world through its affiliation with Les Femmes Chefs d'Enterprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs). 

The National Association of Women Business Owners – Los Angeles (NAWBO-LA) is one of the organization's leading and innovative chapters since its beginnings in 1979. The mission of NAWBO-LA is to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power by: strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective changes in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transformingpublic policy and influencing opinion makers. 

Founded in 2000, the NAWBO-LA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) institution dedicated to accelerating initiatives that promote women's entrepreneurship worldwide. We accomplish this by: supporting programs and initiatives that propel women entrepreneurs into positions of leadership and power; disseminating information and knowledge through research and education; and working with the business community to build a legacy for the next generation of entrepreneurs. 

Together, NAWBO-LA and the Foundation work closely to ensure that women business owners are recognized as a public policy voice to be reckoned with, a formidable economic force, and as effective agents for change in the dynamic business environment that is Southern California. 

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WBO Statistics


Being one of the fastest-growing metropolitan cities in the U.S., Los Angeles has embraced the hard working women business owners whom account for more than a third of revenue for LA County. As of 2014, there are an estimated 427,800 privately-held women-owned firms in Los Angeles County — the second highest number of women-owned businesses in a metropolis nationwide (following New York). This number has grown 23.8% since 2002 and accounts for 43.1% of the revenue for Los Angeles County.


California boasts the number one slot for the state with the highest number of women-owned firms and is the only state in which there are over 1 million women-owned firms. As of 2014 there are 1,114,900 privately-held women-owned firms in California contributing to the economy. Since 1997 there has been a 59.2% growth rate of these businesses.

As of 2014, there are an estimated 9,087,200 women-owned businesses in the U.S. that have generated $1,410,940,800 in sales and employing nearly 7.9 million people. Women-owned firms account for 30% of all privately held firms and contribute 12% of employment and 11% of revenues. One in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned.

The Legacy Society

In an unprecedented act of generosity and vision, Patty DeDominic, Managing Partner & Founder of DeDominic & Associates, pledged a $1 million challenge grant that helped establish the Legacy Society. As President Emeritus of NAWBO-LA, it is Patty’s belief that her gift and example will act as a cornerstone for others to step up – thus creating a true legacy for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

To learn more about and donate to The Legacy Society, click here.