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NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development

Welcome to the NAWBO Institute

All women business owners are welcome at the NAWBO Institute!  As the premier resource for women business owners across the nation, the NAWBO Institute is here to help you grow - whether you are a NAWBO member or not!   NAWBO Members, sign in using your NAWBO username and password. 

Non-members, set up a profile to gain access to all resources inside the Institute! New resources are added daily. We are here to help and are so glad to have you join us!

Donate Online

To make a tax deductible donation using your personal credit card  click here. You will be able to  select the level and frequency of your gift and it is fully tax deductible and 100% of your gift will go to fund the NAWBO Institute!  The NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development is a recognized 501 (c) (3) and we understand that no goods or services were exchanged for your gift. 

Donate by Mail

To make a tax deductible donation using your personal check, please make check payable to the Institute for Entrepreneurial Development and mail to:

Institute for Entrepreneurial Development
National Association of Women Business Owners
PO Box 741449
Los Angeles, CA 90074-1449

NAWBO Virtual Programming to Connect and Support You

As we navigate the road to recovery from COVID-19, we are thrilled to offer a regular schedule of virtual programming each week to connect and support our community of women business owners every step of the way. This programming is available to the public—so please join us and tell all your entrepreneurial women friends so they can benefit too and get to know NAWBO!

The schedule is as follows and programming specifics will be announced every Friday for the weeks to come:

• Tuesdays – Virtual Lunch & Learn – 12 p.m. ET
• Wednesdays – Community Connect – 5 p.m. ET
• Thursday – Facebook Live with NAWBO National Board – 4 p.m. ET
• Fridays – Virtual Connect & Learn – 10:30 a.m. ET

The Virtual webinars are recorded if you register you will receive the link to the recording the following day. You can access past webinars in the NAWBO Institute under the Resource Center for webcasts. The Virtual webinars are recorded if you register you will receive the link to the recording the following day. You can access past webinars in the NAWBO Institute under the Resource Center for webcasts. 

For the week of May 25-29, Please join us for:

Virtual Lunch and Learn 
“Returning to Your (New) Workplace Normal – You Can Do It!"

Presented By the NAWBO Lawyers Group
Tuesday, May 26th at 12 p.m. ET


This webinar will provide guidance from a collaborative group of NAWBO Premier member attorneys who've been working together on employment- and workforce-related pandemic challenges. They will share their insights and knowledge on how to best protect your workplace, employees and business from risk as companies begin to return to onsite work. You’ll learn the policies and procedures that should be in place to address COVID-19 health and safety concerns, what to do in the event of a COVID-19 exposure at work, best practices for communicating with your staff and how to protect your company from new and unique risks related to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

About our presenters…

  • Lisa Coppola (moderator) has owned three law firms and a garden design firm. She bristles at high-and-mighty lawyers who use legalese and prides herself on being a street fighter devoted to employers and, occasionally, a deserving employee, as they navigate the ever-changing employment law landscape. 
  • Kathryn (Kamil) Canale is an AV-Preeminent peer-rated attorney with a broad background of experience upon which to draw. She is known for her creative solutions to legal problems and for being an aggressive litigator for her utilization of procedural and substantive motions to resolve litigation in her clients’ favor. She specializes in handling complex liability and damages issues and cases with high exposure. Her practice areas include business, employment (employer side) and civil litigation. 
  • Carol Keough is the managing attorney with the Keough Law Firm, PLLC in Houston, Texas. She is board certified in labor and employment law and has practiced for 28 years in both Texas and in Federal employment law matters. 
  • Carena Lemons has practiced law for more than 18 years. She currently focuses her law practice, The Lemons Law Firm, PLLC, on bankruptcy, employment and entertainment law. She serves on the Board of Directors for Durham Orange Women Attorneys and NAWBO-Greater Raleigh.


Community Connects Call
Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET

Grab your favorite beverage and join us by video (so we can see each other just like we would in an in-person meeting)! We’ll connect, share best practices and support one another in an interactive chat format. This is a safe space to share since the calls are not being recorded.  Introduce yourself as you participate on the call.

This is what you can expect:

Each week, we will spend the first 20 minutes of the Zoom call checking in to see how we are doing. Think about sharing stories of inspiration and innovation of how you are managing during this challenging time. The call will transition to a “think tank” for us to help brainstorm and support you with business challenges resulting from the current business crisis/environment we are experiencing. We will spend the final 40 minutes of our Community Connect call supporting up to four people each week. A person will present their business challenge and everyone else will then have the opportunity to share ideas in “popcorn style.” It will be up to the person sharing to follow-up with the various people who are problem solving.  This can be done by writing down the person’s name and looking them up in the Member Directory on the web site.  

No need to register; simply join Zoom using the meeting credentials below:

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Meeting ID: 975 991 937

Virtual Connect and Learn

Friday, May 29th at 10:30 a.m. ET

The Value of Public Relations During the Next Normal

Presented by Cision PR Newswire

During this uncertain time, communicators find themselves adjusting their communications strategy and looking for ways to effectively connect with journalists and their audiences. Now more than ever, it is important to create content that drives engagement, use the necessary tools to distribute your story and measure your PR efforts. The value of public relations continues to evolve with the ever-changing media landscape and is relevant as we transition to the next normal. This session highlights the importance of press releases, how you can leverage them during this time, the most effective ways to connect with a journalist and much more. 

You will learn:  

  • How to build relationships with journalists and reach new audiences   
  • What makes a story newsworthy  
  • What type of content drives engagement  
  • How to measure your PR efforts

Presented by Sandra Azzollini McKinley, VP of Audience and Web Strategy, Cision
Sandra Azzollini McKinley is Vice President, Audience and Web Strategy at Cision, where she has managed the experiential needs of users for nearly 20 years. In her role, Sandy oversees several of the company’s owned properties, including, and PR Newswire for Journalists, ensuring the audience experience is seamless, useful and engaging. The websites have been honored with several industry awards, including two CODiEs, Best Online News Service and Best Online Business Information Service: Non-News; Bulldog Awards, Best Website; and Web Marketing Association’s Best Public Relations Website Award.


Your Resource Center – A Hub of Coronavirus-Related Business Resources to Support You Through This Time.
Click here to access Your Resource Center through the NAWBO Institute platform. You will need to log in or create a profile to access the center and will need to use GOOGLE CHROME.

We hope to “see” you next week at one or all of next week’s virtual events. And remember to share the information on with your community and on social media. 


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