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Q:What is NAWBO?
A: National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of America's 6.2 million women-owned businesses. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy. NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. There are chapters of NAWBO in almost every metropolitan area. NAWBO is represented in 33 countries across the world through its affiliation with Les Femmes Chefs d' Enterprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs). Find out more about us.

Q: Who belongs to NAWBO?
A: Women business owners who operate in every sector including manufacturing, construction, agribusiness and retail, as well as high growth industries such as health, business and professional services.

Q: Can anyone join NAWBO?
A: Membership is open to sole proprietors, partners and corporate owners with day-to-day management responsibility. Although anyone can join, most of our programs and opportunities are geared toward entrepreneurs. Find out more about NAWBO membership.

Q: What are the benefits of joining NAWBO?
A: NAWBO membership offers opportunities for the woman business owner to reach business goals and maintain a competitive edge through training, education, corporate connection, educational and financial assistance opportunities, networking, peer support, public policy, certification, scholarships, annual awards and direct discount programs. Members receive a monthly newsletter and have the chance to be a mentor for a new business owner. Find out more about member benefits.

Q: How can I join NAWBO-SF?
A: You can find out more about joining on this website. Go to Join to find out more.

Q: Can I join on a trial membership?
A: Membership to NAWBO is renewed on an annual basis.

Q: What if I am not sure if I want to join?
A: The San Francisco Chapter welcomes non-members to many of their events; non-members typically pay a higher price for entry. Our monthly dinner meetings are a popular way for guests to acquaint themselves with us and all we have to offer. View our events calendar.

Q: What do I do if there is no Chapter in my area?
A: If there is a chapter within 60 miles of your business location, you must become a member of that chapter. NAWBO has chapters in most metropolitan areas. If there is not a chapter in your area, you can join NAWBO as an At-Large member.

Q: How can I start a NAWBO chapter in my area?
A: To learn more about starting a NAWBO chapter, please email [email protected] or call 1.800.55.NAWBO to request a copy of the Chapter in Formation Questionnaire.

Q: Where can I find statistics on women business owners?
A: For statistics on women business owners, please contact the Center for Women's Business Research www.womensbusinessresearch.org, or phone 202.638.3060.

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