The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is America's only dues-based organization to represent the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. With headquarters in Washington DC, and over 80 chapters countrywide, our organization supports and empowers women business owners across the nation. NAWBO is affiliated with Les Femmes Chefs d'Enterprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs) in 33 countries.
NAWBO traces its origins to a small group of Washington DC business women who began meeting informally in the spring of 1974 to talk about mutual experiences, exchange information, and develop business skills. Recognizing the value of the group, they incorporated as the National Association of Women Business Owners on July 7, 1975. Two years later they began recruiting members from across the country, and in 1978 the first chapters were formed.
The National Association of Women Business Owners propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power worldwide.
NAWBO is an organization which works to:
In principle and in practice the National Association of Women Business Owners (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 make-up of the women business owner community through increased representation within ethnic and minority communities and to expand access to leadership opportunities.