About NAWBO National

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO),
headquartered in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. The organization currently has over 80 chapters. It is affiliated with Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs) in 33 countries.

History
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 5, 1974. Two years later they began recruiting members from across the country, and in 1978 the first chapters were formed.

Membership

Membership is open to sole proprietors, partners and corporate owners with day-to-day management responsibility. Active members who live in a chapter area automatically join both chapter and national. Those who do not live in a chapter area join as at-large members.  Ten percent of our membership may consist of women who are not owners but are decision makers at their place of employment.  This category is Supporting Member and holds all full membership privileges except voting.
Headquarters
National headquarters is based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The mailing address:
National Association of Women Business Owners
1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102
Telephone: (703) 506-3268 , 800 55 NAWBO
Fax: (703) 506-3266
or visit www.nawbo.org. 
 
Center for Women’s Business Research
The Center for Women’s Business Research (formerly The National Foundation for Women Business Owners NFWBO), www.nfwbo.org, which is affiliated with NAWBO, is recognized as the premier source of information and knowledge on women business owners and their enterprises by women business owners, major corporations, policy makers, financial institutions, and the media. NFWBO empowers women business owners by providing ground breaking research to do*****ent the economic and social contributions of women-owned firms.
The National Women Business Owners Corporation
The National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) pioneers initiatives to enhance competition by women business owners for corporate and government contracts. The WBOC Network, www.wboc.org, serves as a critical link for women suppliers to the largest procurement markets in the world, and is a community where women suppliers can find partners with whom they can learn, do business, and achieve competitive success.
Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales
The World Association of Women Entrepreneurs (FCEM), www.fcem.org: NAWBO members form the U.S. affiliate of this international organization. Members can attend World Congresses and access women business owners in affiliated groups in 35 countries around the world.The National Association of Women Business Owners
propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and
political spheres of power worldwide.
If you’re a woman in business, you really must belong to NAWBO!