National Questions

What is NAWBO?
The National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO®) is the premiere partner of choice for women entrepreneurs seeking tools to accelerate into greater economic, social and political spheres worldwide. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single, unified voice to shape economic and public policy. With nearly 70 chapters and 6,000 members, NAWBO is the only dues-based organization in the United States that represents women entrepreneurs across all industries. There are chapters of NAWBO in nearly every major metropolitan area. NAWBO is represented more than 60 countries across the world through its affiliation with Les Femmes Chefs d’ Enterprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs).

What is NAWBO’s mission?
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by: strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers.

What is NAWBO’s diversity policy?
In principle and in practice, 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 makeup of the women business owner community through increased representation within ethnic and minority communities and to expand access to leadership opportunities.

Does NAWBO certify businesses?
NAWBO does not provide certification services. You may contact one of the following organizations:

  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
  • Contract Assistance for Women Business Owners (U.S. Small Business Administration)
  • Where can I find statistics on women business owners?
  • Center for Women’s Business Research, 202-638-3060
  • U. S. Census Bureau

Where can I obtain funding for my business?
NAWBO itself does not provide funding for women starting businesses. The following links lead to helpful resources:

  • U. S. Department of Labor
    The Official NAWBO/Wells Fargo Women’s Loan Program, 1-800-35-WELLS, ext. 120
    Wachovia, 800-566-3862

How do I submit publication requests to NAWBO?
Please submit your request in writing to publications@nawbo.org.Your request will be reviewed by our publication staff and you will be notified if your submission will be published.

Membership Questions

Who qualifies as a NAWBO member?
Membership is open to “business owners” who are individuals who own an equity interest and actively participate in a business as a sole proprietor, an active partner of a partnership or active member of a limited liability company, an independent contractor OR who are individual owners of 5% or more of the stock of a corporation and who are involved in policy making and day to day management of the corporation. Supporting memberships are also available for those who are not business owners but support NAWBO’s mission.

Is chapter membership required?
Yes. Members of NAWBO are members of the national organization, can only join nationally/not locally, and can only be terminated nationally. If there is a chapter within 45 miles of your business, national NAWBO members are automatically enrolled in the chapter, and are required to pay both the national and chapter dues. If there is not a chapter in the member’s area, the member must join as an “at-large” member.

How much are annual membership dues?
NAWBO membership dues vary depending on your membership category and the local chapter dues.

How do I pay my dues?

  • JOIN/RENEW online at: www.nawbo.org
  • MAIL applications/renewals with check payments to: NAWBO, P. O. Box 826157, Philadelphia, PA 19182-6157
  • FAX applications/renewals with credit card payments to: NAWBO Accounting:(202) 403-3788

The mail-in option will delay the prompt posting of your membership dues. We encourage online dues/renewal payment or fax-in option to expedite your dues processing.

How do I renew online?
To renew your membership online please, log into My NAWBO. When you are on the Main Menu, click on “Renew Your Membership.” If you encounter difficulties, email memberservices@nawbo.org

What is my login and password?
The default login is your first initial + your last name + the last three digits of your Member ID number. Your password is your Member ID number. You may edit your login and password at My NAWBO. Click on “Forgot Password” next to the login box on the home page of www.nawbo.org to receive your login information by email.

How can I find a chapter in my area?
Visit the NAWBO Chapter Map and click on your state to find chapters in your area. NAWBO has over 80 chapters across the United States.

How do I access the Membership Directory?
To access the Membership Directory, log into My NAWBO. When you are on the Main Menu, click on “Membership Directory.”

What happens after I join NAWBO?
You will receive a welcome email with your member login and password information. You should make sure that you login and update your member profile. You will also receive a new member packet in the mail within two weeks of your join date; and will begin receiving e-communication bulletins from NAWBO. Members are encouraged to reach out to your local chapter to find out about upcoming events and member engagement opportunities.
Are there any speaking opportunities at NAWBO?
Contact one of our local chapters by going to the NAWBO Chapter Map. You may contact your local chapter to inquire about speaking opportunities.

Chapter Questions

How do chapters manage their accounts online?
Designated chapter administrators may: update chapter account profile; update chapter leadership roster/membership contact information; access and download chapter reports; and designate the Chapter Rebate Recipient. If you are having trouble logging in or aren’t sure who currently has administrative access for your Chapter, please contact chapterservices@nawbo.org. for assistance.

How are chapter rebates processed?
Chapter rebates are processed bi-monthly (15th and end of month). Make sure that each chapter has a “Chapter Rebate Report Recipient” designated on the chapter roster; and that the national office has the most updated bank information to make an ACH deposit in your account.

How can I start a NAWBO chapter in my area?
NAWBO is in the midst of an operational transition and we are currently not accepting applications for new chapters. If you are interested in starting a NAWBO chapter in your area, contact NAWBO at chapterservices@nawbo.org.