National Association of Women Business Owners

Twelve women business owners in the Washington, DC area started meeting informally in December, 1974 to trade information about federal contracts, bank credit and other issues related to their businesses. Every few weeks the number of women increased and it soon became clear that a formal organization was necessary for this nascent group to develop visibility, political impact and sustained growth. Leaders emerged and with amazing insight, supporting each other, they set out to open doors. 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. NAWBO is now the voice of America's 10.6 million women-owned businesses. NAWBO helps women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy.

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NAWBO Officers, 1975-76






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