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If you’re looking for a way to maximize your NAWBO membership, consider getting involved. Join a committee, work on a project or become a board chair. We have many opportunities for you to take your membership to the next level.

Below is a description of the various committees that we have. Starred (*) positions are board chair positions and must attend monthly board meetings. Board chair positions start each year in June. Committee members can join at any time and are not required to attend board meetings.


The Membership committee is responsible for membership recruitment and retention. This includes following up with guests and members. Positions include


The Programming committee brings in influential business women and, politicians, community leaders, and experts to speak during the chapter’s dinner meetings about topics relevant to the NAWBO woman business owner. NAWBO Programming is committed to selectively bringing speakers that touch upon the NAWBO Woman’s business, politics, health, and personal fulfillment. The speakers engage members and guests with their experiences, advice, and action plans. The programming committee also has coordinators for special events.

Corporate Partners

The Corporate Partner committee is in charge or recruiting and retaining corporate partners. This includes introducing our CPs at dinner meetings and organizing quarterly corporate partner lunches.

Community Affairs

The Community Affairs committee’s goal is get NAWBO noticed in the community as an organization that “propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power.” Committee members promote NAWBO by attending various functions and charity events in Broward County.

Communications Committee

The communications committee oversees all NAWBO communications to members, prospective members and the community. The communications committee is responsible for the website, email newsletter, social media and membership directory.

Public Relations Committee

The Public Relations Chair is responsible for providing communication assistance to the NAWBO board members (and sub committees) for to the chapter. The Public Relations Chair should work to establish goals and understand their responsibilities related to increasing Chapter effectiveness and awareness. The Public Relations Chair assists other board members in communicating to the chapter and the community.

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Public Policy

NAWBO has focused on public policy issues of national and statewide interest impacting women entrepreneurs and small businesses since 1975. By attending White House events, providing Congressional testimony, holding advocacy conferences, developing reports, and educating members, NAWBO has consistently brought the concerns of women business owners to our lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

In 1988, NAWBO played a key role in the passage of The Women’s Business Ownership Act, also known as H.R. 5050. This landmark legislation allowed women to receive business loans without the co-signature of a male relative. H.R. 5050 also created the National Women’s Business Council, a body of women entrepreneurs and women’s organizations that provides counsel to the President and Congress.

Access to Capital for Women-Owned Businesses

NAWBO supports federal legislation that helps to overcome the current barriers related to access to capital by women business owners (WBOs) and reduces the risk of private sector lending to small businesses.  The major sources of funding that women business owners continue to rely on are personal savings, reinvested business earnings, lines of credit, loans, equity financing, and venture capital, in that order.

NAWBO favors a three-pronged advocacy approach in this area, choosing to focus on the various SBA loan programs, the Small Business Investment Company program, and tax incentives to encourage investment in the small business sector.

Increased Federal Procurement for Women Business Owners

NAWBO supports achievement of the five percent Federal procurement goal for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) and other steps designed to assure women business owners their fair share of Federal contracts and contract dollars. Failure to achieve the 5% goal has cost women business owners an average of $5 billion in lost contract dollars each year.

NAWBO opposes contract bundling, the Federal government’s policy of consolidating its purchases of unrelated goods and services into a single large contract. Bundling limits the opportunities for small businesses to effectively compete, thereby restricting competition and increasing the overall cost of goods and services to the federal government.

Affordable Health Care

Health care insurance cost reduction is a very important issue for NAWBO members. The results of the 2010 NAWBO Public Policy Survey show that health care cost issues are third only to the economy and business taxes as issues affecting our members’ businesses and their votes. In this critical time NAWBO wants to be part of the dialogue on health care reform.

NAWBO supports legislation that will make health insurance more affordable for women business owners and their employees. NAWBO will consider and support, as appropriate, federal and state legislation designed to address the rising cost of health insurance by lowering premiums or creating tax incentives that make the purchase of health insurance more affordable for small business owners and their employees.

Fair and Equitable Tax Treatment

NAWBO supports fair and equitable tax policy for large and small businesses that fosters the economic growth of women-owned and other small businesses.    Legislation should be enacted to ensure tax equity and basic fairness for all forms of small business organizations. The privilege of deducting legitimate business expenses should no longer be based upon the entity chosen to operate the taxes as issues affecting our members’ businesses and their votes. In this critical time NAWBO wants to be part of the dialogue on health care reform.

-All of the above information has been supplied by Please visit the national site for additional information on Public Policy.-

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