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National Association of Women Business Owners - Organization of the Year

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Company: National Association of Women Business Owners, Washington, DC
Entry Submitted By: WDS Marketing & Public Relations
Company Description: The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the only organization representing the interests of women entrepreneurs. Founded in 1975 and based in Washington, DC, NAWBO is the premier women’s business organization with chapters throughout the country. NAWBO is a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Organization of the Year – Government or Non-Profit– 10 or Less Employees

Nomination Title: NAWBO is the unified voice more than 10 million women-owned businesses in the US

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated organization since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voiceof women-owned businesses in the United States. NAWBO is the only dues-based organization that seeks topropel women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

We have an aggressive agenda each year which includes regional and national events and activities that are all developed and managed by our NAWBO internal staff working with our board of directors and organization advisors. Not all programs are included below.

NAWBO expanded our international reach in 2017 through partnerships and participation in global events including the 2017 Global Summit of Women which occurred in Tokyo, Japan. Our CEO. Jen Earle and board members represented NAWBO and our membership at the summit.

Our NAWBO office team provides management and development services for our 33 NAWBO chapters located in 53 states each year. We create extensive communications and public relations programs to serve this organizations and members.

2017 National Women’s Business Conference

We produced NAWBO’s premier annual 3-day event in 2017 for 1000+ women business owners. Attendance increased by 13% and is expected to continue to grow by 15% in 2018. The agenda included panel discussions, business related sessions, subject matter experts, and recognition of outstanding achievements of our members and leadership. We securednational sponsors for the event.

2017 & 2018 NAWBO Regional Events: Leadership Development Trainings

We produced the NAWBO Leadership Development Training. It provided NAWBO members with the information and encouragement they can use to develop their leadership skills. The training sessions included professional programming and a leadership general session. Our goal is to empower women business owners to become leaders in their community and on a national level.

2017 & 2018 NAWBO Annual Advocacy Day

We developed and hosted NAWBO Advocacy Day in Washington, DC and the core focus remains on accelerating women in business and is not clouded by partisan politics. Members and guests participated in informational sessions and were updated on public policy issues.

2017 & 2018 Academy for Public Service

Our NAWBO’s 2017 and 2018 Academy for Public Service empowered attendees with leadership tools and public service information. Experienced speakers discussed topics such as running for office, managing political campaigns, traveling with international trade missions, and advocating on issues. This outstanding event was open to NAWBO members and non-members looking for leadership skills they can use in their business, in service to their NAWBO chapter or in the public arena.

2017 & 2018 NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development

We managed the NAWBO Institute which provides opportunities for capacity building and organizational development for emerging and established women entrepreneurs. Through the Institute, our goal remains to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of women business owners and promote economic development within the entrepreneurial community so that we can build a legacy of success for the next generation of women entrepreneurs.

TheNAWBO Circle Program

We manage the NAWBO Circle Program for NAWBO Premier Members whose businesses earn$1 million or more in annual revenues. The Circle provides an avenue to develop connections, access to education, and build a national support group of peers to keep their businesses thriving.

Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the nominated company (up to 125 words):

Jen Earle serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).For 10 years, she has continued to advance the vision and mission of NAWBO to represent the interests of women entrepreneurs nationally as she works collaboratively with the NAWBO Boards of Directors. Jen also serves as Executive Director of the NAWBO Institute, is an Advisory Member for Enterprising Women Magazine, serves as a council member for the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) and is a Steering Committee Member for FCEM (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs).Jen has more than a decade of multi-disciplinary, high-level experience in operational and project management development, support, and execution for a broad range of boards, business groups, entrepreneurs, CEOs and executives.

Choose one (even if both apply): The CEO (or other principal manager) of this company is a woman, and at least 40% of the management team is comprised of women.