Dec 16, 2020 | Advocacy, Uncategorized

NAWBO Takes a Look Back at This Year Like No Other—Filled with Incredible Adversity and Resiliency


NAWBO kicks off the year renewed and excited. It’s an election year—the perfect time to amplify our advocacy voice and further the issues that are most critical to women business owners right now. We even have several members running for office around the country.  


NAWBO welcomes the announcement that 24 of our members are recipients of the 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards. NAWBO is a recipient, too—of the 2020 Enterprising Women Legacy Award in honor of our 45thanniversary. 


As COVID-19 hits the U.S. and states and counties announce stay at home orders, NAWBO sets up a hub of Coronavirus business resources and increases virtual programming opportunities to four days a week during these unprecedented times. We make all these opportunities public.


NAWBO uses its powerful bi-partisan advocacy voice to make sure women business owners have access to the funding they need to retain their employees and keep their doors open. We also urge Congress to include organizational non-profits in legislation.


Advocacy Days goes virtual and kicks off with training on how to use social media to power your #NAWBOVoice. The days that follow include everything from U.S. Small Business Committee briefings to calls between members and Congressional office representatives. 


NAWBO celebrates its milestone 45th anniversary and the past, present and future of the organization with a week of fun activities, networking and giveaways. Our members respond with generous birthday gifts—even during uncertain times—to help support our mission. 


NAWBO announces an exciting new partnership with CircleAround, a new, no-cost online community that serves adult women nationwide. Our NAWBO members’ experiences and expertise are front and center through ongoing articles and a video series.


With the 2020 election fast approaching, NAWBO acknowledges the significance of women’s suffrage and the 19thAmendment—celebrating its 100th anniversary this month—in our right to vote today. We encourage every woman and woman business owner to have her voice heard.


As COVID-19 presses on, NAWBO implores Congress to take action on a second round of funding to help the nation’s women business owners. We share results from a survey showing that if states must shutter again, 38% of our members are concerned about their business failing.


For the first time in our organization’s history, NAWBO holds a completely virtual National Women’s Business Conference. We tap into the latest technology to come as close to the in-person conference experience as possible, and it’s a huge success. The theme is “Brave Is…”


NAWBO celebrates our 2020 award recipients who were announced during the gala at the National Women’s Business Conference. These included Woman Business Owner of the Year and the Dr. Tererai Trent, Susan Hager and Gillian Rudd Award winners.


It’s been quite a year for the NAWBO HQ team, our National board and chapter leaders. We are taking this month to plan events and programming that deliver exactly what our community needs to stay focused and strong until we reach the other side of the pandemic together. 

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