(Washington, DC, January 17, 2011) — The NAWBO® Institute for Entrepreneurial Development is a nonprofit educational foundation of the National Association of Women Business Owners® that strives to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of women business owners and promote economic development within the business community. To further its mission in 2011, The NAWBO® Institute is launching the Accelerated Growth Series® sponsored by Wells Fargo—a premiere capacity-building program created by and for women business owners to help increase their business competitiveness and grow to the next level.
The 2011 program launch will take place in San Francisco, California, with two workshop offerings: Workshop 1: Assessing Your Organizational Capacity will be held April 25-26 and Workshop 2: Developing a Strategic Plan for Growth will be held June 16-17.
“We are pleased to pilot launch this educational initiative at a time when it is so critical for women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, create new jobs and contribute significantly to the overall economy. Women business owners may very well be the group that pulls us out of this recession,” says Wendy Lopez, Chair of the NAWBO® Institute.
The NAWBO® Institute is launching this program to address the unique needs and challenges that women-owned businesses face in the current economic landscape. “The Accelerated Growth Series® is designed for competitive, growth-minded women business owners who want to step out of the day-to-day, assess their organizational capacity, develop a roadmap for success and execute effectively against their long-term plan to grow their enterprise to the next level,” says Helen Han, NAWBO® President & CEO.
Program sponsor Wells Fargo recognizes the power, drive and potential of women entrepreneurs and is committed to helping them achieve continued success through programs like the Accelerated Growth Series®. “We are excited for the opportunity to partner with NAWBO® and The Institute to help women business owners achieve an even greater level of growth, recognition and appreciation for the important contributions they make to the U.S. economy,” says Joy Ott, Wells Fargo Regional President, Montana.
About The NAWBO® Institute for Entrepreneurial Development
In 2003, the National Association for Women Business Owner®s (NAWBO®) formed the NAWBO® Institute for Entrepreneurial Development, a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational foundation that seeks to provide opportunities for capacity building and organizational development for emerging and established women entrepreneurs. Through The Institute, NAWBO® aims to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of women business owners and to promote economic development within the entrepreneurial community so that we can build a legacy of success for the next generation of women entrepreneurs.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.2 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With more than 278,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked #19 on Fortune’s 2009 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.
Wells Fargo is America’s #1 small business lender (2009 Community Reinvestment Act government data) and a leading lender to women- and diverse-owned businesses. With the nation’s largest network of retail banking stores, and an award-winning online Business Insight Series (www.wellsfargobusinessinsights.com) including videos, webcasts and articles, Wells Fargo provides business owners with timely advice and information to educate and help them succeed financially. For more information, or to speak with a Wells Fargo banker, visit wellsfargo.com/biz or call the National Business Banking Center at 1-800-CALL-WELLS.