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Dec 7

Holiday Gathering

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About Us

NAWBO Kentucky provides support, resources, and opportunities to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power worldwide. It’s about women helping women, forming partnerships, and learning from each other.

NAWBO is the essential community for women business owners. Our strength comes from the diversity of our membership:

  • Businesses range in size from sole proprietorship to hundreds of employees.

  • Members represent a variety of different business industries, providing opportunities for business connections in whatever area you need them.

  • Members own businesses all throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

By combining the knowledge, networks, and expertise of our diverse membership, our board of directors, and our staff, NAWBO Kentucky works to:

  • Strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of our members and promote economic development

  • Create innovative and effective changes in the business culture

  • Build strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations

  • Transform public policy and influence opinion makers

Membership is open to sole proprietors, partners, and corporate owners with day-to-day management responsibility, along with those who support the mission and vision of NAWBO. Members automatically join both the Kentucky chapter and the national organization, giving them access to a wide range of resources and support. Visit our membership page to find out more about joining.

Mission:
Our mission is to help connect women to the resources, people, information, and organizations that can help them achieve their personal, business, or political goals.

Louisville's Mayor Fischer, says “NAWBO plays a critical role in supporting the growth of entrepreneurial women in Louisville. I applaud its members and their advocacy for advancing economic opportunities in our city.”

National History

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of America’s 10.6 million women-owned businesses. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy. NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries.

NAWBO started as an informal meeting of women business owners in the Washington, D.C. area who met to trade information about federal contracts, bank credit, and other business issues. Every few weeks, more women began attending the group and it became clear that there was a great need for a formal organization devoted to helping women business owners, resulting in the creation of NAWBO. Today the organization features chapters in almost every metropolitan area in the United States. Through its affiliation with Les Femmes Chefs d’Enterprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs), NAWBO’s global reach extends to 60 countries on five continents worldwide.

Local History

The Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing business ownership by women. We are proud to bring together women business owners from throughout the region and from a diverse array of fields.

The NAWBO Kentucky chapter was founded in 1992 and its member base spans the geographical areas of Kentucky and the Southern Indiana area. The organization is comprised of a diverse range of business types including accounting firms, advertising firms, financial services, catering companies, retail stores, printing services, contractors, manufacturers, and others. NAWBO Kentucky serves business establishments in categories from small, home-based businesses to multi-million dollar companies.

We extend a very special thank you to the three women business owners and the women-owned business representative from the U.S. Small Business Administration who conducted the necessary research, sat through long and arduous planning sessions, corresponded with hundreds of women business owners, and personally financed the formation of the Kentucky chapter of NAWBO.

Those women are:

  • Rita Bodart – Airlanse Travel

  • Betty Griffin – Betty Griffin Public Relations

  • Carol Hatfield – US Small Business Administration

  • Brenda Schissler – Personnel Solutions, Inc.

Contact our Executive Director for more information about NAWBO.