FAQs

What are the benefits of becoming a NAWBO Greater DC Member?

We support, uplift, collaborate and promote women business owners by providing:

  • educational programming that empowers women business leaders with confidence to manage and grow their businesses successfully;
  • professional and personal enrichment and networking opportunities that educate, empower and expand women leaders;
  • a supportive, collaborative, non-judging and non-competitive environment where women business owners are uplifted up, and can lift others up; and
  • we also advocate for women business owners on a public policy level, ensuring that the issues impacting women business owners are brought to the attention of elected officials, agency personnel, strategic partners and of course, the media.

View more benefits here.

What is NAWBO?

In 1975, a group of a dozen like-minded businesswomen in the D.C. area gathered to share information and create an atmosphere of professional community to further and strengthen their entrepreneurial interests. That group quickly grew to become what is now known as the National Association of Women Business Owners. As of 2020, NAWBO is still the only organization that solely represents the interest of women entrepreneurs in all industries in the United States. NAWBO has expanded across the United States, boasting a chapter in nearly every major metropolitan area. 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.

What is NAWBO’s mission?

NAWBO’s mission is to:

  •  strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development;
  •  create innovative and effective change in the business culture;
  •  build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations;
  •  and transform public policy and influence opinion makers.

How much are annual membership dues?

NAWBO membership dues vary depending on your membership category. To learn more about dues click here.

How do I renew my membership online?

NAWBO National handles the renewal process and members are highly encouraged to submit their renewal payment online via National’s website. To renew your membership online follow these steps:

  1. Visit NAWBO National’s website at NAWBO.org.
  2. Enter your login and password on the Member Login section on National’s website: https://www.nawbo.org/user/login
  3. Confirm contact information is accurate. [Bypass this step by clicking on “Back to Main Menu.”]
  4. On the Main Menu, click on “Open Invoices.”

If you prefer to submit a check payment, please mail checks, made payable to NAWBO, to:
NAWBO
P.O. Box 826157
Philadelphia, PA 19182-6157

How will I know when it is time to renew my membership?

Renewal notifications are processed by NAWBO National 30 days prior to your renewal date.

What is my login and password for National’s website?

Your username and password should have been mailed and/or emailed to you upon registration. Unless you changed it, your username for NAWBO National’s website is your first initial + last name + the last three digits of your Member ID number. Your password is your Member ID number. You can have your username and password emailed to you by completing this quick form.

How do I access the National member directory?

To access the National member directory follow these steps:

  • Enter your login and password into the Member Login section on the National website: https://www.nawbo.org/user/login
  • On the Main Menu of the Member Section click on “Membership Directory.”
  • Complete search criteria and press “Query.”

What are the benefits of becoming a woman-certified business and how do I qualify?

Becoming woman-certified puts you into a better position to bid for contracts from major corporations and government agencies. It’s a marketing tool that can help get you business in the form of “set asides”—that is, a percentage of contract awards earmarked for diversity suppliers. The work can be awarded directly to you (Tier 1) or you can be a subcontractor to other companies that secure such contracts (Tier 2). Different kinds of certifications are awarded by a variety of private organizations and public agencies, such as your city government. Usually, you can apply only if your firm is at least 51 percent woman-owned and managed.

How can I obtain funding for my business?

NAWBO itself does not provide funding for women starting businesses. However, the following organizations are helpful resources:

Where can I find statistics on women business owners?

The go-to source on the trends, characteristics, achievements and challenges of women business owners and their enterprises is the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Can anyone attend a NAWBO Greater DC event?

Yes! NAWBO Greater DC welcomes everyone to its non-exclusive events.

What is your membership approval process?

Once a Membership Application is received, the applicant will receive a confirmation email from NAWBO National. The completion process should take no longer than 15 business days.

Cate Fulkerson – Points North Strategies

In the spring of 2018, I was invited to a chapter lunch and learn program by a business colleague and friend who was on the board and a sponsor of the local chapter.  I just started my business and was looking for networking opportunities.  I received much more during that luncheon.  I found a phenomenal cadre of women who supported and celebrated each other in business and personally.  All welcomed me and treated me like a long-lost friend.  That is meaningful and immensely powerful. My choice to join came after one more lunch and learn program; where, my interest continued to grow as I learned about the advocacy effort and successes of this non-profit for women in business. This is a smart, powerful, and strong organization that any woman in business should join.

Cate Fulkerson
CEO, Points North Strategies