NAWBO-GR and Advocacy

NAWBO provides a platform for women business owners to come together as one voice that translates into a formidable economic force and an effective agent for change in the business environment.  On the national level, NAWBO represents small and women-owned businesses through Congressional testimony, public policy conferences and member education.  

Through NAWBO Greater Raleigh, women business owners in the Triangle can take an active role in communicating their business issues to our Federal, state, and local legislators through the following activities:

Policies and Positions 

NAWBO has focused on public policy issues of national and statewide interest impacting women entrepreneurs and small businesses since 1975. By attending White House events, providing Congressional testimony, holding advocacy conferences, developing reports, and educating members, NAWBO has consistently brought the concerns of women business owners to our lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

In 1988, NAWBO played a key role in the passage of The Women's Business Ownership Act, also known as H.R. 5050. This landmark legislation allowed women to receive business loans without the co-signature of a male relative. H.R. 5050 also created the National Women's Business Council, a body of women entrepreneurs and women's organizations that provides counsel to the President and Congress.


Annual public policy luncheon

This annual luncheon provides an up close and interactive forum for chapter members to meet with influential leaders in public policy.  Past luncheons have featured Elaine Marshall, NC Secretary of State; Janet Cowell, now NC State Treasurer; Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker; and a number of our state representatives.

Greater Raleigh Chapter Day at the State Legislature

With our state legislators meeting right in our backyard, the Greater Raleigh members take a day each year to go to the Legislative building for face-to-face meetings with our Representatives and Senators.

NAWBO National Public Policy Days

Each year NAWBO Greater Raleigh members join with other NAWBO members from across the country in DC to discuss best practices, learn more about current legislation, and lobby our Federal Representatives and Senators on issues related to women-owned and small business.

Interested in learning more? Check us out at an upcoming event or review our member benefits.