Women own nearly half of all privately held firms in the United States.  This is a sector that is rapidly growing within the business community.  Female owned and operated businesses generate trillions in sales, while spending billions on employment, benefits and salaries for the millions of individuals they employ nationwide.  The National Association of Women Business Owners, or NAWBO, ties together this group of powerful women leaders, while spreading the message that females are a force to be reckoned with in the business world.

NAWBO Richmond Chapter

NAWBO Richmond is one of two NAWBO Chapters in Virginia.  Since 1982 NAWBO Richmond has provided a strong voice and vision for a dynamic group of women business owners and corporate partners in Central Virginia.  Through events such as the Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards and monthly meetings, NAWBO Richmond’s programs are designed to:

  • Create business opportunities within the community
  • Build strategic alliances through partnerships and networking
  • Educate the public about women-owned businesses
  • Influence public policy, presenting a unified front
  • Promote leadership within the civic and business communities

As winner of the national “Healthy Chapter Award,” NAWBO Richmond takes pride in it’s commitment to leadership, education and encouragement of women-owned businesses in and around the Richmond area.

NAWBO National Organization

NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization that represents the interests of all women entrepreneurs that own and operate businesses in a variety of areas.  Based in McLean, Virginia, NAWBO has more than 7,000 members composed of nearly 70 chapters in the United States and in 35 countries.

Regardless of race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability, NAWBO values and seeks diverse, inclusive membership consisting solely of women business owners.  The goal of NAWBO is to fully represent the diverse make-up of female business owners through increased representation within ethnic and minority communities, while expanding access to leadership opportunities.

NAWBO’s strength comes from it’s diversity.  No matter how large, or small, the business, NAWBO is the one-stop resource to propel women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

Read more about the National Organization on NAWBO on their website.


Why NAWBO Richmond? Watch our video to learn more.