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Since 1982 the Richmond Chapter of NAWBO has been a strong voice for Central Virginia’s female business owners. Winner of the national “Healthy Chapter Award,” NAWBO Richmond is composed of dynamic, diverse, and powerful community entrepreneurs and corporate sponsors that encourage and enhance successes through programs designed to:

  • Generate business opportunities
  • Build strategic alliances
  • Influence public policy
  • Promote leadership throughout the civic and business community

I originally joined NAWBO so that I could network with women to grow the business and to give me a reprieve from the testosterone-heavy IT world. What I found was so much more.
—Jennifer Whitlock, The HelpDesk Company


Membership Levels

  • ESTABLISHED BUSINESS OWNER (Voting)

    Annual Dues: $300 New / $275 Renewal

    For a business owner who has been in business for more than two years. A regular voting category, member receives all communications and publications, is eligible for all discounts and benefits, and is listed in the online member directory. Chapter membership is automatic for those whose businesses are located in a chapter area. To qualify for membership, members must own a percentage of their company.

  • EMERGING BUSINESS OWNER (Non-Voting)

    Annual Dues: $200 New / $175 Renewal

    For a new business owner (in business for two years or less). A non-voting category limited to two years, member receives all communications and publications, is eligible for all discounts and benefits, and is listed in the online member directory.

  • SUSTAINING MEMBER (Voting)

    Annual Dues: $350 New / $325 Renewal

    For a business owner as defined in the NAWBO Policies and Procedures and is a Chapter member or an At-Large member who wishes to support the organization in a larger monetary way and gain additional benefits. A member in this classification has one (1) vote.

  • SUPPORTING MEMBER (Non-Voting)

    Annual Dues: $300 New / $275 Renewal

    An Individual who subscribes to the objectives of NAWBO and wishes to lend support to NAWBO through membership. Members in this classification shall not constitute more than 10% of the voting membership of a chapter. Membership applications in this category must be submitted directly to the chapter for approval. This category is NOT available online; and any application submitted to the National office without chapter approval will be denied.

  • STUDENT MEMBER (Non-Voting)

    Annual Dues: $150 New / $125 Renewal

    For a business owner who has been in business for more than two years. A regular voting category, member receives all communications and publications, is eligible for all discounts and benefits, and is listed in the online member directory. Chapter membership is automatic for those whose businesses are located in a chapter area. To qualify for membership, members must own a percentage of their company.

Membership Dues

discount-ribbonNAWBO dues are made up of both the national dues and the local chapter dues depending upon the type of membership category.  During NAWBO’s Annual Membership Drive, taking place now through April 30th, all new members will receive $25 off their annual dues! 

Membership Criteria

  • As a member of the NAWBO Richmond Chapter, you are also a member of the national organization.
  • Membership is open to individual business owners who own an equity interest and act as a sole proprietor. Membership is also open to an active partner of a partnership, an active member of a limited liability company, an independent contractor, or individual owners of 5 percent, or more, of a corporation’s stock who are actively involved in policy-making and day-to-day management.
  • If you are not a business owner but support the mission of NAWBO, we welcome you to submit an application for supporting membership in the Richmond Chapter.  Supporting membership applications must be approved by the Chapter Board of Directors.  For more details on the supporting membership category, please see the membership categories above.
  • If there is an active chapter within 45 miles of your home, or business location, you must become a member of that chapter. If there are no chapters in, or near, your area, you may join NAWBO as a Member At-Large.
  • Membership is recorded under an individual’s name, not the organization’s.
  • Membership dues are nonrefundable and subject to change.
  • A member’s join date is the first day of the month in which NAWBO National receives dues.

More on NAWBO

The National Association of Women Business Owners is the nation’s voice for over 10 million women-owned businesses. It is the largest dues-paying organization for women entrepreneurs. NAWBO membership offers female-owned businesses a national and local platform to utilize the resources of an already established community of women entrepreneurs.

Ways to Join NAWBO

Join Online: Submit your application online.
Join by Mail:
Download and mail your application and dues check to:

NAWBO
P. O. Box 826157
Philadelphia, PA 19182-6157

Join by Fax: Download and fax your application, with credit card payment information, to 202-403-3788.

Questions?

Read more about NAWBO membership on the National NAWBO website. Questions regarding NAWBO Richmond membership? Please e-mail them to info@nawborichmond.org.

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