Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of America’s 10.1 million women-owned businesses and is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries. Today the organization features chapters in almost every metropolitan area in the United States and is represented in 33 countries across the world through its affiliation with Les Femmes Chefs d'Enterprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs).
The National Association of Women Business Owners – Los Angeles (NAWBO-LA) is one of the organization's leading and innovative chapters since its beginnings in 1979. The mission of NAWBO-LA is to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power by: strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective changes in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers.
Founded in 2000, the NAWBO-LA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) institution dedicated to accelerating initiatives that promote women’s entrepreneurship worldwide. We accomplish this by: supporting programs and initiatives that propel women entrepreneurs into positions of leadership and power; disseminating information and knowledge through research and education; and working with the business community to build a legacy for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Together, NAWBO-LA and the Foundation work closely to ensure that women business owners are recognized as a public policy voice to be reckoned with, a formidable economic force, and as effective agents for change in the dynamic business environment that is Southern California.