Every month we spotlight one of our Council Member organizations to keep you up to date with their most recent initiatives and events, what resources they provide and how you can get involved in their work. The NWBC Group of Six includes the representatives of the participating women’s business organizations: Association of Women Business Centers, Astia, National Association of Women Business Owners, Women Business Enterprise National Council, Women Impacting Public Policy, and Women Presidents’ Organization.
The Group of Six leads the process of identifying, monitoring and analyzing programs, initiatives and policies currently at the forefront of their respective organizations. This committee works to educate the Council on new and existing programs that are making a difference in the advancement of women-owned businesses and assess opportunities for improvement of those programs.
This month we are featuring the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC). Founded in 1998, the AWBC is a national not-for-profit organization committed to economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of over 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBC). WBCs help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to over 140,000 women entrepreneurs each year in every state in the union.
Their Strategic Priorities for 2015:
- Collect and disseminate outcomes data and success stories to effectively demonstrate the purpose and impact of Women’s Business Centers.
- Advocate for Women’s Business Centers to ensure that elected officials recognize and support the important and growing role of women-owned businesses in our economy and to increase federal funding targeted specifically to women entrepreneurs’ needs.
- Partner with the SBA to help the Women’s Business Center program grow and change to effectively meet the evolving needs of woman-owned businesses.
- Develop Mentorship Program for Women’s Business Center leaders to expand organizational capacity and effectiveness.