WASHINGTON – Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), announced today that she has appointed two new members to the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC). Effective immediately, Jen Earle, CEO of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and Rose Wang, serial entrepreneur and Women Impacting Public Policy Representative, will each serve a three-year appointment to the council, which advises the President, Members of Congress and the SBA on important issues that impact women business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs.
In making the announcement, SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet said: “I want to welcome Jen and Rose to the NWBC. The addition of these dynamic women business leaders will add fresh perspectives and credible voices to the NWBC as it continues its work advancing policies that are vital to our nation’s economy and small business community. This work continues to be integral to our ongoing efforts to scale up SBA support for America’s 9.8 million women business owners.”
“We are so excited that both these incredible, talented, and successful women are joining the Council as representatives of their respective organizations,” said Carla Harris, presidentially-appointed chair of the National Women’s Business Council. “We rely on the insight and experiences of the council members in women’s entrepreneurship to put forth sound and informed recommendations to the White House, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration.”
Jen Earle has worked with NAWBO since 2008. She brings more than a decade of multi-disciplinary, high-level experience in operational and project management development, support, and execution for a range of boards, business groups, entrepreneurs, CEOs and executives. Within three years of earning a degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame, she became co-owner of a successful commercial music production company, Element Music and Sound Design. A decade later, Earle launched Savvy Ops, a consulting group that provides virtual operational support to non-profit organizations.
Rose Wang founded Binary Group in 1996, an IT and data management firm. Earlier in her career, Wang was an engineering team member for Lighthouse Design, a Silicon Valley startup that was eventually acquired by Sun Microsystems. Later, Wang joined the venture-backed startup InLine Software as their chief architect, leading product development of enterprise software. She is a founder of iBizWomen.com, an online women’s business community. Wang joins the council as a representative of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). WIPP is a nationally recognized, nonpartisan voice for women entrepreneurs, advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7 million businesswomen, including 78 business organizations.
ABOUT THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and since January 13, 2012 has served as a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. www.sba.gov.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL (NWBC)
The National Women’s Business Council is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Congress and the White House on issues of impact and importance to women business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS (NAWBO)
NAWBO was founded in 1975 by a group of women entrepreneurs who joined to remove obstacles and create opportunities for other women entrepreneurs across the country. Today, NAWBO boasts thousands of members in more than 60 chapters nationwide and is the only member organization representing women entrepreneurs in all sectors, sizes and stages of their business development.
ABOUT WOMEN IMPACTING PUBLIC POLICY (WIPP)
WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization advocating on behalf of its coalition of 4.7 million businesswomen, including 75 business organizations. WIPP identifies important trends and opportunities and provides a collaborative model for the public and private sectors to increase the economic power of women-owned businesses.