Who We Are

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory council established to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, the Congress, and the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration on issues related to women’s business enterprise.

The Council is the government’s only independent voice for women entrepreneurs. Members are prominent business owners and leaders of women’s business organizations. NWBC is composed of 15 members who are appointed to three-year terms:

Meet the Members of the Council.

Meet the Council Staff.


What We Do

The Council is committed to:

  • Analyzing research and data on issues of importance to women business owners and their organizations
  • Communicating these findings widely
  • Connecting members of the women’s business community to one another, and to public policy makers
  • Providing a platform for change in order to expand and improve opportunities for women business owners and their enterprises –
    from start-up to success to significance

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The National Women’s Business Council was established as part of the Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 as an advisory body of women business owners. It was asked to identify the barriers to success for women-owned businesses and report annually to the president and Congress on their findings.

By the early 1990s, the Council had begun bringing together women business owners, policy makers, bankers, representatives of women’s business organizations and other stakeholders to discuss potential solutions to the challenges facing women business owners, and to recommend these solutions to the president and Congress.

In 1994, the Small Business Reauthorization Act changed the structure of the NWBC to its current form to include both women business owners and representatives of women’s business organizations. In 1998, the law was amended to expand the Council’s membership to its current 15.