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March 2020 Newsletter

Updates From The National Women’s Business Council In The Face Of The Pandemic

NWBC remains committed to advocating for the nation’s 13 million women business owners and entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (April 1, 2020) –  In the midst of uncertainty, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), a federal advisory committee comprised of small business owners and representatives of national women’s business organizations, acknowledges the detrimental effects coronavirus has had on small businesses. Council Members have shared the challenges that the outbreak has presented for their own enterprises or those of their organization’s members. From the disruption in the supply chain to the cancellation of annual industry trade shows, the impact can be felt across industries and state lines.

 NWBC has also indefinitely postponed its signature #LetsTalkBusiness Roundtable Series, which connects the voices of women entrepreneurs and business owners from across the country to policymakers in the Nation’s capital and helps serve as a springboard for the Council’s annual policy recommendations to Congress, the President, and the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Nonetheless, NWBC remains focused on carrying out its critical mission. As was reinforced at our first 2020 #LetsTalkBusiness Roundtable last month in San Juan, Puerto Rico, women business owners are key to helping local and national economies recover from disasters as well as grow and thrive.

Women-owned businesses represent 42% of all businesses — nearly 13 million — employing 9.4 million workers and generating revenue of $1.9 trillion. Over the past five years, the annual growth rate in the number of women-owned firms has been more than double that of all businesses. Female founders have fought too hard for a true place in the economy to lose all gains now.

With COVID-19 abruptly and drastically changing the landscape of our economy and disrupting local ecosystems, small businesses are looking for resources and advice to help them navigate these uncertain times and persevere.

The SBA is offering small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus up to $2 million in low-interest loans. These loans—available in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories—can be used to “pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact.” The interest rate offered to qualifying small businesses is 3.75%, and 2.75% for non-profits. The SBA is also providing deferment relief to its existing borrowers on certain SBA-serviced loans through December 31, 2020. You can find additional information at www.SBA.gov/disaster

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service have also announced a tax filing extension for all taxpayers from April 15 to July 15, 2020.

As we adjust to the new realities this crisis brings, NWBC remains committed to advocating for the nation’s 13 million women business owners and entrepreneurs. Please email NWBC at info@nwbc.gov and tell us how the Coronavirus is impacting your business. Be sure to stay in touch with us as we work to develop a webinar series on assistance available for small businesses.

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February 2020 Newsletter

NWBC Celebrates Women’s History Month

WASHINTON, D.C., March 3, 2019 – Join the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) in celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.

Women-owned businesses are driving economic growth in the United States. They represent 42% of all businesses — nearly 13 million — employing 9.4 million workers and generating revenue of $1.9 trillion. Over the past five years, the annual growth rate in the number of women-owned firms has been more than double that of all businesses.

On March 19, 2020, NWBC will partner with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to showcase how women-owned businesses have grown their revenues by selling overseas. By joining WEBINAR: Take Your Business Global, you’ll learn how SBA can help you participate in the $45 trillion global trade economy. NWBC will share the unique issues faced by women exporters and the creative solutions they are using to find success.

NWBC’s #WebinarWednesday is a multi-series webinar that connects women entrepreneurs and business owners to key advocates, experts, and useful resources in order to bolster their knowledge and skills and elevate their entrepreneurial potential. At NWBC, we continue to prioritize this challenge and strive to make inroads for women-owned businesses in starting and growing their business. 

Thursday, March 19th at 2:00pm (EST)

Take Your Business Global

Register Now!

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January 2020 Newsletter

New Year, New NWBC Opportunities

WASHINTON, D.C., February 3, 2019 – Last month, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) launched its #WebinarWednesday series.

NWBC’s #WebinarWednesday is a monthly, multi-series webinar that connects women entrepreneurs and business owners to key advocates, experts, and useful resources in order to bolster their knowledge and skills and elevate their entrepreneurial potential. At NWBC, we continue to prioritize this challenge and strive to make inroads for women-owned businesses in starting and growing their business.

Series 1: Connecting Voices & Impacting Policy

From January to March, #WebinarWednesday will focus on the policies and resources that benefit women business owners and entrepreneurs, educators, investors, and community leaders. The next NWBC #WebinarWednesday is: 

Wednesday, February 19th at 2:00pm (EST)

Get your Finances in Check

Register Now!

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December 2019 Newsletter

The Council Released Its 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

WASHINTON, D.C., January 10, 2019 – Last month, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) submitted its 2019 Annual Report to the President, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the House Committee on Small Business, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

“As the report findings and policy recommendations demonstrate, while we have made significant legislative and economic strides in advancing a new generation of women entrepreneurs, much work still lies ahead,” said Sara. “That is why the work of the Council continues to be vital. In 2020, we will continue our efforts with a laser focus on our three overarching issues areas of primary importance.”

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November 2019 Newsletter

NWBC Celebrates Entrepreneurship Month

WASHINTON, D.C., December 5, 2019 – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) celebrated National Entrepreneurship Month this November. NWBC recognizes the tremendous accomplishments and contributions of the estimated 13 million women-owned businesses across the country. This year, women-owned businesses employed 9.4 million Americans and had a combined revenue of $1.9 trillion.

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October 2019 Newsletter

13 Million Women Owned Businesses

WASHINTON, D.C., October 31, 2019 – This month, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) celebrated National Women’s Small Business Month and the 31st anniversary of H.R. 5050, the Women’s Business Ownership Act. NWBC recognizes the tremendous accomplishments and contributions of the estimated 13 million women-owned businesses across the country and continues to connect the voices of women entrepreneurs to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

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September 2019 Newsletter

NWBC Holds Roundtable in Los Angeles, CA

WASHINTON, D.C., September 6, 2019 – As part of it’s ‘Women in Small Business Roundtable’ series, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) will convene local women business owners and entrepreneurs, educators, investors, and community leaders, on September 17, 2019, in Los Angeles, California, to listen to their perspectives on the barriers that affect a woman entrepreneur’s access to capital.

Women-led firms struggle to obtain mainstream forms of funding and compete for federal contracts. At NWBC, we will continue to prioritize this challenge and strive to make inroads for women-owned businesses in acquiring capital for their businesses.

The roundtable will explore the challenges and opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship by delving into the topic of access to capital, with a specific focus on issues related to credit access, federal procurement, and venture capital. The conversation will serve as the springboard for the Council’s policy recommendations to Congress, the President, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration as they relate to issues surrounding women entrepreneurs and business owners.

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June 2019 Newsletter

NWBC WELCOMES TWO NEW MEMBERS

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2019 — The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) announces two new Council members.

“I’m pleased to welcome Rebecca Hamilton, CEO of Badger, and Sandra Robert, CEO of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS),” said Liz Sara, NWBC Chair. “As a full Council, we are ready to tackle action-based results while bringing the voices of  women-owned businesses to the White House, Congress, and the Small Business Administration.” 

Rebecca Hamilton is a second generation owner and co-CEO (Collaborative Executive Officer) at Badger, a natural and organic personal care products manufacturer known for its unique company philosophy, pioneering family-friendly benefits, and community engagement.

Sandra Robert is the CEO of AWIS, a national professional association that champions the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) across all disciplines and employment sectors. 

With the addition of these trailblazers, NWBC will continue to focus its advocacy efforts on Women in STEM, Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship, and Access to Capital and Opportunity. NWBC remains committed to advocating for women in business and expanding opportunities for women business owners and their enterprises.

Click HERE to read the June 2019 Newsletter

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April 2019 Newsletter

MEET THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2019 — The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) announces its new Council members.

“I’m pleased to welcome the many accomplished women business owners and several amazing leaders of national women’s organizations to the NWBC,” said Liz Sara, NWBC Chair. “We truly represent a diverse group of companies, industries and geographies as we seek to address the challenges we face in starting and growing companies. The many new voices on our Council, like the Vinetta Project’s Founder and CEO, will play an important role in communicating the needs and challenges of female founders as we formulate our recommendations to policymakers later this year. Collectively, our Council is ready to tackle action-based results. We are entrepreneurs at heart and do-ers in practice.”

For the past 30 years, the Council has served as the federal government’s only independent voice for women entrepreneurs, paving the way for increased growth in opportunity for women’s business enterprise. Today, women-owned firms comprise an estimated 40 percent of the country’s businesses, with a growth rate nearly five times faster than all other privately held businesses over the last 10 years. Without constant vigilance and continued advocacy, these gains would not have been possible. NWBC works to ensure that the voices of women entrepreneurs are heard and amplified, and continues to promote policies that provide opportunities for women business owners.

As a new Council takes shape, NWBC looks to focus its advocacy efforts on Women in STEM, Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship, and Access to Capital and Opportunity. NWBC remains committed to advocating for women in business and expanding opportunities for women business owners and their enterprises.

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NWBC Announces Its New Council Members

MEET THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2019 — The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) announces its new Council members.

“I’m pleased to welcome the many accomplished women business owners and several amazing leaders of national women’s organizations to the NWBC,” said Liz Sara, NWBC Chair. “We truly represent a diverse group of companies, industries and geographies as we seek to address the challenges we face in starting and growing companies. The many new voices on our Council, like the Vinetta Project’s Founder and CEO, will play an important role in communicating the needs and challenges of female founders as we formulate our recommendations to policymakers later this year. Collectively, our Council is ready to tackle action-based results. We are entrepreneurs at heart and do-ers in practice.”

For the past 30 years, the Council has served as the federal government’s only independent voice for women entrepreneurs, paving the way for increased growth in opportunity for women’s business enterprise. Today, women-owned firms comprise an estimated 40 percent of the country’s businesses, with a growth rate nearly five times faster than all other privately held businesses over the last 10 years. Without constant vigilance and continued advocacy, these gains would not have been possible. NWBC works to ensure that the voices of women entrepreneurs are heard and amplified, and continues to promote policies that provide opportunities for women business owners.

As a new Council takes shape, NWBC looks to focus its advocacy efforts on Women in STEM, Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship, and Access to Capital and Opportunity. NWBC remains committed to advocating for women in business and expanding opportunities for women business owners and their enterprises.

CLICK HERE to view the full Press Release: MEET THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL