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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

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March 2019 Newsletter

THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL HOSTS SMALL BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE IN PELLA, IA

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2019 – Last week, in recognition of National Women’s History Month, the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) hosted a Small Business Roundtable in Pella, Iowa with Senator Joni Ernst, NWBC Chair Liz Sara, Council member Barbara Kniff-McCulla, Owner of KLK Construction, and over fifteen local women business owners.

The roundtable began with NWBC Chair Sara welcoming Senator Ernst and the fifteen women business owners, representing various business sectors from construction and manufacturing to an online floral business and a brewery owner. NWBC was honored to have Senator Ernst join the conversation, where she discussed her work on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship and outlined her legislative priorities including increasing sole source contracting opportunities and paid family leave. Senator Ernst also touched on workforce training efforts and opportunity zones.

The highlight of the afternoon was a fireside chat between Senator Ernst and Council member Kniff-McCulla. They discussed topics ranging from broadband access to digital commerce and infrastructure. Kniff-McCulla remarked on the importance of the roundtable “for our rural community of Pella, to have a variety of women’s business owners sitting around the table, being able to tell their stories, and we appreciated Senator Ernst being a part of this.”

The discussion developed into introductions of the various small business owners and representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, the National Association of Women Business Owners (a representative of which also serves on the Council), Women’s Business Centers, and Small Business Development Centers. It was an incredible collection of women, all with unique stories of their own. The roundtable conversation also explored topics such as access to capital and markets, crowdfunding, technology, and infrastructure.

With an estimated 12.3 million women-owned firms, 89,000 of which are located in Iowa, NWBC recognizes the unique contributions that women-owned businesses make to the economy and remains committed to continuing to advocate for a platform to expand and improve opportunities for women business owners and their enterprises. This Women’s History Month, NWBC was intent on highlighting and exploring the successes and opportunities that rural women entrepreneurs.

NWBC will be releasing a research report on rural women’s entrepreneurship in May of 2019. Preliminarily, the report finds that despite the declining rate of entrepreneurship in rural areas, there remains great opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship. The Council looks forward to highlighting and sharing those successes, and making accompanying policy recommendations to the President, the Congress, and the SBA.

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ICYMI: NWBC in the News

March 19, 2019 — In honor of Women’s History Month, NWBC Executive Director Nina Roque discusses the impact of women business owners on women’s history on The Next Word Channel 16.

March 21, 2019 — KNIA – KRLS: National Women’s Business Council Hosting Pella Forum

March 22, 2019 — KNIA-KRLS: National Women’s Business Council, Senator Ernst Host Roundtable


About National Women’s Business Council

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a bipartisan 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 comprised of eight small business owners from across the country, six representatives of national women’s business organizations, and one Chairperson, Liz Sara, who was recently appointed by President Donald J. Trump in August 2018. To learn more about NWBC, visit www.nwbc.gov

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March 2018 Public Meeting Recap – Accelerating Access to Capital: Crowdfunding as a Solution to Fund HER Business

Access to capital remains one of the greatest barriers for women trying to launch, scale, and grow their businesses. As the government’s only independent voice on economic issues impacting women entrepreneurs, access to financial capital remains at the forefront of the NWBC’s agenda. That’s why this past March, in honor of Women’s Read More

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This Women’s History Month our Council Members share their inspiring entrepreneurial journeys.


microphone imageWhen it comes to building, running and growing your own business, our Council Members have learned a thing or two. Whether you are just starting out or are more established, entrepreneurship is not without its ups and downs. Starting a business on your own can be a challenging, exhilarating, exhausting, and yet incredibly rewarding experience
In honor of Women’s History Month, the NWBC Council Members would like to take the opportunity to share – in their own words – some valuable tips, insights and inspiration to what has enabled them to reach the levels of success they never thought possible.

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