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Temren Wroge

Washington, D.C. – (June 15, 2020) – The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is partnering with the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) for a webinar on financial literacy.

The webinar will take place Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT.

It will include an in-depth conversation with Bonnie Nawara, NWBC Council Member and CEO of Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW); Klassi Duncan, Director of Women Business Resource Center, Urban League of Louisiana; and David Ramos, Community Affairs Specialist for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

“This is a critical time to help underserved entrepreneurs prepare for recovery by taking full advantage of free and tested financial literacy resources,” said Liz Sara, Chair, NWBC. “As women business owners and entrepreneurs across the country adjust to the new normal, it is paramount that they are better prepared to access the funding they need to not only save their business, but also ultimately grow it.”

They will discuss the importance of the ‘Money Smart for Small Business’ program and curriculum—a collaborative business development initiative between SBA and FDIC. The participants will also examine how to leverage the curriculum, and other federal resources, to help eliminate disparities in underserved communities and build generational wealth.

“Women’s Business Centers understand the necessity of financial literacy for women business owners to be successful, and the network of 150+ locations nationwide offer a variety of programs to suit their client and community needs,” said AWBC CEO Corinne Hodges. “The Money Smart program is used by many Women’s Business Centers and provides a solid foundation for what women need in life and in business.”

This conversation will also feature remarks from Allen Gutierrez, Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). He will provide key insights on SBA’s efforts surrounding financial literacy and education and its importance in the small business community.

NWBC’s #WebinarWednesday is a monthly, multi-series webinar that serves as a platform for women entrepreneurs and business owners to connect them to key advocates, experts, and useful resources that can help bolster their knowledge and skills and elevate their entrepreneurial potential. At NWBC, we will continue to prioritize this challenge and strive to make inroads for women-owned businesses in starting and growing their business. The Council regularly convenes women business owners and entrepreneurs from across the country to connect their voices to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

About National Women’s Business Council

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory committee created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. To learn more, please visit:

About The Association of Women Business Centers

AWBC is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998.  The AWBC works to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of over 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBCs). WBCs help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to over 150,000 women entrepreneurs each year.

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