Public Policy

 

Stay informed. Stay in touch. Stay involved.
It is vital that women business owners make our voices heard. When we unite, there is nothing we cannot accomplish. NAWBO provides a platform for women business owners to come together as one voice that translates into a formidable economic force and an effective agent for change in the business environment. 

NAWBO has focused on public policy issues of national and statewide interest impacting women entrepreneurs and small businesses since 1975.  In the beginning, there were twelve women business owners who met informally in the Washington, D.C. area to share information about federal contracts, access to capital and other issues related to their businesses.  Since that time, NAWBO has continued to represent the issues and concerns of small and women-owned businesses at the national, state and levels.  Through testimony, public policy conferences and member education, NAWBO has been at the forefront of advocacy on behalf of women business owners and the issues that impact their companies.  Join with NAWBO to represent the interests of the fastest growing segment of the economy.
 
To learn more about NAWBO's national public policy priorities, please visit nawbo.org

In addition, NAWBO is committed to assertive and timely advocacy on behalf of all of our members and the nation's 10.1 million women-owned businesses. Through NAWBO's nationwide Legislative Action Center, you can find the information you need to stay on top of legislative issues affecting your business and the tools you need to contact your lawmakers and make your voice heard.  Be sure to check NAWBO's national Legislative Action Center for periodic updates on crucial issues we all need to be aware of and take action on. We are vigilantly committed to helping propel your success.  (visit nawbo.org to learn more)

Locally, your NAWBO-KC Chapter is making an impact for its members.  Our members can make a difference.
Look at the positive impact and accomplishments of NAWBO-KC and our members.  We are making a difference in our community and to our members by encouraging and supporting our members to get connected and coordinating and participating in women-owned business issues, statutes and initiatives.

  • Increasing Federal, State and Local Procurement Opportunities for Women

  • Assisting with the Creation of MBE/WBE Program for State of KS (New Kansas M/WBE Program implemented via Governor Sebelius Executive Order 08-08 in June 2008. 

  • Reporting and Attainment of WBE Procurement Goals in MO/KS - Worked with the Kansas City, Missouri City Council in creation of KCMO Fairness in Contracts Board and creation of record keeping systems with KS.

  • Improving WBE Access to Capital:  Worked with NAWBO-KC Corporate Sponsor Union Bank; assisted in advisory capacity regarding Union Bank's  creation of special WBE lending program featuring  7 year loan at Prime / below prime rates; interest only first year; $5 million reserved exclusively for loans to women owned businesses. Only metro bank offering such a program.

  • Providing Public Policy Training Programs:  Day long public policy training programs were held in 2007 and 2008 and attended by various women's business coalitions.  Featured speakers included elected and appointed officials from the local, county, state and Federal levels.