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By Karen Harrison


A rising tide lifts all ships.


As women, we all know the power of a rising tide. Our “village” of relationships “lifts” our ship. From fellow business owners to book club buddies, these relationships make us stronger, more confident and more fulfilled.


Nawbo.gifAs a woman business owner, one of the most rewarding relationships you can cultivate is one with your local National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) chapter. Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of over 10.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. It propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.


Having been affiliated with small business for 25 years and a member of NAWBO (shout out to the San Diego chapter!) for 8 years, I can attest that NAWBO provides a differentiated experience from other networking groups. The mission of NAWBO is to advance women business owners – collectively – on issues like public policy (equal pay, anyone?), economic development and thought leadership. NAWBO is more than a place to source sales leads – it is a place to connect with other women leaders who are truly invested in supporting all facets of your business and your success.


The cornerstone of any business is knowing what you know and knowing what you don’t know. NAWBO helps you fill in the gaps. It’s like having your own personal network of professional advisors, without the fees. You can leverage the knowledge of others within the organization to help provide guidance, reveal your blind spots, and strengthen your weaknesses. It’s also a platform to exchange services or share contacts. Through these connections, you get stronger.


With more than 60 chapters from coast to coast, there’s probably one near you. Simply Google “local NAWBO chapter” to learn about upcoming events. You are welcome to attend as often as you like, without joining, to ensure this is a good fit for you. And, Bank of America has ambassadors, like me, in more than 55 of these chapters to help provide additional resources.


Welcome NAWBO to your “village” and help lift your ship and that of others.



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