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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS ASSISTS WOMEN IN GROWING THEIR BUSINESSES The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) represents the interests of women entrepreneurs world-wide. NAWBO’s mission is to develop products and services that meet the needs of established women business owners and support the needs of emerging women business owners. NAWBO traces its origins to a small group of Washington DC business women who began meeting informally to talk about mutual experiences, exchange information and develop business skills. Recognizing the value of the group, they incorporated as the National Association of Women Business Owners on December 19, 1974. Locally, the NAWBO-LA chapter was founded in 1979 and is the largest and most active chapter in the country. NAWBO-LA’s purpose is to: – Be a customer-driven voice within the community to further the success of women business owners – Be a clearing house of information on what is available, where to go and who to contact – Provide a model of the integration of values, profits, technology and people Membership is open to sole proprietors, partners and corporate owners with day-to-day management responsibility. Women-owned businesses operate in every sector including manufacturing, construction, agribusiness, and retail, as well as high-growth industries such as health, business and professional services. NAWBO-LA members own businesses throughout the Los Angeles business community, including the Inland Empire, the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, Westside, South Bay, East Los Angeles, Orange County and downtown Los Angeles. NAWBO membership offers opportunities for the woman business owner to reach business goals and maintain the competitive edge through training, education, corporate connection, networking, peer support, public policy, certification, scholarships, awards and direct discount programs. NAWBO-LA’s Scholarship/Youth Outreach Committee helps and supports young women ages 13-21 that have an interest in becoming entrepreneurs. The Scholarship/Youth Outreach Committee has developed programs for this specific outreach with the help of NAWBO-LA corporate partners, advisory board members and membership at large. The committee accomplishes it’s mission through various programs, including mentorships, youth scholarships and membership scholarships. NAWBO-LA hosts a monthly dinner meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month and many other networking and educational opportunities for business owners. NAWBO-LA’s third annual business conference will be held on Thursday, May 15, from Noon to 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Grande Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa Street , in downtown Los Angeles. The conference will begin with a luncheon co-sponsored by Town Hall, Los Angeles. The keynote speaker will be Jan Davidson, Director of the Davidson Group and formerly the President and Founder of Davidson & Associates in Torrance., a children’s software company which was purchased last year by CUC International for $1.5 billion. Davidson was the only woman listed on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s listing of the 50 wealthiest business people in Los Angeles. Two break-out sessions will be held in the afternoon, with topics such as negotiating, advertising and public relations, persuasive business presentations, marketing, and technology. Monica Lopez, owner of Hot! Hot! Hot! in Pasadena, which has one of the most successful home pages on the World Wide Web, will be one of the featured speakers on technology. A cocktail and networking reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Registration is $79 for NAWBO-LA members who pre-register before April 30, and $99 for non-members and late registration. NAWBO-LA’s mission is to provide the vision, the values and the voice to further the success of women business owners. NAWBO-LA represents more than 314,000 women-owned businesses in Los Angeles County, the largest concentration of the nation’s 8 million women-owned businesses. For more information, please call the NAWBO-LA office at 800-266-8762. ###

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