Through efforts of many our Chapter helps identify the public policy
issues most important to the Chapter membership and communicates those
issues to the National Council Representative on Public Policy, the
NAWBO Chicago PAC, and the National Office. The voice of NAWBO Chicago
members are heard, and together we are championing issues, effecting
change, and making a difference.
Policies and Positions
has focused on public policy issues of national and statewide interest
impacting women entrepreneurs and small businesses since 1975. By
attending White House events, providing Congressional testimony,
holding advocacy conferences, developing reports, and educating
members, NAWBO has consistently brought the concerns of women business
owners to our lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
In 1988, NAWBO played a key role in the passage of The Women's
Business Ownership Act, also known as H.R. 5050. This landmark
legislation allowed women to receive business loans without the
co-signature of a male relative. H.R. 5050 also created the National
Women's Business Council, a body of women entrepreneurs and women's
organizations that provides counsel to the President and Congress.
Increased Federal Procurement for Women Business Owners
only three percent of federal contracts go to women-owned businesses.
NAWBO is strongly advocating raising that number to the five percent
minimum established in 1994. read more »
Access to Affordable Health Care
supports affordable health insurance offerings for small businesses
that will lower costs and promote multi-year predictability for women
business owners and their employees. read more »
Fair and Equitable Tax Treatment for Small Businesses
should be enacted to ensure tax equity and basic fairness for all forms
of small business organizations. The privilege of deducting legitimate
business expenses should no longer be based upon the entity chosen to
operate the business. read more »