NAWBO was founded on advocacy efforts on behalf of women business owners. NAWBO Charlotte is dedicated to transforming public policy for small- and women-owned businesses in our region. Read the February 2020 National Advocacy Call summary notes for insight into our current efforts.
Public policy positions on taxes, health care and attitude towards business can affect the vitality of your business and the places in which you do business now and in the future. You can help shape the future of your business and business climate by keeping up to date on, and getting involved in, advocacy.
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 opens doors for women entrepreneurs by transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers, and represents the issues and concerns of small and women-owned businesses at the national and state levels.
NAWBO 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.
ACCESS TO CAPITAL FOR WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES
NAWBO supports federal legislation that helps to overcome the current barriers related to access to capital by women business owners (WBOs) and reduces the risk of private sector lending to small businesses. The major sources of funding that women business owners continue to rely on are personal savings, reinvested business earnings, lines of credit, loans, equity financing, and venture capital, in that order.
NAWBO favors a three-pronged advocacy approach in this area, choosing to focus on the various SBA loan programs, the Small Business Investment Company program, and tax incentives to encourage investment in the small business sector.
INCREASED FEDERAL PROCUREMENT FOR WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS
NAWBO supports achievement of the five percent Federal procurement goal for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) and other steps designed to assure women business owners their fair share of Federal contracts and contract dollars. Failure to achieve the 5% goal has cost women business owners an average of $5 billion in lost contract dollars each year. NAWBO opposes contract bundling, the Federal government’s policy of consolidating its purchases of unrelated goods and services into a single large contract. Bundling limits the opportunities for small businesses to effectively compete, thereby restricting competition and increasing the overall cost of goods and services to the federal government.
AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE
Health care insurance cost reduction is a very important issue for NAWBO members. The results of the 2010 NAWBO Public Policy Survey show that health care cost issues are third only to the economy and business taxes as issues affecting our members’ businesses and their votes. In this critical time NAWBO wants to be part of the dialogue on health care reform. NAWBO supports legislation that will make health insurance more affordable for women business owners and their employees. NAWBO will consider and support, as appropriate, federal and state legislation designed to address the rising cost of health insurance by lowering premiums or creating tax incentives that make the purchase of health insurance more affordable for small business owners and their employees.
FAIR AND EQUITABLE TAX TREATMENT
NAWBO supports fair and equitable tax policy for large and small businesses that fosters the economic growth of women-owned and other small businesses. Legislation 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.
Where can I go to learn more and have an impact?
The following NAWBO groups and initiatives and NAWBO supported groups can help you act as a voice for your business and the businesses around you. We all stand to gain when public policy makes good sense.
Find out how to help elect the candidates that support the public policy issues that help women business owners.
WOMEN IMPACTING PUBLIC POLICY (WIPP)
Stay up to date on national issues and find out how getting involved with this national advocacy group can help your business.
MECKLENBURG COUNTY COMMISSION
Find out how to get involved on an advisory board or commission.