In September of 1996, Dixie Kingston & Lynn Weirich attended a National NAWBO Conference as a result of their affiliation as brokers of MassMutual, a National Corporate Sponsor at that time. At the conference, they met Patricia Stout who was a National NAWBO member at large from San Antonio.
Impressed by the National organization, Pat, Lynn, and Dixie decided to network with other women business owners in San Antonio to determine the level of interest in forming a local Chapter. Invitations were mailed to over 400 women business owners in the area to attend informational meetings on NAWBO. Several business owners expressed an interest in joining NAWBO, and in December of 1996 National was informed of our intent to form a San Antonio chapter.
That same month, Caryn Hasslocher hosted a gathering at the Tower of Americas, to which Presidents and members of other women’s organizations were invited. Additional interest was generated, and a Steering Committee was formed.
By early 1997, 30 members had joined the National Association, the minimum requirement
for a Chapter in Formation, and in spring San Antonio submitted their application.
Over the years, San Antonio has been recognized as one of the leading chapters in the nation. In June 2006, the National Association awarded the San Antonio Chapter its distinguished Gold Award for “best practices” in membership, mentoring, and corporate partner support. In 2007, San Antonio was awarded the Guardian/NAWBO Diversity Award for its numerous diversity initiatives including: Leadership Development, the President’s Advisory Council, and the WOB Certification Initiative.
Today, NAWBO San Antonio continues to thrive by being a valuable resource for women entrepreneurs to learn and grow with their peers.
Initial filing for Chapter in Formation submitted
It began! Our Chapter was chartered.
We created our first logo and began branding our Chapter. Our first marketing materials were in distribution.
We founded the 1st Member Annual Conference to provide a series of educational and leadership workshops.
Our Corporate Partner Program started.
This was the year we celebrated out 1st Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards in recognition of area women entrepreneurs and their accomplishments.
We held our 1st Holiday Social.
The first, and momentous, An Income of Her Own Conference was put on by a group of tenacious believers, the founders of the program.
In honor of our 5th Anniversary, our Board outlined a strategic plan to meet criteria necessary for the Healthy Chapter Award.
We amended our Bylaws to better align with NAWBO National.
We received our 1st Healthy Chapter Award for the quality and diversity of our programs, the involvement of our members, and our membership growth.
Received our 2nd Healthy Chapter Award
Received our 3rd Healthy Chapter Award
At our Board Retreat, we outlined a strategic plan to meet criteria necessary for the Gold Healthy Chapter Award.
NAWBO San Antonio was awarded the prestigious Gold Healthy Chapter Award for best practices in membership, succession planning, mentoring, corporate partner support and involvement at the national level. San Antonio was one of only two chapters nationwide to receive this honor.
More planning at our Board Retreat outlined a 3-year strategic plan.
A long standing Corporate Partner becomes our first Diamond Partner (now Platinum).
Our Chapter created new bylaws to better align itself with new national governance structure.
Our Chapter takes the An Income of Her Own Program to new heights, awarding $16,000 in scholarships to three teen women for their participation in the program and their submission of business plans for their Dream Businesses.
NAWBO-San Antonio receives the National Diversity Award with a check for $1,000.
We achieved a Chapter Membership of 120 Women Business Owners.
We celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Chapter at the Annual Banquet.
Our second Diamond level Partner (now Platinum) joins us and builds our first interactive website.
An Income of Her Own increased annual awards to $20,500 in scholarships to deserving teen women.
NAWBO-SA begins to participate in the TX Conference for Women in Houston.
Introduced quarterly Breakfasts with the President to promote conversations with new members.
Inaugural year of our Million Dollar Roundtable for members with revenues greater than $1 million.
Awarded “Partner of the Year” by Communities in Schools for An Income of Her Own teen mentoring program.
Formation of the NAWBO – San Antonio Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Raised profile of the Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards by converting to an evening gala format.
Hired local agency to increase public awareness of our mission
Diamond level Corporate Partner redesigned our interactive website, an online marketplace for Women Business Owners.
Strengthened Platinum Corporate Partnership package in collaboration with long-term Corporate Partner
Hosted NAWBO-SA Member Trade Show and Educational Event
Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards Gala is the most profitable event in NAWBO-SA’s 12 year history.
Introduced the first ever Title Sponsor for the Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards
Changed the name of our teen women program from An Income of Her Own (AIOHO) to Entrepreneurial Connections.
Brought on a new Corporate Sponsor dedicated to providing high-value door prizes for our monthly Women Mean Business luncheons.
Introduced the NAWBO-SA blog as part of several website enhancements.
Began awarding our annual Entrepreneurial Connections scholarships to teen women at the Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards Gala.
NAWBO in San Antonio
We started 12 years ago as a collection of innovators; focused on being the premier organization for women business owners. Our burning ideas lead to starting this chapter and develop its programs, some of which are recognized on a national scale. We are currently the only NAWBO Chapter in the country which awards annual scholarships to our future women entrepreneurs. And, our programs continue to develop.
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“This is an exciting time for women entrepreneurs…become part of this powerful organization of decision makers. Together, we are building relationships that build business, and build leaders. I guarantee that the benefits you receive will be far greater than the investment you make.”
-- Patsy Foxworth, President, NAWBO-SA