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Public Policy


Advocacy for Women Business Owners

As the voice of women business owners in the metropolitan area, NAWBO-SA seeks to educate members about local, state, and national public policy issues that impact business. Issues like: access to capital, WBE procurement opportunities, healthcare/entitlement reform, legislation, regulations, and fair & equitable taxes. 

Going beyond education, NAWBO-SA’s Public Policy Initiative will also work to encourage the inclusion of women business owners on local / regional / state boards & commissions. NAWBO-SA will continue to champion our members to transform public policy, influence opinion makers and support women entrepreneurs who seek public office. 

NAWBO-SA does not represent or support any political party. 


A National Platform

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 was founded in 1975 to open doors for women entrepreneurs by transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers. In the beginning, there were twelve women business owners who met informally in the D.C. area to share information about federal contracts, access to capital and other issues related to their businesses.

NAWBO has continued to represent the issues and concerns of small and women-owned businesses at the national and state levels. Through Congressional testimony, public policy conferences and member education, NAWBO has been at the forefront of advocacy on behalf of women business owners and the issues that impact their companies. Join with NAWBO to represent the interests of the fastest growing segment of the economy.


Our State Presence

NAWBO-SA was present at Small Business Day at the Capitol, Governor Abbott was the keynote speaker and gave a very moving address regarding the growth of the Texas economy and the important role Small Business Owners play in it. 


Lisa Fullerton, who is NAWBO-SA's Co-Director of Public Policy, president and CEO of A Novel Idea LLC., owner of five Auntie Anne’s and two Cinnabon franchises in San Antonio, has been received the Ken Legler Small Business Champion Award from the Texas office of NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization. Read more here.

The member of NAWBO-SA met with a few legislators and left behind a White Paper explaining the issues that are of most concern to us as Women Business Owners. Read the White Paper here.


Local Efforts

Whether an employee, entrepreneur, or the CEO of a multimillion-dollar firm, women’s inequality issues in the workforce and as business owners, perpetuate as obstacles to success in our capitalistic society.  NAWBO San Antonio’s desire is to address the relevant topics, increase awareness, and improve the business atmosphere for women through seminars and education, lobbying politicians, and fellowship with like-minded local business owners, female and male alike.


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