The Louisville Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing business ownership by women. Founded in 1992, the Louisville Chapter counts among its 100-plus members, the women owners of more than 80 different types of businesses.
We are part of the National Association of Women Business Owners, the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of business. The organization currently has over 80 chapters across the nation. It is affiliated with the Les FEmmes Chefs d'Entreprises Mondailes (World Association of Women Business Owners) in 35 countries.
NAWBO traces its origins to a small group of Washington, DC business women who began meeting informally in the Spring of 1974 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. Two years later they began recruiting members from across the country and in 1978 the first chapters were formed.
We extend a very special "Thank You" to the three women business owners and the Women Owned Business representative from the US Small Business Administration who conducted the necessary research, sat through long, arduous planning sessions, corresponded with hundreds of women business owners and personally financed the formation of the Louisville Chapter of NAWBO. Those women are:
Betty Griffin - Betty Griffin Public Relations
Carol Hatfield - US Small Business Administration
Rita Bodart - Airlanse Travel
Brenda Schissler - Personnel Solutions, Inc.