When you are doing a business story and need a business owner to talk to, please contact the NAWBO California. A consortium of nine NAWBO chapters throughout the state, NAWBO California represents more than 1.4 million women business owners statewide. The businesses represent all geographic areas of the state, all sizes of businesses in all industries.
California leads the country for being the state with the most women-owned businesses based on the number of firms, number of employees and sales generated. The approximately 1.9 million women-owned businesses in the state account for nearly 50 percent of all privately-held firms statewide. Women-owned firms in California employ nearly 1.9 million people and generate $318.2 billion in sales, according to the Center for Women's Business Research (survey 2008).
Nationally, women-owned businesses employ 9.2 million people, up 30 percent from 1997, which reflects a growth rate that is one- and one-half times the national average.
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) represents the interests of women entrepreneurs worldwide. NAWBO'S mission is create alliances and help women create better businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy.
When you need resources for business stories, or specific stories on women-owned businesses, please keep us in mind. Please call us at 855-NAWBO-CA (855-629-2622) or email us if you would like further information.
Carla Cobb Davis
NAWBO California President 2010-11