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National Women’s Business Council

NWBC To Hold Public Meeting On September 14th


NWBC Public Meeting on September 14th


You’re Invited! The National Women’s Business Council is holding a virtual public meeting on September 14th via Zoom from 12:30-2:30 PM EDT. The meeting will provide Council Members the opportunity to recap engagements from the past year and deliberate policy recommendations before a public audience. If you’re interested, be sure to register and submit comments. You can also submit comments by emailing All comments must be submitted before September 6th.

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NWBC Celebrates Women's Equality Day


Happy Women's Equality Day!

This month, we were happy to celebrate Women's Equality Day! Over 102 years ago, women got the right to vote through the 19th Amendment. It took another 45 years for women of color to get that same right through the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 23 years after that, all women got the right to apply for a business loan on their own through H.R. 5050.
We don’t know what tomorrow may bring, but what we do know is we are proud to celebrate women’s equality today.


The Word From Upstairs


The Word From Upstairs: Updates From OWBO and SBA

Updates from OWBO

Earlier this month, Assistant Administrator Natalie Madeira Cofield announced she would be departing from the Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO). We here at NWBC would like to thank Natalie for her dedication to advancing women's entrepreneurship and wish her the best of luck in her future pursuits.

Updates from SBA

August has been a month full of accomplishments at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Some highlights included:

  • The ChallengeHER initiative will be starting once again. This initiative provides outreach and educational opportunities to support women entrepreneurs in pursuing government contracting. It is a part of a collaboration between SBA, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and American Express. 
  • On the topic of collaboration, SBA announced a co-sponsorship with Small Business Majority on a webinar series focused on addressing "economic challenges facing small businesses today."
  • On August 25th, SBA held an online panel discussion celebrating rural entrepreneurship and diving into resources of use. 


IN-FOCUS: Rural Women's Entrepreneurship


"If You Don't Like The Road You're Walking, Pave A New One," Dolly Parton


Speaking of rural entrepreneurship, topics relating to rural women's entrepreneurship were highlighted across NWBC's social media platforms over the month of August. Be sure to follow NWBC on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter to help continue the conversation and learn about:

  • Fast Fixes To Support Women Entrepreneurs: Five fast fixes for female farm folk? Passing the Small Business Succession Planning Act, studying the impact of expanding the estate tax exemption for an additional 10 years to 2035 to support women-owned farms and businesses, expanding the Child Tax Credit to 2025, conducting research on the experiences of rural minority women business owners, and continuing to focus on opening women's business centers (WBCs) in rural and underserved communities. Check out NWBC's 2021 Annual Report to see other fast fixes that support rural women entrepreneurs.
  • Women Entrepreneurs Making An Impact: Jill Rae Scarbro, CEO of Bright Futures Learning Services and SBA Small Business Person of the Year, started her business in 2007 in Winfield, WV. 15 years later, the importance of services like childcare and those for children with unique needs is more apparent than ever, especially in rural communities.
  • News You Can Use: The Biden-Harris Administration recently created the Rural Partners Network (RPN) to ensure that federal resources are reaching the rural communities that need them most and to promote further economic development. 
  • And More!

About the National Women's Business Council

The National Women's Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory committee created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. To learn more, please visit: