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Welcome to NAWBO Iowa, the website of the National Association of Women Business Owners Iowa. Whether you are just starting a business or have been a woman business owner for 30 years, you will find a supportive, educational and energetic environment within NAWBO Iowa, a group that took root in Iowa in 1986. Women in business propelling other women in business. Join the movement!

 2017 Celebration of Excellence

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Thank you to Ivory House Photography for our gallery of beautiful photos this year!

2017 Celebration in the Books!

Congratulations honorees and a huge thank you to our sponsors! You are all truly something to celebrate! NAWBO Iowa would like to thank ALL individuals and sponsors who made our annual Celebration of Excellence awards event such a tremendous succss this year in 2017. We are humbled and honored to be host to this significant gathering of Iowans supporting Iowa women business owners. Please visit our Awards page and scroll down to see our growing list of honorees over the years!

Watch Highlight Video of NAWBO Iowa's 2017 Celebration of Excellence >>
Thank you to Bing Bang LLC for this amazing video summary!

NAWBO Iowa Calendar of Events


NAWBO Iowa Monthly Luncheon - FEB 15

How to Work with Companies Who Have Supplier Diversity Programs
With Jarrod Sheets of Wells Fargo and Dave Pendroy of Principal

This program will shed light on the process of landing business with a company that has a Supplier Diversity program, which is a proactive business program encouraging the use of minority-owned and historically underutilized businesses. Two guest speakers will discuss their programs.

We welcome Jarrod Sheets to discuss the program at Wells Fargo & Company. Jarrod is a business initiatives consultant on the Program and Strategic Outreach team for Supplier Diversity at Wells Fargo. His responsibilities include partnering with supplier development organizations and non-profits supporting diverse supplier inclusion and leading signature supplier diversity engagements.

Also joining the discussion will be Dave Pendroy with Principal Financial Group. Dave is Senior Sourcing Consultant at Principal. He leads the Corporate Supplier Diversity Program and acts as the primary contact to several diversity chambers and certifying organizations. He is a member of the Financial Services Roundtable on Supplier Diversity supplier development and industry benchmark team.

February 15, 2018 | 11:30 AM

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NAWBO National Upcoming Events

Find details on any of theses National events at NAWBO's EVENT CALENDAR >>

National NAWBO Webinars & Chats

Virtual Connect & Learn: How Can We Manage Stress, Fatigue & Anxiety
Thursday, January 11, 2018 4 - 5 PM Central Time

We all have those times when our deadlines are nearing and we procrastinate.  The issuing result is a stressful rush to meet the deadline that leads to anxiety and fatigue.  All this is not necessary if we only understood the energy of procrastination and why we fall victim to it.

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Advocacy Webinar: Board and CEO Searching featuring Keith Meyer
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11 AM - 12 PM Central Time

Keith Meyer, the Global Practice Leader of the CEO & Board Practice, has nearly 20 years of global experience developing innovative corporate governance and senior leadership solutions for Fortune 500, mid-cap and not-for-profit organizations, as well as personally leading numerous CEO and board of director searches.

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E-Learning Series
Ongoing online opportunities for education

Details Here >>

Past Events

December 7, 2017 - NAWBO Iowa Members Holiday Party

The chapter celebrated the season during happy hour at Sam & Gabe's at the Lyon on December 7th. Appetizers, wine, and tap beer were served while members were able to relax and enjoy the atmosphere looking out onto Downtown Des Moines.

November 9, 2017 - Celebration of Excellence Awards Event

The 2017 NAWBO Iowa annual awards celebration was held Thursday, November 9, 2017. Nearly 250 attendees celebrated women business ownership while they enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, a wonderful luncheon, and many significant connections at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines.

Honorees included Rowena Crosbie of Tero International as the 2017 NAWBO Iowa Hall of Fame Legacy Award Inductee, Mo Collins of Mo Collins, Inc. as the 2017 NAWBO Iowa Advocate of the Year, and Jane Whalen of Midwest Project Partners, An Aureon Company as the 2017 NAWBO Iowa Woman Business Owner of the Year.

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October 19, 2017 - What I Learned as a Goldman Sachs Scholar

This high-energy program was presented by Michelle DeClerck, CMP, Event Design Visionary & President Conference Event Management. Chosen as the only Iowa company to participate in the 2017 Goldman Sachs 10IKSB scholar program, Michelle expanded upon her experiences in Boston to help guests enhance thier businesses and profitability. Identify factors to help owners Process Map their way to success, work ON their businesses versus solely IN your business, and collaborate with others to remove themselves from isolation.

September 21, 2017 - NAWBO Iowa Honorees: Where are they now?

This month's program showcased NAWBO Iowa's rich history of honoring women business owners in our community. A handful of award honorees shared their stories, some lessons learned and their issues and challenges still today.

August 17, 2017 - Intellectual Property, What Business Owers Need to Know

Every business has Intellectual Property. Every business needs to actively manage its Intellectual Property. But where do you begin? In this lunch presentation, Jordan Meggison-Decker, Attorney at Law at BrownWinick, discussed "How to Actively Manage Your Intellectual Property" - an area of law in which NAWBO Iowa partner BrownWinick is well versed. Guests learned the differences between a patent, a trademark, a service mark, copyright, and trade secrets. Decker also discussed how to efficiently protect your Intellectual Property and what the process of protecting your Intellectual Property looks like.

July 20, 2017 - 15 Marketing Tips in 30 Minutes

At this lively, interactive event members discovered creative marketing techniques to push business to the forefront with their target audiences. Participants came prepared to be energize and left with tangible marketing takeaways! Leading the conversations were NAWBO Iowa members and marketing professionals Tamara Kenworthy of On Point Strategies, Kris Winter of M2K Marketing Group and Kathryn Towner of WinCommunications.

June 22, 2017 - Your Invisible Toolbox - How Millennials Sparked a National Conversation

NAWBO was pleased to provide 'insights' around the recently released book by Rowena "Ro" Crosbie, president of Tero International, and Deborah "Deb" Rinner, chief learning officer, titled "Your Invisible Toolbox: The Technological Ups & Interpersonal Downs of the Millennial Generation." Ro and Deb have spent nearly eight years perfecting the delivery and content of this book that includes research and insight for any age, not purely the millennial generation. A full room was present to hear key research and findings included in the book while sharing questions and discussion!

May 18, 2017 - Self Defense in The Workplace

Guests at the May meeting learned the top 10 reality based self-defense strategies for safety in your business. Leading the discussion was NAWBO Iowa member Amy Ratekin. Amy and her husband Mark became C.O.B.R.A Self-Defense instructors in December 2014. Takeaways from the May presentation included everyday items for defense, anti-abduction techniques with hands on practice, basic safety strategies, and corporate safety.

April 13, 2017 - Small Business In The Community

On April 13 NAWBO Iowa was joined by a panel from our community and volunteer organizations. They generously shared informatin on how volunteer organizations can add value to the mission of your business. Guest presenters included Mary Gordon from the Young Women's Resource Center, Jill Fulitano Avery from the Iowa Office of Persons with Disability, and Kathy Crooks from Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa.

April 10, 2017 - Public Policy Plugin via ZOOM

On April 10 NAWBO Iowa held the online "plugin party" with conversation about Public Policy and how it relates to women business owners. Online with Public Policy chair Kendra Erkamaa was special guest Jill Lippincott from the Targeted Small Business Program. Participants learned the value of becoming a targeted small business and the system for registering as such. For more details visit where you can download the APPLICATION FOR BECOMING A TARGETED SMALL BUSINESS.

March 16, 2017 - The True Potential of Persons with LBLD

How is your work impacted by persons with Language-Based Learning Disabilities? NAWBO Iowa's Nina Lorimor-Easley shared her knowledge and insight into this unique challenge often unexplained and unnoticed. In March the Central Satellite met to learn how to leverage the strengths of colleagues, staff, or team members who live with LBLD.

Nina's presentation was full of valuable information. You can download Nina's PowerPoint slide show here >>

Learn more about Nina's business True Potential Education here >>

February 16, 2017 - The Power of Compassionate Leadership

Many of us work in traditionally male dominated professions, but does simply adapting to a "man's world" really the best use of our talents? What doors can we open by expanding the traditional view of leadership?

NAWBO Iowa's Kristen Hall, Owner of KH Mediation, is a collaborative attorney and mediator. Kristen led the discussion of how compassionate leadership can expand your influence with clients and colleagues and set you apart from your competitors.

Learn more about Kristen's mediation business here >>

January 19, 2017 - Cenral Satellite Monthly Luncheon

Learn How to Protect Your Business from Cybercrime: Once again your NAWBO Iowa chapter brought women together for an pportunity to learn from the experts in order to improve business processes. Attendees learned what threats are real and the financial impact of cybercrime.

December 15, 2016 - Central Satellite Monthly Luncheon

Funding Sources for Your Business: Jayne Armstrong, District Director of the Small Business Administration, lead a panel discussion of local banking representatives sharing information on how to secure loans for your business.

November 10, 2016 - NAWBO Iowa Annual Awards

The 2016 NAWBO Iowa annual awards celebration was held Thursday, November 10, 2016. Over 180 attendees celebrated women business ownership while they enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, a live music presentation by Jill Miller, and a wonderful luncheon at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines.

Honorees included Miriam Erickson Brown of Anderson Erickson Dairy as the 2016 NAWBO Iowa Hall of Fame Legacy Award Honorree, Mary Anne Kennedy of Primary Source Promotion as the 2016 NAWBO Iowa Woman Business Owner of the Year, and Jayne Armstrong of the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2016 NAWBO Iowa Advocate of the YearSee more about NAWBO Iowa Awards >>

October 15, 2016 - Meet Your Female Candidates

Iowa is leading the way in female candidates seeking elected office. NAWBO Iowa members joined together to meet the Des Moines area women running for office. Our special guests included Jennifer Konfrst, Sonna Childs-Smith, Claire Celsi and others.

Septemer 8, 2016 - How to Recruit and Retain Volunteers

Cynthia D’Amour, leadership strategist and president of People Power Unlimited, presented a workshop on how to help develop a strong volunteer base! Cynthia is the author of several books that have proven to shape individuals into proactive leaders! This event has the enlightened attendees on ways to strengthen an organization as well as heighten the effectiveness of their role as a leaders! This event was open to the public!