NAWBO Iowa's History

The seed for the Roundtable, the original name for NAWBO Iowa, was planted on May 15, 1984, during the final afternoon of the Midwestern Women’s Business Ownership Conference sponsored by the Small Business Administration and a private sector steering committee. Twenty-four women chose to build on that gatherings success and energy, and they established the Roundtable as a vehicle for women business owners to address pertinent issues, education and public policy. Ten Roundtable members became delegates to the1986 White House Conference on Small Business. When they returned from Washington, D.C., they shared their experiences and excitement about the women they’d met from a national association called NAWBO. That association had been created to address nationwide public policy issues and the need to provide a united voice for women business owners in economic, social and political communities. The Iowa WBOs were impressed at how savvy these peers were in strategizing to move their public policy agendas forward. Iowa’s Roundtable women then chose to enhance its focus for WBOs and affiliate with this national entity. The Iowa chapter of NAWBO has existed ever since, and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011.