COMING UP in advocacy

The 2019 NAWBO Advocacy Day in Washington DC was a huge success!

Seen below, our NAWBO Iowa board members Claudia Schabel and Loraine Hardin met with Iowa's Senator Joni Ernst (middle).

2019 NAWBO Advocacy Day in Washington, DC


  1. Get involved! Become the team leader on one of the Public Policy goals
  2. Volunteer! Complete one actionable step
  3. Plug in! Look for details via email.

Email Claudia Schabel [email protected]

NAWBO Iowa Public Policy Position Statement

NAWBO Iowa will continue to pursue a public policy agenda that positions NAWBO Iowa at the forefront of issues that impact our members while continuing to increase our visibility and credibility with elected officials, agency personnel, peer organizations, and members of the media. We will also continue to build and strengthen partnerships, coalitions, and credibility to ensure our members are represented and seen as thought leaders on issues of importance to business owners.

We will continue to work with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and other agencies on issues relating to and impacting women business owners, as well as look ahead to the upcoming census to ensure women business owners are accounted for accurately.

Access to Capital

NAWBO Iowa believes access to capital is integral for women entrepreneurs to be able to start new businesses and successfully grow existing ones. For our state’s economy to continue to improve, it is critical for Congress and the Iowa Legislatureto focus on supporting established programs with a proven track record of success that help financial institutions through added incentives for providing capital to small and women-owned businesses.

Education and Workforce

NAWBO Iowa understands that an educated, prepared workforce is key to growing businesses. We will look to support legislation that encourages and increases opportunities to fill and accelerate the pipelines between the workforce and employers, with a specific interest in legislation impacting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.

Government Contracting and Disparity Studies

NAWBO Iowa strongly supports efforts by Congress to increase the allocation of federal contracts to be performed and/or fulfilled by small businesses, particularly women-owned businesses, and also believes federal agencies should be held accountable to achieve their small business contracting requirements. NAWBO Iowa believes that functions and services that are widely available in the private sector should not be performed by federal agencies. NAWBO Iowa also supports efforts to ensure authentication of Iowa women owned businesses in federal contracts.

In addition, NAWBO Iowa will engage as appropriate on state and local disparity studies to ensure that contracting dollars are being well spent and accounted for.

International Trade

NAWBO Iowa encourages the negotiation and approval of trade agreements with other significant, open, new markets, leveling the playing field and improving the competitiveness for Iowa women business owners. NAWBO Iowa also supports improving and strengthening trade promotion programs to assist Iowa women-owned businesses in exporting their goods and services.

Regulatory Reform

NAWBO Iowa supports legislative efforts to require state and federal agencies that tailor new regulations to impose the least cost necessary to achieve policy goals set by the Iowa Legislature and Congress. Overall NAWBO Iowa would like to see a regulatory environment that operates as effectively and efficiently as possible and includes feedback and engagement from business owners at all points during the reform process.


NAWBO Iowa supports comprehensive tax reform designed to lower corporate and marginal tax rates while broadening the tax base to provide greater certainty and increase competitiveness for women-owned businesses. Such reform should enact simple, predictable, easy-to-comprehend tax rules to reduce the cost of administration. Additionally, allowing business owners to write off costs incurred for technology or equipment purchases will free up resources to allow and encourage businesses to grow.


NAWBO Iowa supports policies that will encourage more start-ups and enable more of them to grow and expand.We believe that investments in the technology infrastructure could increase international competitiveness and that the modernization of laws, regulations, and rules regarding data could help create investment opportunities and spur job creation.

Workplace Flexibility

NAWBO Iowasupports NAWBO National’s work as part of a coalition on workplace flexibility legislation in Congress. Known as the Workflex in the 21stCentury Act, the legislation sponsored by Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) offers a voluntary federal program that entails a combination of paid leave and flexible work options.