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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!

Nominations for 2017 NAWBO Iowa Awards will begin in April.
See Awards Page for more details >>
Special Collection - 2016 Celebration of Excellence: View photo album! >>

NAWBO Iowa Calendar of Events


NAWBO Event in Cedar Rapids - APR 24

Join Women Business Owners on Monday, April 24th at the Gilded Pear Gallery, located at 808 3rd Ave SE from 4:00-5:30.

Wine and snacks will be provided!

Learn about, connect with and help create a NAWBO Iowa Satellite in Cedar Rapids!


April 24, 2017 | 4:00 PM

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NAWBO Iowa Monthly Luncheon - MAY 18

NAWBO Iowa Central Satellite will meet at the Holiday Inn Downtown Des Moines on Thursday, May 18. Check-in and networking begin at 11:30 AM. Lunch and presentation will follow. Register today!

MAY DISCUSSION: Self-Defense in The Workplace

Learn the top 10 reality based self-defense strategies that will keep you and your employees safer in your business. You will learn everyday items you can use for defense and practical anti-abduction techniques. The bad guys are looking for easy targets. You will not be an easy target after participating in this program.

Leading our discussion will be NAWBO Iowa member Amy Ratekin. Amy and her husband Mark became C.O.B.R.A Self-Defense instructors in December 2014. Originally they were looking for a self-defense program to teach their young Taekwondo students. They realized there was a desperate need for professional self-defense training for people of all ages and abilities. So, they became C.O.B.R.A. instructors and now offer training for everyone. All of her passions and past careers have merged into the perfect business of C.O.B.R.A Self-Defense Iowa.

Takeaways from the May presentation will include everyday items for defense, anti-abduction techniques with hands on practice, basic safety strategies, and corporate safety.

Register by the end of Monday, May 15!

May 18, 2017 | 11:30 AM

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Central Satellite Monthly Luncheon - JUN 22

NAWBO Iowa Central Satellite will meet at Sam & Gabe's in Downtown Des Moines on June 22. Details to come.

Register today!

June 22, 2017 | 11:30 AM

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Central Satellite Monthly Luncheon - JUL 20

NAWBO Iowa Central Satellite will meet in Des Moines on July 20. Details to come.

Register today!

July 20, 2017 | 11:30 AM

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Central Satellite Monthly Luncheon - SEP 21

NAWBO Iowa Central Satellite will meet in Downtown Des Moines on September 21. Details to come.

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September 21, 2017 | 11:30 AM

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Central Satellite Monthly Luncheon - OCT 19

NAWBO Iowa Central Satellite will meet in Downtown Des Moines on October 19. Details to come.

Register today!

October 19, 2017 | 11:30 AM

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2017 NAWBO Iowa Celebration of Excellence - NOV 9

Mark Your Calendars!
The 2017 NAWBO Iowa Celebration of Excellence
will be Thursday, November 9.

Glen Oaks Country Club
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Nominations currently being accepted.
NAWBO Iowa members: Check your email inbox for details!

2016 NAWBO Iowa Celebration of Excellence

November 09, 2017 | 11:00 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: Blog2Book 
May 11 @ 8pm ET

Advocacy: Intro to the Congressional Microbusiness Caucus with Guest Nate Zimpher, US House of Representatives Legislative Correspondent
May 17 @ 12:00 ET

Scheduled Chat: Lunch & Learn Reflections on "Blog2Book"
May 18 @12pm ET

Virtual Connect & Learn: Your Company Brand - When to Refresh?
June 8 @ 8pm ET

Scheduled Chat: Lunch & Learn Reflections on "Your Company Brand - When to Refresh?"
June 15 @12pm ET


National NAWBO Events

Membership Drive Ends
April 30

Leadership Development Training
May 7

Public Policy Day
June 13, Washington DC

Academy for Public Service
June 14, Washington DC

National Women's Business Conference Early Bird Pricing
Ends July 30


National Women's Business Conference 2017

NAWBO National Women's Business Conference 2017

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Past Events

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.

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.

Miriam Erickson Brown

Miriam Erickson Brown
Anderson Erickson Dairy
2016 NAWBO Iowa Hall of Fame Legacy Award Honorree

Mary Anne Kennedy
Primary Source Promotion
2016 NAWBO Iowa Woman Business Owner of the Year
Jayne Armstrong

Jayne Armstrong
U.S. Small Business Admin.
2016 NAWBO Iowa Advocate of the Year

See 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!