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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 NAWBO Iowa Awards Event Set for November 9
See Celebration of Excellence Page for more details >>
Special Collection - Photos:  2016 Celebration of Excellence >>

NAWBO Iowa Calendar of Events


NAWBO Iowa Monthly Luncheon - JUL 20

NAWBO Iowa will meet at Sam & Gabe's in Downtown Des Moines at 11:30 AM on July 20.

At this lively, interactive event you will discover creative marketing techniques to push your business to the forefront with your target audience. Participation is open to members and guests.

Leading the conversations will be NAWBO Iowa members and marketing professionals Tamara Kenworthy of On Point Strategies, Kris Winter of M2K Marketing Group and Kathryn Towner of WinCommunications.

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July 20, 2017 | 11:30 AM

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NAWBO Iowa Monthly Luncheon - AUG 17

NAWBO Iowa will meet at Sam & Gabe's in Downtown Des Moines at 11:30 AM on August 17.

Due to the increasing complexities and expenses of operating a business in these times, the importance of protecting one's intellectual property rights has become a critical element of any successful business operation. In this lunch presentation, Jordan Meggison-Decker, Attorney at Law at BrownWinick, will discuss "How to Actively Manage Your Intellectual Property" - an area of law in which NAWBO Iowa partner BrownWinick is well versed. Topic covered in this area include patent application preparation and prosecution, trademarks and copyrights.                                            

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August 17, 2017 | 11:30 AM

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NAWBO Iowa Monthly Luncheon - SEP 21

Where Are They Now? Honorees of NAWBO Iowa 

NAWBO Iowa will meet in Downtown Des Moines on September 21. 

This one-of-a-kind event will showcase past NAWBO Iowa award honorees and their experiences in the years since being honored.

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September 21, 2017 | 11:30 AM

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NAWBO Iowa Monthly Luncheon - OCT 19

NAWBO Iowa will meet in Downtown Des Moines on October 19.

Member Michele DeClerck, owner of Conference Event Management, will share her experience as one of only 150 businesses nationwide selected by Goldman Sachs to the Spring 2017 10,000 Small Businesses program at BabsonCollege. 

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is a $500 million investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity. Designed by Babson College, the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship school, the 10,000 Small Businesses curriculum focuses on business skills that can immediately be applied by small business owners who are on the growth track and can help make their communities stronger through job creation, leadership and community development.

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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

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: 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

Virtual Connect & Learn: Nope - A Guide to An Unstoppable Life
August 10 @ 8pm ET


National NAWBO Events

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
October 15-17

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.


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.

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

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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!