National Women’s Business Council

NWBC Enterprising Women Blog Series: Maria Rios


NWBC Enterprising Women Blog Series: Maria Rios


Our Council Members volunteer their time and expertise to promote women’s entrepreneurship. They have embarked on their journeys in hopes that others may be able to do the same. It is our privilege to share where these women have been, and where they may be going. This month, we sat down with Council Member Maria Rios to discuss her story, successes, struggles and suggestions for commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month.

Read Her Story


Two New Council Members Join NWBC


New NWBC Council Members

We are very pleased to announce that Jenny Poon and Karen Clark Cole have joined the Council. These entrepreneurs have the experience and perspective to effectively advocate for women entrepreneurs in their own communities and across the country. Learn more about these new Council Members, as well as our current Council Members here



Latinx/Hispanic Women Business Owners Webinar


Latinx/Hispanic Women Business Owners Webinar


The Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO) and the Surdna Foundation invite you to join them for a webinar on Latinx/Hispanic women business owners. What better way is there to spend Halloween than learning about the experiences of and resources available to Latinx/Hispanic women entrepreneurs? 

Register Today 


Wells Fargo Connect To More Panel


Wells Fargo Connect To More Panel

NWBC Executive Director Tené Dolphin participated in a panel on economic trends impacting women’s entrepreneurship. The panel was recorded as part of Wells Fargo’s Connect to More program and featured data from experts and testimonials from women business owners. 

Check It Out


The Word From Upstairs


The Word From Upstairs: Updates From OWBO and SBA

Updates from SBA

October was a month of many accomplishments at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Some highlights included:

  • SBA announced a new proposed rule for reforming the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program. The proposed rule is available in the Federal Register, with comments due December 19, 2022. 
  • SBA will provide over $4 million in funding to support the growth of Veteran Business Outreach Centers.
  • SBA shared that it will provide additional funding to support the Service-Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program.


External: Exciting Opportunity For Women Entrepreneurs


Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program

The Tory Burch Foundation is looking for incredible women entrepreneurs – from any industry – for the 2023 Fellows program. Applications are open through November 3. NOTE: This program is being facilitated independently by the sponsor listed above and is not affiliated with NWBC.


Learn More Here


IN-FOCUS: National Women’s Small Business Month


Happy National Women's Small Business Month


Happy National Women’s Small Business Month! Women-owned small businesses make up 37.6% of all businesses and generate over $1.7 trillion in revenue each year. We celebrated what we called “Turn Back The Clock-Tober” by highlighting facts and findings from our Council’s history. Be sure to follow NWBC on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter to help continue the conversation and catch:

  • Fascinating Statistics: During one day, adults laugh an average of 17 times, and think about their finances 6 times. According to our 2017 Annual Report, women were starting more than 1,140 businesses per day that year. 
  • Fun Facts About Past Council Members: The small business owners that have served on our Council have ranged from racecar drivers to jewelry designers, to network executives, to real estate brokers, to beauty moguls, to tech gurus, to defense manufacturers. Women really can do it all, and we are so proud of our Council Members, who in fact have done it all.
  • Inspirational Quotes: “Our work is not about women as victims of discrimination or as a special interest group. It is not even about gender equality. Instead, we align ourselves around the economic potential of women.” – Former NWBC Chair Donna A. James
  • And More!

About the National Women’s Business Council

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is a non-partisan federal advisory committee created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. To learn more, please visit: