To the Members of NAWBO SJ

The Advocacy Committee of NAWBO SJ, working hand in hand with NAWBO National, has taken the lead in a blanket outreach to introduce ourselves to those who legislate on behalf of constituents throughout the South Jersey region. Public policy is an important factor guiding system changes that can have a positive or negative impact on business in general. Our goal to foster bi-partisan support for women in business in South Jersey remains at the top of our agenda for 2024.

Please click here “to learn more” to read the entire letter. If you don’t know what women’s advocacy is, the letter’s content will help you understand what advocacy issues comprise and our mission on behalf of all women business owners in South Jersey. We stand for your interests so you can find success in yours!

In appreciation,

The NAWBO SJ Advocacy Committee

NAWBO provides a platform for women business owners to come together as one voice that translates into a formidable economic force and an effective agent for change in the business environment. NAWBO National and the South Jersey chapter do not represent or support any political party.

Take Action by June 30, 2024

To the Chapter Members of NAWBO South Jersey,

We have been requested to join NAWBO National in their efforts to reach members of Congress throughout the United States in support of women business owners regarding the development of the FY 2025 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill. Your participation is very much appreciated! Attached are the links to finding your representatives.

All you need to do is to send an email letter of support as a Representative of NAWBO with the following language (just update the name of the Congressperson to whom you are sending the request).  Feel free to tweak with personal stories if you have them, or just copy/paste the bold text below updating the name of the Congressperson.

Thank you in advance for your help!
The Board of Directors, NAWBO South Jersey

Dear Congressman/Congresswoman X:

NAWBO supports the following bi-partisan request being sent to the leaders of the Committee developing the FY 2025 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.  We hope you will consider signing on to this very important letter for women business owners.  Thank you for your consideration.

LETTER TEXT from Representatives Houlahan and Salazar:

Dear Chairman Womack and Ranking Member Hoyer:

As you develop the FY 2025 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, we respectfully urge the inclusion of $30 million for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women Business Centers Program (WBC). This critical funding would support the growing number of women entrepreneurs across the country.

WBCs are resource centers which ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to training, counseling, and capital to start, grow, and manage their business ventures. Across the more than 130 locations throughout the country, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, WBCs provide flexible access to education and training assistance to women entrepreneurs and partner closely with other Federal agencies and the private sector to better equip economically or socially disadvantaged businesspersons. WBCs have contributed to the significant growth of women-owned business nationwide.

We thank you for your inclusion of $27 million for the WBC Program in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024. This funding will allow the SBA, through the WBC Program, to train 85,000 entrepreneurs, help start at least 2,800 new businesses, and help women gain access to capital with a goal of 8,500 capital infusion transactions in FY 2024. The SBA will also focus on support for women owned childcare businesses and those seeking to do business with the Federal Government.

Providing $30 million for the WBC Program in FY 2025 will allow the SBA to further expand upon each of its target goals for number of clients served, new businesses started, and capital infusion transactions. Additional funding will also allow the WBC Program to expand its services to keep pace with the growing number of women-owned businesses, which have grown in share of total U.S. businesses by 13.6% from 2019 to 2023.

Women-owned businesses play a vital role in our economy, employing over 12 million workers across the country and adding an estimated $1.8 trillion to America’s gross domestic product every year. While their numbers are growing, WBCs still face numerous barriers including access to capital and the long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We must ensure continued support of this program to further spur innovation and economic opportunity.

Thank you for your continued support of our nation’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. We appreciate your consideration of $30 million for the SBA Women Business Centers Program in the FY 2025 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.

Thank you so much for your help as NAWBO helps Congress help WBO’s!


Join the NAWBO National Advocacy Committee to discuss and give feedback on NAWBO’s draft of a microbusiness definition to be utilized by the federal government to increase access to capital and procurement for our nation’s microbusiness owners.
Tuesday, January 16, February 20, March 19, April 16, and May 21
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET  
Also, get a regional advocacy update each month this spring. We’ll be hearing from the Northeast Region in January, Midwest Region in February, Southern Region in March, Western Region in April and the Western/California Region in May.
Use this zoom link or click the button below:

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the time to advocate is NOW!

Contact Your U.S. Representative!
Please contact your member of the House of Representatives NOW to ask for H.R.45, to be included in the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024.

H.R.45 is a revenue generating, bipartisan, bicameral legislation directly benefiting women, minorities, and small business owners, and contributes to a reduction in the overall tax gap.

H.R.45 will establish tax parity, enabling barbershops and salons to recover and stay in business.

Ask your representative today to include H.R. 45 in the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024 moving forward in Congress now.

Take Action

NAWBO National

NAWBO was founded in 1975 to open doors for women entrepreneurs by transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers. In the beginning, there were twelve women business owners who met informally in the D.C. area to share information about federal contracts, access to capital and other issues related to their businesses.

NAWBO has continued to represent the issues and concerns of small and women-owned businesses at the national and state levels. Through Congressional testimony, public policy conferences and member education, NAWBO has been at the forefront of advocacy on behalf of women business owners and the issues that impact their companies. Join with NAWBO to represent the interests of the fastest growing segment of the economy.

NAWBO South Jersey

As the voice of women business owners in the South Jersey area, NAWBO SJ seeks to educate members about local, state, and national public policy issues that impact business. These issues include access to capital, WBE procurement opportunities, healthcare/entitlement reform, legislation, regulations, and fair & equitable taxes. Going beyond education, NAWBO SJ’s Public Policy Initiative will also work to encourage the inclusion of women business owners on local, regional, and state boards and commissions. We champion our members to transform public policy, influence opinion makers and support women entrepreneurs who seek public office.

Invitation to NAWBO SJ members to join our monthly National Advocacy Committee Call.
NAWBO was founded in 1975 to be the first advocacy organization for all women business owners. In the beginning, there were just 12 women business owners who met informally in the DC area to share information about federal contracts, access to capital and other issues related to their businesses.
Today, there are chapters representing women entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries across the globe. All NAWBO members are welcome to join a monthly National Advocacy call, the third Tuesday of the month, at 12:00PM ET, by emailing Elle Patout at with a request to join. Be in the know with NAWBO South Jersey!

Legislative Alert

The Advocacy Committee of NAWBO SJ recently received an important Legislative Alert that we’d like to pass along to our Members. This notification is provided specifically to educate and inform, and is not intended to support or endorse the NJCPA position. Thank you for your attention.


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