National Association of Women Business Owners empowers, enriches Indy entrepreneurs

INDIANAPOLIS - In honor of Women's History Month, RTV6 is highlighting women-based organizations in central Indiana.

Some of the fastest-growing segments of the economy are women-owned businesses and the largest chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners is located in Indianapolis.

NAWBO Board Member Melissa Brown said that when she became president of relocation strategies, she found support among a diverse group of hundreds of other women business owners.

"It's that network of people that all want you to succeed. You're not in it alone," Brown said. "When I first joined NAWBO, I didn't realize how much I didn't know. You have all these women business owners that are helping you and they're mentoring you and they're guiding you."

NAWBO Indy President Deborah Oatts said team-building and mentoring are some of the key components of the organization.

"We are an organization of women committed to the success of women business owners. NAWBO is an organization that influences and impacts Indianapolis to be the leading state for women-owned businesses," Oatts said.

NAWBO was founded in 1975 by a group of businesswomen in the Washington, D.C. area to share information and strengthen their entrepreneurial interests. Since then, the organization has grown to become a unified voice of more than 10 million women-owned businesses across the county.

The Indianapolis Chapter, charted in 1997, is now the largest in the nation with more than 220 members.

Oatts said NAWBO empowers women to have dreams and to fulfill them.

"I think every day we look in the mirror and we have to remind ourselves of where we've come, where we are and where we're going," she said.

NAWBO's membership is dues-based. Nationally, it has more than 5,000 members and 60 chapter across the country.

RTV6 is a proud media sponsor of NAWBO.

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