The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) began when a dozen businesswomen in the Washington, D.C., area met informally in late 1974 to exchange information on federal contracts, bank credit and other financial issues.


NAWBO was incorporated the following year and by 1978 the first chapters were formed with members recruited across the country. Today, NAWBO has nearly 80 chapters in the nation, approximately 8,000 members and is recognized as a policy leader on Capitol Hill where it continues to champion women business owners and their issues to lawmakers, the media, federal government agency heads, White House staff and the greater business community.


NAWBO presence in New Jersey started in 1989. Through the years, we have played a significant role in the status, growth and success of women entrepreneurs. Unlike some organizations, NAWBO’s membership is made up of owners rather than companies. Its programming is targeted toward the unique issues of business ownership, understanding that if you prosper then your business is likely to be successful. NAWBO creates leaders, and strong leaders create strong companies.


NAWBO-CJ Mission is to:

  • Enable women business owners to reach their full potential
  • Strengthen the wealth creating ability of our members
  • Build strategic alliances
  • To access to resources for greater visibility and profitability
  • Influence public policy


NAWBO-Central Jersey – the place where women business owners connect, build strong relationships that foster business growth, develop valuable leadership skills, and gain knowledge and insight from experienced owners.

One event that sets NAWBO-CJ apart from all other Chapters is their SEED [Supporting Emerging Entrepreneurs’ Development] Business Plan Competition started in 2007.

For more information about SEED,

Call us at 732-703-6616 or Email NAWBOCJ [at]