NAWBO Calls On Both Presidential Candidates to Host Small Business Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. October 24, 2016. The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is calling for a White House Conference on Small Business in 2017. NAWBO wrote to both major party presidential candidates requesting they host a Conference when elected. The letter was signed by 14 former NAWBO National Presidents who served as delegates to previous White House Conference on Small Business.


“In the 1980s and 1990s, NAWBO leaders played an integral role in the White House Conferences on Small Business, leading the way on discussions and decisions involving small business owners nationwide,” said Teresa Meares, NAWBO National Board Chair. “Small business owners are a driving force in this nation’s economy. The beginning of the next presidential administration is an ideal time to gather these important economic leaders to discuss the opportunities and impediments relating to their ability to grow their businesses and by extension the economy. It is our pleasure to ask both Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump to host the next White House Conference on Small Business.”

Added NAWBO Buffalo Niagara chapter president, Lisa Coppola, “In my law practice, I see WNY small business owners making a difference in the lives of their employees, customers, and community. Western New York has a rich history of supporting small and medium-sized businesses, and we hope the new President will feel just as strongly about it.”

According to the SBA, small businesses created nearly 2 million of the roughly 3 million private-sector jobs grated in 2014. More than 7 million of the 11 million jobs created during our recovery have been generated by startups and small enterprises.

“NAWBO is proud to represent women business owners in all sizes, sectors and stages of their development. Approximately three-fourths of our members are small business owners as classified by the SBA,” added Meares. “As we celebrate October as National Women’s Small Business Month, we are proud to make this call and encourage the next President of the United States to make small owners a top priority.”

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by strengthening the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations; and influencing opinion makers.

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of NAWBO has been helping women entrepreneurs thrive since 1994. It is the premier organization for WNY’s diverse range of women-owned businesses, fostering a network of women entrepreneurs, and providing high-quality educational programs for a diverse group of women business owners and chapter partners. NAWBO Buffalo Niagara is a leading advocate for emerging and established women business owners who aspire to higher levels of opportunity, challenge, and success.


For further information, contact Lisa Coppola, NAWBO WNY President, at or 716-536-4442.