NAWBO Cleveland FAQs

Q: Who can join NAWBO?

A: Any women business owner is eligible. There are no restrictions on industry or company size.
A woman business owner is defined as a woman who...

  • Owns at least 10% of a for profit company
  • Files a corporate or partnership tax return OR
  • Receives Form 1099
  • Is involved in the daily operation of the business
Q: I’m just starting my business. Can I join?

A: Yes! Owners of new businesses (defined as less than 2 years old) can join as an Emerging Member for a reduced rate. Emerging member status lasts for 2 years. After that time you are considered an Established Member. Established Member is a woman business owner whose business is over 2 years old. There is no requirement for number of employees or revenues. You must meet the criteria listed above.

Q: When are meetings?

A: NAWBO Cleveland has about 7 dinner meetings throughout the year on the 3rd Tuesday of the month with networking opportunities and speakers to help you build your business. The June meeting is a celebration of leaders and our legacy to the women business owner community, and the December meeting is our annual holiday party at the House of Blues. Our flagship event, the NAWBO Top 10 Women Business Owners of Northeast Ohio honors the top business women in Northeast Ohio, and is not to be missed!

In addition to meetings, we have joint networking & social events with other area organizations to maximize your opportunities for making connections. We offer lunch hour networking opportunities throughout Northeast Ohio, as well as an informational Breakfast Series the first Tuesday of every month. For full nformation about every NAWBO activity check out our Calendar of Events. Our e-blast calendar of events comes out the first of each month.

Q: How do I join NAWBO?

A: Either complete an application that is available on our local website at and mail it in or go to and join on-line. Dues are paid to both national and the Cleveland chapter.

Q:How do I get the most benefit from my membership?

A: There are 3 ways to make your membership work for you.

  1. Attend meetings and volunteer for committee work. These are the best ways to get to know other members. Business referrals and sage advice happen when you are known to members. Plus, committee work can stretch your skills and build your knowledge so you become a better businesswoman.
  2. Take advantage of the member discounts. Discounts are available for a variety of services and products from health care and IT to marketing
    and special event services.
  3. NAWBO is a national organization with over 8,000 members across the nation. There is a wealth of information and connections available 24/7!

Upcoming Program:

"Lettuce" Grow Together

Tuesday, June 16
5:45 pm Zoom opens
6:00 pm Program


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