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Bank of America supports women entrepreneurs in partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners

Celebrating its 45th anniversary, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America's more than 11.6 million women-owned businesses, which generate $1.8 trillion each year. The organization provides a network of support to both budding and established entrepreneurs, and provides opportunity and advocacy for its members and women business owners everywhere.

Bank of America is proud of its close partnership with NAWBO. The relationship provides the opportunity to meet and engage women business owners to offer access to resources and connect them with industry experts. The partnership spans from sponsoring the national organization to having Bank of America employees serve in more than 50 local NAWBO chapters from coast to coast.

One of the highlights of the bank’s partnership with NAWBO is participating in the annual National Women’s Business Conference. This year’s conference marked the bank’s eighth consecutive year as the event’s presenting sponsor. Like many events this year, the conference was held virtually for the first time. Still, the conference provided an opportunity for women entrepreneurs from around the world to connect and discuss the unique challenges and steps they have taken to navigate these uncertain times.

“Each year, our National Women’s Business Conference brings together our vibrant community of women business owners to learn from and network with one another,” said Jen Earle, NAWBO National CEO. “This year, finding ways to make these connections was more important than ever as women entrepreneurs around the world continue to navigate the challenging environment brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Working alongside our partner, Bank of America, we were able to virtually connect 700 women from around the world. Bank of America and NAWBO believe in the resilience and strength of women business owners and look forward to seeing the NAWBO sisters again at next year’s conference.”

Bank of America’s Jill Calabrese Bain, Managing Director, Internal & Corporate Communications, kicked off the conference with her keynote remarks, which touched on a year of unprecedented challenges, while highlighting how the women of NAWBO personify the resilience and determination of America’s small business community. Jill also moderated a breakout session with Sharon Miller, Head of Small Business at Bank of America, and Karen Harrison, Senior Vice President at Bank of America, which was focused on tips for accessing capital and sharing insights on the current small business lending environment.

A highlight of this year’s conference was getting to know the Women Business of the Year Award finalists during their panel discussion, led by Karen Harrison. The finalists shared their business success stories, unique challenges they’ve overcome, and what’s next as they look to come out of this current business environment stronger than ever before.

The Bank of America team was honored to recognize Rebecca Fyffe, CEO and director of research of Landmark Pest Management, as this year’s award winner. Rebecca was chosen from a competitive group of finalists, all of whom exemplify the hard work and creative spirit found in the most successful entrepreneurs. You can read more about the award finalists and their stories on the Bank of America Small Business Community site.

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