Supporting women entrepreneurs in partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America's more than 11.6 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. 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 business 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 being able to participate in the annual National Women’s Business Conference. This year’s conference, which marked the bank’s seventh time as the event’s presenting sponsor, was held in Jacksonville, Florida and centered on the theme of “Our Time is Now.” The three-day event provided a forum for nearly 600 women to learn, network, and share their ideas and plans for the future.

A highlight of this year’s conference was the annual Awards Gala. During the evening, Bank of America’s Jill Calabrese Bain, managing director, Enterprise Payments, was honored with the Gillian Rudd Business Leadership Award for her continuous support of NAWBO and championing women business owners across the country.

The Bank of America team then got to award Gail Becker, owner of Caulipower, with the Woman Business Owner of the Year Award. Gail 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.

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