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National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) - 30th Annual Celebration of Achievement Luncheon


Tuesday, May 07, 2013
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


The Westin Hotel, 909 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Contact Information

Melisa Lagowski
Big Buzz Idea Group
3332 W Foster, #121
Chicago, IL 60625



Hosted by: National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
Supported by: Central Management Services (CMS) - Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS), Business Enterprise Program (BEP) & Vendor Payment Program (VPP)

The State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) supports this event. Learn about State contracting opportunities and how to get certified with the State as a business owner. Visit our booths and meet representatives from our Bureaus: Business Enterprise Program (BEP), Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) and Vendor Payment Program (VPP)

To access NAWBO's web page and the agenda to the luncheon on May 7th click on: NAWBO

About the luncheon event:

Valuable visibility benefits await your company by partnering with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Chicago Area Chapter, for our annual Celebration of Achievement Luncheon commemorating women’s entrepreneurial excellence. This much-anticipated event, which draws some (400 – 600) business owners/decision makers, media, dignitaries and guests, honors the accomplishments and contributions of the women who lead the way.

NAWBO is the premier organization in the United States representing the interests of all women business owners.  Now in its 34th year, NAWBO Chicago is one of the largest of the organization’s 70 chapters, and a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

The luncheon, which will be held on May 7, 2013 at the Westin Hotel, stands as our largest fundraiser of the year.  It features an inspirational keynote speaker [to be announced soon],  presentation of our two most prestigious awards: 2013 Woman Business Owner of the Year and 2013 Member of the Year, the ever-popular Chocolate Hour dessert buffet, and substantial networking and interaction time before and after the luncheon session. 

We’re confident that influential organizations such as the Illinois Department of Central Management Services would benefit from partnering with this emergent organization. We invite you to take a prominent role by joining our distinguished list of supporters. Through your patronage, NAWBO can continue to propel women entrepreneurs to greater heights through enhanced education and opportunities and expand our reach in the Chicagoland area. This vital support will enable us to implement initiatives to increase the diversity of our membership (by race and industry) and develop new programs to assist and motivate the next generation of women entrepreneurs.

Corporate partners and affiliates of NAWBO are essential to our success in assisting with outreach for attendance, sponsorship and support for women in business. There are several ways your company can participate to endorse the vital and expanding role of women in our economy. For example, you can: 

  • Reserve a space for your organization in our Exhibit Hall, or
  • Attend and purchase a table at the Luncheon to invite staff and corporate contacts, or
  • Share the information with other corporate leaders interested in attending or joining, or
  • List it on your calendars and website to promote the event

One of the major benefits of your participation at the event is access to these decision-makers, and the opportunity to make new contacts or renew existing relationships while networking with community leaders. You’ll reinforce and promote your brand to membership and attendees while helping to champion the cause of diversity. 

NAWBO members are more passionate than ever, not only regarding their own businesses, but about the increasing potential for growth for women in industry and the economic implications both nationally and globally. More women are starting their own companies or entering the C-suite than ever before, impacting direction and production, influencing markets and legislation. Women are the decision-makers:  as producers, merchants, consumers and the end users. 

  • Women-owned business accounts for an economic impact of $3 trillion of GDP
  • Women-owned businesses account for 23 million jobs in the US
  • As a demographic, women account for 85% of all consumer purchases, and $7 trillion of GDP
  • We are women in business who guide, encourage and partner with other women in business 

Please help in supporting outstanding women leaders and in affiliating NAWBO with organizations of a common cause—women leaders and their economic independence.