Public Policy

The National Association of Women Business Owners was founded in 1975 in large part to become a powerful advocacy voice on behalf of women business owners in the United States. Check back here often for information regarding local Santa Barbara area policy, as well as news and events from NAWBO California and NAWBO National. If you would like to feed us a public policy tidbit, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Santa Barbara Area

Santa Barbara City Elections November 7th, 2017: On the first Tuesday in November all city residents will get a chance to vote on a new mayor and a 1% infrastructure tax. And if you live in City Districts 4, 5 or 6 you will also get to vote for a City Councilmember. Not sure which district you live in? Consult the Interactive District Map or use the District Lookup Tool. This election will be entirely vote-by-mail but you can also drop off your ballot. For the election notice, your district's sample ballot, a list of drop-off stations and important deadlines please check the City Elections Page.  The last day to register to vote for this election is October 23rd, and you can do so online.

Some upcoming mayoral election-related events are:

  • Monday, Oct 2, 7 p.m. League of Women Voters, First United Methodist Church, Anapamu & Garden Streets, more information here.
  • Wed, Oct 4, 6 p.m. Environmental Groups, SB Women's Club, 670 Mission Canyon Road
  • Monday, Oct 16, 6 p.m. SB Youth Council, Louise Lowry Davis Center
  • Tuesday, Oct 17, 5:30 KCRW/Independent, Garvin Theatre, SB City College West campus, more information here.
  • Friday, Oct 20, 11:30 a.m., Downtown Rotary luncheon, Fess Parker Hotel

Read mayoral candidates' responses to questions about Santa Barbara business concerns, such as workforce housing, the downtown corridor, homelessness, Highway 101, economic development, and more at: Santa Barbara Chamber

Some upcoming city councilmember election-related events are:
  • Tuesday, October 3 at 6pm for the District 4 discussion at the Santa Barbara Unitarian Society, 1535 Santa Barbara St. For more information, visit here.
  • Wednesday, October 4 at 6pm for the District 5 discussion at MacKenzie Park. For more information, visit here.
  • Wednesday, October 11 at 6pm for the District 6 discussion at Viva Modern Mexican. For more information, visit here.
Read city councilmember candidates' responses to questions about business and more here:
Coverage of the 1% proposed infrastructure sales tax:
Our local statewide elected representatives:
  • Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson represents the 19th district. She serves on various committees listed here. This is a full list of her 2017 - 2018 legislation.
  • Assemblymember Monique Limon represents the 37th district. Assemblymember Limon is currently the Assistant Majority Whip and serves on various committees listed here. This is a full list of her 2017 - 2018 legislation.

Currently Assemblymember Limon is holding a contest titled "There Oughta Be a Law...or Not". To submit an idea for legislation watch her video here and learn how to apply.

NAWBO California

You can visit the NAWBO-California Public Policy page here.

NAWBO California representatives recently testified at a hearing regarding getting more women on corporate boards. The hearing was chaired by several state Senators, including our own Hannah-Beth Jackson. The full video is here.

Propel your Business Conference will be coming up April 22 - 24, 2018 in Sacramento. Towards the end of the conference we will visit our elected representatives in the state capital. Join us!

NAWBO National

NAWBO’s Women’s Business Conference will take place October 15-17 in Minneapolis, more information here.  You can learn more and register using the link below. This year’s Advocacy Breakout session will focus on taxes and possible tax reform.  The session will allow you to get an update from policy experts about tax reform.  You will also discover how any changes will impact your business regardless of how your business is structured and learn about what you can do through NAWBO to make sure your voice is heard on behalf of your business, your employees, and your fellow women business owners.