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:

Santa Barbara Area

Our local statewide elected representatives:

  • Senator Monique Limon represents the 19th district. Current updates can be found  here. A full list of her 2021-2022 legislation can be found here.
  • Assemblymember Gregg Hart represents the 37th district serving Santa Barbara County and Nipoma (SLO County).  More information to come.

NAWBO California

After much hard work a NAWBO-led initiative for a bill about women on corporate boards has finally come to fruition. Senate Bill 826 Corporate Board Gender Diversity would require every publicly held corporation in California to have at least one woman on its board of directors by the end of 2019 and beginning July 2021 would require at least two women directors on all California boards. One of this bill’s principal authors is former California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson.

Introducing a new way for employees to save for retirement even if their employer doesn’t offer any retirement plans. California Secure Choice enables employers to offer their employees access to a retirement savings plan at minimal cost and administrative requirements with no liability.

Propel your Business Conference will be coming up in 2023 in Sacramento. Check back for more information!

NAWBO National

NAWBO was founded in 1975 to be the first advocacy organization for all women business owners. In the beginning, there were twelve women business owners who met informally in the D.C. area to share information about federal contracts, access to capital and other issues related to their businesses.

To best represent the diversity within our membership, all the business advocacy issues we engage in are bipartisan in nature. In order to receive support from NAWBO National, a piece of legislation must have support from both Democrats and Republicans, which means members of both parties serve as sponsors and/or original co-sponsors.

National NAWBO Advocacy updates can be viewed here.


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