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Board Member Education

NAWBO California's mission is to further the economic development of women business owners in California through education and leadership training programs. The Board Member Education program is a resource for all NAWBO Chapter board members in California.

Below are documents used for the education of NAWBO board members in California. These documents are being shared by chapters to assist in the education and success of the chapter boards.

PDF iconBoardsource Principles

PDF iconGoverning with a Leadership framework

PDF iconLegal Duties of Non-Profit Boards

PDF iconNew Board Member Orientation

Board Member Education Program Terms of Use




A non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and SBA on issues of important to women business owners.

Women's Policy Research (IWPR) is a public policy research organization dedicated to informing and stimulating the debate on public policy issues of critical importance to women and their families.

Access to Capital

Bank of America 

Kiva Zip  
Kiva Zip is part of Kiva. It is a project through which lenders make microfinance loans directly to borrowers in the U.S. via the Internet. Kiva Zip was launched as a pilot in November 2011 and moved into its Alpha testing phase in September 2012.

Access to basic financial services, affordable credit and investment capital.  Find one near you.

For Women's Economic Independence. Get loans of $500 to $10,000 for women starting new businesses.


The California Public Utilities Council regulates privately owned electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water, railroad, rail transit, and passenger transportation companies. The CPUC serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates, with a commitment to environmental enhancement and a healthy California economy. We regulate utility services, stimulate innovation, and promote competitive markets, where possible. On this website you'll find information about the many initiatives underway at the CPUC.

California Department of General Services  The Department of General Services, Procurement Division (DGS-PD) strives to make doing business with the State easier.  Our contractor for the eProcurement system, BidSync, provides one location to advertise procurement opportunities and to get certified as a California Small or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Supplier.

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California  Consultants and vendors who would like to receive solicitation notices from Metropolitan must register. Consultants and vendors are encouraged to review Metropolitan's Web site announcements regularly for contracting opportunities.

By registering with Metropolitan, small businesses and local firms can qualify for special consideration by Metropolitan's Business Outreach Program. Small and local businesses receive preference for purposes of bid evaluation only as follows:

  • Small business enterprises will have their bids reduced by an amount equal to 5% of the lowest non-SBE bid.
  • Local businesses, those operating within the MWD service area, will have their bids reduced by an amount equal to 5% of the lowest, non-SBE bid.

Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) pioneers initiatives to enhance competition by women business owners for corporate and government contracts. 

The National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC) has led the way for women business owners to obtain WBE Certification. Created in 1995, NWBOC was established to increase competition for corporate and government contracts through implementation of a national certification program for women business owners. The development of our National Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) certification program, sponsored by IBM, involved cooperation and input from over 700 public and private sector individuals. The result was the creation of the WBE Application, the process, and the NWBOC Standards and Procedures.

NWBOC was created in response to needs identified by the Procurement Special Interest Group of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO.) The investigation revealed that to a large degree corporate America and government agencies had not received, nor recognized, the benefits of contracting with women suppliers. Only a small fraction of corporate and government contracts were with women-owned firms. This mindset prevented purchasers from obtaining the best value in their procurements, and it limited women business owners from penetrating these markets, which has stymied their business growth. Research has shown that after developing supplier partnerships with women-owned firms, many companies, and government agencies have enhanced their bottom line for their shareholders, and taxpayers, respectively. The NWBOC has created an online platform to support the growth of your business: 

The National Minority Supplier Development Council ® (NMSDC®) provides a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses. NMSDC is one of the country's leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.

Small Business Administration Before you can begin business with the government your business must obtain the proper certifications. Small business certifications are like professional certifications; they document a special capability or status that will help you compete in the marketplace. Unlike permits and licenses, you do not need to obtain certifications to operate legally. However, to take advantage of business opportunities, such as government contracts, you may need to obtain some certifications. 

Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc., an affiliate regional council of NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.), is the largest nonprofit minority business advocacy organization in Southern California, serving 1,500 minority business enterprises and 200 corporate members throughout 13 counties. SCMBSC seeks to support and develop minority-owned businesses. 213 689 6960

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC  is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations.