We work to strengthen the wealth, create capacity of our members & promote economic development within the entrepreneurial community.


The NAWBO Institute is our educational arm, offering training and educational development opportunities that ensure NAWBO members are equipped with the tools and resources they need to succeed at any size or stage of development.


Your NAWBO membership includes access to a range of programming designed to empower personal and professional growth. Find NAWBO events here in Phoenix.


An investment in a NAWBO membership provides a portfolio of benefits that propel business growth and fuel personal and professional development.


Building and strengthening partnerships with corporations and organizations that share our commitment to the success of women entrepreneurs extends our reach and ability to impact change for NAWBO members nationwide.

NAWBO Phoenix History


Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy. NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. NAWBO’s strength comes from the diversity of its membership – all sizes from sole proprietorship to hundreds of employees; every industry from construction, importers, retailers to service providers – and in all areas of the country. Membership is open to sole proprietors, partners and corporate owners with day-to-day management responsibility.


Ania Kubicki

Ania Kubicki


15 years in business

CEO of ANGLES Communications

Greatest business challenge:  Scale.  Growth is beautiful, yet, for me business growth often turns to “the best of times and the worst of times.”  Efficiency at scale is paramount because mistakes cost a fortune and allocating time for everything that needs to be done during a high-growth period is hard. Assigning the right strategic activities to the right people is key and also incredibly hard.

One thing that most people don’t know about you:    When I moved to the US from Poland, at age of 15, I didn’t speak a single word of English.

Favorite business role model:   Ursula Burns.  In one word, she’s fearless.   I remember hearing her say “If you don’t transform, you’re stuck.”  This became my motto during challenging times in business growth as well as in my personal life.  She is unapologetic in her delivery and authentic in who she is. But most importantly, she unites.

Why do you belong to NAWBO? I joined NAWBO because I wanted to be a part of the force that empowers women to create and build businesses. I truly believe this is how we empower the world and build global economy.  I belong to NAWBO because of the friendships that I have made, the connections that I have built and the great things that I am able to be a part of in my community.

Suzi Freeman

Suzi Freeman


6 years in business

CEO of Elite Minds Consulting

Greatest business challenge: Helping people see the importance of my trainings, and why it is so important.

One thing that most people don’t know about you: I hold the title of 2023 Ms. Elite Arizona.

Favorite business role model: Mel Robbins, she tells it like it is.

Why do you belong to NAWBO? I am the exact woman that NAWBO stands for, and I love to share my talents to help others grow and succeed. I love to learn and getting to know the other ladies in NAWBO and our Corporate Partners, NAWBO gives a solo-prenuer (me) a sense of belonging.

Rosaria Cain

Rosaria Cain


23 years in business

CEO of knoodle

Greatest business challenge: Managing through a ten year recession which was followed by one year of recovery and then a year of COVID.

One thing that most people don’t know about you: I have been to Italy 48 times.

Favorite business role model: Sir Richard Branson

Why do you belong to NAWBO? It’s a place where women  business owners can find common ground on a variety of subjects. It also serves as a support network to provide opportunities for each other and further women in business.

Mel Carr

Mel Carr


3 years in business

Founder & Director of Cloversy

Greatest business challenge: As the head chick in charge of an executive virtual assistance company, one of my biggest challenges is managing diverse teams remotely and ensuring seamless delivery.
One thing that most people don’t know about you: I lived on a 3-mile-long island for three years as a government contractor.

One thing that most people don’t know about you: I lived on a 3-mile-long island for three years as a government contractor.

Favorite business role model: As an entrepreneur, my passion is leading a successful executive virtual assistance company. It’s the perfect balance of running a business and providing invaluable services to clients — I love it!

Why do you belong to NAWBO? Being a member of NAWBO provides the opportunity to network with an array of successful businesswomen while gaining insight into modern strategies. Plus, gain access to useful resources and industry events that could help take your career or company further.

Evelyn Schickling

Evelyn Schickling


8 years in business

Founder and President of Evelyn Ford Luxury

Greatest business challenge: Manufacturing shoes in Italy

One thing that most people don’t know about you: I’m less formal than I appear.

Favorite business role model: Dame Anita Roddick, The Body Shoppe

Why do you belong to NAWBO? To meet and learn from inspiring women business owners.

Jennifer Drago

Jennifer Drago


32 years in business

Executive with Peak to Profit

Greatest business challenge: Helping my clients keep it simple by not overthinking or overdoing to attract clients

One thing that most people don’t know about you: I’ve been to Hawaii over 15 times, visiting 4 different islands

Favorite business role model: Arianna Huffington

Why do you belong to NAWBO? For their advocacy on public policy issues as well as the opportunity to meet some amazing women business owners!