On February 26, 1990 the first meeting of the Southern Nevada chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners was held. At a standing-room only luncheon at the Olympic Gardens Restaurant, 52 charter members were signed up.
Two years later, the first NAWBO National Conference was held in Las Vegas. The national organization was stunned by a record attendance, which included almost 200 "walk-ins".
Three years later, 1995, three NAWBO Southern Nevada members were elected to the Nevada delegation to the White House Conference on Small Business.
In 1999, the Southern Nevada chapter once again hosted the National Conference and the very next month, launched the Women of Distinction Awards.
In February 2005, we celebrated our 15th anniversary and marked the milestone by signing up our 200th member. We are now in our 24th year!
Our first Corporate Partner was Bank of America back in 1991; they gave us $1000 to publish our newsletter for a year. Today that wouldn't even pay the postage. Southwest Gas was our second Corporate Partner.
NAWBO Southern Nevada has been led by some dynamic women over the years. Our past presidents are:
|Patricia Brown, Esq.||1991-1992|
|Anne Seward, Esq.||1993-1994|
|Shelby Keefer||1994-1995 and 1995-1996|
|Nancy McRight||1997-1998 and 1998-1999|
|Carolyn Muse Grant||2001-2002|
|Jeanne Richard Jones||2003-2004|
|Brenda Stout, CPA||2006-2007|
|Toni Jo Artz||2007-2008 (18 months)|
|Berna Rhodes Ford||2009-2010|
|Valerie Parker||2013-June 2014 (18 months)|
|Christy Echols||July 2014-2015 (18 Months)|