FAQs About National Business Women's Week

What is it, when is it, and why do we celebrate NBW Week?

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What is National Business Women's Week?

According to Cheryl Grazier, executive director of the Missouri Business Women's Council (2002), the purpose of National Business Women's Week is "to recognize women who have been the cornerstone of working in business in the United States in the past and to examine how far women in business have come."

When is National Business Women's Week?

Since 1938 National Business Women's Week has officially been celebrated the third full week in October of each year.

When Did National Business Women's Week Begin?

The first observance of NBWW was April 15-22, 1928. The first NBWW began with a nationally broadcast speech by Lean Madesin Phillips, the president of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC).

Although Phillips launched the first NBWW event, the idea for NBWW should correctly be attributed to Emma Dot Partridge the executive secretary for NFBPWC (1924 through 1927).

Phillips stated in her speech NBWW was created "to focus public attention upon a better business woman for a better business world."

NBWW Trivia

U.S. President Herbert Hoover was the first president to issue a letter recognizing NBWW and the contributions and achievements of workingwomen.

More Ways to Recognize Women Business Owners and Working Women

Acknowledging the many important economical and advancement contributions from small to large made by women is an important step towards creating better gender diversity in boardrooms and the corporate world. One of the ways in which we can recognize working women and female entrepreneurs is by celebrating National Business Women's Week (NBWW) but there are other 'national recognition' events in which women can also be acknowledged.

In additional to NBWW, women can also be recognized during National Small Business Week. In 2010, women business owners were recognized in 24 states as Small Business Persons of the Year.

National Small Business Champion Awards are divided into the following categories in which woman who standout have the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for their achievements:

  • Entrepreneurial Success Winner
  • Financial Services Champion of the Year
  • Home-Based Business Champion of the Year
  • Minority Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Women in Business Champion of the Year
  • SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Exporter of the Year
  • Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year

Why Wait?

Any day is a good day to support business women.  You don't need to wait for NBWW or National Small Business week -- simply by offering women equal opportunities, training, advancement as their male counterparts enjoy is perhaps the best way to help women achieve even greater success.