Welcome to NAWBO Lexington, the website of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Lexington, KY Chapter, the Premier business organization for ALL serious and successful women business owners in this area. 

Whether you are just starting a business or have been a woman business owner for many years, you will find a supportive, educational and energetic environment within NAWBO Lexington. As our Mission states, we exist to Strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of our members and promote economic development; Create innovative and effective changes in the business culture; Build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and Transform public policy and influence opinion makers. Not sure what all that means? By all means, come to a meeting the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Sal's and find out! You are welcome to attend 2 meetings as a guest. If you have questions, please feel free to contact any of the board or our Chapter Administrator. We can't wait to meet you!

About NAWBO Lexington

The Lexington chapter of NAWBO strives to reflect the national mission which is to provide the following for its members.

  • STRENGTHEN the wealth-creating capacity of our members and promote economic development
  • CREATE innovative and effective changes in the business culture
  • BUILD strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
  • TRANSFORM public policy and influence opinion makers

2015 Winners' Circle
September 1, 2015

The 2015 Winners' Circle Recipient is

Dr. Ardis Hoven

Immediate Past President for the

American Medical Association (AMA)

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The Lexington Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) will honor Dr. Ardis Hoven, Past President of the American Medical Association, as the 2015 Winners' Circle Award recipient at our luncheon on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at Lexington’s Marriott Griffin Gate.

Our 2015 Winners' Circle publicity piece will be a Business Lexington/Smiley Pete publication!

The following awards will also be presented:

Woman Business Owner of the Year

Member of the Year

Tribute Award

Rising Star Award

Legacy Award


Our Monthly Meetings
We meet the third Tuesday of each month for our Luncheon that runs from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Sal's Chophouse on Tates Creek Road, Lexington, KY. The cost of the meeting is $20 for members, $24 for guests.  We update members on monthly events, news and announcements and feature a guest speaker.  Our Future Meetings:

March 17, 2015
Vanessa Jackson, Chair
Retailing & Tourism Management
University of Kentucky

What motivates a customer to buy your product or service? What motivates a client to do business with you instead of a competitor? Is it advertising, networking, references or something else? Find out how to position your company to attract more of the right clients. Vanessa Jackson, PhD is Chair of the UK Department of Retailing and Tourism Management. Her decision-making research focuses on the characterization of consumers when they approach the market to make a purchase. She has used this research to help small businesses through development and training. This program should help all of us understand purchases from the view of our customers.

Click here to read more and register.
$20 Members/$24 Guests
Sal's Chophouse, Tates Creek Road


Benefits of Membership

NAWBO membership offers opportunities for the woman business owner to reach business goals and maintain a competitive edge through training, education, corporate connection, educational and financial assistance opportunities, networking, peer support, public policy, certification, scholarships, annual awards and direct discount programs. Members receive a monthly newsletter and have the chance to be a mentor for a new business owner.

Contact Us:

Address:  P.O. Box 1806; Lexington 40588
NAWBO Chapter Administrator:  Sharon Metz

NAWBO Oct. 21 Luncheon: 

Topic: Tax Puzzles & Solutions

Diana L. Hughes, CPA, CVA


Plan now to attend the October 21 luncheon with Diana Hughes speaking on tax issues, some of the stumbling blocks that she finds common on tax preparation and learn about fraud and protecting our businesses!


Diana, a graduate of the University of Kentucky is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Valuation Analyst, Certified Forensic Insurance Specialist and a partner in the firm of Hisle & Company. Her experience includes audits, tax preparation, business valuations, and consulting and specialized training in forensic accounting and fraud detection and deterrence.

Diana is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has served in multiple positions on the board of both Professional Women’s Forum, NAWBO and Bluegrass Junior Women’s Club. Diana also served six years on the finance committee of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. She currently holds the treasurer’s position on the board of Surgery on Sunday.


Oct. 21, 2014 11:30am-1:00pm
$20 Members/$24 Guests 

at Sal's, Tates Creek Road

RSVP HERE: www.lexnawbo.org

2015 Winners' Circle Requests for Proposals

Every day, the news reports that our state is desperately looking for more tax dollars…especially from Kentucky businesses. How do you feel about that?

According to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, several of the primary concerns during this current legislative session are:

  • Creating more jobs by passing a right-to-work law. Kentucky is the only southern state to not be a right-to-work state. We lose new businesses every year to all of our neighboring states that are right-to-work.
    The urgent need for comprehensive tax reform in order to more efficiently utilize our current taxes and to avoid adding new taxes.
  • Enacting a statewide smoking ban in all public places, including our state parks.
  • Immediate improvement of our state pension system which has over $40 Billion in unfunded liabilities as of 2013.
NAWBO is honored to have an excellent speaker to address these crucial topics for us on February 17. Come hear Amy Wickliffe, a Partner in the esteemed firm of McCarthy Strategic Solutions, a staff of well-known business management consultants to some of Kentucky’s most successful business and professional associations. Amy will share with us what’s on the horizon in the current legislative session, as well as how to effectively advocate to protect our businesses.

Make your reservations today and invite your business friends to hear this vital message from Frankfort!

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