June 23, 2009 23:36 ET

Hundreds of Women Business Owners From Across the U.S. and Around the Globe Are Headed to This Week's NAWBO Women's Business Conference

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - When business is as tough as it is in today's economy, the tough get going... to the NAWBO 2009 Women's Business Conference (WBC). This week -- June 23-24 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago, Illinois -- hundreds of women leaders from across the U.S. and around the globe are coming together to experience high-level connections and the most relevant business information and resources. It's all designed to bring to life NAWBO's vision and mission of propelling America's more than 10 million women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

Here are just a few of the highlights of this year's WBC:

--  Keynote addresses by Suzy Welch, business journalist and author of "10-
    10-10: A Life Transforming Idea"; and Peter Walsh, organizational design
    expert and author of "Enough Already! Clearing Mental Clutter to Become the
    Best You!"
--  NAWBO officially welcomes the World President and the Steering
    Committee members of the World Association of Women Entrepreneurs, an
    international membership organization representing a network of 60
    countries across five continents.
--  A high profile panel presentation headlined by green experts from
    Sam's Club/Walmart, and Green For All to present: "The
    Business Case for Environmental Sustainability" and the opportunities
    available to women-owned businesses.
--  Inspirational profiles of women trailblazers who embody the spirit of
    entrepreneurial success and are dedicated to building a legacy for others
    to follow.
--  For the first time, NAWBO and Guardian host 50 students from middle
    and high schools throughout Chicago to participate in the Girls Going
    Places® Entrepreneurship Conference at the WBC.
--  2009-'10 NAWBO Board Installation, taking place on Wednesday, June
    24th with The Honorable Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General,
    officiating the swear-in ceremony.

"The Women's Business Conference is the best investment for women business owners no matter what stage their businesses are in. During tough economic times, savvy entrepreneurs know what it takes to take their business to the next level of success," says Lisa Johnson, WBC Conference Chair and CEO of Gourmet Kitchens, Inc. "This year's WBC promises to power the dream of each attendee... connecting a community of women all dedicated to each other's success."

Follow up-to-the-minute conference updates via Twitter @NAWBOWBC.


Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by: strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community; creating innovative and effective change in the business culture; building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers. Learn more at

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