Our NAWBO-Northwest Chapter was founded in 1995. We are one of only two NAWBO chapters in the states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.

Propelling women entrepreneurs into economic, social and policy growth to create thriving businesses in the Inland Northwest.


NAWBO National began in 1974 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
It is the only dues-based national organization that represents the interests of women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. NAWBO National has over 82 chapters in 33 countries.


Our NAWBO-Northwest Chapter was founded in 1995. Coralie Myers, in her capacity as director of the Spokane Business Incubation Center, heard about NAWBO while attending a conference. She immediately called Diana Wilhite, principal in Safeguard Business Systems and local political activist.

Between the two of them, few local women business owners escaped their gentle persuasion. Before too long, 15 women agreed to find time in their already-hectic lives to found a local chapter. Thanks to their dedication and forethought, our chapter continues to be a vital source of support for more than 75 women business owners from the Inland Northwest.

2020 – 2021 BOARD

President,  Kristen Saccomanno 
President Elect, OPEN
Immediate Past President, Daria Brown 
Secretary, OPEN 
Treasurer, Julie Blaakman
Director of Marketing & Communications,Rena McGill
Director of Hospitality, Julie Saucier
Director of Membership, Laura Bacon
Director of Community Outreach, Emma Woolley
Director of Programs, OPEN
Directors of Economic and Corporate Development/ Fundraising , OPEN Corporate Representative,  OPEN
Administrator, Cindy Vanhoff

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Inland Northwest Chapter of NAWBO P.O. Box 1712 Spokane, WA 99210 

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