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
NAWBO Membership Drive
April 21, 2015

Become a part of the premier national and local organization that supports and endorses businesses owned by women – The Lexington Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners! On Tuesday April 21 at 5:30pm until 7:30pm at Kentucky Eagle, NAWBO members and prospective members who attend will hear from three outstanding women businesses owners, Ann Bakhaus, Anita Britton and Janey Moores about their businesses and how their involvement with NAWBO benefited them.

From March 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015, the Lexington Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, NAWBO, will be conducting a membership drive! During the membership drive, new members will receive a $25 discount off their membership dues and the first 12 new members to join will receive a second $25 discount from the chapter! There will be a prize for the NAWBO member who recruits the most new members,that will be presented at the May NAWBO meeting after the membership drive is completed on April 30. There will be a drawing for a prize on the night of April 21st for a new member who joins that night. To qualify for membership, a woman needs to have some equity ownership in a business and have management responsibilities, Sole proprietorships, partnerships and corporations count as businesses that women can own solely or partially.

The cost for members to attend the event on April 21 is $20. So, all you members, invite your women business owner friends to a fun evening of networking, food and drink along with some outstanding remarks from our three former NAWBO Winner Circle winners – Ann, Anita and Janey!

All tickets (Members & Guests) are $20.00.


2015 Winners' Circle
May 6, 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 May 6, 2015, at Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort, KY.

The following awards will also be presented:

Woman Business Owner of the Year

Member of the Year

Tribute Award

Rising Star Award

Legacy Award


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!

Register for Events

April 21, 2015 5:30 PM • Ky Eagle, Inc.,
May 06, 2015 10:00 AM • Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort, KY

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