Nominations Open for NAWBO Columbus Business Champion Award

NAWBO Columbus Business Champion Award

The NAWBO Columbus Business Champion Award recognizes one outstanding person who advocates for the growth and success of women business owners.

To be eligible, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Actively supports legislative or regulatory action designed to help women-owned small business
  • Works to increase business and financial opportunities for women
  • Creates the conditions for women business owners to achieve their full potential
  • Improves the business climate for women-owned businesses
  • Consistently advocates for the women-owned business community as a whole, not solely for individual or personal advancement


Nomination and application submission guidelines:

  • Nomination form must be completed in full and submitted via the NAWBO Columbus website
  • Self-nominations are acceptable
  • Nominees and nominators are not required to be NAWBO members
  • Candidates may be of any gender
  • Nominees may work for a business, nonprofit organization, or government agency, and need not be a business owner
  • Members of the NAWBO Columbus Board of Directors are not eligible for the Champion Award
  • Members of the NAWBO Columbus Board of Directors will review, interview, and select the winner


Deadline to apply is: Friday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m.

The Business Champion Award winner will be announced at the NAWBO Columbus Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at The Boat House in downtown Columbus.

Click HERE for Nomination Form

Job Posting - NAWBO Columbus

Program & Communications Manager


The person for this position is a born storyteller. We are seeking someone who is curious, asking questions that lead to understanding. Additionally, this detail-oriented, organized and focused individual thrives on coordinating all aspects of events. From planning & scheduling high quality content/speakers, to managing a seamless registration process, to ensuring an outstanding experience for program participants, he/she will take care of every detail. He/she is attentive to others and is active listener.  The person for this position has excellent written and verbal communication skills. He/she is able to create clear, compelling and persuasive content. Having a pleasant sense of humor, he/she is professional, kind, warm, friendly, confident, and comfortable in a variety of business settings with outstanding women business owners and corporate partners. This person is member-focused at all times. Without question, this person possesses the highest level of integrity and is extremely trustworthy.

This team player is able to work collaboratively and independently. This position requires the idea candidate to have the skills necessary to make independent decisions that advance the mission of the Chapter. He/she will patiently serve the board, staff, members and corporate partners with a calm demeanor and strong work ethic.  This person will possess an entrepreneurial spirit and be focused on generating revenue through high quality programming that supports the learning and inspiration of constituents.  A talented individual, he/she can deal with multiple projects and consistently meets deadlines by relying on processes, structure, and being tech savvy.

Job Responsibilities

The responsibilities and duties for this Program & Communications Manager position include, but are not limited to, the following items:

  • Facilitate, formulate and implement event planning and logistics for monthly luncheons and all public programming (work with venue, exhibitors, speakers, etc.); coordinate contracts, invoices and agreements.
  • Attend Communications and Programming Committee meetings to guide, monitor, facilitate, and coordinate the work of volunteers to ensure the success of the Chapter.
  • Create and maintain up-to-date information on Chapter website using Wild Apricot and WordPress.
  • Create and post event registrations, blog posts, member database, graphics, and additional communication materials for the Chapter.
  • Create forms for voting, volunteer sign-up, & award nominations
  • Work with graphic designer(s) to create and implement consistent brand values for the Chapter
  • Develop a consistent brand message and marketing language built on the Chapter’s core values
  • Create and send Monday e-news and other event communication as needed.
  • Compile and write articles. Gather graphics.
  • Write, compile and prepare monthly newsletter for print and digital format.
  • Manage Roundtable applications & work with Roundtable VP on placement. Update learning resources online.
  • Work with photographers and videographers to produce engaging event and PR content, and event documentation.
  • Draft & distribute press releases. Interact with key members of the media.
  • Provide expert advice to the Executive Director on key matters affecting the Chapter.



  • 4-year degree or equivalent
  • 2+ years work experience
  • Familiarity with basic web-based applications such as Google Drive, Dropbox
  • Proficiency in social media marketing
  • Proficient in InDesign, Adobe Suite, Word, PowerPoint
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills



  • Event and/or project management experience
  • Familiarity with nonprofit reporting structures and roles
  • Strong local and regional network of contacts



  • Experience working with or in an association
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and appreciation for the entrepreneurial journey


About NAWBO Columbus

NAWBO Columbus is the premier membership organization in Columbus, Ohio dedicated to elevating women business owners through connections, advocacy and mentorship. We are the largest chapter in the U.S., with more than 265 members providing services in over 20 unique business industries. We envision a world where women business owners have access to business development resources, while being equally recognized and celebrated for their growth, revenue generation, and leadership. More information available on our website.

We live our core values of:

Growth of Women – Commitment to empowering women at all levels of their entrepreneurial and personal journey. We advocate for success, significance and equality for women business owners.

Bold Entrepreneurship – Provide a platform for the education and inspiration of women as they increase their confidence and fearlessness in building and growing their business.

Trusted Leadership – Dedicated to authentic servant leadership that enriches lives to build stronger, more profitable women-owned businesses. We are kind, empathetic and generous in service.

Fun – Believing that small wins and big milestones matter, we will celebrate with our members every chance we get. Because building a business is hard work, we foster fulfillment and joy along the way.

Primary programs include: monthly networking luncheons, educational workshops, annual Visionary Leadership Conference, roundtables for business development, and social events.

Position Structure & Benefits

  • Full-time, at-will salaried position. Salary commensurate with experience level.
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Professional development opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Annual performance reviews with potential for salary increases
  • Beautiful downtown Columbus office space with convenient parking options
  • Opportunities to interact with and learn from women business owners on a daily basis


Interested applicants may apply by sending a resume, a 1-page cover letter that provides a glimpse into who you are as a person and why you’re interested in this position, and any other materials that demonstrate your unique qualifications and passion for this opportunity to Christy Farnbauch, Executive Director, at by Friday, June 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. No calls please.

Find, Hire & Retain Great Women in Sales

July 12th, 2018

8:00am - 10:00am EST/EDT

Loth Inc. 855 Grandview Ave, Columbus, OH (View Map)



Welcome, Lori Richardson, CEO of Score More Sales, a sales strategy consultancy, and is President of Women Sales Pros. She is also Co-President of the Boston Chapter of AA-ISP and is determined, after 30 years in sales, to see more women in sales roles in tech, SaaS, manufacturing, distribution, financial services, and other industries with "male majority" sales teams.  

In a very special session, Lori will share tangible ideas on ways to find, hire, and retain great women in sales, and discuss how to get more women into sales leadership despite the ongoing flat-line of growth.

  • In a workshop style format, there will be some presentation, and lots of time to discuss in small groups so that everyone leaves with more insight and ideas to help move the needle. 
  • We encourage sales leaders to attend - men and women. We encourage women sales reps to attend. In fact we encourage anyone who believes that an inclusive sales team is the way to go. 
  • Leave this session with resources to take back to your team and inspiration to make it happen, and the opportunity to report on what was discussed 10 days later in a conference call to help with real issues that came up, or successes had since the session.