African-American History Month: February 2017


American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week as a way of celebrating and honoring the contributions by people of African descent to our country. Taking place for the first time on February 12, 1926—intended to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln—this celebration was observed for many years during the second week of February.

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NAWRB Certified Delegate Spokeswoman Training, February 10, 2017


The NAWRB Delegate Program—which is accessible to NAWRB Elite Members only—equips women with their strategic speaking presentations and resources for bottom-line growth. Certified NAWRB Delegate Spokeswomen will be vetted industry speakers and their business will be showcased on our national platform.

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Women, Invest in Each Other

The MBA’s Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference is currently taking place from January 23rd-26th in Palm Springs, CA. Yesterday, NAWRB was personally represented at the event by our CEO and President, Desirée Patno, who enjoyed seeing the work the MBA’s mPower network is conducting on behalf of women. As a leader in the women’s diversity and inclusion movement since 2009, NAWRB covers organizations making a difference for women in the housing ecosystem.

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Census Bureau Calendar: Surveys in Your Community


The U.S. Census Bureau recently posted release dates for each “regular and recurring statistical product” scheduled to be released in 2017. The products—ranging from events, to publications and outreach programs—can be found in the Census Bureau’s online product calendar, which is updated throughout the year.

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NAWRB Continues to be a Voice for Women During Inauguration Weekend

As the nation begins a new chapter, NAWRB is here in Washington, D.C. to continue our work with additional leaders and partnerships in women’s gender equality during this historic time.

NAWRB has valued working alongside the Small Business Administration (SBA), National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), White House Council on Women and Girls, and other leaders in the women’s movement for gender equality. We recognize the importance of our relationships with these entities and although the professionals at the helm of these organizations may change, NAWRB’s mission to collaborate with them to create a better future for women in the housing ecosystem unwaveringly continues.

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SBA Seeking Funding Proposals for Entrepreneurship Training for Service Members, Military Spouses and Veterans

Today the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a release inviting funding proposals from state, local and tribal government agencies, institutions of higher learning and non-profit organizations to “provide ‘Boots to Business’ entrepreneurship training to service members, military spouses, and veterans.”

The SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) is hosting the competition, which will allow the SBA to administer the global Boots to Business program.  Providing “entrepreneurial education and training to military service members and spouses,” the program consists of an Introduction to Entrepreneurship two-day classroom course and a Foundations of Entrepreneurship eight-week, instructor led online course.

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NMSDC Programs Help Minority Business Enterprises Achieve Higher Objectives: Application Period is Open Now; Deadline Soon for CATAPULT

January 18, 2017

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Three programs instituted by the National Minority Supplier Development Council ( are making it possible for owners and management of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to aim for and succeed in growth opportunities. The newest program, Catapult, joins the Minority Business Executive Program (MBEP)and Advanced Management Education Program (AMEP) in providing initiatives for MBE executives.

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