National Women’s Small Business Owners Month


Article Contributed by
Walt Pickut

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) have announced that October has been designated as National Women’s Small Business Owners Month.

Women business owners are a major driving force in this America’s economy, accounting for more than $1.5 trillion in business annually. Many of them are small business owners who believe policies that reform the tax code and reduce regulatory burdens will free up small business owners to create more jobs, expand their businesses and the national economy, according to Crystal Arredondo, NAWBO National Board chair. Such positive changes are forecast to allow women business owners better access to capital and education needed to start and grow businesses.

Many Interests, Many Successes
Local women business owners represent a wide spectrum of interests and serve many, diverse needs in the community.

“Ever since I was a child I knew I wanted to be in business,” said Mandy Duvall, now sole owner of M Sharp Salon in Lakewood. “Even if you do have challenges, if it’s what you want to do and you want it bad enough, do it,” she added. Joyce Rothleder, the owner of Ryders Cup Coffee Shop since 2007 added, “Don’t be afraid to do something out of the box,” welcoming the many challenges of business ownership.

And representing the professions, Jamestown orthodontist Michele M. Frazier manages her practice exactly the way she wants to because, “I love helping people achieve a nice smile, I love what I do.” For Debbie Spoto founder of Jamestown’s Embroidered Designs by Debbie, sewing grew from a hobby to a passion and into to a successful business since 1999.

The collective voice of women business owners across the country advocate on behalf of their entrepreneurial interests through the NAWBO, established in 1975. Today, nearly three-fourths of NAWBO members are classified as small business owners by the Small Business Association. To learn more, visit

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.