National Association of Professional Women

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Small Business Development Ecosystem of Houston
National Association of Professional Women
Institution Information
Name National Association of Professional Women
Project Guide to Small Business in Houston
Classification Networking Hub, Education Hub
Non-Profit Status No
Cost $$$
Development Stage Start-Up, Growth
Minorities no
Women yes
Education yes
Certification no
Consulting no
Coworking no
Financing yes
Meeting no
Mentoring no
Networking yes
Contact Phone Number (832) 693-1052
Contact E-Mail
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The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is a member-based organization that aims to provide women with networking, education, and financial tools to thrive in the competitive small business environment. Professional women from all industries can join. Though it is a national organization, there is a central Houston chapter with close to 2000 members.

Membership and Benefits

Beyond the free initial membership granted to all members, there are various tiers of membership designed to fit an individual's professional needs. The NAPW claims it differs from other organizations in its breadth of members and accessibility to all professional women. Depending on the membership level, different types of resources are provided. These include online and in-person networking, educational tools, career opportunities, and a newsletter subscription program. A comprehensive list of benefits available to members can be found here.

Analysis of the Organization

Though the NAPW is the largest professional network for women in the company, it is rated D by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has 416 reviews on Yelp rating it one-star. The NAPW seems to use very high-pressure sales tactics and have questionable benefits.