Rohan Sajnani

Sage and NAWBO Columbus Empower Women Entrepreneurs


Sage Sustainable Electronics and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Columbus announce their strategic technology partnership to provide affordable technology to women business owners in Central Ohio.

Small businesses, especially those owned by woman and minorities, often struggle to afford technology that is critical to their success. “Women are starting businesses 3-to-1 over men, with African American women starting the most. Yet, women receive less than 4% of start-up capital,” said Christy Farnbauch, Executive Director of NAWBO Columbus.

NAWBO’s mission is to empower women entrepreneurs. A solid technology foundation provides transformative benefits for businesses and is a critical success factor, particularly for those companies in the early stages of development.

“Sage is passionate about digital equity," said Sage President Jill Vaské. "Small business owners in low and moderate income (LMI) communities often do without essential technology for business systems and digital marketing. Basic technical help and affordable hardware can make the difference in their business’ ability to survive and compete" she said. Sage and NAWBO are teaming to make high quality, low cost commercial-grade refurbished technology and technical support available to LMI communities and women-owned start-ups. "We want Columbus known as the place to thrive as a woman entrepreneur” said Vaské.

NAWBO member benefits will now include discounts on the wide array of commercial grade technology Sage receives from its large clients for refurbishing and resale. "A fully refurbished enterprise grade device will provide years of service at less than half the cost of new," noted Vaské. Sage includes a one-year warranty with every purchase.

A woman-owned business itself, Sage was inspired by NAWBO’s mission and recently donated technology to support the non-profit’s daily operations, including laptops, monitors, iPads, projectors, and technical support. Sage and NAWBO will organize fund raising technology collection events in Central Ohio to further support NAWBO's efforts.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Columbus-based Sage Sustainable Electronics,” said Farnbauch, “President Jill Vaské is a true champion for women business owners and is committed to making it easier for women to afford the technology and technical support they need to succeed. Our partnership with Sage will make this happen.”

To find out how you can support NAWBO and empower women with technology, please visit http://www.sagese.com/nawbo.

About NAWBO Columbus     
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) was founded in 1975 and has more than 5,000 members. NAWBO is the one-stop resource to propel women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. NAWBO Columbus is the largest chapter in the nation, boasting more than 265 members. The organization provides its members with opportunities each month to make strategic business connections and learn from speakers who share their entrepreneurial stories, while solving business development challenges. With public policy as a pillar of the organization, NAWBO Columbus envisions women business owners equally supported, recognized and celebrated for their growth, revenue generation, and leadership. NAWBO Columbus is located at 175 South Third Street, Suite 170, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

About Sage Sustainable Electronics
Sage’s mission is to make the world more sustainable by extending the life of electronics. Sage provides IT lifecycle services to businesses large and small, helping them reduce data security risks and operational costs, and increase asset value. Through strategic asset management programs for technology redeployment, donation, resale, lease return, employee purchase, and recycling, Sage creates organization-wide benefits to businesses nationwide. The Sage GoodTogether® Program supports corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts by redirecting a portion of enterprise surplus technology to benefit a variety of social services and reduce digital exclusion among low income Americans. For more information, call 844-4SAGESE or visit http://www.sageSE.com, http://www.SageGoodTogether.com, and shop.sageSE.com.