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Welcome to the National Association of Women Business Owners, Charlotte Chapter, an organization specifically designed to fuel the success of the women-owned businesses in the Charlotte area.

NAWBO Charlotte offers business development, educational resources, connections, and other resources to move your business forward. Programs, speakers, events, corporate partnerships, advocacy and workshops are all designed to support YOU and your business. NAWBO Charlotte welcomes you to join our diverse and talented group of women business owners. Since 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO®) has been the front line of America’s 11 million+ women-owned businesses. We help women across the U.S. move their businesses forward by sharing resources, providing education, and a single voice to define economic and public policy. Explore our website and social media to find out more about our organization, and to keep up with news about our chapter, members and partners. If you haven’t visited an event yet, please do!

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Please welcome new member Indira Tinsley! Indira is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley. In her spare time, Indira enjoys traveling (she’s been to 17 countries!), cooking, dancing, and weight lifting. Welcome Indira! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

NAWBO Charlotte

Please welcome new member Leslie Bensen! Leslie is the owner of Departure Media Airport Advertising, which designs, fabricates, and promotes airport advertising to enhance the passenger's experience in airports. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys equestrian, golf, tennis, and walking. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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Attention all NAWBO Charlotte Members:

The Proclamation for National (Charlotte) Women's Small Business Month is to be read at the Charlotte City Council meeting tonight, Sept 16 at 5pm. This is the first time this is occurring.

The celebration is in October but to provide time to prepare for an entire month of celebrations, this reading has been scheduled for September. Hopefully, the media will reach out to NAWBO Charlotte in October to discuss successes within our region.

Please invite other women who should be present for this memorable event. Let's fill the room with strong women from the Charlotte area!

The meeting will occur at
City of Charlotte Government Building, 600 E 4th St, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Thanks Vilma for continuing your work on behalf of NAWBO Charlotte and empowering women business owners!
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6 days ago

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Please welcome new member Nicole Peternel! Nicole is the owner of Rein Communications, an innovative public relations agency that offers an unparalleled perspective on strategy and communication. Rein Communications aligns public relations tactics, marketing strategies and journalism expertise to help clients seamlessly prepare for success. In her spare time, Nicole likes reading, cooking, yoga, hiking, and traveling.

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Congratulations to our 2019 Women in Business Award Winners!

Christine Roper

Roper Physical Therapy

Christine opened Roper Physical Therapy in 2003, offering individualized treatment plans incorporating myofascial release. In 2012, she joined forces with her friend and colleague adding a medical-based, bio-mechanically sound yoga program to their physical therapy practice. Christine and her dynamic team of therapists have found success in helping their patients heal and achieve better quality of life by combining their expertise in myofascial release, physical therapy and knowledge of medical-based yoga. Christine has been a guest speaker covering topics surrounding medical-based yoga and myofascial release at several colleges and universities. Currently Christine is a committee member for the Gold Award Committee at Hornet’s Nest Girl Scouts and is a board member of the non-profit organization, Brave Step. Christine resides in Charlotte with her husband of 22 years and their 3 children.

Melisa Galasso

Galasso Learning Solutions

Melisa Galasso, CPA, is the founder of Galasso Learning Solutions LLC, where she designs and facilitates courses in advanced technical accounting and auditing topics. She also supports essential professional development, public speaking, and business skills. She is fortunate to work with clients motivated to invest in high-quality custom training for their staff. Melisa’s passion for instructional design is one of the differentiators that sets her apart from other CPE providers. She was honored as one of the 50 Most Influential Women by the Mecklenburg Times and has earned several awards for public speaking and technical training. Melisa enjoys traveling, watching her daughter ride her horse, and spending quality time with family. She finds balance through yoga, reading, and frequents local performing arts shows.


In the News:

NAWBO Charlotte past president Penny Benkeser appeared on WJZY’s Good Day Charlotte with co-host Barbara Pinson. During October’s National Women’s Small Business Month, Penny shared information on the 92,000 women-owned businesses in the Charlotte metro area and the chapter’s 2nd Annual Success in the City event held on October 26.

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