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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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NAWBO CLT members accepting their Five Star Healthy Chapter Award and having fun at the National Women's Business Conference in Jacksonville, Florida!

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October is National Women’s Small Business Month! Charlotte is an exciting place for women entrepreneurs. Last year, it was named the “#1 City in America For Female-Owned Business Growth.”

According to Andrew Soergel, Senior Writer for U.S. News and World Report, “[t]he annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report – which pools data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis in determining the financial impact of such ventures – estimates America's total number of businesses headed by women ballooned 21% between 2014 and 2019 . . . . Overall business growth clocked in at just 9% during the same period. Revenues generated by women-led companies, meanwhile, climbed 21% to nearly $2 trillion, while the jobs they created rose by 8% to 9.4 million. Both growth totals eclipse the national average for companies headed by executives of either gender.”

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is “the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.” NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

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New member Nicole Peternel registering for a committee this past Tuesday! If you’re interested in joining a committee, please contact Nicole Milone at ... See MoreSee Less

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Calling all volunteers! On Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 11am, NAWBO Charlotte will be meeting with a regional group of women from Africa International House who will be here to discuss the interest of women in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

The Citizen Diplomacy Program at the International House of Charlotte partners with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to bring foreign leaders to the United States and enable them to experience American democracy, civil society, and culture. Moreover, this program provides these rising leaders the opportunity to gain experience and share knowledge within their field of interest in selected cities in the United States.

If you are a member of NAWBO Charlotte and have an interest in attending the meeting with our Charlotte delegation, please contact Mindy Mills Hinson, our advocacy chair, at
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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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