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The Rising Star of the Year Award is presented to a member who has demonstrated entrepreneurial creativity and determination in successfully managing a business that is less than five years old. Congratulations to our finalists:

Melisa Galasso

Galasso Learning Solutions

Mindy Hinson

M3 Real Estate

Nicole Reina

Amaze Clean

The Woman Business Owner of the Year Award is presented to a member who has demonstrated entrepreneurial creativity and determination in successfully managing a business that is more than five years old. Congratulations to our finalists:

Julie Bee

Bee Smart Social Media

Michelle O’Connor

O’Connor Insurance Associates

Christine Roper

Roper Physical Therapy

NAWBO Charlotte means your business.

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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Nicole Shutt Reina Amaze Clean, CEO
and founder of Amaze Clean is one of our finalists for the NAWBO CHARLOTTE RISING STAR AWARD. Nicole opened her commercial cleaning company in 2017. At just 18 months old, she was diagnosed with 98% hearing loss. Doctors predicted she would be deaf, mute, and mentally handicapped. Nicole’s fortitude and perseverance in learning to speak led her to become proficient as an orally deaf individual against all odds. She also holds two bachelor’s degrees and an MBA. After completion of her studies, Nicole and her husband, who had 20 years expertise in the janitorial Industry, opened Amaze Clean. Nicole’s managerial and customer service expertise was derived from a 14-year tenure as a top-performing retail store manager of high-volume stores in Florida. In her spare time, Nicole is devoted to spending quality time with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys exploring beautiful hiking trails, reading inspirational books, cooking and poetry.
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Melisa Galasso – Galasso Learning Solutions is a finalist for NAWBO Charlotte’s Rising Star Award which will be presented on May 7, 2019. To make a reservation go to

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.
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Julie Bee – Bee Smart Social Media Is our third finalist for the NAWBO Charlotte Woman Business Owner of the Year Award to be presented at our annual gala that is being held on May 7, 2019. For more details go to #weshowup #nawbocharlotte

Julie Bee is the founder of BeeSmart Social Media. Founded in 2008, BeeSmart has since served over 250 businesses around the world, and has grown to three employees. BeeSmart provides social media, email, cross-media, and influencer marketing, as well as branding and strategic consulting services, to its clients.
Julie believes in partnering with her clients, to help them become known, remembered, and respected among their target audiences. Julie often remarks that BeeSmart is a brand guardian for the clients, and that belief guides all decisions. In her free time, Julie is an avid stand-up paddleboarder, an aspiring cook, loves college football, and enjoys anything related to Harry Potter. She also enjoys trips to the beach with her wife, Marcy, and spending time with friends and family.
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Michelle O’Connor – O’Connor Insurance Associates is our second finalist for the NAWBO Charlotte Woman Business Owner of the Year. The gala will be held May 7,2019. More details at Please register today if you haven’t already!! #weshowup #nawbocharlotte # NAWBO

Michelle’s expertise in the management and marketing of ISU O’Connor Insurance is evident in her work, the growth of
the business, and satisfaction of customers. Holding a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of
Pennsylvania, her attention to detail, personable nature and knowledge of products, marketing, and technical
operations have gained her success. Her positive attitude and intense desire to find the solutions to client’s problems
stems from her own priority on customer service. On the off hours she tends to her family and enjoys the community Charlotte has to offer—when the Steelers are in the off season.
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Congratulations to our 2018 Women in Business Award Winners!

Debbie Peterson

Money Counts

As owner of Money Counts, Deborah has turned her passion of helping people unleash their money’s hidden potential into a successful financial planning firm. Drawing from her 18 years of experience in banking and project management, she specializes in creating personal cash flow strategies that have her clients meet today’s needs while building for their futures. For Deborah, “Success is not about the money you have in the bank–it is about enabling you to live the life you want–now and in the future.”

Crystal Cliff

Phoenix Moon Acupuncture & Apothecary

Crystal is a former police officer and massage therapist turned Licensed Acupuncturist, Oriental Medicine practitioner and advocate of Daoist Classical Chinese Medicine healing philosophies and methods. Out of her own journey back from a Traumatic Brain Injury, Crystal has developed new treatments that significantly increase her patients’ ability to regain near-normal functioning. She is driven by her passion to create wellness and continues to explore ways of blending ancient medicines with modern ailments while honoring her Daoist and Shamanist lineage.


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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