Welcome to NAWBO Charlotte, an organization specifically designed to fuel the success of the over 40,000 women-owned businesses in the greater Charlotte area.

Below is just a snapshot of our many benefits of resources, education, and support for you and your business:

Events and Benefits for Members

  • Monthly Signature meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of each month
  • Holiday Gala gathering held in December
  • Annual Woman Business Owner Awards Gala event held in the Spring: The Rising Star and Woman Business Owner awards are announced
  • Monthly Expansion Groups – small networking opportunities throughout the city
  • Mastermind: small peer advisory group participation (Premier Members only)
  • Limelight Table: business display table at monthly
  • Signature meeting (Premier Members only)
  • Annual Women’s Business National Conference – location varies
  • Member rates available for NAWBO Charlotte and NAWBO national events
  • Special interest groups at the National level
  • Educational webinars, training sessions, and business resources offered at the National level
  • Discounts and special offers from National corporate partners
  • Your voice and interest as a business owner represented on Capitol Hill by National public policy team
NEW MEMBERS—WELCOME AND INVOLVEMENT:
  • One-on-one orientation meeting
  • Many, many committee volunteer opportunities
  • 30-second introduction at podium at monthly meeting within 6-months of joining

Read about all NAWBO has to offer.

Education

  • Speakers at monthly meetings and expansion groups cover a variety of topics, and represent a variety of business segments
  • Discount on Strategic Alliances’ seminars and conferences
  • NAWBO National conferences include workshops and seminars
  • NAWBO Charlotte and National websites offer articles and resources

Communication

  • NAWBO Charlotte LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook pages offer event reminders of NAWBO and community partner events and detailed information.
  • Local website includes NAWBO Charlotte member directory, event details and registration, calendar of events, and Corporate Partners contact information (nawbocharlotte.org)
    National website includes NAWBO National member directory, event calendar, online article library, Partner discounts and benefits, Resource articles and guides, and more (nawbo.org)

National Connection

  • Being a part of NAWBO National offers invaluable access to business resources, regional & national educational and networking seminars, discounts from corporate partners, and advocacy and a voice in public policy creation at a national level.

PR/Advertising

  • Discount on a variety of opportunities through local and National Corporate Partners
  • E-mail newsletter advertisements & announcements
  • Multiple PR opportunities for award winners and all finalists
  • Use of NAWBO Charlotte and NAWBO National logo
  • Connect with members on LinkedIn Group page, Twitter feed, and Facebook Fan Page

Public Policy

  • Information available about public policy issues at all levels of government that affect you as a woman-owned business
  • Information available about the advocacy work being done for women-owned businesses at the different levels of government
  • Opportunity to meet political leaders during Public Policy Days in Washington, DC
  • Advocacy presence in Washington DC promoting & monitoring small business legislation
  • Public Policy Alert emails from National include important updates on legislation that affect women business owners, and address what you can do to help

Affinity Partners

  • NAWBO Affinity Partners provide exclusive member-only discounts and benefits that help our members improve their bottom line. Through these alliances, affinity partners reach out and influence decision makers, elevating their status as the “brand of choice” in delivering workplace and at-home solutions for women business owners. View the full list of National NAWBO Affinity Partners
  • Monthly Signature meetings are held at Byron’s South End, 101 W. Worthington Avenue, Charlotte.
    Lunch meetings begin at 11:30 am (networking); meal and program begin at 12 noon. Dinner meetings begin at 5:00 pm (networking); meal and program begin at 6:00 pm.

Leadership Opportunities

Membership Levels and Dues

Premier Membership:

  • $359.40/yr or $39.95/mo
  • $100 one-time initiation fee
  • Includes all benefits offered through NAWBO National Voting rights—which means they can vote for the local chapter Board members
ELIGIBLE TO:
  • Be considered/appointed for a Board position
  • Be considered for a Rising Star or Business Owner of the Year award
  • Become a member of a Mastermind Group Host a Limelight table one time per calendar yearat a Signature Meeting

Introductory Membership:

  • $239.40/yr or $29.95/mo $100 one-time initiation fee
  • Includes all benefits offered through NAWBO National
  • This is a non-voting position Supporting Membership: $479.40/yr $100 one-time initiation fee
  • Includes all benefits offered through NAWBO National
  • This is a membership option for non-business owners

Supporting Membership:

  • $479.40/yr $100 one-time initiation fee
  • Includes all benefits offered through NAWBO National
  • This is a membership option for non-business owners

Common Questions:

Q) What is included in my dues/fees?

A) Your dues/fees cover all your National benefits, and your Charlotte chapter membership, but not the registration cost to attend our monthly signature meetings held at Byron’s South End, or our other special events including the Awards Gala, Holiday party, summer wine social, Success in the City event or workshops. These events are priced to cover costs only and do not always provide a profit to the Chapter.  Please see nawbo.org/membership for a full listing of all the National member benefits.

Q) Can you explain the dues structure?

A) Dues amounts are uniform across the organization (no difference by  chapter) and our members can pay their dues on a monthly basis instead of a lump sum annual payment. This allows members to set up their credit card or bank account information in the system and it will automatically be charged every month until the member cancels. You can set it and forget it, without having to deal with the hassle of the  renewal process every year.

Q) Will I have the choice to pay my membership dues monthly or annually?

A) You will have the choice, although we recommend that you change to monthly payments, so you can set it and forget it.

Q) What happens if I miss a monthly payment? Will my membership lapse immediately? Is there a  reinstatement fee?

A) If your credit card is declined or expired, the system will send you a notification and you will have 30 days to log into the system and update the information before your membership is considered lapsed. After 30 days, you will have to pay a $25 reinstatement fee.

Q) Will my personal and credit card information be secure?

A) Absolutely. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a protocol that  transmits private documents via the Internet. SSL uses a cryptographic system that uses two keys to encrypt data—a public key  known to everyone and a private or secret key  known only to the recipient of the message. Most Web browsers support SSL, and many webs ites use the protocol to obtain  confidential user information, including credit card numbers.

Q) What happens if a payment is declined on the monthly membership?

A) The payment system will automatically notify the member of the inability to process payment and give the member 30 days to correct the payment information before the membership is considered dropped. A follow up email will also be sent by National to the member two weeks prior to the membership being dropped.

Member Testimonials

  • As a small retailer I was pleased to find common ground with a fellow small retailer. I appreciate her reaching out to me to attend NAWBO, not only network and connect with other business owners, but for the ability to tap into resources that were previously unknown to me. I found the events very informative and appreciate all of the volunteers who are reaching out to the business community.

  • NAWBO has given me access to like minded peers in a warm and welcoming environment. As a business owner, I believe my time spent involved with NAWBO is a worthy investment.

  • I just joined and I already feel so energized! I have met a great group of women who are positive, motivated and vibrant. I can’t wait to learn all that NAWBO has to offer and I am excited to be a part of it.

  • NAWBO is an invaluable resource to my business. The members are outgoing and active in the community. Through NAWBO members I am able to expand the reach and influence of my company. As the premier women’s business group in the area association with NAWBO sets me and my business apart from others.

  • NAWBO has been my connection to the Charlotte business community. The relationships I have formed with other women business owners has opened doors to some of the top leaders in the marketplace. Additionally, the friendships formed are critical for my business as well as for me personally.

  • NAWBO Charlotte is a very active and welcoming group of women who care about the community and the importance of mentoring. The speakers and educational programs offer first hand insight and advice targeted to the female business owner. I have found this to be not only helpful, but refreshing. Connecting with new members and nurturing relationships that have been forged through NAWBO has been an invaluable pleasure.

  • NAWBO has been a fantastic resource for my business. I’ve done business with several women in our chapter, so the return on my investment in NAWBO is worth being a member. While NAWBO’s top priority is to educate and be a resource for women business owners to connect and learn from one another, it’s also a great place to actually DO business.

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