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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. Our 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 using our 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. Please come visit!

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Hi NAWBO Charlotte! I wanted to share these amazing photos that Ada Stephens of Snaphappy Photography took on July 20th when NAWBO Charlotte hosted our members only wine social at the lovely home of Marianne Painter. It was an incredible summer evening of laughter, dancing and networking by the pool. Lisa Woodie, Renate Moore and Marianne Painter provided the food and wine, and our special events co-chairs Ada Stephens and Rochelle Stewart once again outdid themselves with decorations, entertainment, games and an atmosphere that led to deeper engagement and arms wide open as we welcomed so many newer members that joined us this year. Enjoy these photos! #weshowup #NAWBO #nawbocharlotte ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

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Meet our Membership and New Membership Co-chairs (from left to right):Shonna Splain of Star Insurance GroupLiz Vennum of Vennum LawTangela Davis of Trinity Strategic Consulting, IncTangela and Liz, our New Membership Co-chairs, manage recruiting new members, recruitment events, member orientation events, NAWBO Connects meetings and much more with the help of fellow members and our chapter's administrator, Kathryn Sundstrom Bacon.Shonna ensures our current NAWBO Charlotte membership receive the services and benefits which illustrate the value in their membership. She (along with her committee and countless others), coordinates member appreciation activities and consistently communicates with membership for feedback on these programs.We're truly thankful to you all for your service to our chapter and community! ... See MoreSee Less
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The City of Charlotte Government is inviting local businesses to apply for a vending opportunity at this year's QC Fest Vendor Showcase.QC Fest is a community festival launching the new safety and violence interruption program "Alternatives to Violence." Residents will be able to meet members of the ATV team and learn about program goals. The event is Saturday, August 14 from noon to 6 p.m. at Northwest School of the Arts and is FREE and open to the public.Enjoy activities for all ages which include: performances, food, games, community resources and more. Vendor categories include jewelry; apparel; painting and arts and crafts; funnel cakes; fragrance and essential oils; and hair, body and beauty products. Applications will be reviewed and selected on a first-come first served basis. The deadline to apply: July 30. Selected vendors will pay a fee of $25 to set up their products and all fees will be donated to the Alternatives to Violence program. Vendors will be provided with a table and two chairs. Register today: ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to our 2021 Women in Business Award Winners!

Nikki Laub

Premiere Concrete Supply

Nikki Laub officially founded Premiere Concrete Supply in February 2016. With a background in Sales, Operations, Logistics & HR, Nikki took everything she knew and applied it to a different industry.
Nikki was born in Cincinnati, where she now lives as a single mother of 4 boys, although her business is based in Charlotte, N.C. After staying home for nine years, she accepted an entry-level position with Home Depot, quickly growing through the ranks. Nikki was then courageous enough to venture out on her own. She worked full-time with a Ready-Mix concrete company before founding Premiere. Nikki’s fiery personality and strong work ethic helped her carve out her own path in a new, male-dominated industry.

Carolina Aponte

Caja Holdings

Carolina Aponte is the founder of CAJA Holdings, LLC and Outsource Accounting provider in Indian Trail, NC. She graduated from Florida’s Nova Southeastern University. She holds a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Entrepreneurship certificate. Carolina is the recipient of the Latin American Businesswoman 2012 Award in Charlotte, NC and the 2017 NAWBO Charlotte Rising Star Award. Carolina is also a recipient of The Mecklenburg Times 2019 Phenoms honoree and 2020 50 Most Influential Women in the Charlotte region. She currently serves as President of the 2020-2021 NAWBO Charlotte Board of Directors, and is a recipient of Career Mastered 2021 Leadership Award.


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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