The Woman Business Owner Award is presented to a member who has demonstrated strong leadership skills in growing and managing a successful business that is more than five years old.

The Rising Star 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.

2021 Rising Star Award Winner

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.

2021 Woman Business Owner Award Winner

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.

2021 Rising Star Award Finalists

RISING STAR
Amy Haskell

Total Writing Enrichment

RISING STAR
Nikki Bradley

Nichely

RISING STAR
Nikki Laub

Premiere Concrete Supply

2021 Women Business Award Finalists

WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER
Keri Bonfili

Thekbonfili.com

WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER
Carolina Aponte

Caja Holdings, LLC.

WOMAN BUSINESS OWNER
Lena Lumelsky

Woland Web

Women Business Owner Past Winners

2021

Carolina Aponte

Caja Holdings

2020

Shirley Vincent

Netrocon Digital

2019

Christine Roper

Roper Physical Therapy

2018

Debbie Peterson

Money Counts

2017

Fabi Preslar

SPARK Publications

2016

Julie Ayers

LBA Haynes Strand PLLC

2015

Ellen Linares

HF Financial

2014

LeeAnn Shattuck

The Car Chick

2013

Amanda Carroll

Sage Jewelry Arts

2012

Delaine Mead

Valuebiz Business Furnishings

2011

Sara Garces

Roselli Red F Marketing

2010

Angela Key

Premier Resources

2009

Elaine Creasser

Tile Collection, Inc.

2008

Roberta Farnum

Home Instead Senior Care

2007

Sandra Feldman

Costa Rica Tours, Ltd.

2006

Frances Queen

Queen Associates, Inc.

2005

Jane Boston

Motivations, Inc.

2004

Jennifer Pippin

Pippin Home Designs

2003

Suzanne Bumgarner

Resources Employment Services

2002

Helen-Marie Berthold

Ehren-Haus Industries, Inc.

2001

Dr. Mimi Vollum

Independent Distributor Shaklee Corp.

2000

Sherry Barretta

Vision-Cor, Inc.

1999

Linda Chapman-Capron

Charlotte Outdoor Adventure Center, Inc.

1998

Ann Allen Adams

Adams & Associates

1997

Sherre’ DeMao

SLD Unlimited Marketing/PR, Inc.

1996

Pam Boileau

The Marketing Consortium

1995

Dr. Margurette M. Staley

Freedom Animal Hospital

1994

Elaine Lyerly

The Lyerly Agency

1993

Melanie G. Boone

Melanie G. Boone, Ltd.

1992

Katie Tyler

Tyler 2 Construction

1991

Sherry Smith

Resources Employment Services

1990

Vickie Fresh

Carriage House-Ethan Allen Gallery

1989

Dr. Patricia

Kyle FacFind, Inc.

1988

Barbara Miller

Court Reporting Services

1987

Angie DeVivo

Secretaries Plus/ Conventions Plus

1986

Gail Marshall

Auctions by Marshall, Inc.

Rising Star Past Winners

2021

Nikki Laub

Premiere Concrete Supply

2020

Nicole Reina

Amaze Clean

2019

Melisa Galasso

Galasso Learning Solutions

2018

Crystal Cliff

Phoenix Moon Acupuncture & Apothecary

2017

Carolina Aponte

Caja Holdings

2016

Penny Benkeser

SERVPRO of NW Charlotte, Lincoln & Gaston Counties

2015

Lisa Woodie

Homemade Fresh Chef Service

2014

Nicole Odom

Dogtopia of Charlotte

2013

Wendy Laxton

Laxton CFO Services

2012

Karen Bennetts

Little Red Bird

2011

Dr. Vicki Parker

The Brain Trainer

2010

Jessica Babinski

New American Mortgage

2009

Barbara Jones

Allegra Print & Imaging

2008

Sara Garces

Roselli Red F Marketing

2007

Darcey Walraven

Walraven Chiropractic

2006

Memuna Williams

Avantgarde Translations

2005

Betsey Macholz

Baskets of Yarn

2004

Roberta Farnum

Home Instead Senior Care

2003

Frances Queen

Queen Associates, Inc.

2002

Sandie Ridings

Signs Now

2001

Carole McLeod

New South Waste, Inc.

2000

Julie Garella

Carnegie Capital Advisors

1998

Monique L. Abner

MD Medical Doctor, Plastic Surgeon

1997

Marcia Grier

Marcia A. Grier & Co.

1996

Lindsay Daniel

Lindsay Daniel Architectural Services

1995

Jean Griswold

Metrolina Outreach Mammography

1994

Dutch Stamey

Summit Training & Development Institute

1993

Sherry Barretta

Training Visions, Inc.

1992

Sally Moorehead

The Firing Point

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