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2402, 2016

Buying a Franchise – Don’t Gamble with your Business Certification!

vilma-blogWe’re Entering the Golden Age of Female Entrepreneurship — and It’ll be Amazing – 2016 will be the year in which the forces of entrepreneurialism and feminism converge. Together, they will drive a long-wave, golden age of female entrepreneurship, which will be a positive for all of us: positive and empowering for the women who make the leap, good for the economy, good for consumers, and good for society.” Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest has made it official: 2016 begins the Golden Age of Female Entrepreneurship!

Are you ready to start […]

402, 2016

Kelly Irons speaks about bringing your ‘A’ game to critical relationships

2016-02-02 18.55.56Tuesday night, February 2, 2016, the NAWBO Charlotte meeting featured Kelly Irons from DevelopUs.

Kelly spoke about the depth and strength of relationships.  REALationships.  Good ones are not determined by length and duration of proximity.  They are determined by deep emotional experiences that occur within that relationship.

She discussed 4 things that will transform relationships.

  1. Awareness of feedback from self, others and team.  Ask for feedback and give feedback in your relationships.
  2. Acknowledgment of that feedback.  Share your knowledge of your feedback with your key relationships and they can help you to improve.
  3. Accountability ties commitment […]
2101, 2016

Public Policy anyone?


In a year of great political news,  NAWBO has our own!  Join us at one of our subcommittee meetings to learn more.  The NAWBO Charlotte Public Policy committee focuses on advocating for our women business owners with our public officials at the local, state and national levels, working to eliminate obstacles to make our businesses grow.  We are engaging our representatives to discuss our issues and holding workshops to help our members learn how to find new business opportunities through certifications.  Meetings will be at 11 AM:

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701, 2016

NAWBO Charlotte donates $500 to SandBox Charity

At the January 5, 2016 NAWBO Charlotte luncheon,  we presented a donation of $500 to The SandBox, an organization dedicated to supporting children with cancer or a life altering illness, on behalf of all the participating organizations of the Success in the City event held in October.  Since Success in the City exceeded our expectations in terms of attendance,  this check represents the collective community giving spirit of women in business in Charlotte.

Our inaugural event of Success in the City brought together 11 Business Women Organizations in the Greater Charlotte Area for […]

701, 2016

Joy Lutes – How Public Policy Involvement can help your Business

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Joy Lutes, VP of External Affairs for NAWBO National, Washington DC spoke at the NAWBO Charlotte luncheon on January 5, 2016.  What a way to kick off the new year!  Joy spoke about her role at NAWBO and why NAWBO’s voice is so important to politicians.  NAWBO was the first women’s business organization, setting precedent for 41 years.  The diversity of business types NAWBO represents is important for policy makers.  We are truly a bipartisan group.

Joy recommends taking steps to form a relationship with your representatives.  It will pay […]

3012, 2015

CBJ report on Yelp Survey says 2016 will be a good year for female business owners

A Yelp survey of small business owners in its social referral network shows a lot of optimism for 2016.

The survey found that 85 percent of all small business owners expected revenue to grow next year. Among female owners, that figure is 83 percent.

How much growth? Owners estimated an average 26 percent growth. That’s good news for the economy, which relies on small businesses for 55 percent of all jobs and 54 percent of sales in the U.S.

The survey also revealed what’s missing from business owners’ minds: neither health care nor minimum wage concerns troubled small business owners as much as […]

2312, 2015

Membership Changes for 2016



Dear Member:

Thank you for being part of an exciting year for NAWBO!

  • We celebrated our 40th anniversary  by  rolling out our new website and hosted  a big gala at the  National  Women’s Business Conference  in San Antonio, where we were joined by 23 of our  inspirational  past National  presidents and  founders.
  • We re – engaged in advocacy and public policy in a big way  in June  with NAWBO  Public  Policy  Day in  Washington,  D . C . , where we met with representatives from the White House, Small  Business Administration and House Small Business Committee, in addition to hosting several […]
1712, 2015

NAWBO Chapter Presidents Share Greatest Achievements | NAWBO


As we say goodbye to 2015 and welcome the New Year, it’s a time to reflect on successes and opportunities. Where have you seen the most growth in your business this year? Or what personal milestone did you recently achieve? How did you develop your network?

National NAWBO asked a few chapter presidents to reflect on this year’s biggest accomplishments and key stepping stones that will lead them well into next year.

NAWBO Charlotte Chapter President Ellen Linares shares:

“2015 was a great year, and I was privileged to have two amazing NAWBO experiences! In May, […]

3011, 2015

The Real Problem with Over-Achievers

The problem with over-achievers isn’t that you strive to hit 200% of your monthly sales quota every month or push the team to hit the million or multimillion mark year over year.

The problem with over-achievers isn’t that you give it your all on the process improvement task force or the social committee at work.

The problem with over-achievers isn’t that you try to be the best board chair, ushering in change to your organization as you try to take the organization to a new level.

The problem […]

1411, 2015

GET CERTIFIED workshop – informative and inspiring

20151105_151614Recently attended the Get Certified Workshop and was inspired to get my business registered!  Agenda covered:

National and State certifications – all the different types and which one is right for your business. WBE and NC historically underutilized business certifications were discussed in detail.

Local certifications – City and County – EASY to do!

SCORE – how they can help

If you haven’t attended,  make sure you sign up for the next one in spring!