Membership Dues

NAWBO Charlotte welcomes you to join our diverse and talented group of women business owners!

If you have any NAWBO Charlotte membership questions, please contact us at nawbo@nawbocharlotte.org.

On January 1, 2016,  NAWBO initiated a simpler dues structure:

A $100 one-time initiation fee, plus one of the following monthly plans:

  • Premier – $29.95 per month
  • Introductory – $19.95 per month
  • Supporting Member – $39.95/month

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Q) Please explain the levels of membership?
A) NAWBO National sets the levels of membership and the cost of membership.

However, it is up to the LOCAL chapter to define the benefits of membership on a local level. This local approach is used because not all Chapters offer the same programs.

The following outlines the Charlotte Chapter’s member benefits.

Premier Membership:

  • 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 year at a Signature Meeting

Introductory Membership:

  • Includes all benefits offered through NAWBO National
  • This is a non-voting position

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 www.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.