Here’s what you missed: October 2018

If you missed our October Signature Monthly Meeting last week, or if you know someone who really should have been there, please forward this email and be sure to Save the Date for our next Signature Monthly Event: November 6th – 5:30pm.

Moira Quinn, of Charlotte Center City Partners gave us a peek behind the scenes into what’s happening in Center City. She gave us insight as to what businesses, skyscrapers, and residential buildings will soon be changing our city skyline.

Among other things, we heard how BB&T Ballpark’s placement began on the back of a napkin, what to expect and how to get involved in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and how the Carolina Panthers brought more than just football to the Queen City.

We also learned that Moira’s mother, Emma Quinn, now 95, was one of the founding members of the organization that formed NAWBO Charlotte! Thank you, Moria and Emma for your support of NAWBO Charlotte.

Signature Survey Meeting

If you attended the meeting last week, please take just a moment to complete the survey below. Your feedback is VERY important. Please note your responses will be anonymous! If you choose to leave your name, you will be entered to win a free ticket to the November meeting.

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A Note From Our President

We were honored to have  Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt read the Proclamation of October as Charlotte Women’s Small Business Month. Charlotte’s been ranked first in the country for growth of women-owned businesses and that didn’t happen by chance.

Decades ago our founding women, among whom are Emma Quinn and Elizabeth Miller, created a seat at the table for women in Charlotte and a national connection that continues today. So glad we are able to still stay in touch with these trail blazers.

Talking about national connections…Twelve NAWBO Charlotte members attended NAWBO’s Women Business Conference in Spokane Washington. This years theme was Work Well, Live Well and acknowledged the blurred lines we all have between our “work” and our “lives”.

At the national conference, NAWBO Charlotte earned the 4th Star in the Healthy Chapter Award program. The program lays out a blueprint for how to serve our members and complete all the legal and fiduciary requirements to run the non-profit. Many thanks to current and past board members who made this possible. Now on to the 5th star for Advocacy!

Scroll down for more details on Success in the Queen City/Power Players on October 25th our celebration of Women’s Business month and the 30th anniversary of H.R. 5050 the bill that allowed women to apply for a business loan without a male co-signatory.YES, that was as recent as 1988!!! Let’s recognize the women who paved the way for us today and come together to celebrate and be heard. There will be local leaders and partners there who would love to hear about your business and any challenges you are facing as you grow. It starts by having a conversation and a seat at the table.

Our fall membership drive ends on October 31st. If you are ready to join sign up here, and for those of you interested in learning more scroll down to see the details of the membership event at Toscana SouthPark on October 30th.

See you at the Bechtler,
Marise Kumar


Celebrate H.R. 5050 / Success in the Queen City / Power Players

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Thursday – October 25th 5pm – 8 pm

Join us for Power Players – Access to Capital Workshop. (Sponsored by Bank of America)

Then, network and mingle with Business Women from all over Charlotte at Success in the Queen City! We are celebrating 30 years of H.R. 5050 – the bill that changed everything for women business owners.


Upcoming Events & Save the Date

Now called NAWBO Connects! The goal of these location-specific meetings is to get to know members in your immediate area to learn more about their business and build deeper relationships over time.

Lake Norman Connects
Location: Home Heart & Soul – Cornelius

Date/Time: Thurs. Oct 11th 5:30-7:30pm
Matthews/Mint Hill Connects

Location: Seaboard Taproom & Wine Bar
Date/Time: Tues. Oct 16th 6-7:30pm

Ballantyne Connects
Location: Rush Espresso

Date/Time: Weds. Oct 17th 8:30am-10am
(NEW!!) University Connects

Location: Nona’s Sweets
Date/Time: Mon. Oct 18th 8:00-9:30am

Fort Mill Connects
NEW Location: Olive’s Mud Puddle

NEW Date/Time: Mon. Oct 23rd 4:30-7:30pm

Holiday Party
Location: TBD

Date/Time: Tues. Dec 4th 5:30pm



Membership Drive Event

Join us at Toscana South Park on Oct 30th for our membership drive event and find out how NAWBO Charlotte can help you grow yourbusiness.

Tuesday, October 30th 4:30-6:30pm.

Join a Mastermind Group Today!

One of the benefits of NAWBO Premier Membership is participation in a Mastermind Group. NAWBO Charlotte currently has 6 groups, one of which is starting in the Fall of 2018. Don’t miss out on this great member benefit. Contact for details. DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION.


Calling all PR Professionals

The NAWBO Marketing Committee needs your help! We love sending out Press Releases about the great things our members are doing and we need your help and expertise in funneling this news through the right channels. Please email Mindy Hinson if you can volunteer your time!

NAWBO Charlotte Awarded the 4th Star!

  • Healthy Chapter
  • Stars earned every year
  • Relate to the running of the chapter
  • Membership
  • Education
  • Board Governance
  • Compliance
  • 5th star: Advocacy


City of Charlotte Annual Report

City of Charlotte Publishes Annual report. NAWBO commends City of Charlotte Business Inclusion Department (CBI) for reporting gender and ethnicity numbers for procurement.

A big thank you to Nancy Rosada of the Charlotte business inclusion program (left) and Vilma Betancourt O’Day (right) Immediate Past Public Policy Director for NAWBO Charlotte for working hard to make this happen.

Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Annual Survey
  • The Federal Reserve is doing their annual survey pertaining to Small Business Credit (Access to Capital) and they want input from the small business community.
  • Click the link below for more info: FED SMALL BUSINESS
  • Why this matters? We’re giving NAWBO Charlotte members yet another avenue to share their opinions on issues relating to access to capital. Results of this survey is used by policymakers, as the Feds mention in their website.
  • If we want policymakers to take us seriously, we must show up both digitally and in person.
NAWBO National Voting Competition

NAWBO National is proud to announce a voting competition among the chapters. Make sure you VOTE on November 6th. Look for details on how to tell NAWBO you voted. Three winning chapters will receive access to a special event during the next Washington, DC Advocacy Day in 2019.

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