NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame Announces 2021 Inductees

NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame honors the legacy of NC women who have made a significant impact on the business community

Wendy Coulter, Founder of the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame, announced the inductees to the 2021 NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame. Founded in 2018, the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame honors North Carolina’s most successful female entrepreneurs and advocates who have made significant and enduring contributions for women’s entrepreneurial development in North Carolina. 

The inductees for 2021 are:

  • Monica Smiley,  Editor & Publisher at Enterprising Women Magazine
  • Wendy Fletcher Hardee,  RN and CEO of Atlantic Coast Trucking
  • Shelley McPhatter, President of BridgePoint General Contracting
  • Ashley Christensen, Chef + Proprietor at AC Restaurants
  • Myjestic “Jessie” Anderson,  Charter Boat Captain and Owner Carolina Girl 
  • Sydney Batch, Senator and Partner at Batch, Poore & Williams, PC (Public Policy Award)

A full list of inductees to the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame since its induction in 2018 can be found at https://ncwbohalloffame.org/winners/

Inductees to the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame must have made significant, enduring contributions to impact North Carolina’s entrepreneurial community, have a meaningful connection to North Carolina (such as place of birth, education, and/or business location), and demonstrate leadership qualities or a spirit of entrepreneurial innovation that can serve as an inspiration to future generations of North Carolina entrepreneurs. For more information, visit https://ncwbohalloffame.org/.

The 2021 NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame selection committee was chaired by Johnny Bass. Members of the selection committee who worked together to choose our 2021 inductees included:

Stephany Connelly with Covenant Holdings, Gena Messer-Knode with North Carolina Wesleyan

College, Mindy Mills Hinson with M3 Real Estate Group and President-Elect of NAWBO Charlotte, Pamela Prowten with U.S. Bank, Rochelle Stewart with Show Stopping Event Planning and

the NAWBO Charlotte Board, and Patti Williams, Home Care Agency Business Consultant and Community Relations Director with SCORE Raleigh.

The 2021 Friends of the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame include: The Banks Law Firm, Reify Media, Shelten, Ladies of Justice, Hummingbird Creative Group, Alliance of Professionals & Consultants, Alliance of Women in Tech Leadership, Atlantic Tire & Service, Bill & Betty Johnson, Earth-Space Commerce Advisors, Enterprising Women Magazine, Five Star Awards & Engraving, Lorraine Johnson, CFP®, CFA, ADPA®, Novus Engineering Staffing Solutions, Roper Bookkeeping, and Transitions Financial Strategies.

The 2021 class of inductees were honored on Tuesday evening May 4,2021 at an Awards Gala hosted by NAWBO Charlotte at the Sodesta Charlotte Executive Park Hotel. 

About the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame
Celebrating the Legacy of NC Women Business Owners, the North Carolina Women Business Owners Hall of Fame honors North Carolina’s most successful female entrepreneurs and advocates who have made significant and enduring contributions to impact women’s entrepreneurial development in North Carolina. For more information, visit https://ncwbohalloffame.org/.

About NAWBO – Charlotte Chapter 

In 1999, the Charlotte-based women’s organization WBO joined the National Association of Women Business Owners to become NAWBO Charlotte. Today, NAWBO Charlotte is the only organization specially designed to serve, support, and strengthen the 42,000 women-owned businesses in the greater Charlotte, NC metropolitan area. For more information, visit https://www.nawbocharlotte.org.

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