ABOUT US


“It is so important that we recognize the women trailblazers in our state’s entrepreneurial community who have made this possible. Our goal is to empower women to open and grow businesses, as well as advocate for women as significant contributors to the business community in our state.”
Wendy Coulter
Founder of the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame
Wendy Coulter

According to the American Express 2017 Women Owned Businesses Report, over the past 20 years (1997–2017), the number of women-owned businesses has grown 114% compared to the overall national growth rate of 44% for all businesses. Raleigh, NC is one of the top ten cities showing the highest employment vitality — employment growth rate from 2002 to 2017 and average numbers of employees.

Launched in 2018, 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.


2021 Steering Committee


Wendy Coulter - Founder
Mindy Hinson - President Elect - NAWBO Charlotte


2020 Steering Committee


Wendy Coulter - Founder


2019 Steering Committee


Brenda Harris - Chair
Wendy Coulter - Founder


2018 Steering Committee


Wendy Coulter - Chair/Founder
Sarah Glova
Lorelai Kraft
Pam Williams


2021 Selection Committee


Johnny Bass - Chair
Operational & Financial Advisor at Bass Business Solutions
Member of NFIB/NC Leadership Council & NFIB USA/DC Leadership Trust
johnny@bassbusinesssolutions.com

Stephany Connelly
Director Of Business Development - AllSTEM Connections/AppleOne

Gena Messer-Knode
Director of the Entrepreneurship & Business Center at North Carolina Wesleyan College

Mindy Mills Hinson
President M3 Real Estate Group, LLC
President Elect- NAWBO Charlotte

Pamela Prowten
Business Banking Development Consultant, AVP at U.S. Bank

Rochelle Stewart
Owner & Senior Design Consultant at STEP (Show Stopping Event Planning)
NAWBO Charlotte Board Member - Events Co-Chair
Business Network International (BNI) - Director Consultant

Patti Williams
Home Care Agency Business Operations RN Consultant and Trainer
SCORE Raleigh - Community Relations Director

2021 Steering Committee


Wendy Coulter - Founder
Mindy Mills Hinson


2020 Steering Committee


Wendy Coulter - Founder


2019 Steering Committee


Brenda Harris - Chair
Wendy Coulter - Founder


2018 Steering Committee


Wendy Coulter - Chair/Founder
Sarah Glova
Lorelai Kraft
Pam Williams


2021 Selection Committee


Johnny Bass - Chair
Operational & Financial Advisor at Bass Business Solutions
Member of NFIB/NC Leadership Council & NFIB USA/DC Leadership Trust
johnny@bassbusinesssolutions.com

Stephany Connelly
Director Of Business Development - AllSTEM Connections/AppleOne

Gena Messer-Knode
Director of the Entrepreneurship & Business Center at North Carolina Wesleyan College

Mindy Mills Hinson
President M3 Real Estate Group, LLC
President Elect- NAWBO Charlotte

Pamela Prowten
Business Banking Development Consultant, AVP at U.S. Bank

Rochelle Stewart
Owner & Senior Design Consultant at STEP (Show Stopping Event Planning)
NAWBO Charlotte Board Member - Events Co-Chair
Business Network International (BNI) - Director Consultant

Patti Williams
Home Care Agency Business Operations RN Consultant and Trainer
SCORE Raleigh - Community Relations Director




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