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.


Board of Directors


OFFICERS:
Wendy Coulter - Founder/President
CEO at Hummingbird Creative Group Inc.

Johnny Bass - Treasurer
Operational & Financial Advisor at Bass Business Solutions

DIRECTORS:
Sarah Glova
Founder, CEO at Reify Media

Brenda Harris
CEO at BPN Staffing Solutions

Stephanie Kissel
Co-founder, COO at Supportedly.com

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

Emily Sheffield
COO at Heights Digital

Carletha Ward
Founder at Legacy Life Coaching & Consulting, LLC

 

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

Board of Directors


OFFICERS:
Wendy Coulter - Founder/President
CEO at Hummingbird Creative Group Inc.

Johnny Bass - Treasurer
Operational & Financial Advisor at Bass Business Solutions

DIRECTORS:
Sarah Glova
Founder, CEO at Reify Media

Brenda Harris
CEO at BPN Staffing Solutions

Stephanie Kissel
Co-founder, COO at Supportedly.com

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

Emily Sheffield
COO at Heights Digital

Carletha Ward
Founder at Legacy Life Coaching & Consulting, LLC


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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"What an honor and privilege to be inducted into the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame! I'm still pinching myself! When I look at the diverse
class of inductees, I'm reminded of just how much impact women have on our great state! Having worked in a non traditional role for nearly twenty
years and forged my own path through perseverance and resilience, I am so proud of myself and the rest of the inductees for setting the
bar high and proving that you can do anything you set your mind to! Strong networking and support from one another, as well as
investing in others, are the keys to success in my book. I so honored and humbled to be in such an elite class of women!"

WENDY FLETCHER-HARDEE, RN
President - Atlantic Coast Trucking, Inc | Atlantic Truck Brokers, Inc | Atlantic Mulch & Stone, Inc

"What an honor and privilege to be inducted into the NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame! I'm still pinching myself! When I look at the diverse
class of inductees, I'm reminded of just how much impact women have on our great state! Having worked in a non traditional role for nearly twenty
years and forged my own path through perseverance and resilience, I am so proud of myself and the rest of the inductees for setting the
bar high and proving that you can do anything you set your mind to! Strong networking and support from one another, as well as
investing in others, are the keys to success in my book. I so honored and humbled to be in such an elite class of women!"

WENDY FLETCHER-HARDEE, RN
President - Atlantic Coast Trucking, Inc | Atlantic Truck Brokers, Inc | Atlantic Mulch & Stone, Inc