Meet the Women’s Business Center of NC!

The Women’s Business Center of North Carolina (WBC) is an organization dedicated to providing guidance to women-owned businesses, advising and assisting them from start to growth. Their experts provide services like one-on-one business counseling, feedback for business plans, networking opportunities, seminars, classes, and more. It is a partnership program between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development Inc. (NCIMED), and they have now joined our efforts as a partner of CharlotteBusinessResources.com.

We recently spoke to Briles Johnson, former Executive Director of the Women’s Business Center of NC, about their mission, achievements, and more. Here’s what she had to say!

CharlotteBusinessResources.com: Welcome to the CharlotteBusinessResources.com partnership! We are honored that you have joined us in assisting the business owners of Charlotte. First, tell us a little bit about how the Women’s Business Center of NC came to be. Why was it first established?

Briles Johnson: The mission of the Women’s Business Center of NC is to promote economic self-sufficiency for all women of North Carolina through entrepreneurship. This program is specifically designed to provide tools, resources, and opportunities to help women entrepreneurs achieve business goals with one-on-one counseling, workshops, seminars, business plan development, networking opportunities, and financing assistance. The WBC acts as a catalyst for providing in-depth, substantive, outcome-oriented business services to women entrepreneurs, both nascent and established businesses, a representative number of which are socially and economically disadvantaged.

The Count Me In award winners from the Women's Business Center in Charlotte
Count Me In award winners 12/2013

CharlotteBusinessResources.com: In your opinion, what have been some of the greatest achievements of the Women’s Business Center of NC?

Briles Johnson: Accompanying our recognition as the National Center of Excellence,  the US Small Business Administration also recognized the Women’s Business Center of NC as the 2014 Center of Excellence, offering outstanding service in the State of North Carolina as well as the Southeastern Region.

In addition to those achievements, watching our clients successfully start and grow their businesses is also very rewarding.

Minority Business of the Year Award from the Women's Business Center in Charlotte
LaPronda Spann–Lain Consulting, LLC
Crowns of Enterprise 2014 Minority Business of the Year Award

CharlotteBusinessResources.com: How can individuals get involved in the Women’s Business Center of NC?

Briles Johnson: To become a client of the Women’s Business Center, visit our website at www.wbcnc.ncimed.org.

CharlotteBusinessResources.com: What types of events do you host? What do you hope individuals take away from these events?

Briles Johnson: In addition to offering confidential business counseling services, the Women’s Business Center of NC provides educational seminars to prepare business owners for many topics and challenges, ranging from starting a business, funding opportunities, certification programs, doing business with the government. We have built a strong network of resource partners across the state, and are able to host small business conferences and workshops by partnering with organizations such as the Small Business Centers located at community colleges, SBTDC, Chambers of Commerce, and other business-focused groups. Our goal in planning these sessions is for women to learn more about starting and growing a small business.

Tiffani and Tashni, women entrepreneur succeeds with Women's Business Center in Charlotte
Tiffani and Tashni of Element Beauty Bar and Tea and Honey Blends

CharlotteBusinessResources.com: What is one thing you’d like the city of Charlotte to know about services offered by The Women’s Business Center of NC?

Briles Johnson: We are available to help women start and grow their businesses as well as help connect them to a network of business resource providers, business matchmaking opportunities and seminars.

 

Charlotte Business Resources  guides Ann Black to receive Exporter of the Year award
Ann Black, ImmunoReagents- 2013 SBA Exporter of the Year

 

Find out how the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina can benefit your business by visiting their website, contacting them, and engaging with them on Facebook! For up-to-date updates on WBC and our other partners and exclusive tools and resources for your business, be sure to “Like” CharlotteBusinessResources.com on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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