NC Hall of Fame Winners

11 Names to Remember:
2018 North Carolina 
 Women Business Owner Hall of Fame

Linda Craft, Dale Halton, Gloria Shealey… these are the kind of women you’d want on a dream dinner party guest list.

Except June 14th wasn’t a dream, and these women entrepreneurs—and so many more—were together for one incredible purpose: to launch the North Carolina Women Business Owners Hall of Fame. This historic event honored the inaugural Hall of Fame inductees. While over 50 women were nominated, only 11 women were selected for the 2018 class.

This inaugural class represents the best of North Carolina: hard work, care for the community, and a drive to dream big. Honorees included:

Leah Brown, founder of A10 Clinical Solutions and co-founder of Diversity Alliance for Science; named by Fortune Magazine in Top 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs 2010

Mary Cantando, founder of PDR Information Services, e-Publishing Corporation, and The Woman’s Advantage®. Founder of the Women Presidents’ Organization chapters in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Greensboro. Women in Business Award from Triangle Business Journal.

Mildred Council, better known as “Mama Dip,” and founder of Mama Dip’s restaurant; received Order of the Long Leaf Pine honor in 2010.

Linda Craft, CEO of Craft Residential and Craft Commercial, and the founder of Linda Craft & Team Realtors; received White House's President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2018.

Dale Halton, former CEO of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Charlotte; named Queens University Charlotte BusinessWoman of the Year in 1988.

Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder, and CEO of The ActOne Group; was the first African- American woman to create and run a billion-dollar business; named fourth on CNBC list of 14 black women who changed business and finance.

Elizabeth Nisbet Miller, an inspector for The National Women Business Owners’ Corporation and leader of NAWBO Charlotte in its inaugural 1999 year; SBA NC Women's Business Advocate in 2015.

Shelia Ogle, founder of Media Research Planning and Placement Inc., former CEO of The Matthews House, and founding partner of Integrated Clinical Trial Services; NC Delegate at the White House Conference on Small Business and SBA NC Small Business Person of the Year.

Sara Garces Roselli, co-founder of Packard Place; representative on the City of Charlotte’s Minority and Women Business Owners Council.

Gloria Shealey, President and CEO of The Daniele Company; first and only women President of the National Association of Minority Contractors (2012 - 2015) in its 49-year history.

"Advocacy Award - Honorable Elaine Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State; first woman elected to statewide executive office in 1996, named Meredith College’s 2017 Woman of Achievement Award.

The NC Women Business Owner Hall of Fame was created by Wendy Coulter, 2018-2019 President of the Greater Raleigh Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Greater Raleigh chapter. The event was supported by both NAWBO Greater Raleigh and NAWBO Charlotte, and the chapters worked closely with Lorelei Kraft, who supported the launching of a similar program in Minnesota.  The selection committee included Marise Kumar, the NAWBO-Charlotte 2018-2019 President; Johnny Bass with NFIB and Bass Business Solutions; Elizabeth Cantino, with WBON Cary and First Citizens Bank; Joe Magno with NC COIN; Patrick Rodriguez with the Small Business Administration; Cameron Calderwood with Bank of America; and Briles Johnson with the Women’s Business Center.  

The event was hosted at the female-owned hotel The Mayton Inn in Cary, NC. The sponsors of the 2018 NC Women Business Owners Hall of Fame included Atlantic Tire & Service, Capital Auto Group, The Banks Law Firm, La Farm Bakery, Burns & Bynum CPAs, Cary Florist and North Raleigh Florist, C&H Insulation, Christine Jones Jewelry, Donna R. Cohen Attorney at Law, Halftone Studios, Gaskill Realty, Hummingbird Creative Group, Pendo, Lifetime Asset Management, Print & Web Designer, The Mayton Inn, Paradox Consulting Partners, Renew Day Spa, Promoquest, Roper Bookkeeping, and Reify Media.

2018 nominees will be considered for the 2019 class, and new nominations will be accepted next spring. Currently, the NAWBO chapters plan to host the 2019 event in Charlotte.


About NAWBO - Greater Raleigh Chapter: Founded in 1978, NAWBO-Greater Raleigh has championed women business owners for 40 years with purposeful connections—connections to education, mentoring, networking, authentic relationships, strategic partners, and so much more. As a local chapter of a national organization, NAWBO-Greater Raleigh is a powerful resource for connecting and building long-term relationships with other women entrepreneurs, with businesses of all sizes and from all demographics and business sectors, share resources and best practices, and more. NAWBO-Greater Raleigh’s vision is to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. For more information, visit

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 especially designed to serve, support, and strengthen the 42,000 women-owned businesses in the greater Charlotte, NC metropolitan area. For more information, visit

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