Getting Involved Means Getting Connected

NAWBO Greater Raleigh standing committees are the gateway to becoming involved in NAWBO-GR activities.  This provides an excellent opportunity for you to network with others from various industries, and stay current on emerging business issues while continuing to learn, share and inspire other women business owners in the RDU area.  Take a look at the resources below for information on the benefits to volunteers and their organizations, what standing committees do, and how to become involved. Feel free to contact any of the committee chairs if you have any questions.


Community Relations

The goal of the Community Relations Committee is to participate in events and activities that target women in business.  In our participation, we have access to women business owners who are making a positive contribution to the political, social and professional advancement of women and would make ideal NAWBO members.

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Corporate Relations 

Large and small businesses value the opportunity to target NAWBO’s diverse women business owners for products and services.  As part of the Corporate Relations committee, your contributions will not only ensure the continuing stability of NAWBO-Greater Raleigh, it can provide introductions to companies that may otherwise have been difficult to obtain.  If that doesn’t catch your attention, then contribute by following current sponsors to ensure their deliverables are met.  Whatever your preference, this committee has opportunities to make the most of your membership while introducing you to potential, new, and existing NAWBO sponsors.  Contact: Sarah Glova at Reify Media,

Sponsorship Packages:Sponsorships provide a unique marketing opportunity to reach dynamic, focused business women who are also the decision makers.  With many sponsorship level possibilities, it provides a fast track to companies in need of products or services by reminding them your business is just a phone call away.

For more information regarding sponsorships, contact Sarah Glova at Reify Media, You can also download the NAWBO-Greater Raleigh Sponsorship Package under the Corporate Relations link of

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Membership Committee 

With membership growth and retention as a main goal, we focus on follow up of potential and current members to ensure that we are both welcoming for new membership and nurturing of our existing membership. This committee also listens to the members and works to implement their suggestions into our meetings and procedures.  They also learn about each member so that they can help put people together to create strategic alliances. The Membership Committee is also one of the best ones for really getting to know existing, new, and potential members. Being on this committee gives you a reason to approach anyone to start up a conversation that will always lead to you learning about their business and them learning about yours. Contact Pam Clark, The Thyme Savor OR Denise Moye, VP First Citizens Bank

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Mentoring Committee 

This committee is responsible for organizing and maintaining the following programs. The various responsibilities include securing speakers, coordinating workshops, mentoring events & advertising; acting as point of contact for SCORE initiatives & Meredith College partnerships.

Success Circles

Successful business representatives speak and share their pearls of wisdom at a roundtable prior to each luncheon from 10:45-11:30 PM.  Registration is encouraged.

Student Intern Program

NAWBO & Meredith are connected to provide members the opportunity to apply/request a student intern for a semester.  Applications are accepted in August, December and May for the school semesters.


Two groups are in place:  Small (without employees) and Large (with employees).  Both Round Table discussion groups will meet once a month, with a different member of the group acting as host.  Her issue of concern will be addressed by the group for that meeting.  A NAWBO facilitator will be present to ensure efficient use of time and energy.   There will be no competitors allowed in these Round Table discussions. 

Applications  are accepted  year round for a current wait list to create new groups. This requires an annual commitment to maximize investment. Please submit request for an application to: Kioka Dunston, Kioka Coaching, Inc.

National Entrepreneurialship Week Activities

NAWBO members are invited to help MEREDITH College students celebrate entrepreneurialship through public speaking, judging a business plan competition & data collection during one week in February.

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Political Advocacy 

NAWBO provides a platform for women business owners to come together as one voice that translates into a formidable economic force and an effective agent for change in the business environment.  On the national level, NAWBO represents small and women-owned businesses through Congressional testimony, public policy conferences and member education.  

Through NAWBO Greater Raleigh, women business owners in the Triangle can take an active role in communicating their business issues to our Federal, state, and local legislators through the following activities:

  • Annual public policy luncheon
  • NAWBO National Public Policy Days in Washington, DC
  • Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), NC Instant Impact Team:  Partnering with other business owners and organizations to collectively focus on issues for women-owned business in North Carolina, as well as nationally. 

For more information about the Greater Raleigh Chapter Day at the State Legislature - “Lobby Day”, contact Terri Benforado, Executive Accounting Services, Inc.

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Programs Committee

At the heart of the NAWBO Greater Raleigh chapter is its impressive schedule of speaking professionals at its bi-monthly luncheons and its intimate, casual networking gatherings at the bi-monthly social events. Our luncheon speakers offer topics that focus on helping our members leverage their commitment, impact the world we share and grow solid, profitable businesses. Our socials are informal gatherings for members and guests to establish and strengthen their bonds with other women business owners.  Being part of the planning for these powerful programs is not only exciting, but extremely rewarding as the programs committee helps to determine the direction for the NAWBO year. Contact Noushi Haeussler, ExcelLase Laser Center, OR our President-Elect Pam Williams, PROMOQUEST,

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Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is vital to NAWBO Raleigh, keeping members and the general public informed of our programs, events and mission. This committee builds excitement for NAWBO Raleigh and our brand though our website and our social media outlets, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. They help to educate and encourage our members to connect with one another online as well as in person, helping to boost awareness of NAWBO Raleigh and our members’ businesses. If you enjoy using social media and wish to get more involved in NAWBO, contact Stacey Shanahan, VA Business Help,

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NAWBO GR Committees