North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall of Lillington was honored as one of the inaugural inductees into the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She was presented with the organization’s Advocacy Award.
The NAWBO Greater Raleigh Chapter and Charlotte Chapter, two local advocacy groups for women entrepreneurs, came together to launch the N.C. Women Business Owners Hall of Fame last month at The Mayton Inn in Cary. The event was held to honor North Carolina’s most successful female entrepreneurs and advocates — women who have made significant and enduring contributions for women’s entrepreneurial development in North Carolina.
Over 50 women were nominated for this special inaugural class. The criteria for induction into the Hall of Fame emphasized the descriptors “significant,” “enduring contributions” and “impact” on women’s entrepreneurial development. The criteria also required that inductees have a meaningful connection to North Carolina (such as place of birth, education, and/or business location) and have demonstrated leadership qualities or a spirit of entrepreneurial innovation that will serve as an inspiration to future generations of North Carolina entrepreneurs.
The inaugural 2018 Class of the North Carolina Women Business Owners Hall of Fame also included: Leah Brown, Mary Cantando, Linda Craft, Barksdale “Dale” Halton, Elizabeth Nisbet Miller, Sheila Hale Ogle, Gloria Shealey, Janice Bryant Howroyd, Sara Garces Roselli and Mildred Council (“Mama Dip”).