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SBA Honors NC Women's Business Center with State, Regional and National Awards

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Contact: 
Mike Ernandes 704-344-6588

CHARLOTTE - The Women’s Business Center of North Carolina at NCIMED in Durham has been named the 2014 National Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The WBC of NC has also received this distinction for the North Carolina and the SBA Southeastern Region, which is comprised of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

This award honors a Women’s Business Center (WBC) for its excellence and innovation in assisting women entrepreneurs by providing a wide variety of training and counseling. Among the many characteristics examined are a center’s record of new business creation, capital infusion, counseling success, job creation, and program and training innovation.

“We are proud of the team at The WBC of NC,” said SBA North Carolina District Director Lynn Douthett. “They demonstrate professionalism, commitment, excellence and innovative methods of assisting women business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the state.”

Briles Johnson is the Director of the WBC of NC. She is responsible for the continued growth, education, certification, training and advocacy of women entrepreneurs across the state.

“We are honored and excited about these awards,” said Johnson. “I’d like to thank NCIMED, our team, and our resource partners who contribute to this great work."

"It's a great experience to help these small businesses and see their impact on the economy and communities across North Carolina.”

During 2014, the WBC of NC helped small business access over $1.8 million in capital, and contract awards totaling $4.2 million. They helped create and retain over 400 jobs and trained over 4,300 clients.

In partnership with local military bases and partners the center developed “A New Mission – How Military Women Become Entrepreneurs” conference to help women in the military community.  

For more information contact Briles Johnson at 919-956-8889 or bjohnson@ncimed.org. For more information about the services provided by the WBC of NC, visit http://www.ncimed.org/index.php/programs-services/women-business-development.

The state and regional awards will be presented at the 2014 Small Business Week Luncheon hosted by The Support Center on Thursday May 8, 2014 at the North Raleigh Hilton. The National Award will be presented in Washington D.C. during Small Business Week May 12-16.

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