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Michelle Keaton-Barrow

Michelle Keaton-Barrow is a legacy creator.

As a realtor and owner of Keaton-Barrow Realty, she and her team provide residential and commercial real estate services with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte. From first-time homebuyers to those purchasing luxury homes, Keaton-Barrow for 27 years has helped consumers at every stage in life realize their dreams. Now, she is creating a legacy for herself and others as a NCIMED client and a valued resource to the community.

Keaton-Barrow learned of NCIMED by word-of-mouth from other small business owners and began attending the organization's conferences and classes.

"We received the type of information a small business owner needs to catapult itself to the next level," she said. "In addition, I met and forged relationships with other small business owners. We empower each other."

Through the Women's Executive Education Leadership series held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Keaton-Barrow met Dr. Laura Foxx, mother of former Charlotte mayor now U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who helped her expand her business in Charlotte. She also met Dr. James H. Johnson Jr., professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC-Chapel Hill and a frequent NCIMED contributor. Johnson later invited her to speak about entrepreneurship to his class at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Now, Keaton-Barrow gives back to NCIMED, signing on as a Gold Sponsor of NCIMED's annual Executive Networking Conference.

"The Executive Networking Conference provides the information and foundation small businesses need to grow," said Keaton-Barrow. "In addition, the networking opportunities at the conference put small businesses in the same arena with large businesses. It helps when, as a small business, you can say 'I'm your peer now.'"