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The Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) recently elected Briles Johnson to its national board of directors. Johnson is executive director of The Institute’s Women’s Business Center of North Carolina (WBCNC). In her role at The Institute, she is responsible for the continued growth, education, certification, training, and advocacy of women entrepreneurs across the state. Under Johnson’s leadership, the WBCNC has helped businesses create and retain over 600 jobs, obtain $8.5 million in capital, and clients have been awarded more than $17 million in government and private contracts.

Johnson now joins the board of AWBC, a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998. The AWBC works to secure economic justice and entrepreneurial opportunities for women by supporting and sustaining a national network of over 100 Women’s Business Centers (WBC) across the United States. WBCs help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development, and financing opportunities to over 140,000 women entrepreneurs each year in every state.

Johnson has already begun her appointment by working on critical issues related to the Women’s Business Center Program. Johnson said: “I am honored to join the AWBC Board of Directors and to work with such an accomplished group of women leaders. This appointment is timely and exciting as we worked on legislation, S-2126 - The Women's Small Business Ownership Act of 2015. The bill was unanimously approved by the U.S. Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, which will now have a vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate. This impactful work is significant to the growth, funding, policy, and advocacy of the WBCs, which in turn, supports the entrepreneurial opportunity of women.”

Under Johnson’s leadership, the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina was named the 2014 National “Women’s Business Center of Excellence” by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The program was also recognized by the SBA as a Center of Excellence for the Southeast and North Carolina. Prior to joining the Institute, Johnson also developed, created, and launched NC Commerce’s website and spearheaded the marketing campaign.

Johnson is a graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh as well as the University of Nebrija in Madrid, Spain. She is a Certified Global Business Professional, offering clients Global Business Management, Global Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Trade Finance assistance. For more information about The Institute’s Women’s Business Center of NC, visit

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