The Institute's Women’s Business Center of North Carolina (WBC) helps women-owned businesses start and grow.
We empower women by offering tools and support to establish businesses, stabilize their companies, generate sustainable profits, strategize for future growth and contribute to the growth and economic development of the community.
Our small business experts offer:
- Customized, one-on-one business counseling.
- Seminars and classes focused on key business topics, such as marketing, finance, certification and small business resources.
- Review and feedback on written business plans.
- Loan package preparation assistance and lender referrals.
- Certification assistance and review.
- Networking opportunities to find mutual support, access to resources and business referrals.
Let's get started. Contact the Women's Business Center of North Carolina to find the help you need for business success.
S. Briles Johnson
Executive Director, Women's Business Center of North Carolina
As the Director of the Institute's Women’s Business Center, she directs the WBC staff in the development of trainings and counseling programs for women entrepreneurs across the state. The Women’s Business Center is a partnership between the Institute and the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2014, Briles and her staff were awarded the Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award for the Nation, Southeast Region and North Carolina. Before coming to the Institute in 2011, Briles worked for the NC Department of Commence as an Economic Developer/Business Manager. Briles is a graduate of Meredith College and the Universidad de Nebrija, Madrid, Spain and is also a Certified Global Business Professional, NasBite International.
Assistant Director, Women's Business Center of North Carolina
Melissa works in the Women’s Business Center assisting women entrepreneurs at all stages of development by conducting one-on-one counseling and teaching workshops on entrepreneurship and business development. She is responsible for the marketing and promotion of the WBC Program through social media, email marketing and website. She assists the Director with the required monthly program reporting, and compiles critical demographic information and data on women business entrepreneurs across North Carolina. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Phoenix and a Certified Facilitator, NC REAL Curriculum in Entrepreneurship.
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The Women's Business Center of North Carolina is a partnership program between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development Inc. (The Institute). It is funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA’s cooperation does not constitute or imply its endorsement of any options, products or services. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. All SBA and Institute programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.