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Queen City Women in Business™ (QCWIB), was conceived after its Founder Dawn Nicole McIlwain recognized numerous well-deserving Charlotte women business owners were missing out on opportunities because they simply weren’t aware. We thought it was time for this to change.

Today QCWIB is a prominent business community and social media platform, that solves this problem by connecting women-owned businesses to Charlotte resources, city, and corporate opportunities!

Our core mission is to make it easier for Charlotte’s women in business to connect & collaborate with local city & corporate programs & opportunities through access, education & events!

We achieve our mission by raising awareness and amplifying the programs & purpose of our local partners! Get Connected Now!

Become a member today to take full advantage of our connections, collaborations, and community!

What We’ll Do For You!

We connect local women in business just like you, to key opportunities in the Queen City and offer them a chance to collaborate with one another, and other powerful city and corporate leaders while building a sense of community through access to our platforms, educational programs, and events!

We Offer You Education, Events & Experiences!

Take full advantage of Queen City Women in Business’s™ access to opportunities, educational programs & signature events designed to accelerate your success as a women entrepreneur!

    1. Access – Get access to some of the city’s most influential leaders & key organizations. Through our social media platform and app and warm introductions made at events and beyond, women business owners can quickly build a sense of community and position themselves for high volume growth.
    2. Education – Get the upskilling and training you need to compete at the highest levels. We pride ourselves on offering you the best information & education during our events (i.e. Speakers, Discussion Panels, Breakout-sessions, VIP Fireside chats, etc.) and all year long, via online training programs exclusively designed to help Small Businesses Grow powered by our partners at Skilldora Inc., an accredited training provider.

Online Training Programs On-demand:

      1. Supplier Readiness Training Certification Program for businesses aiming to become a diverse supplier working with City or Corporate agencies
      2. Building Successful Strategic Partnerships for businesses seeking to grow by building lucrative mutually beneficial partnerships.
      3. AI Essentials Certification for businesses seeking AI skills to remain competitive in a rapidly changing AI Landscape
  1. Events- Get invited to our wildly popular signature events as a great way to connect with city leaders & collaborate with other women owned businesses and re-fuel your purpose!

We offer 2 per year to help you recharge!

      1. Queen City Women in Business Breakfast™, is a high-touch business professional conference with breakout rooms, a VIP fireside chat, and post-event networking for VIP ticket holders and more taking place in January each year. (Learn more)
      2. Queen City Women in Business Hat & Tea™, is a high-impact business-social affair featuring fancy hats, exotic teas, awards, charitable giving, and success stories in a festive atmosphere taking place in August each year. (Learn more)

Enjoy Our Difference!

  • Distinguishing ourselves from similar organizations similar to Queen City Women in Business™, we stand apart as an autonomous entity, not a branch or chapter tied to a larger national or regional association. Our roots are firmly local, and our commitment is exclusively to Charlotte and its neighboring areas. Powered by our dedicated social media platform and community, our attention is sharply honed on all aspects affecting Queen City Women in Business™.
  • Our primary objective is to link them with valuable resources and meaningful opportunities.

The Types of Agencies We Partner With:

As you’ll discover, we aim to connect women in business every day, in every way and as such, our external partners are agencies and organizations who also support women business owners in the areas of:

Banking/Financial Institutions designed to help you understand the best types of business bank accounts work best for your business
• CDFI Organizations
• Women’s Business Support & Development Organizations
• Women’s Venues
• City Supplier Diversity Teams
• Corporate Supplier Diversity Teams
• Media Agencies
• Staffing Agencies for women business owners with hiring needs

Who We Serve:

We serve and support Queen City Business Owners and their allies, and supporters. From emerging to established women in business.
How We Serve:

Connections: We have access to some of the city’s most influential leaders & key organizations and proactively facilitates powerful connections & warm introductions between our members and these various local agencies and resources.
Collaborations: We promote and proactively foster collaborations by positioning our women in business community members to interface and play a key role with various local agencies and city leaders through our signature events and beyond.
• Community: We offer a sense of community through enabling an eco-system of partners, resources and women owned businesses in one centralized platform.

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