North Carolina Business Leaders Outline Educational Issues Impacting Women-Owned Businesses

October 22nd Public Policy panel discussion “Your Business, Your Vote: Why Education Matters” focuses on how women business owners can make a difference
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RALEIGH, N.C. - Oct. 3, 2014 - PRLog -- RALEIGH, NC – Erin Cohen, President of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Greater Raleigh, announced that NAWBO will host a public policy panel led by North Carolina business leaders entitled “Your Business, Your Vote:  Why Education Matters” on Wednesday, October 22nd.  This lecture is open to both members and guests and will be held at Embassy Suites on Harrison Oaks Drive in Cary from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Cost is $35 for members and Community Partners, $45 for guests, and $50 at the door.

What are the education issues that will impact women owned businesses?  How will our votes affect those issues in the upcoming election?  Questions such as these will be the topics of discussion in the upcoming panel discussion “Your Business, Your Vote:  Why Education Matters”.   Panelists will focus on the topic of education as it relates to women owned small businesses.

Panel members include:

Brenda Berg:  President and CEO of Business for Educational Success and Transformation in North Carolina. BEST NC has a rapidly growing membership of more than 60 politically and geographically diverse North Carolina business leaders committed to improving the state’s public education system at all levels.

Ann McColl – General Counsel, North Carolina Association of Educators Center.  Ann previously served as a legislative liaison for The NC State Board of Education and former legal counsel to the NC Association of School Administrators.  She has focused her legal career on education and government law and leadership.  She has served as an associate professor at UNC-Charlotte, College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership; at the School of Government, UNC-Chapel Hill; and as legal counsel and director of policy at the NC School Boards Association.

Dr. Yevonne Brannon (Panel Moderator)—Dr. Brannon is the Education Director of NC State’s Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services.  Outside of the office, she’s been working to improve public education in Wake County for 40 years. Today, she is one of the leaders of Public Schools First NC, a statewide organization that advocates for high-quality public schools.

 “This is a great opportunity to learn about how we, as women business owners, should be voting on education issues that can greatly effect our companies,” said Cohen. “We have rare access to a group of very accomplished panelists who can share their considerable knowledge on education and public policy and help us learn how to make a difference with our votes.”

For more information or to register for the event, visit

About Greater Raleigh NAWBO:

Founded in 1978, Greater Raleigh NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. Thirty-five years later, NAWBO is still the only organization dedicated solely to representing the interest of women entrepreneurs in all industries. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of its members and promote economic development; to create innovative and effective change in the business culture; to build strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations; and to transform public policy and influence decision makers. To learn more about the Greater Raleigh chapter of NAWBO, visit their website at

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