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Women Businesses Support Lowe’s Women Build Charlotte Habitat for Humanity

Charlotte, NC, July 29, 2011 --( The Greater Women’s Business Council, along with women business owners, got their hands dirty for a great cause on Saturday, June 18 to support the 20th anniversary of the Lowe’s Women Build Habitat for Humanity Charlotte.

Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. Women Build events have helped to construct more than 1,800 houses. According to Habitat for Humanity, many women come to Women Build sites with no construction skills at all and still make a great impact especially since training in provided.

“We recently opened a branch office in Charlotte this year and supporting Habitat for Humanity has been on GWBC’s vision board,” said executive director Roz Lewis. “With the help of our newest corporate member and the Lowe’s team, director supplier diversity, Patrice Funderburg, and community relations manager, Kelly Persons, it became a reality. We want to say thank you to them and the many Lowe’s volunteers who partnered with us to bring smiles to the family who will be living in the house that GWBC and Lowe’s built. It is always great when you can bring to life their slogan, ‘Let’s Build Something Together’ and I can’t think of a more worthy cause then the Women Build Day for Habitat for Humanity.”

The Greater Women’s Business Council started its GWBC® Greater Giving program this year where women businesses participate in various charitable programs. They are proud and honored to give back to the communities in which they do business and live such as Charlotte. “I am a true believer in giving back wherever I can. This is important to me as an individual to know I am trying to help others where possible. Every effort counts no matter how small, which was very evident in what we accomplished during the Women Build day,” said volunteer Jennifer Maier, owner of Women Distribution Services, Inc.

Persons agrees this was also a great opportunity to work side by side with Lowe’s, a corporate member of GWBC® and major supporter of the Women’s Build initiative. “Lowe’s has been the proud sponsor of Habitat’s Women Build program since 2004. This innovative program encourages women from all walks of life to pick up their hammers and build homes alongside Habitat partner families. Lowe’s salutes the thousands of women who’ve volunteered on Habitat job sites during the past 20 years and for years to come. Lowe’s was pleased to partner with the Greater Women’s Business Council for a day of building and giving back to celebrate the opening of their new regional office in Charlotte.”

About GWBC
Established in 2000, the Greater Women's Business Council is a nonprofit organization for women business owners in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina interested in promoting, developing, and maintaining business relationships with major corporations, government agencies, and other women business owners. GWBC's mission is to certify bona fide women business enterprises and to promote activities directed toward the development, establishment, expansion and encouragement of businesses owned by women. GWBC® is a certifying partner organization of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and was selected as the organization's "Partner of the Year" in 2007. Through its affiliation with WBENC, GWBC® certification is nationally recognized and accepted by over 1000 major corporations. For additional information, please visit

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