Location: Charlotte, NC
Industry: Commercial office furniture
Delaine M. Mead
Valuebiz Office Furniture is a nationally certified WBE commercial-office-furniture dealership that serves clients throughout the continental U.S. “We are not affiliated with a single manufacturer, so we have access to many options to ideally recommend the best fit and right solutions for our client projects,” says CEO Delaine M. Mead.
Fun Fact: In 2013, the Small Business Administration named Mead the NC Woman Business Advocate of the Year.
As a child, Mead was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, which later developed into rheumatoid arthritis. “I’m under constant medical care, and have been told throughout my life that I should limit myself, both personally and professionally. I’ve done neither,” she says. “Most days, I’m grateful to have this disease … due to the fact that it grounds me and motivates me in ways most people can’t imagine simply because they don’t have to.”
Over the course of her career, Mead has been engaged with a long list of nonprofits, including NAWBO and the North Carolina Parent Club for the Naval Academy Foundation. “Active engagement, advocacy and service is a large part of what has defined me and afforded me [the opportunity] to grow personally and professionally,” she says.