City Resources

Open for Business Mentorship Series

Join our hosts as they bring on panelists from Charlotte’s local business community to talk about how the landscape has been impacted over the past year. They also share lessons learned while pivoting through COVID-19 and hopes for a brighter future.

Business Survival in a Pandemic - Uptown Yolk and Leah and Louise

APRIL 14, 2021

In this episode, we are joined by Subrina Collier, co-owner of Charlotte restaurants The Uptown Yolk and Leah and Louise. We talk about Subrina’s career path in the food industry, the importance of connecting with your community, and answer the question: how can entrepreneurs survive and thrive in the pandemic?

Business Survival in a Pandemic - Holly Eskridge and Laura Smith

APRIL 21, 2021

In this episode,  Holly Eskridge, Assistant Economic Development Director for the City of Charlotte and Laura Smith, Executive Vice President for the Foundation Of The Carolinas discuss how the Access to Capital Recovery Grant was initiated and the positive impact it made to the small business community.

Business Survival In the Pandemic - Troy Allen Clothier and CLT Find

April 30, 2021

In this episode, Mayor Vi Lyles has an open discussion with local small retail business owner, Troy Robinson, Sr. of Troy Allen Clothier, and co-owner Christy Pope of CLT Find. They share the challenges of entrepreneurship through the pandemic, the importance of building personalized experiences for their customers, and their hopes for the future.

Business Survival in a Pandemic - Creative Reading and Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios

May 12, 2021

In this episode, we are joined by children-focused small business owners, Destini Gilliam, owner of Creative Reading and Anne Ward, owner of Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios. They share how the Access for Capital Grant changed their lives, grew their business and helped them to offer support to children with disparities during the pandemic.

Business Survival in a Pandemic - Brave Bone Broth and Cuzzo's Cuisine

May 21, 2021

In this episode, we are joined with owners Joanna Reule of Brave Bone Broth, and Andarrio Johnson of Cuzzo’s Cuisine. We touch on the challenges faced by the food-service industry during the pandemic, the importance of having a good team, and how giving back to the community was vital to spreading hope throughout the City of Charlotte.

Business Survival in a Pandemic - Charlotte Fit and Back to Harmony Wellness Center

May 31, 2021

In this episode, we talk with Taylor Calamese, owner of Charlotte Fit, and Marielle Friedman, owner of Back to Harmony Wellness Center about the resiliency of self-care businesses during the pandemic, working in your purpose and the meaning of a work-life balance in an service-based industry. They also share valuable advice for future entrepreneurs.

Kickoff (Grant & Loan Programs)

APRIL 29

PANELISTS:

  • Levi Kinnard, SBA
  • Natalie Williams, Women’s Business Center
  • Ralphine Caldwell, LISC

Digital Marketing

MAY 5

PANELISTS:

  • Corri Smith, Black Wednesday
  • Scott Gerbereux, BooneOakley
  • Carrie Barker, Girl Tribe
  • James Whitner, Social Status
  • Patrick Villafane, Hop Shop and Bohemian Wine Bar

Best Practices for Reopening

MAY 12

PANELISTS:

  • Gibbie Harris, Mecklenburg County
  • Fred Whitfield, CELC
  • Greg & Subrina Collier, Uptown Yolk and Leah and Louise
  • Chad Turner, ReadyCLT

Legal and Financial Protection 101

MAY 26

PANELISTS:

  • Carolina Aponte, Owner, CPA, CAJA Holdings
  • Larry Shaheen, Macintosh Law Firm
  • Claudie Johnson, Self-Help
  • Beth Hoving, BoA
  • Kate Maynard, Robinson Bradshaw
  • Manuel Rey, Fifth Third Bank

Business Resiliency

JUNE 2

PANELISTS:

  • Vanessa Matthews, Asfalis Advisors
  • Sarah Olin, Accomplishment Coaching
  • Damian Johnson, No Grease
  • Joey Hewell and Scott Lindsley, NoDa Company Store

Facing Unemployment During Recovery

JUNE 9

PANELISTS:

  • Deanna Baumgardner, PHR, Founder and Owner of Employers Advantage
  • Kenny Colbert, Employers Association
  • Andrew Davila, Charlotte Works
  • Giovy Buyers, Southern Blossom

Small Business Task Force

Mayor Vi Lyles and Charlotte City Council have assembled the Community Recovery Task Force to support families and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic and help plan for recovery. The task force will focus on three specific areas: Small Business, Housing, and the Airport. Task force objectives include:

Mayor Lyles and Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt will lead the task force and develop the final community report. Each Recovery task force area includes four city council members and seven sector leaders.

Each meeting is broadcast on the Gov Channel and Gov Channel online, and livestreamed to Facebook and YouTube. A playlist of previous Task Force meetings is available on YouTube.

Learn more

Workforce & Business Development Committee

The committee reviews and recommends policies to create a thriving economic climate where businesses are connected to highly skilled talent and technologies.

Each meeting is broadcast on the Gov Channel and Gov Channel online, and livestreamed to Facebook and YouTube. A playlist of previous Task Force meetings is available on YouTube.

Learn more

Additional Resources

Town Hall – Small Business Grants and Loans: Federal, State and Local Resources

APRIL 29

Access to Capital Webinar

JUNE 25

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