The City of Charlotte in partnership with Urban League of Central Carolinas shares the success of the RENEW Program, which targets Charlotte residents displaced by COVID-19 to provide skilled trades training for HVAC and electrical occupations, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and building automation systems.
In 2013, Road to Hire began helping Charlotte high school seniors, college students, and young professionals gain valuable education and experience to land jobs in the tech field. In the midst of the pandemic, through the Workforce Partner Support Grant, Road 2 Hire was able to fund a technology training cohort for 50 residents who were economically impacted by COVID-19.
Founded in 2012, RevTech Labs provides technology startup companies a community of mentors and connections to grow their businesses. When they began experiencing a significant decrease in revenue due to COVID-19, they looked to outside funding to continue offering its services to entrepreneurs working toward growth and success.
With a mission of developing youth leaders to impact communities while preparing youth and families for post-secondary success, The Academy of Goal Achievers (TAGA) was forced to find new and innovative ways to deliver services during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Global Vocational Training Center (GVTC) is passionate about empowering a distressed community. With a focus on creating pathways to employment for adolescents and adults through skills training and life learning opportunities, GVTC was determined to still help those in need despite their own financial challenges due to COVID-19.
City Startup Labs (CSL) works hard to close the entrepreneurial divide for young black men and women in the Charlotte community who are often marginalized and don’t have resources to start their own businesses.
Kevin Taylor, owner of IMEK Studios in Charlotte shares the value of community involvement, especially as a business owner, and how he remained focused on community when he had to pivot during the pandemic.
As COVID-19 displaced countless workers in the Charlotte region, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont created opportunities for unemployed and displaced individuals to learn new skills and embark on a new career path.
In the midst of the pandemic, Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas was able to pivot after canceling their highly-anticipated annual career fair that attracted over 10,000 people to investing in new technology to develop a virtual program called JA Ignite.
With a mission to get people back to work, COVID-19 forced the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives to re-think the execution of its workforce development programs.
With the goal of helping both individuals and companies acquire in-demand technology skills for the modern workforce, Tech Elevator provided hope and an exciting new career outlook for many who lost work and/or faced major financial challenges.
Blanca Gonzalez, owner of International Truck of Tacos, knows the importance of putting your heart into what you love. After combating the initial challenges with starting her food truck, she then faced the impacts of the pandemic. Staying true to her foundation, Gonzalez shares how she trusted her heart and found the help that she needed.
The Savage Way was in high demand, creating clean graffiti messaging and moss art as a medium for messaging and branding. Then COVID-19 hit. The co-owners Torrie Savage and Paula Bartlett, share how they were able to pivot their non-traditional creative agency, during the midst of the pandemic.
Amid an incredibly difficult year, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte faced unforeseeable changes to its organization as a result of COVID-19. When the pandemic reached Charlotte in March 2020, the YMCA was confronted with a projected loss of millions in revenue and the elimination of several full-time positions.
As the largest employer in Charlotte, Atrium Health values career development and invests in professional development resources to give its employees opportunities to succeed. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Atrium Health saw fluctuations in resources and staff allocation, affecting many of its workforce development programs.
Committed to helping people with barriers to employment find opportunities through culinary training, the Community Culinary School of Charlotte (CCSC) looked for an answer to help continue fulfilling its mission during COVID-19.
The International Technology Development Program has the goal of making world-class training opportunities and job placement services affordable. However, the non-profit tech-training institute needed to overcome the challenge with providing these trainings at a low cost during COVID-19, due to the high demand for free technology training as a result of job-related shifts.
Back in March 2020, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Continuing Education program shifted to all online instruction in order to comply with the state’s stay-at-home mandate. The university overcame challenges to keep its faculty and students safe while staying true to its mission to educate students.
The unpredictability of COVID-19 forced Carolinas Aviation Museum to re-think its operations. Their big plans to launch a $20 million Capital Campaign in March 2020 was quickly put on hold when COVID-19 hit, resulting in a major loss. Despite the economic challenges, the organization was determined to adapt and keep its impactful education programs running.
Tech Talent South (TTS), a women-owned tech recruitment, training, and staffing company had 48 hours to pivot from their in-person training environment to virtual training to ensure a seamless experience for all participants and hiring partners.
Center For Community Transitions (CCT) experienced significant disruptions to its operations during the global pandemic, nonetheless, the non-profit organization did everything it could to continue helping people with criminal records and their families find a healthier and more productive way of living.
Margaret Wingate and Lesa Wingate, co-owners of Beauty Skin Deep, know the importance of self-care and share how their business shifted during COVID-19.
In spite of COVID-19, CMS worked to find a solution to still give students the resources needed to prepare them for post-secondary education and career opportunities.
Training to Work an Industry Niche (TWIN) provides training programs to support workforce development initiatives within local communities, but the non-profit organization was forced to pivot its plans in early 2020.
Family is everything. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. It’s the reason we go to work every day, and for Jonathan Neighbors, owner of Vito’s Pizza Truck, family is the reason he’s an entrepreneur. “I grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia,” Neighbors says. “My grandfather launched the first Vito’s Pizza there in 1993. […]
Tehetina “Tina” Tedla, owner of Enat Ethiopian, says she wants to do more than share the delicious food her mother cooked for her family and friends growing up, she also wants to introduce her culture to the Charlotte area.
Passion is something that Andy and Tamara Leicester, owners of Daily Mews Cat Cafe on Monroe Road in Charlotte, have in droves. Or in their case, colonies.
To help spread the joy and rewards of music, NC Music Center on Monroe Road will soon be offering free online lessons for beginners.
Looking good through tough times with Marcus Clark of Charlotte Barber and Beard.
Any entrepreneur can tell you that the formula for success includes hard work, determination, and resilience. But what about faith? What about that thing inside of you that urges you along new paths in life?
A master teacher uses lessons learned to keep moving forward.
Wellness provider uses Access to Capital grant to help others through difficult times.
Thanks to fast help from the city, a small translation service adapts to an altered marketplace.
As a small business owner and the founder of Charlotte’s Juneteenth festival, Pape Ndiaye has deep community ties and understands the challenges facing business owners and their customers.
This Charlotte-based small business bakes “the best muffins with the best ingredients” — and plans to move forward with the help of an Access to Capital grant.
Program now expanded to include recipients of Paycheck Protection Program loans and other government funding
City Access to Capital small business grant helps keep tails wagging
Nate Turner is using his culinarily gift to help vulnerable communities during the pandemic.
Charlotte small businesses rally around Southern Blossom to save Mother’s Day