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

APRIL 29

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?

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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