Feb. 22, 2022
Three City of Charlotte staff members presented about programs run by the City of Charlotte aimed at increasing participation of minority-owned business in competing for city contracts for business services.
Presenting were Holly Eskridge, Charlotte’s assistant economic development director; Alexis Gordon, the city’s international business manager and chief of protocol; and Steven Coker, Charlotte Business Inclusion Program Manager.
Below the video are numerous links to additional information.
From the chat box
Excerpts from today’s chat box. Some of the questions raised were addressed by other chat entries, or in the video.
Contact information for presenters:
AMP Up Charlotte https://programs.interise.org/amp-up-charlotte/
Charlotte Open for Business website https://charlotteopenforbusiness.com/
$175 million – is this MBE, WBE, or SBE? Can you quote percentages of participation by ethnic minority business groups like African-Americans, Hispanics, Aleuts, Asians, etc. Particularly with African/Americans, does their percentage of participation equal the percentage as an existing portion or propotionality as they are represented in the community? Is this a “race-conscious” contracting/procurement program? Is this data disaggregated by ethnic group on a regular basis?
Amp Up Charlotte open house will be Feb. 24https://live.remo.co/e/amp-up-open-house-2 at 10 a.m. and March 15https://live.remo.co/e/amp-up-open-house-3 at 5 p.m. Both are virtual
Jackie Edwards Walton:
What is the amount of the small loans?
The amount ranges from $5,000 – $130,000, depending on the grant program and the property size.
Can you give us a breakdown of those that are participating in your CBI program by race
Business Matching Grants https://charlottenc.gov/ED/Development/Pages/Corridor.aspx
EarlyBird lists all active and in-development contracting opportunities across all city departments. https://earlybird.charlottebusinessresources.com
Here is the CBI Vendor list: https://charlottenc.gov/GS/procurement/cbi/Pages/vendors.aspx
NC Business Recovery Grant Program 1-877-252-4487
A primary portal for city information for business owners. https://charlottebusinessresources.com/
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