Kimberly Robinson, owner of The Sole Addiction, sells high-end shoes from her mobile truck next to the Aloft Hotel on College St. in uptown Charlotte. (Photo: John D. Simmons, The Charlotte Observer)

Charlotte entrepreneur Kimberly Robinson is among 102 business owners selected as winners in the 2017 American Small Business Championship.

Robinson, owner of the Sole Addiction Mobile Shoetique, was profiled in Qcitymetro in December 2015.

The annual competition is sponsored by SCORE, with financial support from Sam’s Club.

Each winner receives a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, a free trip to a training and networking event, and SCORE mentoring.

Each business that entered the competition was required to submit an online application. (Robinson’s video entry is below.) Those that got at least 100 votes were sent to the final round, where a panel of judges picked the winners.

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The Sole Addiction, which sells women’s shoes (and a few accessories), began as an online business in 2010. It now operates from a retrofitted van that travels the streets of Charlotte, stopping where Robinson’s customers are.

In an interview with Qcitymetro, Robinson said the key to her success has been focusing on her passion – shoes.

“I’ve been obsessed with shoes since I can remember,” she said. “Research shows that women who wear heels portray this status of power. Heels help women feel taller and more confident.”

The Sole Addiction will now compete for one of three grand prizes, each worth $25,000.


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Founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, Glenn has worked at newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer.