Qcity entrepreneur Clarence Boston was honored Monday for his work building a string of small businesses as well as for his efforts to foster growth in the black business community.
Boston, who moved to Charlotte from Reidsville, received the One Meck Community Recognition Award from U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, whose congressional district includes Charlotte.
Boston is CEO of Boston Investment Group, Boston’s Mortuary, American Standard Vault Company, Cremation Society of Charlotte, Cremation Services of Atlanta and Piedmont Cemetery. He is part owner of Fire House Bar and Lounge, Secret Society Cigar Bar and Lounge, Stump Sound Oyster Company and the soon-to-open Hipping Hops Brewery.
Calling Boston “a young man with great vision,” Adams made the award as the nation marked the start of National Small Business Week.
“As the owner of several small businesses and founder of Charlotte’s Black Wall Street, a group that supports economic growth and empowerment, we recognize Mr. Boston for his contributions to the district and the business community,” Adams said in a statement. “Mr. Boston embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship that drives our economy and provides jobs and growth opportunities for our citizens.”
Adam’s office said the One Meck award is given to constituents who “go to great lengths to improve the quality of life for people living in the 12th Congressional District.”
Boston said moving to Charlotte has enhanced his skills as a business owner.
“The opportunity to kick off National Small Business Week with Congresswoman Adams at my business is the type of inspiration that other entrepreneurs and small business owners need to see and feel,” he said. “Small business owners like me continue to keep the economy growing.”