QCity Metro has partnered with the UNC Charlotte MBA to host discussions with experts and entrepreneurs on a range of business topics.

With the launch of their 100% online MBA program, UNC Charlotte wanted to help us highlight some of the entrepreneurs and business talent already in the Queen City, through online webinars.

QCity Metro columnist and entrepreneurship coach, Donna Maria, hosts the Business Matters interviews. Throughout this four part series, you’ll enjoy the lively spirit Donna Maria brings to these conversations, as a range of business topics are discussed.

How two friends became successful business owners

In the first installment Donna Maria sat down virtually with Jabbar Jamison and Centario Grier – owners of J&G Legacy Financial Group. They chat about how to choose the right business partner, the life of a founder, and how Jamison benefitted from enrolling in UNC Charlotte’s MBA program.

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Advice from a business management professor

Next, Donna Maria chatted with Dr. George Banks – associate professor of management and chair of the Department of Management at UNC Charlotte’s Belk College of Business. They discuss current and future trends in business, how to be a successful entrepreneur and more.

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What does a successful MBA student look like?

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Director of the UNC Charlotte MBA Program, Dr. Janaki Gooty, joined Donna Maria to discuss a range of topics: how to effectively lead, why the “great resignation” is happening, and the characteristics of a successful MBA student.

Behind the scenes at Charlotte’s Black-owned bookstore

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Sonyah Spencer opened The Urban Reader bookstore in the University City area of Charlotte in 2021. Donna Maria chatted with Spencer about her inspirations, the daily challenges of running a business, and what she’s looking forward to.

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