Catching up with Kevin Gatlin, a Charlotte entrepreneur who landed product deals with major retailers

Playtime Edventures founder says a "Good Morning America" appearance and heightened attention on Black businesses uncovered opportunities with major retailers.
By Katrina Louis | June 14, 2021

Club Nile owners hit restart after Covid-19 restrictions are eased

Herb and Jaci Ross operated Club Nile for only 10 months before state officials ordered all nonessential businesses shut due to the pandemic.
By Katrina Louis | June 7, 2021

Jayla’s Heirlooms founder shares how her daughter inspired the collection of custom dolls

Q&A with Nicole Hawthorne of Jayla's Heirlooms.
By Katrina Louis | June 1, 2021

Popular restaurateurs announce new restaurant group

BayHaven Restaurant Group is the latest venture from Leah & Louise restaurant co-owners, Chef Greg and Subrina Collier.
By Katrina Louis | May 27, 2021

New fund offers loans to small and minority-owned businesses hurt by Covid-19 pandemic

The fund is making loans of up to $100,000 in North Carolina and 14 other Southern states.
By Maria Ramirez Uribe, WFAE | May 20, 2021

BatteryXchange and Smart Girls HQ each awarded $50,000 NC IDEA grants

Founders Desmond Wiggan and Abi Olukeye share how the funding will help scale their Charlotte-based startups.
By Katrina Louis | May 19, 2021

Find your favorite childhood treats inside this west Charlotte candy shop

Lamont and Kristina George opened Scooter Snacks & More after moving to Charlotte for the entertainment business.
By Katrina Louis | May 17, 2021

City of Charlotte awards Mama’s Caribbean Grill owner with international business honor

Vinroy Reid received the CIC International Entrepreneur Award and shared restaurant news.
By Katrina Louis | May 14, 2021

North Carolina’s child care industry still reeling from Covid setbacks

The child care industry lost more than 370,000 jobs in 2020, according to recent data. One-in-6 jobs still haven’t returned.
By Gracyn Doctor, WFAE | May 13, 2021

Meet the mother-daughter duo behind Ebony Wine & Spirits

Camillya Masunda has built a buzz for her wine brand since launching last year. Part of the brand's growing presence is thanks to her teenage daughter.
By Katrina Louis | May 11, 2021