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

This chemist’s fashion invention earned a $15,000 investment from the Charlotte Hornets Foundation

Chemist Brandi Long pitched her product, the Jurse, during the inaugural Charlotte Hornets Innovation Summit and took home the top prize.
By Katrina Louis | May 4, 2021

How ‘Black on the Map’ tells the story of Black businesses in the Charlotte area

Beyond mapping businesses, Black on the Map will help us better report on trends in Charlotte region's Black business ecosystem.
By QCity Metro | May 3, 2021

Richard Petty Motorsports inks sponsorship deal in support of Black business owners

As part of the sponsorship package, the Petty racing team has pledged to provide online resources to more than 4,000 Black business owners.
By Glenn Burkins | May 3, 2021

New SBA funding for restaurants opens next week

Priority will be given to owners who have been socially or economically disadvantaged.
By Maria Ramirez Uribe, WFAE | April 27, 2021