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
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