How North Carolina transformed itself into the worst state to be unemployed

Across the country, unemployment systems are collapsing under an unprecedented number of claims. But some state systems, like North Carolina’s, have long made it harder to receive unemployment benefits.
By Ava Kofman, ProPublica | July 3, 2020

The Necessities Company is helping customers shop Black

Aurora Nkrumah Dixon established the Charlotte-based marketplace, which features products from Black-owned brands.
By Bryant Carter | June 29, 2020

City of Charlotte launches $30 million grant program for small businesses

Grant program provides between $10,000 and $25,000 to Charlotte-based small businesses impacted by Covid-19.
By QCity Metro Staff | June 23, 2020

Honeywell donates $2 million, launches Center City Small Business Innovation Fund

Minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses will be shown priority for grants up to $40,000.
By QCity Metro Staff | June 18, 2020

Business spikes for Black-owned security company after competitor’s controversy

Silver Shield Security is attracting an influx of customers sparked by the spotlight on Black businesses and fallout from market competitor.
By Katrina Louis | June 17, 2020

Chime Solutions, a Black-owned firm based in Georgia, will bring 250 jobs to Charlotte

The announcement comes as Charlotte-Mecklenburg struggles to overcome the economic pain brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.
By Glenn Burkins | June 17, 2020

Opinion | Black businesses: Grow for today, scale for tomorrow

Business growth pays the bills, but scaling a business can pay for generations.
By Shante Williams | June 15, 2020

This couple’s activism looks to level playing field for Black food workers

Restaurateurs Greg and Subrina Collier talk about changes needed in the food industry as they welcome dine-in guests for latest concept.
By Sabrina Clark | June 11, 2020

Workforce disparities loom large in Charlotte region, CRBA says in new report

While Black workers make up 22.8% of the local workforce, they're clustered in some of the lowest-paying jobs.
By QCity Metro Staff | June 5, 2020

Charlotte Black-owned eateries to visit during NC’s phased reopening

Some have expanded hours and offerings. Many encourage face coverings while limiting the number of customers allowed indoors.
By Sabrina Clark | June 2, 2020