How the Knight Foundation and LISC Charlotte are working to assist Black-led development in Historic West End

A recent effort helped one Black-owned business with low-cost financing.
By Sarafina Wright | October 22, 2021

Charlotte’s Black Chamber of Commerce wants to be a funding source for local businesses

In addition to making micro-loans, the group would provide wrap-around services to assist Black-owned businesses.
By Sarafina Wright | October 6, 2021

Q&A: How Jahzmin French brought JINYA Ramen Bar to Uptown Charlotte

The Charlotte restaurant is the first in North Carolina for the Los Angeles-based chain, which was launched in 2010 by a Japanese immigrant.
By Sarafina Wright | September 24, 2021

Uptown Charlotte gets a new Black-owned restaurant

The local franchise of Salata Salad Kitchen is owned by two business partners with former ties to the Charlotte Hornets.
By Glenn Burkins | September 20, 2021

At Charlotte’s Black-owned restaurants, pandemic challenges persist

Owners say they continue to struggle with worker shortages, higher food prices and a loss of customers.
By Jalon Hill | August 10, 2021

Atrium Health projects to spend $100 million annually with minority suppliers by 2026

Magic Johnson-backed venture among a growing roster of minority suppliers included in Atrium Health's renewed supplier diversity efforts.
By Katrina Louis | August 5, 2021

Ohio native prepares to open Urban Reader, a Black bookstore, in University City

Sonyah Spencer says books have helped her heal during some of life's most difficult periods -- especially following the death of her oldest son in 2013.
By Jalon Hill | July 16, 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

Paycheck Protection Program reopens. Here’s what small-business owners should know.

Community lenders serving minority-owned businesses will have exclusive access to new PPP funding for at least two days.
By Katrina Louis | January 10, 2021

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