July 23, 2020

Scale Up CLT, a CLT Alliance Foundation initiative to support Minority-Owned Businesses, featured on Inc.com  
Scale Up CLT is an initiative of the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance Foundation that accelerates the growth of minority-owned businesses, in partnership with EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) and the City of Charlotte. This scholarship program for diverse businesses is featured on EO’s Inc.com channel. 

Congratulations to Emerging Business Leaders Class 8 
The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s Emerging Business Leaders Class 8 just wrapped up. Through this 6-month program participants learned leadership skills to help grow their career and build relationships with other professionals. They had the opportunity to have conversations with many different executives and leaders across the Charlotte Region. This is the first class that managed their sessions virtually due to COVID-19. Congratulations Class 8! 

CLT Alliance Talks: How the Pandemic is Changing Economic Development  
CLT Alliance SVP of Business Recruitment, Steven Pearce sits down with Conway VP of Global Innovation, Guillermo Mazier to talk about national trends emerging as a result of the global pandemic. Additionally, they discuss local and regional solutions that economic development organizations, the public sector, and private sector can embrace to position the Charlotte Region for a post-pandemic economy. 

Access To Capital | Small Business Recovery Program 
The City of Charlotte and Foundation For The Carolinas have partnered to distribute $30 million in CARES Act funding as grants to small businesses throughout Charlotte. Grants are either $10,000 or $25,000 depending on the size of your business. Applications will be randomly selected each day for review rather than on a first-come, first-served basis, ensuring that all areas of Charlotte are represented. Deadline to apply is July 31. 

Introducing the Charlotte Football Club 
Charlotte’s Major League Soccer franchise is officially named Charlotte Football Club (FC), the organization announced Wednesday. In addition to revealing the club name, Charlotte FC unveiled team branding, including its crest and colors. 

Social Post of the Week
Duke Energy today announced a new $750,000 grant opportunity for North Carolina nonprofit organizations dedicated to social justice and racial equity. The grant application is open now through Aug. 31, 2020. 

Event Spotlight: Upcoming Investor Quarterly Meeting 
Calling our CLT Alliance Investors! The next Investor Quarterly is taking place virtually on Aug. 6thMany thanks to Queens University and Vannoy Construction for sponsoring this meeting. Be sure to register today.  

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