2021 AMP Up! Charlotte Graduates Ready to Grow Their Businesses

2021 Amp Up Graduates


The City of Charlotte, in partnership with Atrium Health, recently graduated eleven small businesses from AMP Up Charlotte! The entrepreneurs successfully completed an intense seven-month virtual curriculum to scale and amplify their business model.  From business development and mentoring services to targeted training, the graduates obtained vital information from the award-winning StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum. The program developed by Interise helps small business owners with the business knowledge, management know-how, and the networks needed to grow established small businesses.

Without further ado, meet the graduating class of AMP Up! Spring 2021 and learn what the program means to them.


Even with the current challenges due to COVID pandemic, virtual learning was still effective. The course content is very apt for small business and gave us information to take the business to the next stage. Working on the ‘The growth plan’ after each module is helping to apply the concepts learnt to our business. ‘CEO groups’ has also helped a lot.








Darian Paris of Paris Construction-CompanyDarian Miguell Paris | Paris Construction Company, LLC | @mogul_2015

Participating in AMP Up gave me an opportunity to holistically evaluate my business. AMP Up brought awareness to areas of opportunity within my business and how to address those issues respectfully.









Erika Turner of Beyond Creative GroupEricka Turner | Beyond Creative Group | @cluxinc

AMP Up Charlotte has been amazing to say the very least.  The instructors, curriculum and resources provided insight as well as exemplary instruction on how to interpret your business from all aspects. The best lesson of all is that I learned to approach my business from an aerial view which has broadened my leadership ability.







Jitendra Jain, Jain Design Studio (1) (1)

Jitendra Jain | Jain Design LLC | @studiojain

This program is very well designed with emphasis on topics (such as finance, business strategy, marketing etc.) which are so important at this stage of my business growth.  I learned a lot working and interacting with fellow classmates facing similar challenges in their business.








Khaleel Loyd | Loyd Visuals, LLC | @loydvisuals  

As a young entrepreneur, I haven’t found many opportunities to slow down and learn the valuable tools that can catapult my business to the next level. I’m constantly working in my business and not on it.  Through the bi-weekly conversations and the network I’ve developed over these past 7 months, I feel equipped to continue building Loyd Visuals to a multi-million dollar company.







Marlon Smith, Success by Choice IncMarlon  Smith | The Real Money Coach, LLC | @TheRealMoneyCoach

I appreciate the AMP UP program.










Mary Nicole Douglas, MND Accounting

Mary Nicole Douglas | M.N.D. Accounting | @MNDAccounting

Amped Up made me focus ON my business instead of just working IN my business. I wish it was in person but they made it still interactive and useful. The coursework is VERY relevant to all the pain points I experience as a business owner. It was amazing getting other CEO’s perspectives and we worked together to try to help each other figure out solutions to our issues.







Pilar Long, MPG ConsultingPilar G. Long | MPG Consulting Services, LLC

AMP UP has been an excellent program, providing SBE owners with tools to analyze and grow the business. The program teaches us owners all aspects of company growth: Financial, Marketing, Business and Leadership, Talent and Culture, and to think strategically. I am greatly thankful for this opportunity and feel more confident in continuing the growth of my company.







Robert Grooms, Queen Boss Construction

Robert Grooms | Queen Boss Construction, LLC | @QB_Construction

The courses are so in-depth and leave you wanting to learn more.  The program also allows you to work with other business leaders in similar circumstances from different fields. We are leaving with a growth plan that will be reviewed and vetted by peers and mentors. This program gives us tools to add to our toolbox!







Taylor Calamese, Charlotte FIT

Taylor Calamese | Charlotte FIT | @mycharlottefit  

This program gave me the tools, connections, and structure to improve my business. The discussion and articles are some of the most impactful parts of this whole program. As a small business owner, it is easy to get caught up working in silos. Amp Up provided an impactful community of like-minded people to push me and my business to GROW.







Yvette Hall, Paradigm 360º Coach Training, LLC

Yvette Hall | Paradigm 360º Coaching & Consulting, LLC | @Paradigm360Consulting

This program helped me to understand the ins and outs of growing my business in a way that is intentional and that will ultimately help my business partner and I scale our business. Amp Up! CLT also afforded me the opportunity to build relationships with other entrepreneurs who have similar goals and visions for success in life.






The City of Charlotte’s AMP Up! Charlotte program prepares minority business entrepreneurs for growth and expansion through business development services, mentoring, targeting training, and access to large corporations for contract and procurement opportunities.

Are you ready to AMP UP your business? Learn more about AMP UP eligibility requirements and program results at cltgov.me/ampup.

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