In collaboration with the National Basketball Association (NBA), the City of Charlotte has recently launched AMP UP Charlotte, a program designed to assist minority business owners gain access to contract opportunities during the 2019 NBA All-Star event. Comprised of the StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum created by Interise, the program uses business development services, mentoring, and targeted training to help small businesses obtain vital contracting opportunities that will propel their business forward.
Since its inception, over 6,000 small businesses nationwide have completed Interise’s StreetWise ‘MBA’™. In 2017 alone, alumni businesses secured over $776 million in government, institutional, and corporate contracts. Additionally, 67% of alumni increased or maintained their annual revenues with an average annual revenue growth of over 47%.
Is your business eligible? To apply for the AMP UP Charlotte program, your business must:
- Be an ethnic minority business owner with 51% or greater ownership of the business
- Have $175,000+ in annual revenues
- Have one other employee besides the business owner(s)
- Have been in business for at least 2 years
For businesses looking to becoming a vendor for the 2019 NBA All-Star game, it’s strongly recommended that you apply for the AMP UP Charlotte program, however, participation doesn’t guarantee any contracts during the event. Click here for a complete list of goods and services the NBA will be sourcing during the All-Star event.
To learn more about AMP UP Charlotte, attend their information session on Thursday, May 31st. Space is limited, so be sure to register today!
To apply for AMP UP Charlotte, visit www.interise.org/amp-up-charlotte. Don’t wait, application period ends Friday, June 8th!