I am pleased to present the Charlotte Business INClusion (CBI) Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report. CBI is a program within the Department of General Services that plays the lead role in ensuring the city meets its goals for equity and inclusion of minority, women, and small business enterprises (MWSBE) through its contracting opportunities.
The City of Charlotte spends millions of dollars annually on contracts for goods and services. By increasing the participation of MWSBEs in the contracting process, CBI is creating economic opportunity and promoting wealth equity. We are dedicated to administering a program for the City of Charlotte that will progress us towards our goal of becoming a national model.
In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to present challenges for both our organization and the businesses we partner with. Despite these headwinds, during the past fiscal year we are proud to have again increased the number of MWSBE businesses certified to compete for city contracts, as well as the amount of money the city spends with these businesses.
Our team will continue to collaborate with our passionate and equally committed elected officials, administrators, staff, policymakers, professional associations, and business owners. Together we are building an environment where MWSBE businesses can thrive and compete with confidence, knowing that they have equal opportunities for success in our great city.
Charlotte Business INClusion Program Manager
EarlyBird, the City of Charlotte’s Business Opportunities Pipeline, saw significant growth since its launch in FY19. This interactive tool features a comprehensive list of opportunities for enterprises to find and follow future procurement projects. With this site, the accessibility of government contracts to business owners in the city greatly increased.
Pages per session increased by 11% (2.85 to 3.17)
Avg. session duration increased by 31% (2:09 to 2:48)
In May 2021, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County hosted the 11th Annual Crowns of Enterprise Awards. These honors
recognize MWSBEs that have shown exemplary services, leadership, and sound business strategies, leaving positive impacts on the community.
Erika Troutman, Small Business Enterprise of the Year
Erika Troutman is the owner of 1202 Beatties Ford LLC, an organization whose mission it is to dismantle the systemic oppression by its root, built on a foundation of trust spanning many industries.
Lorie Spratley, Minority Business Enterprise of the Year
For more than 27 years, R. J. Leeper Construction has completed construction projects totaling more than $700 million in our core markets of commercial, education, health care and multi-family construction.
Jennifer Moxley, Woman Business Enterprise of the Year
Jennifer Moxley, CEO and Social Entrepreneur of Sunshine Media Network is a Storymaker. Her company uplifts and amplifies women and minority entrepreneurs and experts.
Tamera Green, Prime Contractor of the Year
A respected industry veteran Tamera Green founded VIRIDIAN Marketing in 2012. Green is recognized for her key role in bringing the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise to Charlotte, in addition to her expertise in NASCAR partnership marketing.
Lissette Velez, Diversity Advocate of the Year
Lissette Velez, Executive Director of the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas (HCAC), is also the CEO and owner of Velez Strategies, a bilingual consulting firm specializing in diversity and inclusion.
WFAE 90.7, Media Outlet of the Year
WFAE is a multimedia news organization with more than 320,000 monthly listeners and 200,000 monthly readers. WFAE offers an award-winning mix of local, national and international news and entertainment.
AMP Up! Charlotte is a program designed to prepare minority business owners for growth and expansion to increase business revenue, create jobs, and positively impact the community. As a participant in the seven-month, bi-weekly course, minority business owners receive targeted training, as well as business development and mentoring services to propel their enterprise forward.
CLASS OF 2021
- JULIO BARRIGA, AGUA SOURCE LLC
- VERITA LINDO, ANNEES ALL THINGS SENIOR
- SAKIB KADAK, AXIOM PATH INC.
- MARVIN TYLER, BENET ELECTRICAL
- MIGUEL AVILA, DAILY VIEW POOLS, LLC
- TIFFANI SIMS, DIVERSITY TALENT SCOUTS
- DAVID HANDS, HANDS LAW OFFICE, PLLC
- ZULEHKAH CLARK, HARPERS HERBALS
- DAMIAN JOHNSON, MANDEVILLE INGLESIDE, LLC
- CECILE WHITE, MR. REFURBISHER INC.
- JASON STOKES, PLECCO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
- LAKASHANNA CORPENING, PURE PRISTINE CLEANING LLC
- ERIC HALILI III, REBRAND MEDIA
- RAYMOND JORDAN, SPIKES OUT TREE CARE
- NATHANIAL FORD, SUBURBAN SANITATION
- TICORA DAVIS, THE CREATOR’S LAW FIRM