The Charlotte Chamber is about job creation. It is well-noted that entrepreneurs play a substantial role in our job vitality. The chamber has a variety of programs to support small businesses and entrepreneurs, and this year – under the leadership of 2013 chairman Brett Carter (Duke Energy) – we are launching the inaugural Power Up Entrepreneurship Challenge.
The Chamber is collaborating with Ventureprise on the Challenge competition process. Ventureprise and UNC Charlotte organize the annual Charlotte Venture Challenge for emerging entrepreneurs from throughout North Carolina and surrounding states.
The Power Up Entrepreneurship Challenge will identify and recognize the most promising small businesses chamber members. Four finalists will have the opportunity to attend the Charlotte Chamber’s Annual Retreat and present their business stories to more than 150 chamber leaders. Presentations will identify issues faced as they attempt to grow and create jobs. The forum will provide a platform to hear firsthand from entrepreneurs and discuss Charlotte’s climate for entrepreneurial success.
The Power Up Entrepreneurship Challenge winner will be selected by vote of the annual retreat participants. The winner will receive:
- $25,000 business grant provided by Duke Energy
- Accounting support package from Boatsman Gillmore
- Marketing support package from Boone Oakley
- Legal support package from Wishart Norris
- A mentor from the chamber’s Board of Directors
Companies are invited to participate in the challenge. Eligible companies must meet all of the following criteria:
- A Charlotte Chamber member in good standing as of August 17, 2012
- $1 million or less in total revenue in your most recent fiscal year (ending between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012)
- Principal location in the 16-county Charlotte region
- A proprietary concept (no franchises)
- Primary business focus in one of Charlotte’s key clusters for job creation – energy, information technology/big data, health care, financial services, life sciences/medical devices, transportation/logistics, manufacturing, professional services, tourism/sports or creative
- Available to attend the Charlotte Chamber’s Annual Retreat on September 20 and 21. All expenses, except travel, for one person will be covered for the four finalists.
For more information contact Natalie Dick, vice president communications and research, at 704.378.1354 or email@example.com.