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Releases: 24 april 2019

Author: Dr. Shanté

Roy Cooper’s decision to extend his stay-at-home order is tough to accept for many small business owners, even if they understand the reasoning behind it. Shante Williams represents many small business owners as chair of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce.

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Releases: 24 april 2019

Author: Dr. Shanté

Less than a decade ago, Lockwood community advocate Chris Dennis was fighting the stigma that his North Tryon Street neighborhood was among the country’s most dangerous.

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Releases: 24 april 2019

Author: Dr. Shanté

It was referred to as a town hall — an opportunity for black women in Charlotte’s startup community to come together and talk about the issues limiting their growth and what it would take to find success as an entrepreneur of color in the Queen City. 

The event, organized by Davita Galloway and Melody Gross, was in part a response to an article that ran in Queen City Nerve about a week before, under the headline “Charlotte’s leading black women entrepreneurs are leaving the city.”  

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Releases: 14 april 2019

Author: Dr. Shanté

When it comes to personal protective equipment, we can help slow the spread of the coronavirus by following some simple do’s and don’ts.

The coronavirus pandemic is laying bare the true fragility of the U.S. healthcare system and those most likely to fall through the cracks.

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Releases: 14 april 2019

Author: Dr. Shanté

Charlotte startups raised more than $279 million over 28 deals in 2019. It’s a $196 million increase over 2018, which saw a total of 25 deals worth $82.5 million.

That’s according to a new report from PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association, which quantifies moves such as these in metro service areas, regions and states each quarter.

It was Q4 in Charlotte that spurred such high annual returns, with nine companies raising more than $232 million. In fact, Q4 had the biggest dollar amount since Q2 of 2017, which brought in $329.49 million over seven deals.

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Releases: 14 april 2019

Author: Dr. Shanté

Dr. Shante William is a healthcare venture capitalist and Co-Founder of Black Pearl Global Investments. Her goal is “to change healthcare worldwide,” and she uses her invisibility as a black woman in the VC space to her advantage.

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Releases: 28 april 2019

Author: Dr. Shanté

Let’s move beyond discussing the problem.

We’re in that magical time of year, between Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the beginning of March, when a plethora of diversity conversations are held and initiatives launched.

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Releases: 4 april 2019

Author: Dr. Shanté

Entrepreneurship is a lifestyle — not a hustle or a hobby.

The new year has brought promises of resolutions and likely a wave of new businesses fueled by peer pressure and social media prodding.

Each year, 627,000 new businesses launch, and 595,000 close by year’s end, according to the Small Business Administration. That means nearly 95% of the people who take “the leap” fall flat. 

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Releases: 17 april 2019

Author: Dr. Shanté

Less than a decade ago, Lockwood community advocate Chris Dennis was fighting the stigma that his North Tryon Street neighborhood was among the country’s most dangerous.

Now, as executive director of the nonprofit Community Dream Builders, he’s fighting to keep residents in their homes as investment floods into the area just north of uptown. Last month, he became one of the displaced.

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Releases: 27 april 2019

Author: Renee Hart

According to an independent study done by Scott Shane, 51% of people asked, “What’s the best way to learn more about entrepreneurship? Responded with “Start a company.” There are so many opportunities to grow and upgrade your lifestyle with starting a business. The follow up question would be “How?” One way would be to evaluate yourself as a potential business owner. What skillset do you possess that qualifies you for your business? That’s exactly what Dr. Shante Williams did.